2012 Volunteer Awards
Congratulations to Rita Ellington of Newport, known for her frequent appearances as a River Otter exhibit interpreter, as the 2012 Volunteer of the Year. The Aquarium honored her and all its 200-plus volunteers Jan. 24 at an awards ceremony.
Others singled out for their contributions included:
-Debbie Dunham of Bridgeton, Order of the Octopus award for flexibility in filling a variety of roles.
-Peg Karas of Chocowinity, Order of the Spadefish award for outstanding customer service.
-Barbara Lemieux of Emerald Isle, the Penguin Plunge award for her work over the summer at the visiting penguin exhibit.
-Cindy Garp, Volunteer Diver of the Year
-Bubba McLean, Rookie Volunteer Diver of the Year
–Saturday A dive team led by John Fifer, Dive Team of the Year. Members include Brennan Fifer, Isaac Hopkins, Lee Merrion and Jason Ellington.
Also honored were:
-Kathy Eatmon of Newport, Barbara Odgers of New Bern and Lucas Gomez of Morehead City for Above and Beyond performance of duties.
-Nancy Aitken, Barbara Neptune and Guy Rouse, all of Morehead City; Linda Allen, Jan Voelpel and Bob Wilson of Emerald Isle; Gloria Matthews of Swansboro and Freda Pyron of New Bern for Dedicated Volunteer Service.
L TO R: Rita Ellington, Barbara Lemieux, Cindy Garp, Debbie Dunham, Guy Rouse, Lucas Gomez, Barbara Neptune, Gloria Matthews, Bob Wilson, Nancy Aitken. Not pictured: Peg Karas, Kathy Eatmon, Barbara Odgers, Linda Allen, Jan Voelpel, Freda Pyron, Bubba McLean, John Fifer, Brennan Fifer, Isaac Hopkins, Lee Merrion, Jason Ellington.
Put yourself in the picture! Talk to volunteers and learn more about the opportunities available at a drop-in volunteer open house 9 – 11 a.m. on Feb. 2.