(Excerpts from his acceptance speech)

“After teaching chemistry and math at Crandon High School for 36 years, I retired in 2001.  Shortly after that Les Schramm asked me to join the Forest County Association of Lakes (FCAL) as a board member.  And then, shortly after THAT, I was asked if I would help with the essay contest FCAL runs each spring with the 5th and 6th grade students from Crandon, Laona, and Wabeno schools.  …Another FCAL initiative with students that I am involved with is their Lake Ecology Field Day.  Through the leadership of Lee Lamers, this “environmental day” was started. Lee asked me to help organize this because of my connection with the schools and my love for students for so many years.  After contacting Dr. Cindy Edlund at the Crandon High School, she worked with the instructors who taught environmental studies at Laona and Wabeno to set up this event during September of each year on beautiful Lake Metonga…  The professionals and experts involved all volunteer their time and are happy to make it an educational and fun day for the students. “

   Resch thanked FCAL President Pam Schroeder, Lee and Vi Lamers, Dr. Cindy Edlund and husband Mike, Les Schramm, his daughter Jodi and husband Russell, son Wayne and granddaughter Karissa and his best friend and partner, wife Janet.  He would also like to thank Mike Preul

“In closing I want to say I am honored to accept this award and I truly do enjoy the work I do with the essay contest and our Lake Ecology Day to share my love of our lakes with our young people.”