The "Extra Mile" award is presented annually by the Board of Directors to a Mallard Bay property owner who has made an exceptional contribution to the quality of life that makes Mallard Bay the best place to live in the Northern Neck. Any MBPOA member, other than someone currently sitting on the Board of Directors, is eligible for consideration. The award, established in 2007, was the suggestion of the then MBPOA President, Barry Kean. In that first year, in order to compensate for noteworthy contributions since the inception of Mallard Bay, five awards were presented. Thereafter, one per year has been awarded.
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Joan Gillions served as MBPOA Treasurer from 1999 to 2001. Building on the legacy of Bill Land's service in that office, she was responsible for bringing the Mallard Bay books back to the Board from a commercial bookkeeping service, saving substantial expense. She set up the Association's books so we could do our own bookkeeping, and implemented a way to collect unpaid dues with a collection agency, who in turn found lot owners we did not have addresses for.
She also instituted filing of liens against delinquent lot owners. In addition, Joan was responsible for the landscape design for the front entrance and for getting it planted. She also organized planting in front of the water tanks and around the pump station on Canvansback Lane.
Joan has contributed an exceptional amount of work to the community, making her a deserving recipient of the Extra Mile award.
Carol Bracker served on the MBPOA Board of Directors as Secretary in 2003-2004 and President in 2005-2006. Her administration saw the initiation of several major initiatives, including marina expansion and construction of the new crabbing, canoe and kayak pier, clearing and improvement of the Spring Valley trail, and heating the community pool. Her active, hands on management was vital in keeping the Board aware and involved in community issues and set the tone for subsequent MBPOA actions.
Since leaving the Board at the end of 2006, Carol has served on the Nominating Committee and the Social Committee. Among her other accomplishments is initiation of the very popular Dine-In Club.
Carol's many contributions to our community have been instrumental in making it the best place to live in the Northern Neck.
Harold Baldwin has served on the Architectural Review Committee almost continuously since the early 1990s, including many years as its chairman. After a brief sabbatical, he is again chairing the ARC. As a talented architect and long-time Mallard Bay resident, Harold is uniquely qualified to balance the interests of property owners against community standards and the preservation of our natural surroundings.
He is largely - some would say single handedly - responsible for the architectural integrity of Mallard Bay.
For a decade and a half, Sylvia Baldwin almost single handedly guided Mallard Bay 's social activities - she was a Social Committee of one. In addition, from Mallard Bay's early days, she has welcomed new residents, provided them with information about Mallard Bay, and made them feel a part of the community.
Many would say that Sylvia is a big part of the reason they feel at home in Mallard Bay.
A long-time resident of Mallard Bay, Herb served on the Board of Directors and for many years as the community's Property Manager, where his skill and diligence established the high standards that continue today. His readiness to respond in emergencies is legendary, and he is always there to provide assistance when needed. Herb's contributions have been instrumental in making Mallard Bay the pleasant, well-run community it is today.
A true Mallard Bay pioneer, Steve and his family were here from the beginning. Steve's contributions to the community are too numerous to catalog.
From providing snow removal for Mallard Bay's roads before they were taken over by the State, to service on the Board of Directors, to providing efficient and economical mowing and landscaping services for the common areas, Steve is one of the essential people who make Mallard Bay work.
Mallard Bay's first, and for many years only Treasurer, Bill Land was responsible for putting in place the systems that have placed and kept Mallard Bay on a sound financial footing.
The community continues to benefit from his establishment of a workable budgeting process that accurately projects community needs and their costs.
His legacy of fiscal responsibility is the foundation stone of Mallard Bay 's place among the best managed Property Owners Associations in Virginia.