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Shell museum honors volunteers at appreciation luncheon

By Staff | Apr 3, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Executive Director Dorrie Hipschman, left, and Education Coordinator Leigh Gay with Bill Emerson, the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum held its 2018 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation luncheon on March 19 at The Community House to honor its 138 active volunteers.

Special awards were presented for the following hourly achievements:

– 5,500 service hours: Ann Moeder

– 3,500 service hours: Mike Reardon

– 1,500 service hours: Ann Reardon

– 1,000 service hours: Karen Turner

– 500 service hours: Linda Annesley, Linda Miller, Bob Schaeffer and Cynthia Trimbey

Longevity awards were presented to Cindy Timm and Karen Turner for 10 years of service; and Sylvia Bleckwedel, Mike Reardon and Pat Schmidt were each acknowledged for five years of service.

The 2018 Volunteer of the Year was Bill Emerson, of Iowa, who led the creation of the first-of-its-kind shell museum app – a revolutionary shell identification tool that helps users instantly identify more than 65 common shells found on Southwest Florida beaches. To download the app, search the Apple App Store for “Shell Museum”; a version of the app is coming soon to the Google Play Store.

“It is incredibly rewarding to our staff to have the opportunity to recognize each of our volunteers for their time and dedication to the museum’s mission,” Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Executive Director Dorrie Hipschman said. “The museum couldn’t have made it through both the challenges and exciting milestones during 2018 without the continued support of its volunteers.”

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Leigh Gay at 239-395-2233 or lgay@shellmuseum.org.

For more about the museum, visit www.ShellMuseum.org.