Volunteers Pin the Positive!

By Janice Nearing, Director of Public Relations

Recently, the Club added something shiny and new to our Volunteer Rewards Program – volunteer appreciation pins. “I was so excited to open the mailbox and see an envelope from Save the Manatee Club, hoping it was my pins, and it was!” said Club volunteer Tracy McAlpine from Hillsborough County, Florida. “All of them are gorgeous, and the one for presentations is so humorous with the manatee standing at the podium.”

Save the Manatee Club volunteer Tracy McAlpine shows off her name tag lanyard.
Club volunteer Tracy McAlpine proudly attaches her “beloved pins” to her name tag lanyard.

Tracy was one of many volunteers, including Tracy’s mom, Norma Kuehler, also from Hillsborough County, who received a variety of volunteer service pins from the Club, which recognizes their ongoing work and dedication on behalf of the manatees. The special, customized pins are earned by registered volunteers who staff education tables for the Club at events, help out in our Maitland office, or give manatee presentations for the Club at schools, libraries, etc.

“My pins are representative of my love of both manatees and Save the Manatee Club,” says Tracy. “It’s a beautiful symbol of the Club’s appreciation of my time spent trying to save everyone’s favorite Floridian, the Florida manatee.”

See all the pins and get more details on how to earn them as a Club volunteer at Volunteer News located on the volunteer page of our website.