Volunteer of the Year: Joe Richards

At its Annual Meeting on Sunday April 24, the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association [WHPA] recognized Joe Richards of Westminster West as its 2016 Volunteer of the Year. For four years Joe, a retired metal worker, has plied his varied and substantial skills in a number of ways to help WHPA.

A hiker and avid mountain biker who loves the outdoors and the woods, Joe met Trails Chair Sara Waldo out on the trails and was instantly recruited as Trail Steward to help keep his favorite Latham Trail in good shape.

But that’s not all. While known for his chain-saw abilities, Joe is also the designer and fabricator of the Iron Ranger, the donation box installed at the Holden Trail Kiosk. Joe came up with the idea for this strong container and brainstormed with WHPA Board Member Tony Coven to construct it. Since its installation, the Iron Ranger has collected, in all kinds of weather, contributions from grateful hikers that will go toward the maintenance of the Pinnacle Cabin.

Joe Richards, at left, and WHPA Board Member Tony Coven show off Joe’s newly installed Iron Ranger and its instructive sign at the Holden Trailhead kiosk.

Joe Richards, at left, and WHPA Board Member Tony Coven show off Joe’s newly installed Iron Ranger and its instructive sign at the Holden Trailhead kiosk.

usan Roman presents a token of appreciation to Joe Richards.

Outgoing WHPA Chair Susan Roman presents a token of appreciation to Joe Richards
for his years of outstanding work as a very versatile Pinnacle volunteer.

The Pinnacle Association relies upon volunteers like Joe for all of its program and property management activities. Thank you, Joe!

Volunteers are the backbone of WHPA. We invite you to make your Pinnacle experience more complete by offering your expertise as a walk leader, trails worker, other volunteer, or program participant and photographer. We are always looking for feedback on our programs and trails. We welcome your input and participation.