Local Leaders

Each year at our Annual Meeting, AFFEW honors local leaders who are exceptional in the environmental field and have made a difference in the community. The board of directors takes pride in recognizing these individuals and businesses for sustainable practices, environmental leadership and hours of volunteering.

2019 Awards

The Evergreen Natural Food Market

Marsha Maluchnik of The Evergreen Natural Food Market was presented the 2019 Sustainable Business of the Year award by AFFEW president Julia Chambers. Evergreen, the real sustainable business of Ludington, is a natural food store that supports organic, non-GMO, gluten free products, locally farmed produce and fair trade clothing. Marsha and her husband Ron have owned the business in downtown Ludington for 19 year owners.

Pictured receiving their award from Julia Chambers, AFFEW President are Alan Haslam, Brenda Begnoche and Jim Clark


Alan Haslam

AFFEW is pleased to name Alan Haslam as the Environmentalist of the Year. Alan has served as the Vice President on the the board from 2016-2019. During his time on the board he oversaw the battery recycling program and raffle prizes for the Earth Day Celebration. Alan also represented AFFEW on the Household Hazardous Waste committee encouraging more support for this important event.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark was named the 2019 Volunteer of the Year. He served on AFFEW’s board from 2012-2019 as the treasurer and oversaw memberships. Jim was instrumental in developing and maintaining AFFEW’s original website. He also oversaw the battery recycling program for several years and represented AFFEW on the Household Hazardous Waste committee. In addition, Jim was the unofficial historian for AFFEW, compiling an extensive historical archive.

Brenda Begnoche

AFFEW presented a special award to Brenda Begnoche for her many years of volunteerism in the community. Brenda served on the board from 2012-2016. During her time on the board she was very active with special events and the Earth Day Celebration. She also managed all aspects associated with AFFEW’s section of the annual petunia parade.

2018 Awards

Volunteer of the YearHeidi Moloney
Environmentalist of the YearGlenn Walquist
Sustainable Business of the YearPadnos