The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) honored five major partners and supporters during its 7th annual President’s Reception, held Friday, July 26 at the Bolton Historical Museum.
Honored guests included Judy Larter, who received the LGLC’s Henry M. Rowan Conservation Award, and four new members of the LGLC’s Apperson Society: the Makowski Trust, Bernice McPhillips and the McPhillips family, Lisa and Bill Stromberg, and Lora and Craig Treiber.
In addition to being honored this year as Apperson Society members, the Treibers are the founders and underwriters of the LGLC’s President’s Reception.
The event, which is held each year to thank those who demonstrated significant support of the LGLC over the past year, included about 100 guests who were able to also enjoy the new exhibit in the Bolton Historical Museum, “Landscapes Lost and Found: Two Centuries of Art from Bolton Landing,” which opened May 24.
The presentation of the Rowan Award recognizes exemplary individuals and organizations for their conservation efforts around Lake George, following the spirit of its namesake, Henry M. Rowan, who received the inaugural award in 2003. Recipients have made significant impacts in the LGLC’s own efforts as well as other environmental projects aimed to protect the beloved natural and cultural resource that is Lake George.
Ginny Rowan Smith, daughter of Henry Rowan, presented the 2019 Award to Larter.
Larter was one of the LGLC’s original supporters with the Margaret Boyd Rowan Preserve in 1990. After joining the LGLC Board in October of 1994, she has remained involved and been an ambassador for the organization ever since.
In addition to serving on the board, Larter also served as Co/Vice President for two years, Vice-President of Conservation for five years, and chaired the Events Committee, and Conservation and Stewardship Committee for three years each.
LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown then introduced the 2019 Apperson Society inductees, assisted by LGLC Vice President of Development Jeff Brozyna. Members each receive an Apperson medal, featuring Dome Island.
The Apperson Society was created by the Lake George Land Conservancy in honor of John Apperson’s land conservation efforts for Lake George. Apperson is perhaps best known in the Bolton area for his purchase and then donation of Dome Island for its permanent protection in 1956.
To carry on Apperson’s vision of a wild and protected Lake George, Apperson Society members are individuals, families, foundations or organizations that donate leadership gifts valuing $100,000 or greater to support land conservation in the Lake George watershed.
This year’s four Apperson Society inductees each demonstrated exemplary support of land conservation in their own ways for the benefit of Lake George.
For more information on the Lake George Land Conservancy, visit their website.
Photo of Judy Larter provided.