2012 Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
Volunteers at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium were honored on October 30 at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon that was held at the Museum. Over 85 volunteers attended. Special awards were presented to the following individuals for their outstanding service during the past year:
- Museum Volunteer of the Year: Kathy Lonsinger
- Planetarium Volunteer of the Year: Marilyn Schenck
- Museum Rookies of the Year: Marge and John Walz
- Planetarium Rookie of the Year: Sandy Fisser
The success of these two wonderful facilities is due in large part to the enthusiasm and dedication of over 100 volunteers who volunteer their time at the front desks, in the gift shops, and at the Museum’s Touch Tank. Volunteers also help with school group visits, conduct special programs, and help maintain exhibits, buildings, and landscaping.
If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of volunteers, contact Judy Sobota at 910-579-1016 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach. Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach.
Why Should You Volunteer?
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. A volunteer is someone who is willing to commit up to 4 hours a day staffing various positions at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. Volunteers can select which days – and how many days — they prefer to work. All new volunteers attend a volunteer orientation session and apprentice with staff and experienced volunteers until they are comfortable going solo. Additional training sessions are held as needed.
Volunteers enjoy a 15% discount in Ingram Planetarium‘s Galaxy Gift Shop and the Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Nature’s Treasures Gift Shop once they have volunteered for at least 20 hours.
A docent is a volunteer with a special area of expertise. Docents share their education and work experiences with our staff and visitors. Ingram Planetarium needs docents with knowledge of astronomy. The Museum of Coastal Carolina needs docents with knowledge of education, training, science, biology, marine biology, and the environment. Flexible schedules are available year-round in both facilities.
Here are some areas where volunteers and docents are always needed:
- Admissions and visitor services
- Touch tank
- Gift shop
- Graphic arts
- Production technicians (Planetarium dome theater)
- Office assistants (data entry, mailings, etc.)
- Assisting with special events
- Fundraising campaigns and marketing projects
If you are interested in volunteering at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and/or Ingram Planetarium, please contact Judy Sobota at 910-579-1016 or email@example.com.
John Misiaszek, Planetarium Volunteer of the Year Marilyn Schenck, and Planetarium Rookie of the Year Sandy Fisser (front row); Planetarium Director Mark Jankowski and Lynn Wiedman (second row)
- Museum Volunteer of the Year Kathy Lonsinger with Volunteer Coordinator Judy Sobota