WOLFEBORO — New Hampshire Boat Museum honored Larry Houle of Alton Bay with the Hank Why Volunteer Award at this year's annual Volunteer Cookout. Over 170 museum volunteers were on hand to thank Larry for his many years of dedicated and loyal service to the Museum. Outgoing Board Chair, Rick Kourian presented Larry with a plaque thanking him for his contributions to the Museum.
The Hank Why Volunteer Award is named for long-time NH Boat Museum Board Chair, Hank Why who retired from his position in 2012. This yearly award is given out to a Museum volunteer who has shown exemplary dedication and devotion to some aspect of the Museum's operations.
Larry Houle provides a valuable service to the NH Boat Museum as volunteer photographer. His remarkable photos are used to document events, as well as for publicity, the website, Facebook, the museum's newsletter, and for special publications.
Most recently, his photographs of the Alton Bay Boat Show were selected by Classic Boating Magazine to illustrate an article on the Museum's annual boat show. Earlier in the year, his photos illustrated an article on the NH Boat Museum for Brass Bell Magazine. His photographs provided invaluable exposure on the NH Boat Museum in these two prestigious national boating magazines.
Rick Kourian remarked "We appreciate all that Larry has done for the Boat Museum over the years. Thanks to Larry's talents, dedication, and willingness to assist the Museum at every event, we have a valuable high-quality array of photographs. Like so many of our volunteers, Larry gives of his time selflessly, for which we are very grateful."
Each year, over 200 volunteers contribute countless hours to the Boat Museum's many programs. The annual Volunteer Cookout held at Camp Belknap is the Museum's way of saying thank you to these integral volunteers who keep the Museum running.