IBBA Special Awards

From time to time the IBBA Board of Directors and Committee Chairs may nominate individuals for special awards in recognition of meritorious work on behalf of the IBBA, or of actions that uphold and promote the ideals, goals and ethics of the IBBA.

Alicia Baylor 2006 Board of Directors Excellence in Service Award
Velma Begley 2004 Special Award
Paul Chesterfield 2002 IBBA BOD "Special Recognition Award"
Paul Chesterfield 2003 Certificate of Appreciation
Doddie Drake 2004 Special Award
Zane & Maggie Greathouse 2006 Members of the Year
Cindy Hepp 2003 Special Committee Award
Cheryl Lake 2003. Special Angel Award
Melanie McCarthy 2002. Special Angel Award
Melanie McCarthy 2006 Lifetime Honorary Award
Jay McRoberts 2003 Special Committee Award
Dale McClung 2013 Lifetime Honorary Award [ new ]
Kathy Marshburn 2006 Board of Directors Excellence in Service Award
Rick Mikula 2003 Certificate of Appreciation
Rick Mikula 2006 Lifetime Honorary Award
Linda Rogers 2002. Special Angel Award
Linda Rogers 2006 Lifetime Honorary Award
Edith Smith 2004 Special Award
Liz Swanson 2004 Special Award
Felicia Tappan 2006 Board of Directors Excellence in Service Award
Jon Timko 2003 Certificate of Appreciation
Nigel Venters 2004 Special Committee Award
Nigel Venters 2006 Lifetime Honorary Award
Nigel Venters 2011 Token of Appreciation
Dr. Bruce Walsh 2011 Token of Appreciation
Kathleen Ziemer 2003 Special Angel Award
Kathleen Ziemer 2011 Lifetime Honorary Award

Lifetime Honorary AwardsLifetime Honorary Award

Lifetime Honorary Awards - November, 2006.

Melanie McCarthy, Rick Mikula,
Linda Rogers & Nigel Venters

Motion to Board, November 2006:

Dear Fellow IBBA BOD Members and Offiicers:

Madame President and IBBA BOD Members, please consider this motion: As many of you know I feel that there is nothing more important to the continued success of the IBBA than its volunteers. The IBBA has been blessed with a wonderful core of volunteers who in the first ten years of its existence have been its very lifeblood. These wonderful people sacrificed many hours of their time to the benefit of our association and industry. The year is coming to a close and a new BOD will soon take its place. With the change we are witnessing the passing of a torch. There are several of our members that I think are long overdue for special recognition. I suggest that we call this our “Lifetime Honorary Award”. Currently we give honorary awards that are renewed yearly. All of these nominees are “Heroes” of the IBBA.

Melanie McCarthy: [click HERE]
Rick Mikula: [click HERE]
Linda Rogers: [click HERE]
Nigel Venters: [click HERE]

These four individuals produced a synergy that built our association. Melanie provided the business knowledge. Rick has been our inspiration. Linda is the volunteer whose ideas made things happen. Nigel taught us how to do it. I hope you will join with me to second this motion and then vote to make it so. It is time to recognize those who built the foundation. Next we need to do our parts and make it even better.

Sincerely,
Zane B. Greathouse

(Motion Passed, November 2006)

Lifetime Honorary Award - March 2011.

Kathleen Ziemer [click HERE]

The Board of Directors of the International Butterfly BreedeRs Association are pleased to announce that at the Board Meeting held March 21, 2011, Kathleen Ziemer of Butterfliz of Iowa was granted an Honourary Lifetime Membership in thanks for her dedicated service to the International Butterfly Breeders Association.

Kathleen was one of the IBBA's first members and has been a strong supporter of the association in the years that followed. She has served as an officer of the IBBA as Secretary and on the board of directors for a number of years. Along with her volunteer efforts on the board she has organized work shops and conventions. Kathleen: Thank you for your knowledge, your willingness to share, your tireless effort, your winning smile, and your straight talk attitude!

Congratulations on your Honourary Lifetime Membership!

Gloria J. Brons, President
International Butterfly Breeders Association


Lifetime Honorary Award - January 2013.

Dale McClung [click HERE]

Dear Members,

I am pleased to announce a special award. The Lifetime Honorary Award is given to a special few that have gone above and beyond for the IBBA and our industry.

Dale McClung has been nominated for the Lifetime Honorary Award by Rick Mikula and approved by the board. Everyone that I spoke with about Dale said that he is well deserving. Dale has been a member of the IBBA almost from its conception. He has and continues to work many hours, mostly behind the scenes, on the behalf of the butterfly industry. Over the years, Dale has served terms on the board, numerous committees, is a past president, and a current board member. He has been a liason between our industry and the regulators, working on restrictions, as well as building bridges with our adversaries. Keeping abreast of the trends, Dale monitors many lists while defending our industry. He has attended every convention from the day he joined, has given presentations, etc. Dale willing and openly shares his extensive knowledge of butterflies, the industry, the business, policies, and regulations, among other topics of which he is well versed (just bring up anything to do with history!).

I am proud and honored to know Dale, to have worked with him over the years, and to call him my friend. Congratulations Dale!!

Kathy Marshburn
1/25/13


IBBA Special Awards

Awards are listed in alphabetical order.

Board of Directors Excellence in Service Award, 2006: Alicia BaylorAlicia Baylor
Board of Directors Excellence in Service Award, 2006

As Co-Coordinators of the Wings of Hope Program, Alicia Baylor and Kathy Marshburn became IBBA's ambassadors for this special program, lovingly caring for and managing all details of this program.

They carefully took care of all details for 7 Wings of Hope Butterfly Releases during 2006. This involved reviewing applications, ongoing communication with prospective recipients, promoting the events, recruiting donors and facilitating the shipments. Their work did not stop there. There was follow-up and closure with all individuals and organizations involved, both donors and recipients and final reports for each event placed on the Wings of Hope Web page. We are truly appreciative of the care and attention they have given to this program. Their work has been outstanding.

Velma BegleyVelma Begley
Special Award, 2004

For 1½ years faithful service and dedication as president of the IBBA.






Paul ChesterfieldPaul Chesterfield
IBBA Board of Directors "Special Recognition Award", 2002.

The IBBA Board of Directors has selected Paul Chesterfield of Butterfly Boutique for special recognition and appreciation.

Paul has given many thousands of hours personal time, to create and maintain the IBBA website.

An IBBA Certificate of Appreciation and Paperweight was awarded to Paul Chesterfield by the 2003 Board of Directors.

Certificate of Appreciation - Paul Chesterfield


Doddie DrakeDoddie Drake
Special Award, 2004

For her continuing work as IBBA Treasurer and for her faithful work as Convention Treasurer. 





Members of the Year, 2006: Zane & Maggie GreathouseZane & Maggie Greathouse
Members of the Year, 2006

Zane and Maggie Greathouse were sponsors for the California convention in February, then managed the Florida convention in November 2007. They represented the IBBA at the SASI invertibrates in captivity meeting in Arizona, introducing the commercial butterfly farmers to groups there. Zane has served as a board member in 2007 and has been an extremely positive force on the Board of Directors - a steady, calm presence that has given warmth, wisdom and kindness always.

Cindy HeppCindy Hepp
Special Committee Award, 2003

The Publications Committee are pleased to recognise Cindy Hepp of the Milkweed Cafe for their first Committee Award. Cindy has contributed to the butterfly breeding industry in many ways, but the committee wish in particular to recognise her for her

outstanding contribution to the industry as an exemplary businesswoman
and innovative butterfly farmer;

high standards for excellence in products and service;

high quality design and eye appeal of her website


Cheryl LakeCheryl Lake
Special Angel Award, 2003.

Cheryl Lake was presented with IBBA Special Angel Awards at the 2003 IBBA Annual Convention.


Special Angel Award - Cheryl Lake


Cheryl received her Special Angel Award for her extreme generosity to the Wings of Hope projects.

Melanie McCarthyMelanie McCarthy
Special Angel Award, 2002.

Melanie McCarthy was honored at the 2002 IBBA convention with "Angel Awards" for their contributions to the IBBA above and beyond the call of duty.

Melanie's contributions to the IBBA have included:

  • Lead in the development of the IBBA Corporate Bylaws;
  • Active Board Member, past and present;
  • Developed the first official Position Paper for the butterfly release industry, which was presented at PA Convention: "Unsure of Butterfly Releases?"
  • Responsible for 911 Release/Tribute and Official IBBA Tagging Program Event-- receiving almost 1,000 butterflies and cash donations from farmers across the U.S., England and Canada;
  • Wings of Hope Release for Molly Bish: Managed the Release Memorial for the Bish Family which received national level media exposure for the Wings of Hope Program.
  • Managed creation and production of the official IBBA Industry CD and Video to serve as a tool for PR and business promotion as well as an educational mail-out to regulatory agencies, media and other groups that influence or have impact on the release industry;
  • As IBBA's representative, brought about the reversal of the federal policy that prohibited shipment of Monarch butterflies to Rhode Island;
  • Responsible for the creation and development of the Permitting Corner on the IBBA website;
  • Responsible for bringing in and securing Attorney/Lobbyist for the IBBA.

Lifetime Honorary Award: Melanie McCarthyLifetime Honorary Award
Awarded to Melanie McCarthy, November 2006

Melanie has been president, board member, committee chairperson and more. She has guided us through legal and procedural minefields numerous times. Her bookkeeping, accounting, business, and organizational skills have kept the IBBA on track. Ms. McCarthy single handedly took care of the incorporation of Wings of Hope so it is now a 501c Corporation that can take tax deductible donations. She was instrumental in securing two important sponsors for Wings of Hope: The Molly Bish Foundation and the Granby Public Library in Granby, Massachusetts. Melanie has been a part of the IBBA since its beginning, but it is what she has done in the interim that matters. Zane B. Greathouse

Dale McClung
Lifetime Honorary Award: Dale McClung
Lifetime Honorary Award
Awarded January 2013

Dale McClung has been nominated for the Lifetime Honorary Award by Rick Mikula and approved by the board. Everyone that I spoke with about Dale said that he is well deserving. Dale has been a member of the IBBA almost from its conception. He has and continues to work many hours, mostly behind the scenes, on the behalf of the butterfly industry.

Over the years, Dale has served terms on the board, numerous committees, is a past president, and a current board member. He has been a liason between our industry and the regulators, working on restrictions, as well as building bridges with our adversaries. Keeping abreast of the trends, Dale monitors many lists while defending our industry. He has attended every convention from the day he joined, has given presentations, etc. Dale willing and openly shares his extensive knowledge of butterflies, the industry, the business, policies, and regulations, among other topics of which he is well versed (just bring up anything to do with history!).

Jay McRobertsJay McRoberts
Special Committee Award, 2003

The Gardening Committee recognizes Jay McRoberts outstanding contributions to the IBBA, its members and the world of butterflies.

Jay unselfishly gives of his time by sharing advice, plant cuttings and friendship with many people.

Jay's work with Converting Power Easements to Butterfly Habitats projects and the IBBA's Tagging Program has done much to raise the image of the IBBA in the public eye. He is a cherished member of the IBBA and the Gardening Committee thanks Jay for his caring and his work.

Board of Directors Excellence in Service Award, 2006: Kathy MarshburnKathy Marshburn
Board of Directors Excellence in Service Award, 2006

As Co-Coordinators of the Wings of Hope Program, Kathy Marshburn and Alicia Baylor became IBBA's ambassadors for this special program, lovingly caring for and managing all details of this program.

They carefully took care of all details for 7 Wings of Hope Butterfly Releases during 2006. This involved reviewing applications, ongoing communication with prospective recipients, promoting the events, recruiting donors and facilitating the shipments. Their work did not stop there. There was follow-up and closure with all individuals and organizations involved, both donors and recipients and final reports for each event placed on the Wings of Hope Web page. We are truly appreciative of the care and attention they have given to this program. Their work has been outstanding.

Rick MikulaRick Mikula

An IBBA Certificate of Appreciation and Paperweight was awarded to Rick Mikula by the 2003 Board of Directors.

Certificate of Appreciation - Rick Mikula

Lifetime Honorary Award: Rick MikulaLifetime Honorary Award
Awarded to Rick Mikula, November 2006

Rick has done more to make the butterfly release business an industry than anyone I know. He has lead us with his seminars, at workshops, and many presentations. Mr. Mikula is the face of our industry (be it cross-eyed with a butterfly on his nose) as he crosses the country doing programs and sharing his love for butterflies and butterfly releases. Rick has taught us that this doesn’t have to be a hobby. We learned that we can make a living doing something we love.
Zane B. Greathouse

Linda RogersLinda Rogers
Special Angel Award, 2002.

Linda Rogers was honored at the 2002 IBBA convention with "Angel Awards" for their contributions to the IBBA above and beyond the call of duty.

Linda's contributions to the IBBA have included:

  • Board Member for 4 years
  • Chairperson for 4 years
  • Political Action, Publications Committees
  • Assembled and Published the IBBA Scientific Report
  • Assisted with production of IBBA CD
  • Website Development with Paul Chesterfield
  • Started and Managed Ask a Mentor Program
  • Assisted with 4 Conventions
  • Assembled and published "Secrets of the Talking Butterfly"
  • Developed Co-Op store
  • Found many useful website links and information sources now available on the IBBA website
  • Official Liaison with USDA Regulatory Officials
  • Led the campaign to respond to USDA's comment and review of proposed legislation including CNN coverage, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post articles
  • Worked directly with USDA and Florida state regulatory officials to reverse federal policy restricting butterfly shipments in Florida.

Lifetime Honorary Award: Linda RogersLifetime Honorary Award
Awarded to Linda Rogers, November 2006

Linda is what the IBBA is all about. She is full of energy, ideas, and passion. She has spent untold hours doing behind the scenes work for the IBBA. Her spirit of volunteerism is what our organization relies on. Ms. Rogers is a dynamo and she has made a difference many times. Her political energy helped to get the IBBA through some tough times with the USDA. Linda is another “been there from the start” member who continues to generate ideas, share her passion, and make a difference. Zane B. Greathouse

Edith SmithEdith Smith
Special Award, 2004

For outstanding achievement based on her hard work and dedicated service in creating, coordinating and directing the 2004 IBBA Convention. With minimal help, Edith almost single-handedly organized the entire affair, including location, speakers, entertainment, and meals.  Additionally, Edith seriously listened to various members of the IBBA and the Board of Directors, and did everything humanly possible to accommodate their requests, suggestions, and concerns.

Liz Swanson
Special Award, 2004

In July 2004 The IBBA Board of Directors honored Liz Swanson with a Special Award in grateful appreciation for all of her hard work with the IBBA store.

Board of Directors Excellence in Service Award, 2006: Felicia TappanFelicia Tappan
Board of Directors Excellence in Service Award, 2006

Felicia Tappan has been a can-do board member in 2006, extending herself into special projects that are very meaningful to the association - attending two wedding professionals trade meetings, giving instructional workshops for wedding planners, and is assembling and managing the upcoming online workshop for Wedding Professionals in 2007. Felicia is always willing to pitch in and make the difference.


Jon TimkoJon Timko

An IBBA Certificate of Appreciation and Paperweight was awarded to Jon Timko by the 2003 Board of Directors.

Certificate of Appreciation - Jon Timko

Nigel Venters
Special Committee Award, 2004
Awarded by the Public Relations & Business Development Cte.

Nigel VentersNigel Venters, recipient of 2004 Special Committee Award for his long-time, ongoing and dedicated contributions to helping people learn about butterflies. Nigel has patiently answered literally hundreds of private e-mails and has taken the time to answer questions from beginner to expert raising topics on the IBBA and Butterfly Family Lists for four years.




Lifetime Honorary Award: Nigel VentersLifetime Honorary Award
Awarded to Nigel Venters, November 2006

Nigel is the unofficial mentor of the IBBA. He has donated many hours sharing husbandry and culture ideas. His musings on the list are always well read and generate much positive interest. I know of no one who knows more about the breeding of butterflies and certainly no one who has been more willing to share their knowledge with beginners. Nigel has patiently answered the same questions time and time again as new IBBA members learn the intricacies of butterfly rearing. Zane B. Greathouse

Token of Appreciation
Presented to Nigel Venters, 2011

Nigel:

The International Butterfly Breeders Association Board of Directors, on behalf of the entire membership, expresses gratitude and appreciation to Nigel Venters for special assistance in 2011 to reverse federal policies in three States, resulting in increased business for butterfly farmers.

In addition, the board also expresses gratitude for the thousands of posts, public and private, butterfly education / mentoring most generously shared over the past 12 years. This generosity has helped build an industry, brought knowledge to new businesses, and helped us thrive.

Thank you Nigel Venters!

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The 2011 IBBA Board of Directors
In 2011 the Board of Directors of the IBBA sent a small token of our appreciation to Nigel Venters for his dedication and assistance offered to our industry and members.

Dr. Bruce WalshDr. Bruce Walsh
Token of Appreciation
Presented to Dr. Bruce Walsh, 2011

Dr. Bruce Walsh:

The International Butterfly Breeders Association Board of Directors on behalf of the entire membership expresses gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Bruce Walsh for lending special assistance in 2011 to reverse federal policies in three states, resulting in increased business for butterfly farmers.

We do greatly value your willingness to share scientific information that directly influenced policy makers on state and federal levels.

Thank you, Dr. Bruce Walsh, from the butterfly farmers!

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The 2011 IBBA Board of Directors
In 2011 the Board of Directors of the IBBA sent a small token of our appreciation to Dr. Walsh for his dedication and assistance offered to our industry and members.

Kathleen ZiemerKathleen Ziemer
Special Angel Award, 2003.

Kathleen Ziemer was presented with IBBA Special Angel Awards at the 2003 IBBA Annual Convention.

Special Angel Award - Kathleen Ziemer

Kathleen received her Special Angel Award for her efforts on the convention planning.

Lifetime Honorary Award: Kathleen ZiemerLifetime Honorary Award
Awarded to Kathleen Ziemer, March 2011

The Board of Directors of the International Butterfly BreedeRs Association are pleased to announce that at the Board Meeting held March 21, 2011, Kathleen Ziemer of Butterfliz of Iowa was granted an Honourary Lifetime Membership in thanks for her dedicated service to the International Butterfly Breeders Association.

Kathleen was one of the IBBA's first members and has been a strong supporter of the association in the years that followed. She has served as an officer of the IBBA as Secretary and on the board of directors for a number of years. Along with her volunteer efforts on the board she has organized work shops and conventions. Kathleen: Thank you for your knowledge, your willingness to share, your tireless effort, your winning smile, and your straight talk attitude!


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