McDaniels Appreciation Award
In Appreciation for
Outstanding Service to the
Catamaran Racing Association of Michigan
Many of you don't remember Duane. When I was just starting in the club in 1980 (and yes, I know - ancient) Duane and his wife, Judy, were an institution in the club. This is when catamaran sailing was in it's heyday, with 100-200 catamarans showing up for a regatta. Duane and Judy carried the club in many ways. When the club needed a new committee boat (our current Boston Whaler) but couldn't get financing, Duane stepped in and financed the boat himself. Yes, CRAM paid the payments, but this was a selfless act and a personal risk that not many would have taken on. Judy made stained glass trophies. Lots of them. This was back in the day, when we had separate trophies for every regatta. These were works of art, and I have a couple of them myself. Everywhere you looked, Duane & Judy were there contributing.
And so, this award is presented to the individuals that go above and beyond in supporting CRAM the way Duane & Judy did.
Past recipients are:
|1990: Duane McDaniels||1998: Rick Olt||2006: Jan Gaffney||2014: Christy Higgins|
|1991: Roger & Ginger Cochran||1999: Sue Kizoff||2007: Mike Wisniewski||2015: Ron Kramer|
|1992: Carolyn Cox||2000: Mark Biggers||2008: Andy Kursch||2016: Kim Krutty|
|1993: Roger Cochran||2001: Terri Burns||2009: Jan Gaffney||2016: Keith Schwark|
|1994: Terri Burns||2002: Eric Kennedy||2010: Jim Egerdal||2017: James Derck|
|1995: Jim Powers||2003: Rick Olt||2011: Uli Gollwitzer||2018: James Derck|
|1996: Carol Enders||2004: Terri Burns||2012: Jim Egerdal||2019:|
|1997: Roger Cochran||2005: Terri Burns||2013: Jeff Rehm||2020:|
If you talk to one of these people, buy them a beer. They worked for it.
And oh by the way, Duane is somewhere in Mexico as I write this - boardsailing. Rock on Duane.