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OPAS Harlequin Award 2018-2019

Marion is a Treasure!

By Audrey Gift and Bob Boekelheide

Annually, past Harlequin awardees who have remained active as OPAS leaders, solicit nominees from our board and membership for a member who has made outstanding contributions to our programs and mission. This year, Marion Rutledge has been recognized for her invaluable contributions to OPAS and the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

She has been one of the most forthcoming and dependable volunteers for Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society for many years, working behind the scenes to support both OPAS and the Dungeness River Audubon Center with uncounted invaluable accomplishments. 

Marion was one of the first to embrace the concept that OPAS and the Center should have a shared on-line database. She worked tirelessly to help create the database, becoming one of the first to be trained in its use. She continues to teach others and to resolve inevitable glitches as they occur.

Marion has been a reliable and omnipresent BirdFest volunteer. She communicates with Audubon Societies throughout the country, making sure our festival is promoted far and wide. She masterfully coordinates volunteers for BirdFest events and happily volunteers herself to lead and assist early-morning bird trips. 

Marion is a frequent co-leader of the Wednesday morning bird walks at Railroad Bridge Park, sharing her knowledge and ensuring each person feels welcome.  For several years she has stepped forward to help compile bird sighting data on the bird walks.

Through it all, Marion shares her wisdom and diligent work ethic with a happy smile, spreading good feelings that encourages others to participate and support our organizations. 

Many Thanks to Marion, for her many years of stellar service to Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society and the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

Marion Rutledge receives Harlequin Award from Ken Wiersema
Photo by Bob Phreaner