Members and Volunteers Appreciation Luncheon 2017

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation held an event in appreciation of its members and volunteers. The buffet lunch was prepared by the Navy Greenhouse at Port Canaveral and was attended by nearly 100 members and volun-teers, as well as a few guests. President Rocky Johnson opened the event with a warm welcome and a brief summary of the vision for the Lighthouse Foundation and emphasized the value mankind places on meaningful historical artifacts. He reinforced the profound role our volunteers play in not only preserving our artifact – the Lighthouse – but in sharing the magical experience of history with others. He also briefly discussed the Education Program that recently was introduced into Brevard Public Schools and stressed our need for even more volunteer help as our programs expand.

Rocky then introduced two of our special guests – Lindsey Swindle, representing Senator Dorothy Hukill, who staunchly worked towards getting a Lighthouse Foundation funding bill through the Appropriations Committee. Even though the bill was not funded this year, her efforts were extremely appreciated, and we were honored to have Ms. Swindle join us for this event. Rocky also introduced Rocky Randels, former Mayor of the City of Cape Canaveral, and currently City Council Member.

Carolyn Burby, Volunteer Coordinator for the Lighthouse Foundation, extended a personal thank you to the many volunteers who have given their support over this past year . They’ve kept the Keeper’s Closet going, the tours going – and both thriving – and they’ve helped to spread the word about our Lighthouse at several community events. She noted, “It’s been a busy year, and we’re going to need your help even more in the future.” Carolyn then encouraged volunteers who are not currently members to join the membership family, and to invite their friends and family to also become a “Friend of the Lighthouse.” Our event Planning Committee members – Sharon Crockett, Bev Merrilees, Yvonne Thornton and Carolyn Burby deserve a pat on the back for putting it all together.

Lunch was then served by the Greenhouse and included hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, cookies and beverages. Dr. David Paterno, Ron Ecker and Carolyn handed out many door prizes, and attendees were delighted to receive restaurant gift cards, hotel stays, spa gift bags, massage certificates, zoo admission tickets, symphony tickets, trampoline park jump passes, photo studio certificates, seafood market gift bags, tote bags and several other gifts.
And a good time was had by all!

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