River Action was given the Golden Glow Award from the Association of Great Lakes Outdoors Writers (AGLOW). The award was announced during the annual AGLOW conference in Chautauqua, NY, in September.
In his nomination letter, past AGLOW president Bob Groene, of Geneseo, IL, wrote that River Action’s mission is similar to AGLOW’s.
“One of our stated purposes is to perpetuate, conserve, improve and promote the great outdoors, outdoor traditions and the outdoor experience. Not unlike River Action!” he said.
“The early 1980's were a turning point in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa regarding the Mississippi River,” Groene said, “In 1984, three women decided to promote public awareness, access and use of our greatest natural resource—the Mississippi. They each ponied up $200 as seed money, accepted use of a used copier, and for one dollar gained office space for a year. They founded River Action.”
River Action’s first major event was organizing ‘Ride the River’ in 1985, a Father's Day family bicycling event along riverfront recreational trails on both sides of the river. “The event was a success drawing thousands and continues today,” Groene said.
With this prize, River Action joins the ranks of past esteemed award winners including: Ducks Unlimited, Izaak Walton League of America, National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Boy Scouts of America.
One of the largest and most active organizations of its kind in the country, AGLOW is a non-profit professional organization of 300 plus outdoor communicators—writers, editors, broadcasters, producers, authors, lecturers, photographers, artists, digital media specialists, corporate representatives, tourism professionals and PR professionals—established in 1956.
Since 1986, AGLOW’s Council of Past Presidents has annually awarded individuals and corporations their highest honor, the Golden Glow Award.