On December 2, East Georgia State College held a tree planting ceremony to remember and honor the life of former employee David Allen Bertoch.
David Bertoch began working at East Georgia College under Dr. Losser as an admissions specialist in 1997. Bertoch worked at the college until his passing in 2001. He was well known for having an outgoing and positive personality. He had a great rapport with his colleagues and had a heart full of service for the students and staff at East Georgia College. Bertoch also helped with the local Exchange Club and after work he would teach non-traditional students twice a week at Southeastern Technical College.
East Georgia State College held the tree planting event virtually through a video presentation. The video is part of the learning project for the application for the Tree Campus Higher Education certification from the Arbor Day Foundation. The video includes detailed instructions on how to plant a tree, including timing of the planting, how deep to dig a hole for the tree, taking care of the root, watering and mulching of the tree. The video is available on the EGSC Tree Campus USA webpage at http://www.ega.edu/treecampus. The target audience for this video is both EGSC students and the community around the college.
Bertoch’s sister-in-law Jennifer Fields, the assistant director of admissions and processing at EGSC, donated the Swamp Chestnut Oak that was planted during the ceremony.
“David meant a great deal to our family as well as the EGSC family,” said Fields. “We are honored to be able to plant this tree in remembrance of him. The tree was purchased during an Alumni celebration, with proceeds going towards scholarships for future EGSC students. David would be so pleased that the proceeds will benefit the future of the college. Our hope is that as we nurture this tree, we embody David’s spirit of enthusiasm for the growth of our community and East Georgia State College.”
John Cadle, interim chair of Biology at EGSC, welcomed friends and family of Bertoch to the ceremony. He spoke about Bertoch’s dedication and service to East Georgia State College and what an impact he left.
“We are proud to have East Georgia as part of the national Tree Campus Higher Education program of the Arbor Day Foundation,” said Cadle. “Through this effort, we can do our part in promoting greater natural beauty on our campus and greater appreciation of biodiversity and the services it provides to humanity. The trees we plant are also enduring reminders of the contributions that many community members have provided to the college.”
David Bertoch’s wife, Lisa Bertoch, spoke at the ceremony about David working at the college. She hopes that the tree will serve as a reminder to live each day with kindness and a joyful heart. She also thanked Fields for donating the tree in David’s memory.
Alex Ballard, SCFP Community Forester, presented information about the Swamp Chestnut Oak. He then gave a tree planting demonstration for the group.
For more information on the Tree Campus Higher Education certification and EGSC, visit http://www.ega.edu/treecampus.