Refuge volunteers, volunteer coordinator applauded at
Jeff Combs (in back) received a standing ovation and
proclamation, held by Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik, from
volunteer Edith Rood.
Every year, the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, hosted by
the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society and refuge, honors
volunteers for their incredible contributions. This year, the
volunteers honored Jeff Combs, longtime refuge employee
and volunteer coordinator, for his kindness and patience.
"This process is basically unfair because year in and year out
Jeff is up here patiently giving out awards to everyone, but no
one ever gives him an award," volunteer Edith Rood told a
roomful of volunteers at the recent luncheon.
"We want to put that right," she continued. "We wanted to give
you something suitable like a big gold bar, but the government
said we couldn't. So we decided to make a proclamation."
Rood presented Combs with a scrolled proclamation signed by
most of the refuge's 200-some volunteers. Vice-mayor Kevin
Ruane was on hand to read a letter of thanks to Combs from
Mayor Mick Denham, who was unable to attend, but has also
been a refuge volunteer.
Combs and Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik handed out 80
awards for hours and years served. Marilyn Kloosterman
received a Lucas Century-engraved roseate spoonbill wine
glass for 7,000 hours of service.
For their 20 years of service, George Hadwen and Bettie and
Don Heidorn received engraved glass trophies. Combs also
presented a special award to Latham Morris for substituting an
extra 291 hours above his normal shifts last fiscal year.
The following hour and year milestone awards were handed
out during the program:
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