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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recognizes volunteers for generous service

On June 18, 2015, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recognized a dedicated team of more than 275 volunteers for their combined 28,235 hours of service towards the museum over the last year. Several volunteers were recognized by CBMM staff for their work in advancement and membership, boat restoration and maintenance, boat donations, buildings and grounds, education, finance and administration, museum store, and events and volunteer programming. The reception was generously sponsored by Garden & Garnish of Trappe, Md.

Special recognition was given to volunteers with the highest hours of cumulative service, including John “Doc” Hawkinson with 8,000 hours; Mike Sweeney with 7,000 hours; Carol Kilborn, Paul Ray, and Mary Sue Traynelis with 5,000 hours; Lloyd Devigne with 4,000 hours; Nick Green with 3,000 hours; Gloria Freihage, James Heelan, Florence Jackson, John Stumpf, and Ed Thieler with 1,500 hours; and David Bodey, Bob Hinkel, and Gary Nylander with 1,000 hours. Individuals were also recognized for achieving several milestones of 100 hours and above in their volunteer service toward the museum.

“Our volunteers help to make this a great museum,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Each day, our volunteers make the difference in delivering a great experience, not only for the Museum guest, but also for our staff and among other volunteers.

“We are fortunate to have strong partnerships between volunteers and staff. Through my quarterly meetings with volunteers, we have identified ways for volunteers to also join working groups—which include staff and board members—to help brainstorm our future.”

CBMM is always looking for volunteers to help throughout various areas of its operations, including front desk assistants, interpretive educators, festival helpers, buildings and grounds assistants, and more. For more information, contact CBMM Director of Events and Volunteer Program Melissa Spielman at 410-745-4956 or [email protected].