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President’s Update ~ Chris Pendleton, President & CEO

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 7th

Volunteering at Edison Ford is Fun and Fulfillingpresident update

      At the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, the work of more than 250 volunteers is critical to the operation of the 20 acre National Register Historic Site.

      Edison Ford is not just a historic site with 15 historic buildings, but also includes a 15,000 square foot Edison Ford Museum with hundreds of inventions, acres of gardens and propagating nursery, classrooms for school and community programs, archives and storage for the historical and scientific collections. Edison Ford volunteers are engaged in all of these areas supporting professional staff and adding their unique talents throughout the daily operation.

volunteer helen mcKey volunteer positions at Edison Ford include:

  •  Information Center
  • Office support
  • Docents and tour Guides
  • Garden Shoppe and Propagating Nursery
  • Events, Rentals and Special Programs
  • Teaching Assistants in classes and programs

 volunteer jan and jamie magirl     One of our favorite volunteer couples is Jan and Jamie MaGirl who portray Thomas and Mina Edison. The MaGirls volunteer as docents in the Edison Botanic Laboratory and lead tours. They can frequently be found in the information booth providing assistance to visitors. Their work was recognized a few years ago by Governor Scott and the State of Florida when they were awarded a prestigious Award of Recognition as a great Floridian.

      Holly Shaffer and Bobby Feldman jointly coordinate the volunteer program. This is a large work force and takes a lot of coordinating to match up the need with the person. In addition, they coordinate volunteer training which includes the monthly lecture series, on the job training and placement.

volunteer meeting at bell tower      The volunteer monthly lecture series includes great topics, interesting people and time to socialize with staff and volunteers. Monthly lectures are scheduled the second Tuesday of the month with the upcoming meeting on October 8, 9:30 a.m., at the Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church. Fort Myers Councilman and Architect Mike Flanders will present the program about the architecture of the church and some of its historic background as well as the history of Edison Park Neighborhood.

      For information about the Edison Ford Volunteer Program contact Holly or Bobby at 239-334-7419 and plan to attend a lecture and meeting soon. We welcome all interests and talents to Edison Ford because we know, just as Edison and Ford knew, that it takes many creative minds to produce a winning project.

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