While admittedly a feel-good event, the awards dinner had a special buzz to it - the professional pride permeating the room was most obvious as nearly 200 industry colleagues celebrated the recent past and looked ahead to a promising future. Bob Ward (S. Ward & Son, Clarkston) was a very gracious recipient of the association's Well Driller of the Year Award. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Clinton Daniels (Schramm Inc.), whose efforts obviously stood out because these Michigan folks aren't going to give a Buckeye an award unless he's something extra special. A plaque signifying honorary lifetime membership to the association was bestowed upon a most-deserving John Schmitt, the association's executive director.
Elections for association officers were easy on the Rolodex; everyone from 2000-2001 was re-elected for 2001-2002. Jack Belt (W.S. Belt & Sons Inc., Allenton) was re-elected to a third term as president; Michael Oberlitner (Oberlitner & Associates, Ashley) has another go as first vice president; second vice president is Bryan Brewer (Central Wells and Pumps, Muskegon); Michael Mattson (Mattson & Sons Well Drilling, Wolverine) continues as secretary; and Gerald Hart (Hart Well Drilling, Mason) stays on as treasurer.
Looking ahead to 2002, the place to be March 11-12 will again be the Lansing Center, where the Michigan water industry will get together for show No. 74.