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Historical Village spotlights some of its volunteers

By Staff | Jan 29, 2020

Mickey Mergener

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village has approximately 120 volunteers who perform a variety of functions to keep the museum operating as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

The following are some of the volunteers who visitors may meet:

– From Chicago but now a full-time Sanibel resident, Mickey Mergener started volunteering in October. Prior to her move, Mergener was in sales and interior design. She is also an acrylic painter. Mergener came to Sanibel after 30 years of visiting. As a volunteer, she prefers to work in the gift shop, where she enjoys the people, both guests and volunteers. Her favorite building is Morning Glories because “it feels very comfortable. I love the painting over the fireplace.”

– The other half of the husband-and-wife team, Phil Mergener also started volunteering in October. Also from Chicago but now a year-round Sanibel resident, he was previously an estimator. As a volunteer, Mergener assists in the Rutland House, where he enjoys meeting people and “giving back to Sanibel.” The Bailey’s General Store is his favorite building. Mergener chose to volunteer because of civic pride and to add to visitors’ island experience.

– From Osceola, Wisconsin, Heidi Hazzard recently trained as a new volunteer. She and her husband come to Sanibel for part of the year. Prior to Sanibel, Hazzard was a high school Spanish teacher, a guidance counselor and a stay-at-home mother. She first discovered the beauty of Sanibel on her honeymoon. “I love learning the history of Sanibel,” Hazzard said, “and volunteering at the village provides many opportunities to continue learning.”

Phil Mergener

Those interested in volunteering can call Executive Director Emilie Alfino at 239-472-4648.

Heidi Hazzard