Decker Crew Award

 


The Dan Decker Crew Achievement Award is typically presented to a number of GEBA crew members yearly, allowing them to attend that year’s annual Safety Seminar program at no cost. Because many couples work as a team, we do recognize them as such. The award is presented in honor of past GEBA member Dan Decker.

 

Dan Decker was very involved with GEBA in the early years, and was the president at the time of his death in 1990. He was the one that suggested we have seven board members instead of six, so if anything came up for a vote, there would never be a tie. He was instrumental in many of the legal issues that GEBA was involved in, and wrote the position paper on behalf of the club when the anti-ballooning bill was introduced into the NJ Senate. That position paper has been used around the country to help fight other anti-ballooning legislation. He was also working on projects for the BFA at the time of his death. One of his primary goals was to promote proper treatment of landowners and foster a better understanding of ballooning. He was the consummate volunteer — hard working, thorough, and dependable.
 
For instructions on how to nominate someone for the Dan Decker Crew Achievement Award, or any other award, please see the Recognition main page.


 

Winners of the Dan Decker
Crew Achievement Award for 2016

 

Robin Smith
Kevan Williams

 

 
 
 

Past Winners

1990
Jim Doerer
Dave Gilbert

1991
Dave Tyron
Evelyn Tyron

1992
Patricia Henneforth
Elaine Balling

1993
Joan Mount
Janet Leota
Ben Darling

1994
Carl Balling
Graden Howell
Marion Nixon

1995
Valorie Calef
Karen Konash
Debhorah Slahta
Sue West

1996
Teri Lyman
Diane Maurer
JR Maehr
Gene Burnstein

1997
Linda Allen
Suzanne Hanbicki
Dennis Chiarelli
Keith Standley
Donna Chabra
Tracy Nash

1998
Vickie Hance
John & Rosie Surie
Art & Jan Sussman

1999
John Borders
Janet Doerer
Liz Hotz
LT. Steve Moylan
Val Von Iglau
2000
Susan Bennett
Tim Cardinal
Vince Downey
Susan Meyers

2001
Dave & Sue Lee
Wayne McFarland
Cindy Ostergaard
Brian & Joell Swope

2002
Joan Blair
Vincent Ceppaluni
Kathy Coulahan
Clair Hamanaka
Jeff Leaver
Peter Tisa

2003
Karen Bowker
Bev Schneider
Ken Loesser
Glenna Matkowsky

2004
Andrew Piech
Linda Sikora
Robert Ruff

2005
Kelly Figler
Dorothy Gergely
Janet Leota
Christine Serra

2006
Maggie Linzer
Rich (RJ) Letrent

2007
BJ Taylor
Anthony Gentile

2008
Joe DeLucia
Shirley Krahenbuhl
Mike & Elaine Cameron

2009
Mary Jo Wolfenden
Sue Grant
Barbara Magnano
Fred Rivera
2010
Richard Bernava
Wayne Sudol
Alan Wersler
Dan Whalen

2011
Kevin Wolfenden
Mary Beth Antonucci
Kenny Adamsbaum
Betsy Miller
Adam Leota

2012
Karen Smith
Charlie and Marianne Mera
Bill Sweeney

2013
Larry Coy
Sal Panico

2014
Fernando Batista
Patrick Cullen
Jocelyn Gonzalez
Bill Van Zee

2015
Lani Diemicke
Adrianne Gasser
Kyle Kokotajlo
Ruth Standley