The National Plaque is the highest award given by the organization and are awarded only to member individuals or families who have contributed outstanding service to Family Campers. A maximum of five plaques can be give per year. This year’s award committee selected two member families for this honor:
Jim & Priscilla Paul
Jim & Priscilla Paul of Mandan, North Dakota, have been members since 1988, and their leadership started almost immediately upon becoming Roughrider FCRV Chapter members. They have shared their time, talents, and resources primarily at the chapter, state, and regional levels — and their leadership continues today, 25 years later! Jim and Priscilla have served their local chapter as President for two terms as well as many other positions. They have served the Roughriders as Club Conservation/Wildlife Directors for 12 years as well. In this capacity, they have arranged for and directed numerous conservation projects, primarily for General Sibley Park, three miles south of Bismarck, and Cross Ranch State park, about 60 miles northwest of Bismarck. In 2005 Jim Paul applied for and received a $500 FCRV Wildlife Refuge Grant on behalf of the Morton County Park Service. Jim also wrote and received two additional FCRV Wildlife Refuge Grants, both on behalf of the Great Plains Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Bismarck, North Dakota.
State FCRV Leadership: Jim and Priscilla have contributed strong leadership to North Dakota FCRV over the course of their 25 years of membership. Both Jim & Priscilla have chaired statewide campouts over the years and assisted in many other areas of a statewide campout. Priscilla has served North Dakota FCRV as State Secretary since May 1992, a total of 21 years. Jim and Priscilla assumed the position of Roughrider Club Field Directors in 2008; they continue in this position to the present. In addition to performing the duties traditionally assumed by Field Directors, the Pauls also planned and hosted the three-day 2011 State Wintervention for all North and South Dakota FCRVers.
Regional Leadership: The Pauls have co-chaired two Regional Campventions hosted by North and South Dakota FCRVers. They have attended two others in neighboring Region 3 states. Both volunteer to help in several different areas of putting on a campvention.
Achievements: Perhaps the Paul’s most significant (and long-term) achievement is their promotion and implementation of the state’s newsletter, The Dakota Camper, in 1991. They have continued to edit and publish it quarterly since its inception. They have accepted three first place plaques (in 2009, 2010, and 2011), two second place plaques (in 2007 and 2008), and a third place plaque (on their first entry in 2005) for the State Newsletter Competition held at Campvention.
The Pauls are “shining stars” in the member recruitment realm, having recruited nine paid member families through the years. Some of the families recruited by the Pauls have gone on to serve as Roughrider Chapter officers and/or State Program Directors. They are currently mentoring another new Cadet family that has not yet converted to a regular paid membership.
National Service: In March and April of 2012, Jim and Priscilla served on the three-family National Awards Committee, helping to select FCRV National Award winners for 2012 from among submitted applications. Jim and Priscilla spent about five hours helping assemble the North Dakota FCRV parade entry for the 2001 National Campvention Parade in Gillette, Wyoming. The resulting parade entry received the National President’s Award that year. The Pauls attended the 1992 National Campvention in Brainerd, Minnesota, when their son, Scott, represented North Dakota as State Teen King in the National Teen Queen Pageant.
National Achievements: During the 12 years that the Pauls served their Roughrider FCRV Chapter as Chapter Conservation/Wildlife Directors, they received the National Conservation Director’s Award for Outstanding Chapter Conservation Project for 2002.
Community Involvement: Through the years the Pauls have juggled full-time jobs, the responsibilities of raising three sons, and volunteer contributions to their community and church. The local Roughrider FCRV Chapter and North Dakota FCRV are fortunate to have been beneficiaries of many of their limited volunteer hours. In addition, they have volunteered extensively in their church, Jim in Knights of Columbus (at the Council, District, State, and International levels), and Priscilla primarily in Beta Sigma Phi and their local annual Art in the Park Festival.
Special Recognition: The Pauls have made many contributions to North Dakota FCRV throughout their 25 years of membership, both tangible, such as through the attractive and informative state newsletters they produce quarterly, and intangible, such as through their encouragement, creative problem solving, willingness to assume committee assignments (big or small), on-going, long-term recruiting efforts, and their readiness for the next challenge. Their recognitions in Knights of Columbus through the years also reflect the caliber of their volunteer efforts. They were named KC “Family of the Year” in their Council, then District; they were ultimately chosen 1st runner-up in the 1989 State competition. Jim was named “Knight of the Year” in 1987-88 for (local) Council 2760. For his outstanding volunteer service, Jim has been named an Honorary Life member of both the 3rd and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.
Karen & Robert Snodgrass
Karen and Robert Snodgrass of Olmstead Falls, Ohio, have been members since 1992.
Leadership Karen and Robert have held several Chapter offices, Ohio Youth Chairmen for 15yrs, OSA Vice President for two terms. They have chaired several committees and State functions.
Achievements: They increased youth participation in state functions and received Ohio’s highest honor: the Hall of Fame award. Their expertise in the Youth program has encouraged more families with young children to become part of our organization.
National Service: The Snodgrasses were National Youth Directors for six years and are currently National Adult Activities Directors. They also worked on floats and set up WiFi at Campventions. They both participate in the FCRV Band at most Campventions they attended
National Achievements: Karen & Robert participated and won medals at games, won a National poster contest and have served the organization well in the two National positions they have held. Although they both work full time, they have attended every campvention since becoming members.
Community Involvement: Robert is active with his homeowners’ association. Karen works with Girl Scouts, Earth Day at the Zoo, Harvest for Hunger, packed goodie bags for the troops, and has answered phones for PBS TV channel. Both wrapped gifts at Macy’s to help the scholarship fund.
Special Recognition: They have received many accolades for their volunteer work. They won the campvention site decorating contest three times. Their proudest achievement is being added to the Ohio Hall of Fame Roll of Honor.