Celebrating Moran volunteers | Letters

Moran State Park volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, but they all have a few things in common: they are passionate about park stewardship, proud to represent our public lands and love to share the history of the park with our visitors.

Whether it’s pitching in to clean up the campsites of winter debris each April; greeting and registering new campers; tagging fish at the hatchery or ringing up sales at the nonprofit Summit Gift Shop, the park is a better place because of YOU!

Each year we recognize our outstanding volunteers. Our hats are off to this year’s awesome group: Sandi Talt, Kelly Puccio, Elsie Pamuk, Jackie Daigle, Dan Christopherson, Roxy Marck, Barb Buman, Dan Vekved, Gail Glass, Nancy Forker, John & Joan Fletcher, Anna Tejada, David and Geri Turnoy, Julia Turney, Bea Von Tobel, Denise Wilk, Sherrie Miller, Rolf Eriksen, Karen and Ken Speck, Pat Muffett, Carla Stanley, Lucy Troxel, Andy Troxel, Lorna Rhodes, Heather Nelson, Mike Puccio, Al Nickerson, Alison Weir, David Castor, Lisa Poitras, Sue Askevold, Cindie McKenna, Frenyea Bryon, Jeremy Foster, Maurice Justin; our three trail-blazing Americorps service members: Milo Baker, Bradley Boileau and Kali Holstand; our wonderful camp hosts: Jeff Steward, Jim and Linda Hemans, Sue and Kurt Hanselman, Mick Kinsinger and last, but not least – celebrating their 20th summer in Moran – John and Anne Maas.

We also want to send a shout out to the local artists and vendors who help make the Summit Gift Shop so successful. They include James Hardman, Ginny Bohannan, Darvill’s, Bob Dash, Fisher Dickens, Gail Glass, Carla Stanley, Island Thyme, Lisa West, Local Goods, Christopher Peacock, The Olga Symphony, JP and the OK Rhythm Boys, Martin Lund and Andrew Youngren. Thank you!

If you have an item that might appeal to visitors or a gift idea for the shop, please contact Jackie Daigle: summitgiftshop@friendsofmoran.org.

The Summit Gift Shop is open from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. every day, May through September, and is operated by a handful of awesome volunteers. All proceeds from this nonprofit gift shop stay in the park and help to support the staff; provide trail maps to visitors; supply educational outreach materials such as the Junior Park Ranger program and contribute to the operations of the Moran Creek Hatchery.

Feeling inspired by all these great volunteers and contributors? Would you like to put your time and talent to use for the park and meet people from all over the world? Did you know that hours spent on certain volunteer projects could qualify you for a complimentary Discover Pass? Well then, please give us a helping hand if you can spare some time this summer.

Our volunteers bring unique skills and lots of heart to their roles and their generous efforts enhance the experience for all visitors. Interested? There are lots of ways to make a difference. Whether you are a group, couple or individual, have a little time or a lot, you’ll find plenty of ways to help the park. For more information, please contact Sandi Talt at info@friendsofmoran.org or 360-376-6276.

Jacqueline Daigle

Friends of Moran