2019 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
By Jennifer Robins

Kim DiPasquale photoKim DiPasquale and Jerry Donohue.
The Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held at Don Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant in Huntington Beach on January 29. The attendees enjoyed a 3-course Mexican dinner. The volunteers represented FLOW Citizen Scientists, Volunteer Naturalists, Amigos Board of Directors, friends and significant others. In order for everyone to get to know each other we asked each person to tell the group who they are, their interest in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and what activities they participate in with the Amigos de Bolsa Chica. It was a great chance to learn about the history of the Amigos, to meet new members and to hear how some volunteers have devoted many years to maintaining the organization.

Kim DiPasquale was honored as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year. Jerry Donohue and Shirley Dettloff presented Kim with a framed Bufflehead photograph by Thomas Anderson to commemorate the occasion. Kim joined Amigos a little over a year ago and has jumped in to volunteer in multiple ways with the varied activities our organization offers. He is a FLOW Citizen Scientist learning about phytoplankton with microscopes and chemical analysis, and he is a Volunteer Naturalist leading public and private tours at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. He has become educated about the wetland plants and is teaching the native plants class for our Naturalist Training Class.

Brian Westcott photoBrian Westcott, Charles Falzon and Shirley Dettloff.

Charles Falzon and Shirley Dettloff presented Brian Westcott with an award recognizing his 13 years as Treasurer for Amigos de Bolsa Chica and continued support and active involvement with this organization. Brian is also a FLOW Citizen Scientist and Volunteer Naturalist. He has been an active member for 20 years and has been of great assistance with a variety of fundraisers as well as our science symposiums.

We are grateful to have Kim and Brian as volunteers and members of the Board of Directors, and this dinner was offered as a thank you to all the volunteers that help with tours, FLOW, booth events and cleanups.