Honor Roll

 

 

These are the folks who contributed the time and effort to make

the Golden West Chapter successful through the years:

 

 

Year

President

Vice

President

Secretary

Treasurer

1988

Wes Bender

Dale Nies

Ben DiDuca

Eric Bennett

1989

Dale Nies

Ben DiDuca

Wes Bender

Eric Bennett,

Gordon Coleman

1990

Ben DiDuca

Richard Love

Wes Bender

Gordon Coleman

1991

Richard Love

Gordon Coleman

Jim Light

John Fries

1992

Gordon Coleman

John Fries

Jim Light

Don King

1993

Dale Nies

Mike Burneson

Gordon Coleman

Don King

1994

Mike Burneson

Randy Messer

Gordon Coleman

John Givogri

1995

Randy Messer

Bill Warfield

Gordon Coleman

John Givogri

1996

Bill Warfield

Russ Evanski

Gordon Coleman

Bruce Townes

1997

Russ Evanski

Bill Reid

Gordon Coleman

Bruce Townes

1998

Bill Reid

Steve Bare

Gordon Coleman

Bruce Townes

1999

Steve Bare

Al Colflesh

Bo Kim

Bruce Townes

2000

Al Colflesh

Jim Light

Bo Kim,

Gordon Coleman

Bruce Townes

2001

Jim Light

Tim Hurley

Gordon Coleman

Bruce Townes

2002

Tim Hurley

Duane Niesen

Gordon Coleman

Jerry Fulghum

2003

Duane Niesen

Tom Shirley

Gordon Coleman

Jerry Fulghum

2004

Tom Shirley

Brian Fortelka

Gordon Coleman

Jerry Fulghum

2005

Brian Fortelka

Todd Harris

Carey Haughy

Jerry Fulghum

2006

Todd Harris

Dave Archer

Carey Haughy

Jerry Fulghum

2007

Bill Warfield

Duane Niesen

Carey Haughy

Jerry Fulghum

2008

Bill Warfield

Mike McNulty

Carey Haughy

Jerry Fulghum

2009

Bill Warfield and

Wes Bender

--

Carey Haughy

Jerry Fulghum

2010

Sandy Figuers

--

Carey Haughy

Jerry Fulghum

2011

Mike Chiurato

--

Carey Haghy

Jerry Fulghum

2012

Mike Chiurato

--

Carey Haughy

Jerry Fulghum

2013

Mike Chiurato

--

Kent Thygerson

Jerry Fulghum

2014

Mike Chiurato

--

Danniell Edwards

Jerry Fulghum

2015

Mike Chiurato

--

Danniell Edwards

Jerry Fulghum

2016

Mike Chiurato

--

Danniell Edwards

Jerry Fulghum

2017

Mike Chiurato

--

Danniell Edwards

Jerry Fulghum

2018

Mike Chiurato

--

Joe Stack

Jerry Fulghum

2019

Mike Chiurato

--

Joe Stack

Jerry Fulghum

2020

Mike Chiurato

--

Joe Stack

Jerry Fulghum

2021

Mike Chiurato

--

Joe Stack

Jerry Fulghum

 

 

 

 

Board Members

 

The following Members served one or more terms on the Board of Directors:

 

Steve Bare, Don Belden, Wes Bender, Eric Bennett, Mike Burneson, Mike Chiurato, Rudy Christians, Al Colflesh, Gordon Coleman, Nick Cunningham, Russ Evanski, Sandy Figuers, Rob Folmar, Brian Fortelka, Jerry Fulghum, John Givogri, Geff Gordon, Chris Gray, Todd Harris, Jim Haughy, Jon Hill, Dave Hurff, Tim Hurley, Joe Johnson, Don King, Jim Lake, Jim Light, Richard Love, Mike McNulty, Randy Messer, Duane Neisen, Keith Peterson, Todd Quigley, Bill Reid, Tom Shirley, Neil Skellenger, Edgar Smith, Randy Spencer, Ladd Stephenson, Bill Warfield and Tom Wright.

 

 

 

Lifetime Memberships

 

 

Several Chapter Members have worked hard on behalf of the Chapter through the years.   For their considerable contributions of time and effort, Mike Burneson, Jerry Fulghum, Mike Chiurato, Carey Haughy, Dale Nies, Gordon Coleman, Wes Bender, Bill Warfield and the late Rudy Christians were awarded Lifetime Memberships in the Golden West Chapter.

 

 

 

Chapter Communications

 

 

Prior to 1990, communication with the membership was through mailed flyers and memos. In 1990, Dick Love initiated the regular publication of a chapter newsletter and named it The Primer.  Dick edited The Primer from 1990 until early in 1995.  John Givogri filled in as editor for a few issues, assisted by Gordon Coleman.  In 1996, Randy Messer and Gordon Coleman handled the editorial duties.  In 1997 Wes Bender took on the role of editor.  After 15 years, in 2012, Wes stepped down and Mike Burneson took over the editorial duties.  Mike continued as editor until the Chapter’s dissolution at the end of 2021.

 

At the end of 2006, as publishing, printing and mailing costs were eating up a large part of the advertising income, Wes Bender established a chapter website.  This allowed The Primer to be distributed electronically and also provided a venue for the further distribution of information to the membership.

 

In addition to the regular articles provided by the Chapter Presidents, various members contributed articles through the years.  Contributors included Lake Herman Mike (live at the rock), Dick Love, Gordon Coleman, Bill Warfield, Bruce Redpath, Linda Nies, the late Ed Criley, Jock Masson, Tim Hurley and Wes Bender.   The Primer was awarded the ISEE’s Chapter Newsletter Award at the annual ISEE conferences in 1993, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. After 2019, the award was renamed by the ISEE to the Communications Award to include chapter websites.  The Primer and the Chapter website received that award at the ISEE Conference in 2020 and again in 2022.  Issues of The Primer from 2007 through 2021 can be found in the Newsletter Archive on this site.

 

 

 

Sponsors

 

 

Through the years, advertisers played a very large part in making it possible for us to publish our newsletters and to provide scholarships for needy students. Several loyal individuals stand out because they were with us for many, many years. We would be remiss if we didn’t thank Bruce Redpath of Redpath Geophysics, Charline “Charlie” Pollard of Nobel Insurance Services, Don Belden of Neil’s Controlled Blasting, the late Brad Langner and Lars Johansen with Alpha Explosives and Ron Mask of Instantel, to name a few.  Many others came and went over time.  We appreciated all of you. Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

Last, but Not Least…..

 

 

If you scan the charts and lists of folks who contributed greatly to the success of the Golden West Chapter, a few names stand out above the rest.  One person made the mistake of going to the men’s room at the wrong time at the 2010 membership meeting.  Having been promptly nominated and quickly elected President in his absence, Mike Chiurato accepted the challenge and went on to serve in that position for the next 11 years.  Mike was instrumental in arranging all of the Chapter’s fund raising clay-shoots.  Although he wasn’t railroaded into serving as the Chapter’s Treasurer, Gerald “Jerry” Fulghum performed that duty for 20 years.  In addition to keeping the books and filing the tax returns, Jerry also managed the Scholarship program. Secretaries who served multiple terms were Carey Haughy, Danniell Edwards, Joe Stack and Gordon Coleman.  It was hard to tell where Gordon was going to show up next. He served as President, Secretary (11 years) and Treasurer in addition to serving on the Board.  One member who mostly worked quietly behind the scenes was Mike Burneson.  He served as President and also served many terms on the Board.  You might recognize him as the Editor of The Primer, a job he performed admirably.  However, few know that without Mike, the Chapter might have disappeared much sooner.  When the chips were down and other Officers were tied up with pressing business matters, Mike always stepped in and got the job done.  He was the one who assembled the Chapter’s annual report for the past few years.  He was the one who set up the Zoom meetings when it wasn’t possible to meet in person.  Mike is also well known for his cooking prowess and served as the Chapter’s resident chef at the Annual Business Meeting dinners and at the Clay Shoots.   Wes Bender was instrumental in starting the Chapter and assisted where he could throughout its life.  He made the mistake of not disappearing from the scene when he retired in 2002.  He was still around at the end and is the one who is responsible for this website.