CBEC rec­og­nizes vol­un­teers

Record Observer - - Community - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTO BY CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

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.

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