PAPGA honors longtime marketer with its first service award

October 24, 2019 By    

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association (PAPGA) presented the Distinguished Service Life Award to Hugh A. “Bud” Rich Jr. of Richgas Inc. This is the first time PAPGA presented its service award.

June and Hugh Rich. Photo courtesy of PAPGA

Hugh Rich, right, with his wife June. Photo courtesy of PAPGA

The Distinguished Service Life Award is for individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the association or to the propane industry, and grants the recipient lifetime membership in the association, PAPGA explains. The active past presidents and the president determine who warrants such an award.

Rich received an engraved blue flame glass award and a personalized wooden bobtail, PAPGA says.

Based on PAPGA’s records, Rich was elected to the board of directors in 1968 and stepped down in June 2019 after 51 consecutive years of service. He is a past president and served a two-year term as the inaugural president.

“It was my honor and privilege to nominate and present this award to Bud Rich Jr. He is most deserving to be the first recipient of this prestigious award,” says Harold Sweet, PAPGA president. “The board of directors and members unanimously voted to rename the award the Hugh A. ‘Bud’ Rich Jr. Distinguished Service Life through a bylaw change.”

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Joe McCarthy was an associate editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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