March 30, 2022 – The Sanibel Historical Village held its Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon this week to honor its more-than-100 volunteers and docents. The event was held at Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel. Volunteers celebrating milestone anniversaries were acknowledged.

“We couldn’t do it without you,” Board President Bill Rahe told the volunteers. “Truer words were never spoken.”

Years-of-service pins were handed out along with perfect red roses. Celebrating five years of service were Ginny Darby, Ken Gnazzo, Annette Hendrick, and Bruce Richardson. Marking 10 years of service were Buzz Griffin, Karen Roberts, Susan Rosenberg, Barry Roth, and Sally Shelton. Fifteen-year service pins were awarded to Bill Bachman, Lois Codair, Gail Garlinghouse, Kathy Lear, and Kevin O’Donnell. Celebrating 20 years of service were Annette Cantalupo and Deb Gleason.

“I also want to note that volunteer Jan Halliday has 27 years of service this year, and Jeri Magg has 23 years of service. It’s that kind of dedication that keeps our Village running,” said Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “Naturally, I think we have the best volunteers on the island – or anywhere. And we had a fantastic committee planning the lovely luncheon. It couldn’t have been nicer.”

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village will begin its regular schedule on December 2, 2023, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access to eight of the nine buildings. Admission is FREE for SHMV members and $15 for non-members (adults ages 18 years and up).  For more information, call 472-4648 during museum hours or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.

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