Rick served as the IWLA Ohio Division President, Chairman of IWLA National Environmental Health and Air Committee, active member and Chairman of IWLA National Great Lakes Committee, and Great Lakes Compact Ohio Implementation Advisory Board representing fish and wildlife interests of Ohio.
- 2013 Izaak Walton League of America Conservation Award
- 2012 Commendation from the Ohio Division IWLA for “Outstanding Service for the Great Lakes Initiative and Ohio Division
- 2006 Izaak Walton League of America “Great Lakes Defender for Lake Erie”
- 2007 Conservation Achievement Award from The Ohio Environmental Council