Bicycle association names GH woman National Volunteer of the Year

Local resident Leslie Wills has been named the Adventure Cycling Association's National Volunteer of the Year for 2011, an honor recognizing her for work getting U.S. Bike Route 35 in Michigan.
Becky Vargo
Oct 28, 2011


the amazing people, organizations and businesses that make a difference for bicycle touring, and cycling in general,” said Amy Corbin, awards committee chairwoman. “These folks do so much to make America a better, friendlier and more connected country.”
Wills said she was surprised when notified of the award last week.

“I truly didn’t expect anything,” the 57-year-old Grand Haven resident said.

Wills said the work she was doing for the association was much like what she had done while working at the Farm Service Agency in Grand Haven.

“I was used to talking to government agencies,” she said.

Wills was credited for volunteering dozens of hours to get the necessary support for designation of U.S. Bike Route 35 in Michigan.

“Her countless phone calls, e-mails and steadfast attendance at meetings helped to get resolutions of support from 15 local agencies,” said Ginny Sullivan, projects director for the Adventure Cycling Association. “We would not have been able to complete the work in this timeframe without Leslie’s time, energy and clear devotion to Adventure Cycling, and the goals of the U.S. Bicycle Route System project.”

To read more of this story, see today's edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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