Society of American Foresters

Northwest Regions

Golden Member Appreciation Luncheon

Thirty-seven Washington State SAF Members came together in August to honor the newest group of Golden Members in our society.  A Golden Member is an SAF member with at least 50 years of membership.  Stories and reminisces of forestry past were highlights of the event.  There are currently 94 Golden Members in the Washington State Society.  Sixteen of the attendees were Golden themselves.

Three members attained Golden Membership this year: Jerry Behm, William Horn, and John Gorman.  Congratulations to all three.  Behm (below with John Walkowiak) and Horn (above with John Walkowiak) were able to attend and provided a few words to the group on what SAF membership means to them. 

The luncheon was primarily a social event augmented by WSSAF announcements delivered by John Walkowiak, WSSAF Chair and a nice presentation by our invited speaker, Loren Hiner, on the Tree Farm Program’s 75th Anniversary Celebration. 

The luncheon was a perfect time to announce that Thomas Hanson is the newest SAF Fellow.  Tom received a nice certificate from John Walkowiak, WSSAF Chair.

Two antique forestry books were donated and given away to attendees in a free raffle for all.

Honoring our most senior members at a luncheon started about a decade ago with the South Puget Sound Chapter honoring their own.  This is the third year that the celebration was open to all WSSAF members.  The event was underwritten by the SPS Chapter.


Written by Don Hanley and photos by Doug St. John