2017 Friend of NYSOMA – Lynette Bryan & Family
FRIEND OF NYSOMA This award was established by the NYSOMA Board of Directors to honor the service of individuals who, through personal action, demonstrate in an extraordinary way, those social values affirmed to the goals of New York State Odyssey of the Mind.
This year’s recipient is Lynette Bryan & Family.
Lynette Bryan’s initial involvement in Odyssey was as the Regional Director for region 12 and, as an avid believer in the program, she wanted to share her enjoyment by coordinating well-organized and fun tournaments for all to enjoy. From being Regional Director Lynette then took on the huge responsibility of being the NYSOMA Tournament Director for the next ten years.
Amongst her many talents it is Lynette’s organizational skills and ability to recruit resources that have shone through, allowing for some pretty amazing tournaments! Each year she enlisted the help of a myriad of people and organizations, from regional Problem Captains, BOCES employees, to School Coordinators and many more. In addition, she involved a further source of support outside the traditional Odyssey help, that of her family.
From her husband and children who have worked tirelessly before, during, and after each tournament, to her parents who have contributed time and talent such as quilting for raffle items, the Bryan family have given countless time and energy in making our tournaments a success. This is why the Bryan family has also been selected to receive the Friend of NYSOMA Award.
While Lynette has now relinquished the NYSOMA Tournament Director position to find time to finish other pursuits, we are delighted that Lynette and her family continue to be heavily involved both at the regional and state level.
As such, NYSOMA is pleased to present this year’s Friend of NYSOMA award to Lynette Bryan and her entire family!