Audubon honors volunteers; reveals donor match

The Jamestown Audubon Society’s recent Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Night celebrated 56 years of strong commitment to members, volunteers and participants.

President Ruth Lundin announced the end of the fiscal year is fast approaching. The Annual Fund needs $5,000 to meet its budgeted goal of $40,000. The good news is that an anonymous donor is offering to match up to $2,500 in contributions to Audubon’s Annual Fund A $500 contribution was received that evening.

Board Chair Mary Lenda was re-elected for her second term and installed John Beard and Cindy Saxton as new board members. They joined continuing board members Bob Barber, Pierre Chagnon, Jane Conroe, Eileen Goodling, Steve Maggio, Jim Murphy, and Linda Seleen. Outgoing board member Freda Pyles was recognized for her service.

Volunteers who reached milestones in their hours of service were recognized. From Aug. 1, 2012 through July 31, 2013, 282 volunteers invested more than 10,706 hours to help connect people to nature and promote environmentally responsible practices. Twenty-one volunteers recorded 100 or more hours. Four who reached 250+ hours were Ann Anderson, Heidi Bird, Leah Bullock, and Emily Thomas Perlock. Top volunteer hours were recorded by Olivia Sechriest at 500+, James Kolenda and David Lange at 1000+, Terry LeBaron at 2000+, Todd Anderson at 3000+, and Ed Yager at 5000+. All but four of these are registered with RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, including both Jamestown and Warren programs. The Young Volunteer Award went to Emily Nelson, who was an assistant counselor for Summer Day Camps.

The Chairman’s Award, presented annually to a person or organization that has demonstrated exemplary service in nature education, was presented to Ruth Lundin for her unflagging support of all things Audubon.

Hours at the Audubon Center through October are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, Sundays 1-4:30 p.m. To contribute to Audubon’s Annual Fund Drive that will be matched dollar-for-dollar, click on the Donate button on the home page at