Marty Paulk Cheerleader Awards
It is only right that those who have served GERL for the
longest time and who have truly helped the organization
to grow and become successful, be awarded the Marty
Paulk Cheerleader Award. Ray Ziebell knew and love Marty
Paulk, as did many of us. He has been a member of GERL
since the very beginning and has done all in his power
to ensure our success.
Ray and wife, Pierette, make every effort to attend most GERL
events. Their presence always adds greatly. Ray is a
quiet man, if you do not consider his propensity for
dressing up as a Native American and bursting into camp
at night on a very spirited black horse, carrying a
blazing torch, much to the delight and surprise of
everyone. It is quite an unbelievable sight and one
which will never be forgotten.
Ray and Pierette love horses and they love GERL. This is evidenced
by their long time and deep involvement in the
organization. Two nicer human beings could never be
Some time ago, Ray discovered that he had a love and a
special talent for making jewelry, knives, and other
Native American reproduction artifacts. In addition to
his successful farm fencing business, he finds time to
produce many interesting and beautiful Native American
items which he sells as a vendor at appropriate
gatherings. He has donated many, very successfully sold,
such items for GERL auctions.
One especially appreciated volunteer service provided by Ray at
GERL trail rides, is that he gets out of bed very early
to make sure the coffee is ready for those who are still
rubbing their eyes on a beautiful morning prior to a fun
This year Ray was deeply moved when we lost our very special
friend, Andee Rogers. He suggested that the 2016 Annual
GERL Poker Ride be designated as The Andee Rogers
Memorial Ride. He also volunteered to head the event
and, after two postponements due to weather conditions,
it became a very outstanding reality. Your GERL Board of
Directors has declared that the Annual GERL Poker Ride
will be forever known as the Andee Rogers Memorial Ride.
This feels very right to all concerned and we are happy
that Ray represented Andee’s memory with such a result.
Ray Ziebell and wife, Pierette, are truly cheerleaders for GERL and
have been for a very long time. We are pleased to
present Ray with the well-deserved award which honors
the memory of one of the dearest, most loved members of
GERL, Marty Paulk.
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