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PRAC Honorary Lifetime Member 1995

Dr. William "Bill" Hendricks


The Honorary Lifetime Membership Award is presented by the Board of Directors in recognition of distinguished service devoted to meeting the goals of our association. Those goals include the establishment of statewide professional standards for park rangers, professional training, communication and education.


Bill Hendricks was chosen by the Board of Directors to receive our associations highest honor at the annual conference at Santa Rosa in March.


Bill Hendricks has provided PRAC with many years of outstanding service and dedication to the association and it's goals. He began his career as a seasonal ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers and progressed through positions as a seasonal and permanent ranger at East Bay Municipal Water District and the Marin Municipal Water District.


While working as a Park Ranger Bill continued to expand his own education and shared his knowledge with others by organizing and teaching workshops for PRAC. Bill has also served as a Regional Director and stepped forward to run for President during one of PRAC's more turbulent periods.


Under Bill's leadership PRAC's membership increased and more high quality workshops were offered to our membership. After his term in office, Bill left California for the University of Utah to obtain his Ph.D. in recreation. While away he maintained his membership, chaired the scholarship committee and returned to speak at the annual conference in Yosemite.


Bill has now returned to California where he has accepted a teaching position at Cal Poly, SLO with the Recreation Administration Program. Bill has also become a successful author, Bill Hendricks has definitely provided distinguished service to the association.