We have hundreds of volunteers that have shared their time, heart and expertise to our organization through many many hours, sometimes through blood, sweat, and tears too. Without our volunteers, our park and our programming would not be what it is today. We wish we could give back to them as much as they give to us.
One way we would like to show our gratitude is by putting the spotlight on a volunteer each month. This person just stood out to us and we would like to recognize him or her.
This month we want to recognize:
Volunteer of the Month
My name is Jacqueline Fitzgerald Graham.
I am a Naturalist and a Suzuki piano teacher at Graham’s Music Studio in the Augusta area. I use the beauty of nature in my teaching approach. My students have performed in piano concerts at locations such as Atlanta, GA, Rochester, NY, Louisville, KY, and Matsumoto, Japan. They have also won piano competitions, have been published in piano magazines, and have appeared in local TV segments.
I learned about classes offered through Phinizy while birding with the Augusta-Aiken Audubon Association. The Master Naturalist Workshop (in 2015) came highly recommended by members of the group, so I decided to register for the course. Our instructor was Ruth Mead. Her energy, enthusiasm, and love of nature had a wonderful influence on me!
Realizing the positive effects the classes and association with other naturalists had on me, I wanted to pass this joy on to others. Shortly after the class, Ruth told me about training opportunities set up for those wanting to volunteer. I deeply appreciated the training and began assisting with the homeschool groups. Later, Lucy Murray invited me to join in the fun with her working with children in the Puddle Ducks group. I have felt right at home working with each of these groups.
The classes, nature walks, and volunteer opportunities at Phinizy have been life changing to me. The natural atmosphere there has helped me in feeling relaxed, focused, and well grounded. I’m grateful to those that informed me of the educational programs offered, and now I warmly encourage others to immerse themselves into what this beautiful place has to offer.