By LYNN SARDA
Special to The Eagle
Your local Museum of the Islands is looking for volunteers to help out in the coming season.
Conveniently located at 5728 Sesame Drive in the Center, the museum is easily accessible to Pine Islanders from all parts of the island. When people are shopping or eating in the Winn-Dixie Plaza, munching at Little Lily's Deli, using the public library, visiting their doctor or banking, the museum (across the parking lot from the library) is ready to welcome them as a wonderful diversion from daily activities. And it is a great place to bring your visitors this coming autumn and winter.
Winter hours (November through March) are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. On Sunday, MOTI is open from 1-4 p.m. Volunteers who staff the museum have an opportunity to learn many fascinating stories about Pine Island and the region from the myriad artifacts, photographs and documents in the museum's holdings. They also have an opportunity to greet and meet visitors from all over the world as they stop by and tour the facility. New volunteers are familiarized with the museum's history and holdings by experienced volunteers, and such orientation makes volunteering a comfortable job to undertake.
Volunteers open and close the building, guide visitors through the museum as requested, work in the gift shop, and answer questions that may be posed by guests. The wonderful collection of books serves as a fine reference source for information about the island's history, natural history, and fun fiction, often by local authors.
If you have time to give to a worthwhile local endeavor, please consider volunteering at MOTI, once a week, once a month, or however much time you can give. It serves as a complement to golfing, fishing, biking, playing bridge or any of the many other activities here on the island.
Tim Knox, a new MOTI volunteer, sums up his experience: "I've been here since April, and I have a blast. I really enjoy the people who come in. They're so nice, and with their questions get me looking into all kinds of historical research."
Experienced volunteer Sal Anastasio recalls, "With pleasure, the visitors I have met from Norway and other foreign countries. The people have all sorts of interesting stories themselves. Volunteering here has been fun."
Ced Gregorsky serves as coordinator of volunteers for MOTI.
Gregorsky said, "Volunteering here really enriches your life. It makes it possible to continue your education and growth in an enjoyable way."
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ced at 283-5050. Your interest is greatly appreciated.
Lynn Sarda is MOTI's publicist.Gambling Trip to Immokalee