Volunteer Newsletter
March 2016

E-mail blast
Umbrella Falls near Mt. Hood, Oregon

Find out more about what’s been happening at the Ocean Institute!

Meet Andrea, the newest member of the Ocean Institute Team

Hi, I’m Andrea!

I have had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with quite a few of you now, but for those who don’t know me my name is Andrea Smith and I am the new Volunteer and Weekend Manager. I am from Phoenix, AZ but most recently lived in Hood River, OR. I have a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Biology from Northern Arizona University and an M.A. in Museum Studies from Arizona State University. I am a former interpretive park ranger with the National Park Service and have held many other odd jobs such as pet consultant at a pet resort! Most recently, I worked as an AmeriCorps National Service Volunteer serving as the Volunteer and Education Coordinator at the History Museum of Hood River County. I was thrilled when I was offered this position at OI but have loved it more and more every day. I couldn’t ask for a more beautiful place to work or a greater group of volunteers. Thank you all for being so awesome and welcoming in my first month here. I can’t wait to get to know you all better. Come by my office and say hi…I usually have candy. Also, if you have any awesome hiking recommendations please stop by and tell me about them. I need places to hike as you can see from my photo at Umbrella Falls near Mt. Hood!

Wounded Warrior Battalion West Family Ocean Exploration Day

April 2, 2016

This is a great day showing our Wounded Warriors and their families how much we appreciate their sacrifice. Let’s make sure we have a full roster of volunteers that day so we can have every station open and ready to give the veterans and their families a great, personalized experience. We still have 8 spots to fill and I know we can do it!

Volunteer Awards Banquet

We can’t wait to see you there! You can RSVP until Monday, April 4 by here. Please don’t forget to stop by the front desk or call in to make your payment. 

Volunteer Bulletin Board

The Volunteer board has been redone. Moving forward I hope it can be a useful place for communication and some fun! The volunteer board has a theme that will change quarterly to keep it eye catching and interesting. This quarter’s theme will is “Volunteers are the Sea Stars of Ocean Institute.” New features include a Name Badge Parking Lot and “See” Stars Snaps. If you see a fellow volunteer going above and beyond or just doing a great job then give them a “See” Star Snap. You do so by grabbing one from the pouch on the volunteer board, writing the person’s name and why you are giving them a “See” Star. Then put the completed “See” Star in the pouch just above the tide pool. The person with the most “See” Stars at the end of the quarter will receive a Sun Star Award and prize. There will then be a drawing with the remaining “See” Stars for the jeweled sea star pendants on the volunteer board. Prize and drawing will be held at the quarterly meeting. I hope this becomes a fun way to recognize what a fantastic job all of you do. If you have an idea for a theme let me know!


Please welcome our new volunteers!

Judy Star – Public Programs
Elaine Connelly – Public Programs
Annie Cunningham – Public Programs
Monique Gugniev – Public Programs