CBEC recognizes volunteers
GRASONVILLE — The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center held a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on Thursday, Nov 10, honoring four volunteers and recognizing all the organization’s 200 volunteers who contributed over 8,000 hours this year so far.
Dolores Reyna of Grasonville was named Female Volunteer of the Year. She contributed 200 volunteer hours this year to date with her work as a member of the center’s Board of Trustees. She also helped with educational programs and caring for birds of prey.
The center also named Jim Goldsberry of Grasonville as the Male Volunteer of the Year. He contributed 600 volunteer hours this year with property maintenance, which entails trail maintenance, habitat restoration, and structural improvements.
The Business Volunteer of the Year went to Dr. Marian Shaw and Dr. Jenifer Russell, both veterinarians at the Chesapeake Veterinary Hospital in Chester. Both Dr. Shaw and Dr. Russell have owned the practice since 1993. They helped the environmental center by providing free care for birds of prey and injured wildlife.
All four of the honored volunteers’ names were put on a wooden plaque, which will be hung on a wall at the center to honor them.
Carl Tenner, the center’s board president, and Courtney Leigh, volunteer stewardship coordinator, opened the ceremony by acknowledging everyone’s efforts. The volunteers were recognized by having them stand up depending on the work they did.
About 50 people attended the event held at the center’s visitor center in Grasonville.
Leigh said the center needs the volunteers since it has a small staff. Even when someone volunteers once a year is valuable, she said. Addressing the crowd, she said, “Tonight, I want you to sleep well ... you did your part,”
In general, the volunteers assist the organization in educational programs, staff the visitor’s center, take care of captive non-releasable birds of prey, and maintain the property, Leigh said.
One huge volunteer effort is fundraising, she said, Volunteers help with the annual auction, a golf tournament at the Queenstown Harbor Golf Course and bingo nights, held twice a year.
Before the event, the attendees enjoyed mixed drinks and sodas while the center gave out free raffle tickets for door prizes. Ten people received the prizes, which included bottles of wine and gift certificates to the Narrows Restaurant in Grasonville. Following the recognition of the volunteers, the attendees enjoyed a buffet-style dinner by candlelight.
The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is a nonprofit organization promoting environmental education, stewardship, and sustainability. The center sits on a 510acre natural reserve.
The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center honored four volunteers at a banquet held at the center in Grasonville on Thursday, Nov. 10. From left, Dolores Reyna, Female Volunteer of the Year; Jim Goldsberry, Male Volunteer of the Year; Dr. Jenifer Russell, Business Volunteer of the Year; and Dr. Marian Shaw, Business Volunteer of the Year.