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Posted on: March 29, 2017

VOLUNTEERS MAKE THE WORLD A BRIGHTER PLACE

Volunteers of the Year Mike and Kathy Ellwood for web

CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM

P.O. Box 97 - 14200 Solomons Island Road

Solomons, MD 20688

Traci Cimini - 410-326-2042 x62

ciminita@co.cal.md.us

CMM-PR-17-21

March 29, 2017

For Immediate Release


VOLUNTEERS MAKE THE WORLD A BRIGHTER PLACE

CMM Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place was the theme for this year’s Volunteer Recognition at the Calvert Marine Museum on Wednesday, March 22. The event kicked off with the announcement of the total number of volunteer hours in 2016. Volunteers logged in a record-breaking 34,079 hours in 2016, which equates to $907,865 of in-kind service. Director Sherrod Sturrock, in her opening comments, stated: “To say that volunteers are important to the museum is an understatement; the museum wouldn’t even exist without the efforts of volunteers. Volunteers started the museum 46 years ago and have been part of its evolution ever since. They enhance our programs, support our staff, extend our mission, and serve as our voice in the community.”

More than 160 guests were in attendance. The museum staff was on hand to honor and appreciate the special volunteer family. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of a hand-carved otter to the Volunteer of the Year. This year’s winner is the husband and wife team of Mike and Kathy Ellwood. They each logged hundreds of volunteer hours during 2016. Mike is in the paleontology department and Kathy crews for the Dee of St. Mary’s and heads up the Yard Arms, making the museum grounds beautiful. The Rookie Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Breanna Thorne. Breanna started as a paid intern with the exhibits department and enjoyed it so much she continued volunteering after the internship was completed. The Group Achievement Award was given to the Waterside Concert Series Volunteers. These volunteers helped set up chairs, worked on the stage crew, helped with security, manned the gates, served beverages, and whatever else needed doing for five concerts in 2016.

Volunteers are integrally involved in every department and program at the museum. “Our volunteers are a blessing and are the best of the best. We wouldn’t enjoy the success that we do without them,” said Sherry Reid, Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers are always willing to do what needs to be done, no matter what the task.

New volunteers are always welcome. To become part of the Calvert Marine Museum volunteer family or for more information, contact Sherry Reid at reidsd@co.cal.md.us.

CMM photos attached: Mike and Kathy Ellwood pictured with the otter mascot and Volunteers with over 100 hours – Photos courtesy Bob Hall

 

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The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, military with valid I.D. and AAA members, and $4.00 for children ages 5 - 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest.

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