News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
Board names Fisher Volunteer of the Year
May 10, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
The Fremont County School District 25 Recreation Board also presented Lance Bolte of Fremont Beverages with the Friend of Recreation award.
The Fremont County School District 25 Recreation Board presented two awards April 23 during the district's board of trustees meeting.
Board member Dean Peranteaux presented Cathy Fisher, president of the Riverton Swim Club, with the Volunteer of the Year plaque.
Peranteaux said Fisher stepped up and took over the program that was "dysfunctional" before her involvement. The program used to be called the Riverton Aquatic Team.
"She dissolved the old team name, she got parents involved and turned the club around," Peranteaux said. "She was instrumental in establishing the new board of directors, the bylaws, the 401(c)3 tax status for non-profit organizations --Â that required a lot of months and just tons of paperwork."
He said the club began with only a few swimmers and one coach, but over four years the group increased to include more than 100 swimmers and five coaches. Peranteaux added that Fisher is a USA Swimming official and has been able to ensure her coaches are up-to-date with their training certifications.
"The process has been no easy task; it's required hundreds of hours and a lot of patience and certainly diligence," Peranteaux said. "A lesser person would've given up on many occasions, and those occasions presented themselves quite often, but instead Cathy worked tirelessly, promoted swimming and promoted such a good positive life that we ended up with all those kids over the years."
Friend of Recreation
Board member Glen Ogg presented Lance Bolte of Fremont Beverages with the Friend of Recreation award.
"Fremont Beverages has been a loyal contributor to all recreation activities, both youth and adult, in this great community," Ogg said. "All rec board members thank you for what you've done."
Board chairman Mark Stone congratulated both recipients on the services they've provided.
"It's nice to have volunteers and companies that live in and work here in Riverton, that support our youth," Stone said. "Fremont Beverages has been supporting athletics and other kinds of programs in Riverton as long as I've lived here, and that's getting to be a pretty long time."
The district also acknowledged other awards during the board meeting: Students Karissa Kister and Baylee Stafford received the Wyoming High School Activities Association Good Sportsmanship Award, Gay Hughes was awarded the 2013 Mark Harvey Legacy Recognition Award for the nine-state central district, and the 2013 Division Physical Activity and Recreation Award was given to Mike Bradley.