The Cascade Rail Foundation Volunteer of the Year for 2012 is Gary Pember.
Gary is a former Milwaukee Road employee who worked for the railroad as a locomotive mechanic in the Tacoma shops. He has long been a friend of Cascade Rail Foundation. This year Gary has been especially active in supporting our work. He has been a regular volunteer helping to organize our archival collections at Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive in Burien. Gary has also been very actively supporting our project to bring the 5057, a Milwaukee Road diesel locomotive, to the South Cle Elum. For the 5057 Project, he created the work of art we are giving to people who contribute more than $505.70 to the project. Gary and his wife Lori also donated the special, large size prints of the artwork. In addition to these contributions, he has also been there for us when we needed a bit of information or some encouragement. Gary even washed the lunch dishes at our fall meet!
While Gary is the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award this year, he is not alone. CRF thanks all of its partners in preserving the history of the Milwaukee Road in Washington. THANK YOU!