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Randy Roberts - Artist, David Van Gilder - Everyday Star (G-3)




Randy Roberts
Celebrity Artist

David Van Gilder
Everyday Star

David is an unselfish, unassuming, and effective volunteer.  His first major volunteer calling was as a Peace Corp volunteer from 1986-1988 in Botswana, Africa.  He was co-founder of the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana, Inc. and is its current President.  Dave has been on the board of the Fort Wayne African American Cancer Alliance since 1996.  He has served on the board of the Hoosier Environmental Council from 1992-1997 and 2000 - present.

My personal knowledge of David's volunteer skills is from the work he has done for the ACRES Land Trust.  ACRES acquires and protects significant natural areas, protecting them from development, for the benefit of our generation and generations to come. He has been on the ACRES board since 1991 and served as President 2004-2010.  Under his leadership ACRES increased membership over 60%, became stronger financially, developed an efficient board and hired a top-notch executive director. Dave's work for our environment will impact our community's quality of life for years to come.  The painting I did to honor Dave represents the woods, streams and ponds/lakes, meadows, and wetlands he helped protect through his volunteer efforts.