Tom Becker tree dedication 

On a cool August 2016 morning, a burr oak tree was dedicated to the seventeenth president of the Chautauqua Institution, esteemed friend of BTG Tom Becker. Suzanne Aldrich, BTG President provided opening remarks. Archivist Jon Schmitz discussed the significance of Miller Park as the bedrock of this place. Supervisor of Landscaping and Grounds Betsy Burgeson described the top ten characteristics that the Burr Oak and Tom Becker share. BTG Board Member and Bat Chat lady Caroline Bissell recited the poem she wrote honouring Tom. The event concluded with remarks of thanks by Tom accompanied by Jane Becker. A framed copy of the dedication poem was given to the Beckers as a reminder of the event. 


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