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Volunteer Recognition

On a stormy day in May, thirty-five volunteers were recognized at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. This year, the event was held at the Coronado Firehouse Bar and Grill, where volunteers socialized with long-time friends and greeted new acquaintances. Restauant Manager Mike O’Connor welcomed the group. Jamie Edmonds, firefighter with the Coronado Fire Department, entertained the group with the history of the Coronado Fire Department, from its beginnings in the 1880s. The group enjoyed Jamie’s historic interpretations of the photographs decorating the walls.

All the volunteers are deeply appreciated for their gifts of time, dedication, interest and skills, whether they are helping visitors enjoy Coronado or leading historic tours or researching the archives for CHA projects and exhibits. Volunteers keep track of their hours which are recorded in the President’s Corporation for National and Community Service, administered by the Points of Light Institute. While every hour donated by a volunteer is valuable, bronze awards are given to those volunteers who gave 100 hours or more in 2010. Those who earned bronze awards this year were Tricia Hill, Mercy Mandelbaum, Carrie Huber, Judy Grobbel, Jerry Hebert, Lorraine Roley, Dora Wetherington, Janet Smith, Julie Willis, Susie Vetter, Mary Jean Crow, Rachel Daniels, Eric Raiter, Jon Laws and Beverly Honig. A silver award for over 250 hours was presented to Jean Driver for her tremendous gift of time to the Visitor Center.

Every spring, outstanding volunteer and docent service is recognized. The annual Carlin-MacKenzie Volunteerism Award for 2010 was presented to Julie Willis, who joined the Visitor Center volunteer staff last year, and quickly became an indispensible member of the team. Julie drives in from North County to contribute her knowledge, energy, and dedication to the work of the Visitor Center. She has taken on long shifts for holidays and for the special events in Coronado

Visitor Center Manager Katherine Matlack (l.) presents Julie Willis with 2010 Volunteerism award. 7

where visitor services are needed. Julie demonstrates the commitment of the entire volunteer team.

Historic docents teach and entertain hundreds of Coronado visitors annually, adjusting for the weather, for crowds, for restless babies and for special hotel events. This year, Charlie Lee and Gary Smith stood out for their outstanding donation of time over the years, leading several tours a month, being available for last minute distress calls and for providing exceptional support to the Visitor Center Manager. Charlie and Gary exemplify every docent’s devotion to Coronado history, and they are honored together as Docent of the Year, 2010.

Gary Smith (l.) and Charlie Lee, 2010 Docents of the Year.

Seeking New Docents of Coronado History

Do you like to teach, entertain and share your love of Coronado and its history? Serving as a docent on our Heritage or Hotel del Coronado tours is a rewarding opportunity for CHA docents. Docents provide a historical view of early Coronado life and of renowned local characters. Volunteer docents are trained to lead the popular 90 minute tours, offered every day except Mondays and Thursdays.

We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Beyond the rewards of representing Coronado, there are occasionally invitations to special events and attractions in San Diego. For further inquiries, contact Katherine Matlack, Visitor Center Manager, at 619.437.8788, or at

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