Recently, longtime resident Marty Betz was honored at his home with another special award from the Spring River Sportsman's Club.
Betz is moving away from Cherokee Village, and his loss to the community will be a big one.
Betz was honored in 1993 as Sportsman of the Year and he has continued to serve his community and the organization -- as it says on the plaque -- "Above and beyond over three decades."
Betz has racked up way too many accomplishments to list on the plaque, however Betz helped to organize the club's involvement in recycling.
Spring River Sportsmen were the first to volunteer a month, and Marty was almost always there on the coldest days in February, year-in and year-out.
He helped clean up Raccoon Springs and Abnaki Park, when it was virtually unusable due to heavy brush growth, Star Falls lookout, Deer Run hiking trail, where the club planted many ornimental trees, the old fishing pond and probably the most recognized, Adahi Trail, where many benches and creek bridges were built at his home and strategically placed.
He's also mainly responsible for the landscaping at the top of the trail too, plants and all.
He was at the very first annual bluebird seminar at Mammoth Spring State Park. This year's event marked the 20th year, where the Spring River Sportsman's Club has hosted the event for children throughout Spring River Country.
Betz has touched the lives of many people by serving as past president and treasurer of the organization and serving on the club's Board for nearly 30 years.
He has been just as active in helping with many other groups as well.
This award is the first of its kind to ever be presented by the organization.
Cherokee Village will sorely miss Marty Betz and all his hard volunteered work and organization.