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Mettle Award Winners

Current Mettle Award Winner: Willie Lambert

Willie Lambert

Mettle Award Winners

2008: Willie Lambert
2007: Frank Weinhold
2006: Cheryl Haefele
2005: Ed Keller
2004: Norma Weiser
2003: Brad Rhoden
2002: Tony Estes
2001: Fred Clark & Wes Nicholson
2000: Dave Halferty
1999: Marla Rhoden
1998: Jim Edwards
1997: Karen Yokley
1996: Pete Ross-Gotta
1995: Bob Sample
1994: Angela (Ayala) McDaniel

The Mettle Award was first presented to Angela (Ayala) McDaniel in recognition of her courage to face the incredible challenge of training for and competing in the Leadville 100 (mile) Ultra-marathon. In doing so she undertook a challenge that few if any of the members of the Sunflower Striders would even dare to consider. Each year since then the Mettle Award has been used to honor someone who has either sought out such a new and uncommon challenge on their own or faced down incredible adversity.

The award is intended to recognize those that embody this definition and the spirit that Angela demonstrated: That no challenge is too great. Generally the award is given to one individual although multiple individuals have been honored some years. Only current Sunflower Striders members that have been active (paid dues) for at least two years are eligible for the award. Nominations should be typed or written and must be submitted to a Sunflower Striders’ board member before December 15. Each nomination should include the individual’s name and an explanation of how they have reflected the spirit of the Mettle Award through their perseverance in facing new and uncommon challenges. The past Mettle Award winners will be charged with selecting the next Mettle Award winner from the nominations, and will not be eligible to win the Mettle Award again. The previous winners will meet prior to January 15 with each previous winner eligible to cast one vote. The highest ranking club officer that has not won the Mettle Award and is not among the current year’s nominees, shall schedule this meeting, and distribute copies of nominations to previous Mettle winners. This officer will also preside over the meeting but will not have voting rights. The voters may discuss the nominees among themselves prior to voting, but only one vote shall be taken by secret ballot. Previous winners that are unable to attend the scheduled meeting may vote absentee prior to the selection meeting by submitting a sealed envelope to the officer that will preside over the meeting. The Mettle Award winner will be the nominee that receives the greatest number of votes. Only individuals nominated by another Sunflower Strider will be eligible for the award.

The award winner will be recognized at the Sunflower Striders’ banquet with a plaque and a copy of the nomination submitted on their behalf.

2016 Members

Tom & Joleen Arnhold
Mike Baker
Stacie Baquero
John & Lila Bartel
Zach & Brianna Beach
George Bernheimer
Lana & Bob Best
Lynette Biehler
Ben Bradshaw
Kevin Brown
Nick Buek
Suzanne Burris
Michelle Carson
Dale Channel
Rudy Chavez
Scott & Rebecca Cole
Chris Cozadd
Cassie Criger
Kathleen Deeter
Heiko Detlefsen
Joshua Devlin
Mary Anne & Jared Durall
Jim & Ethel Edwards
Mark Elliott
Neal & Karen Farron
Dana Ferrell
Mimi Gardner
Larry & Elaine Gill
Artie Gonzales
James & Linda Griffin
Cheryl Haefele
Micah and Meagan Hawkinson
Kristen Hearrell
Marcia Henderson
Karla Huffman
Sarah Hunter
Jeff Huss
Doug & Dorthy IIiff
Steve Ingersoll
Matthew Ishkanian
Michael Jamison
Kenneth & Barbara Jessop
Jamie Kim
Kevin Kulm
Clay Lang
Dennis Lawlor
Matthew Ledell
Myron & Tandy Leinwetter
Jan W Leuenberger
Jason, Glenn & Glenn Lewis
Candi Meerpohl
Abby Moore
Justin and Vanessa Moss
Tracie Neill
Dave Newbery
LeTiffany Obozele
Tim & Meredith Owen
Nancy Perih
Carley Pert
Tamara Peterson (Miller)
Claire Phillips
Gary Pratt
Brad & Marla Rhoden
Bethany Richardson
Lesa and Rick Roberts/Beattie
Angela Roberson
Michael Robins
Ashley Robinson
Donna Romans
Brent, Luke, Isaiah, Rebekah, Gabe Roper
Jacob & Sheena Schmidtlein
Tim Schmitz
Peg Schultz
Tanya & Dave Scott
Debbie Simecka
Eric & Vicki Smith
Monica Smith
Rashawn Smith
Robert, Nici, Angelica Soria
Doug & Kathy Stacken
Lon Stanton
Charles & Christine Steinkuehler
Scott Steward
Liatris Studer
Steve Stumbaugh
Thad Sullivan
Michelle Terry
Barb, Leigha, Ron Thomas
Josh, Jacquelyn Thompson
Ken/Jan Tillery/Escola
Kelly Tosh
Kermit Trout
Scott Umsheide
Roger Underwood
Sarah Vincent
Vicki Vossler & Lynette Steuve
Bill, Brenda, Emily, Billy, Abby, and Sophie Wagemaker
Joe Wagenblast
Paul, Tracy & Marissa Wagner
Vicky Walters
Deanna Warner
Israel Wasserstein
Joshua and Skyler Watson
Les Watson
Monte Weathers
Jane Weiler
Frank Weinhold
Norma Weiser
Bob & Sharon Wenger
Becky Wessel
Kathi/Sue West/Hamlin
Jackie Williams

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