The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts was delighted to host a dinner on Tuesday, October 25, to honor our many volunteers. The theme was “Stars Falling on Alabama,” and we had many stars to shine the light back on! As Volunteer Coordinator I am very lucky to get to share the talents and energy of many caring individuals. Our wonderful Museum volunteers are a dedicated and humble group, always willing to say yes to projects, large and small. We have many people (of all ages) that donate countless hours throughout the year. This allows the museum to extend the quantity and quality of educational programs and exhibitions that are provided annually. The volunteer opportunities are as numerous and varied as the individuals that fulfill them. The Board members, Committee members, Junior Executive Board (JEB) members, MUSES Teen Council, Docents, and Special Event Volunteers all contribute to a wonderful sense of a community. I am very thankful to be a part of this creative environment and look forward to a fun and fascinating year to come.
At the Volunteer Recognition Dinner Director Mark Johnson introduced the evening with a warm welcome and remarks about the many contributions of those being honored. Afterwards, Curator of Education Alice Novak and I presented awards to the following “stellar” people: Mary Dunn was recognized for her Outstanding Leadership; Excellence in Community Outreach went to Savanna Moore and Sarah Struby; The First Impressions Desk Awards went to Mattie Dejarnette and Sheryl Rosen. Tom Sellers was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Public Programs; the Outstanding Education Intern was Madeline Burkhardt this year; Nancy McBride was awarded the Rookie of the Year; Luigi Edwards was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Family Programs and the Teen Leadership Awards went to Marlee Bryant and Meili Wang. Some of the Docents had received awards during the year and were recognized once again. They were: George Jacobsen, Grace Cook, Gloria Simons, Frank Gitschier, Paula Smith, Binnie Coats, Paula Smith, Penny Thompson and Meg Hall.
The Museum is fortunate to have wonderful people (from 18 to 90 years old) that share their time and talents with us and make such a difference in the lives of our visitors. As a staff person, I feel doubly blessed to be part of such a “stellar” place and look forward to the new adventures that await us here at the Museum.