Brian Waldstein receiving Holm award from Greg Harmon, MIC (right). Waldstein is joined by his wife, Ann, and grandson, Xander
It was a special occasion indeed, when the staff of WFO Sioux Falls, SD gathered for a potluck luncheon before the Christmas Holiday Season. Making our luncheon a little more special than usual were some extra special guests. Brian Waldstein, his wife Ann and their grandson Xander all joined us to get acquainted and give us the opportunity to thank Brian for his contributions to our Co-operative Observing Program. For more than 25 years, Brian has dutifully gathered and reported weather statistics from his location near Sioux Rapids, IA. He is so dedicated to weather observing and reporting, as well as his community that he was recognized as our John Campanius Holm Award recipient. The award was presented by our MIC Greg Harmon. This was the last COOP honor Mr. Harmon had the pleasure of presenting as his impending retirement from our company was only about a week away.
Brian has had a life-long interest in meteorology and even seriously considered it as major during his college career. In addition to being one of our very finest observers, Brian has been an active participant in our Skywarn program, a commissioner of the local Soil and Water District, a board member of the Northwest Iowa Experimental Association, and served on the Buena Vista County Council for more than 20 years. He is a well known and respected member and leader of his community who is dedicated to development of his community and the safety of the people in his county. He shares his knowledge of weather and our Co-operative Observing Program with the young people of his community by speaking at elementary schools in his area. Could it be that when Brian retires, which he says will be no time soon, the next area COOP Observer will be personally trained by the best?
We are honored to have Mr. Waldstein in our program. We are proud of his accomplishments. He is truly a member of our weather family.