By John Nowicki, Volunteer Chairman.
As an original member of the Volunteer Advisory Committee, it has always been a pleasure, honor, and privilege to work with some of the finest staff members and volunteers in our great organization. In my new role as volunteer program liaison/chairman, I hope to continue to work with EAA staff and volunteers to be sure our members, guests, and volunteers have the best experience they can when attending any EAA events, including the biggest of all, AirVenture.
One of the important items we want to be sure everyone is aware of is the Volunteer of the Year award. Every year, we recognize individuals and/or groups that have gone above and beyond in their volunteer efforts. The Volunteer of the Year award ceremony takes place the Sunday before AirVenture begins. Volunteer Park is located inside Camp Scholler in front of the Volunteer Kitchen and Mess Hall. This award includes presentation of a permanent brick placed in Volunteer Park recognizing the volunteers for their contributions in making sure The Spirit of Aviation lives on. Without these folks, it would be difficult at best to have the organization we have, as well as put on the best aviation event in the world.
These individuals are nominated by their chapter members, fellow volunteers, and AirVenture chairmen. Anyone can nominate one or more individuals for this award. The volunteer nomination forms are available now. Simply fill out the nomination form with all the information requested, but most importantly, tell us about the nominee and what they do as a volunteer. This information will be shared during the awards presentation. It is very important to let other EAA members know about some of the amazing people who volunteer their time and efforts to make the organization and its events so successful.
The 2023 Volunteer of the Year award recipients are:
- Sandy Zorn, EAA 331980
- Cliff Chetwin, EAA Lifetime 429238
- Robert McLaughlin, EAA 188831