Chevron Conservation Award letter from Joan Wolfe honoring Dr. John H. Tanton

Chevron Conservation Award

Joan L. Wolf
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506

November 29, 1989

Chevron Conservation Awards P.O. Box 7753
San Francisco, CA 94120-7753

To the Awards Committee Members:

I understand that Dr. John Tanton has been nominated for the Chevron Conservation Award, and I would like to wholeheartedly endorse his nomination.

Having been active in Michigan environmental and conservation activities for 25 years, I have often seen the fruit of his labors. From 1968 to 1973 I was Chairman and then Executive Director of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. I was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission from 1973 until 1981. Until recently, I served on the national board of Audubon. My experience with these and other groups led me to write my first book Making Things Happen: The Guide for Members of Volunteer Organizations.

Making things happen is what John Tanton is known for in Michigan. I am not alone in my thanks that Michigan's environment is the main beneficiary of his attentions.

Each time our paths cross I wonder at and admire John's productivity. Along with applying his knowledge and efforts directly to the things that concern him, John is a terrific recruiter and inspiration to others. His ability to lead people -- to infuse them with ideas and enthusiasm -- has made his impact felt on so many projects across the state that it is literally impossible to name them all.

John has my unreserved recommendation for the Chevron Conservation Award. He has earned this kind of recognition with his many, many years of selfless work.


Joan Wolfe

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