The Gerald Jennings Service Award was established in 2012 by the Board of Trustees of the Ypsilanti Historical Society to honor individuals who have dedicated a significant amount of their time and talents to Society programs, activities and projects. The award was named to honor Gerald Jennings who is a member of the YHS Board of Trustees and has contributed his time and talents to the Society for many years. Recipients of the Award are selected by the Society Board of Trustees and are recognized at quarterly membership meetings of the Society. During the Membership Meeting on September 7 three individuals received the award, James Mann, George Ridenour and Lyle McDermott. These three individuals are current volunteers in the YHS Archives who assist visitors and respond to call-in and email inquiries. The wording on each of the awards was as follows: “Lyle McDermott has been a volunteer in the Ypsilanti Historical Society Archives for the past eight years. As a dedicated member of the Archives team, he is able to answer even the most unique research questions. He is skilled at reading maps and atlases, and researching properties. Lyle’s passion for Ypsilanti and the Ypsilanti Historical Society is evident in his enthusiastic approach to inquiries and new acquisitions. The Society is fortunate to have such a devoted volunteer.” “George Ridenour has been a volunteer in the Ypsilanti Historical Society Archives for the past eight years. He is particularly adept at finding people through careful vital records research. Guests to the Archives can always count on him to assist them thoroughly and skillfully. An avid contributor of articles to the Gleanings, his creative stories shed light on oft-unexplored topics in Ypsilanti history. George also serves as a member of the YHS Archives Advisory Board.” “Presented to James Mann for extraordinary service and dedication over the past several years to the Ypsilanti Historical Society. His experiences as a local historian, storyteller, and author have made him a valuable resource to visitors seeking information about people, places, and things in the Ypsilanti area. His significant contributions to the Gleanings and the creation of the “Friday Night Movie Series” go beyond the expected volunteer call of duty.”
Photo Captions: Photo 1: Lyle McDermott (right) is presented the award by YHS Board of Trustee member John Pappas.