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MBNMS Volunteer of the Year 2014 John Menke

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For six years, John Menke has tirelessly donated more than 1,000 hours sharing his passion and expertise with the Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon. A retired marine ecology professor, John is constantly suggesting new events, activities, lesson plans and projects to improve the center. A strong leader, John educates school groups, organizes and runs outreach events, conducts and leads citizen science monitoring programs, maintains partnerships with local marine organizations and helps train other docents. John inspires everyone he comes into contact with — visitors, staff, partners and other volunteers, and his fluency in Spanish allows him to connect with people of diverse backgrounds. John’s unwavering loyalty to the center and sanctuary are why we are recognizing him as our Volunteer of the Year.
Reviewed: April 11, 2024
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