Our Bob Greenman Wins a Jefferson Award!

Former Five Rivers Director Craig Thompson with Bob Greenman

The Friends of Five Rivers is pleased to announce that long-time volunteer Mr. Robert Greenman of Sunset Drive in Delmar received a well-deserved Jefferson Award on April 3, 2017. The Friends nominated Mr. Greenman for this award, which honors public service in communities across the country. Bob Greenman is well known for his many long-standing contributions to civic life in the Capital Region, particularly in the Town of Bethlehem.

For forty years, longer than any other volunteer, Bob has supported the activities of the Friends of Five Rivers, which supports programming at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar. Bob was a Vol-unteer Instructor, leading school groups in various natural science studies, and served as an officer on the Board. In addition, Bob has been instrumental in implementing various educational and capital improvements at the Five Rivers site - a storage shed, a demonstration bee-hive, a telescope at a popular outdoor viewing. He has been certified by Cornell’s Master Forest Owners Program to provide information to forest owners about forest management resources and best practices. Bob generously offered his forestry expertise in several “spe-cial event” festivals and “woods walks” at Five Rivers, and was instrumental in providing timely and accurate public education and information about forest management practices at Five Rivers.

Bob has been a Senior Services Van driver since 1991, logging over 8,000 hours of volunteer service. He has been teaching the AARP Safe Driving Course once a month for Bethlehem Senior Services for 22 years, and was the state-wide coordinator in support of other Safe Driving Course instructors.

Bob has been involved with the Twin Rivers Boy Scout Council since the 1980s as a cub master, scout master, board officer, Camp Master, and District Chair. Bob currently serves as Chair of the Veterans Scout Associa-tion, is on the Eagle Scout Board of Review, and is supportive in many other ways.

Bob has been continuously affiliated with the Bethlehem Lutheran Church for over 50 years, teaching Bible classes and serving as an officer and President on the Church Council. He was instrumental in the develop-ment of the Good Samaritan Lutheran Home, where he served on the Board.

He has served as a Volunteer Greeter at the Visitor Information Desk of the New York State Museum for over a decade, and has also been an active docent for over 40 years with the Pennsylvania Lumbering Museum.

Mr. Greenman played a pivotal role on the Bethlehem town committee charged with the renovation of Bethle-hem’s Veterans Memorial Park. In recognition of his many contributions to civic life in the Town of Bethle-hem, the Chamber of Commerce presented Mr. Greenman with its Community Service Award.

An engineer by training, Mr. Greenman is the Founder and Treasurer of the Albany Society for Engineers. He also serves as a judge for RPI’s Machine Design Competition. Bob also took great pleasure in his long associa-tion with Junior Achievement, visiting classrooms to discuss how science instruction applies to the real world.

Joanne Macklin, Executive Director of the Friends of Five Rivers, says “We at the Friends think that the lives of countless people, from young children to seniors, have been improved thanks to Mr. Greenman’s passion for public service. Having dedicated his entire life to making our community a better place, Mr. Greenman is, in our opinion, the very embodiment of the spirit of the Jefferson Award.”