Jim Watters Receives National Sierra Club Award
SAN FRANCISCO - Sept. 15, 2001 - Outings leader Jim Watters was among those
receiving national awards from the Sierra Club this year. Watters received
the William Colby Award, which honors an individual for outstanding
leadership, dedication and service to the Sierra Club.
Watters has been the cornerstone of the Sierra Club's national outings
program for more than 40 years. He has served as chair of the National
Outings Knapsack Subcommittee and Chair of the Outings Committee. He has
been a mentor to several generations of outings leaders and also introduced
the conservation component into the Club's outings program.
"Jim's presence is felt everywhere in the Outings Program - from the
Outings Office in San Francisco to every National Outings Subcommittee
across the country, to the local Bay Chapter Backpack Section," said Patrick
Colgan, a club member who nominated Watters for the award.
Watters has served as the interface between the National Park Service,
the National Forest Service and the Sierra Club National Outings Program. He
also has worked closely with the national outings staff to continuously
update the procedures and policies for Club outings. He also has served on
the volunteer board of the Pacific Crest Trail Association for many years
and has organized Sierra Club work parties to maintain a section of this
Watters previously received the Sierra Club's Oliver Kehrlein Award in
1983 and the Special Service Award in 1989.