Mote Honors Volunteers for Decades of Dedication, Lauds Retiring Volunteer Director
Mote Marine Laboratory honored its volunteers — including two who have served for 30 years — recognized its entire volunteer corps for donating hundreds of thousands of hours during 2013 and bid a fond farewell to its retiring volunteer director on Thursday, April 10, during the Lab’s annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony.
The Ceremony was held during National Volunteer Week, which was created by Points of Light, the largest volunteer management and civic engagement organization in the nation.Volunteers are the lifeblood of Mote, supporting everything from cutting-edge marine science and education to administration offices and outreach programs.
In 2013, the Lab had 1,600 volunteers — and their contributions were immense — said Mote President andCEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby, who greeted and thanked the volunteers gathered for the ceremony in Mote’s Immersion Cinema.
Last year, you contributed over 250,000 hours of service,” Crosby said. “People around the world are impressed to hear that we have so many volunteers doing so much.”
During the Ceremony, Crosby and Mote staff presented awards to volunteers who had served for 30 years, 25, 15, 10,five, three and one. Volunteers who had served more than 4,000 hours total during their lifetime also received thenational President’s Volunteer Service Award. “We did a little math to figure out how many total yearsof service we’ve had from the group being honored tonight,” Crosby said. “It adds up to 1,200 cumulative years. That’s impressive.”
During the celebration, Mote volunteers and staff also bid a fond farewell to Lisa Kinsella, who retired Thursday as Mote’s Director of Volunteer and Intern Resources. Kinsella served as a Mote employee for seven years, after volunteering for Mote for four and a half years.
Kinsella told the group: “You’ve deeply touched my heart and changed me in the most positive ways — not only through your kindness to me, but through the professionalism, dedication and caring you’ve shown to Mote.”
During the ceremony, Stolberg completed her term and welcomed incoming Volunteer Board President Bob Cameron. Fellow Volunteer Board officers now include: Angela Bruguglio, Vice President; Anne Walborn, Secretary; Tom Norton, Treasurer.
All Honorees in Mote's 2014 Volunteer Awards Ceremony:
President’s Volunteer Service Award
(National honor for volunteers who have given service of 4,000 hours or more over the course of their lifetime)
Since 2008, when Mote registered for the National Points of Light Program, the Lab has honored 117 volunteers withthe President's Volunteer Service Award for lifetime service of more than 4,000 hours. According to the President’s Volunteer Service Award web site: the award is issued by Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service, and civic participation.
30 Year Award
(Award for volunteers who have served Mote for thirty years with a minimum of 3,000 hours)
Wiegand has served in Mote’s education and outreach efforts since 1983, just three years after the Lab opened is public outreach facility, The Aquarium at Mote. Over the years he has assisted with videoconference programs connecting kids with real marine explorers, guided visitors in The Aquarium at Mote, served in The Aquarium’s Gift Shop and more. He was among the first-ever Day Chairs of Mote’s volunteer corps and today he is an outstanding Aquarium guide and mentor to others.
Becker moved with her husband from New Jersey to Florida. In her early years volunteering at Mote, she assisted in the Gift Shop for The Aquarium at Mote and served as Treasurer of Friends of Mote Library, a group of volunteers who raise funds and provide other support for Mote’s Arthur Vining Davis Library. Currently she volunteers in the Library — which has been providing resources, reference and research materials for over 35 years to scientists, students and the public — working as a typist, preparing materials such as book spine labels and donation book plates and by logging, labeling and organizing peer-reviewed journals.
25 Year Award
(Award for volunteers who have served Mote for 25 years with a minimum of 2,500 hours)
20 Year Award
(Award for volunteers who have served Mote for 20 years with a minimum of 2,000 hours)
Doris Anne Lucia
15 Year Award
(Award for volunteers who have served Mote for 15 years with a minimum of 1,500 hours)
Norma Jean McKeever
Rose Marie Stieber
10 Year Award
(Award for volunteers who have served Mote for 10 years with a minimum of 1,000 hours)
Pewter Shark Award
(Award for volunteers who served Mote for five years with a minimum of 500 hours)
Mary Lou Johnson
Green Shark Award
(Award for volunteers who have served Mote for three years with a minimum of 300 hours)
Anna Marie Martin
Blue Shark Award
(Award for volunteers who have served Mote for one year with a minimum of 100 hours)