AWARDS - 2004
Eighth Annual National Conference
on Private Property Rights
PRFA's Annual Award Presentation by Carol LaGrasse
(left) and National Advisory Board Member Nate Dickenson
(center) to Albany County Farm Bureau President
Sheila C. Powers (second from left), to American Association
of Small Property Owners President Patricia Callahan, and
to Conservation Alliance of New York Regional Director Theodore
Seventh Annual New York State Private
Property Rights Defender Award
Presented to Sheila Powers
"In recognition of Her Defense of Constitutionally
Guaranteed Private Property Rights in the State of New York"
Sheila Powers has worked longer with Carol LaGrasse
on private property rights than anyone except for Carol's husband
Peter. Sheila and Carol originally met at a hearing in 1984 about
the upcoming New York State Uniform Building Code, which they
both understood correctly would hit rural people with rules that
were written for apartment dwellers and urbanites, and would thereby
do great harm.
Sheila Powers has been the president of the Albany County Farm
Bureau for approximately twenty years. Carol expressed the opinion
that much of the New York Farm Bureau's focus on private property
rights is because of Sheila Powers' influence. Sheila is a powerful
debater, with a clear and beautifully applicable perspective on
the significance of private property rights to specific issues.
She often traces the commitment to private property rights in
her area of New York back to the Palatinates who came from Germany
and who were among the region's earliest inhabitants.
Eighth Annual Private Property Rights
Presented to F. Patricia Callahan
"In Recognition of Her Dedication to the Preservation
of Human Rights Guaranteed in the United States Constitution"
Patricia Callahan is a lawyer based in Washington,
D.C., but her property rights work hasn't been as a lawyer. It
has been as a leader of people who aren't often thought of as
being focused on private property rights, small real estate holders
and landlords. Her organization, the American Association of Small
Property Owners, also includes many other small property owners
throughout the country. Pat Callahan won a national award for
her monthly newsletter, The Small Property Owner, which was dedicated
to family-owned and managed residential and commercial properties.
As a member of the National Property Rights Advisory Board of
the Property Rights Foundation of America, Pat Callahan makes
countless contributions to the word of PRFA. The Property Rights
Advocate Award, which was inaugurated at PRFA's first annual conference,
reflects Pat Callahan's blending of the humanity embodied in the
high ideals of our Constitution with rights of family-owned businesses.
Third Annual Grassroots Leadership
Presented to Theodore A. Galusha
"In Recognition of His Dedication to Defending
Private Property Rights and Constitutional Representative Government"
Ted Galusha has contributed in an outstanding and consistent
way to private property rights, and has accomplished a great deal
in spite of serious disadvantages. He is responsible for the handicapped
access to the Adirondack Forest in the state-owned lands in New
York State. Ted has pioneered and aggressively pursued, literally
at risk of life and limb, his vision to assure access by people
with disabilities to the New York State Forest Preserve. As the
founder of Adirondackers for Access, he has been a courageous
pioneer over years and years. Now Ted Galusha has also accepted
another responsibility. He is the Region Five Director at Large
of a new organization called the Conservation Alliance of New
York. Everything that Ted has done has been entirely through his
own courage and creativity, fired by devotion to the rights of
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