|The Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
The OFNC George McGee Service Award is given in recognition of a member who has contributed significantly to the smooth running of the Club over several years.
Phil Jeffreys is an active member of Excursions & Lectures Committee for a number of years and has made valuable contributions to the work of the committee. Seven years ago, Phil volunteered to seek a new location for our annual Soirée, eventually choosing the convenient and affordable St. Basil's Church. Since then Phil has taken charge of the general arrangements for the Soirée at this venue, working out a convenient floor plan, setting up and taking down exhibit structures, and designing and constructing several components in his workshop that facilitate this process and that add to the esthetics of the scheme. Phil is responsible for phoning potential exhibitors to ensure meaningful participation from Club members and he organizes a cadre of capable people to help. He is our liaison with St. Basil's, booking this hall each year, arranging for the sound equipment, and renting the dishes so that we can all enjoy a very festive occasion.
Phil has also taken on the responsibility for hiring buses for our longer trips, such as the spring birding trip to Point Pelee, and for making our hotel bookings. He never fails to check, and double check, with the hotels and bus companies to make sure that all arrangements are in place and sees to the comforts of all the participants.
Many thoughtful ideas and suggestions for improving and adding to our events and for enhancing our profile in the community in general have also come from Phil in the capacity of member of Excursions & Lectures Committee.
For these reasons and more, we wish to honour Phillip Jeffreys with the George McGee Service Award for 2008.