Congrats to EAA Airventure Volunteer Sandy Marsh

26 Jul

Family Keeps Volunteer Coming Back for 35 Years

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – The Worlds Greatest Aviation Celebration

July 26, 2011

Sandy Marsh, EAA volunteer, received the  Dorothy Hilbert Volunteer Award. Photo by Mariano Rosales

Sandy Marsh said she was shy and quiet while  attending her first EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 1975.

But that changed the  following year when she decided to get involved.

Marsh is celebrating  35 years of volunteering at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 and will be recognized  with the Dorothy Hilbert Volunteer Award at the Theater in the Woods. The award  recognizes a female EAA volunteer who exhibits the same passion, dedication,  and devotion for volunteerism as did the late Dorothy Hilbert.

As a volunteer since  1976, Marsh has volunteered at many areas throughout AirVenture. She started in  the Women’s Activities Center, now the Activities Center. But she also has  helped at Operation Thirst, Outdoor Exhibits, South Maintenance, Ambassadors,  which is now the CARTS program, and Convention Headquarters. In addition, she has volunteered  at Sun ’n Fun for 10 years.

What keeps her  coming back?

“The volunteers,”  she said. “They have become my family. This is such a neat organization, and  the friendships you make are just phenomenal.”

After her mother  died, one volunteer drove more than 200 miles to come to the funeral, she said.  “The number of flowers and cards sent—from both EAA volunteers and EAA  staff—wowed me. This is what I mean by family.”

While she has  volunteered in many areas, the bulk of her time has been spent in the Activities  Center, where she is now chairwoman. As chair, Marsh coordinates the  volunteers, makes sure things are set up, and answers lot of questions since  the center includes aircraft greeting, crafts, hospitality, and the flying  cinema. It also offers aerobics and yoga classes.

Once her husband,  Larry, saw how much fun she was having volunteering, he started helping, too.  He volunteers in South Maintenance.

It’s no surprise  what advice she gives other AirVenture attendees. “If you’ve never volunteered,  please do. It can be a very fun and eye-opening experience. The amount of  knowledge that EAA volunteers have is impressive. You can be working next to  someone who is a president of a Fortune 500 company or a surgeon at a big  hospital. Yet, they all have the same objective: the AirVenture event.”

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