VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Okeeheelee Golf Course

Rick Ward, Arcade Duguay, and Tom Furmer are long-time, dedicated volunteers at Okeeheelee Golf Course. Ward has been a volunteer for three years, Furmer, for three and a half, and Duguay, for nine years.

The men serve as player assistants and assistant starters for the golf course, meaning they monitor the flow of the game, fill sand bottles, assist with water and trash, and provide customer service to visitors.

The “Allstars,” as noted by Assistant Manager Juan Calderon, are “willing to go above and beyond for the facility and its visitors.” The three volunteers each have different answers when it comes to their favorite part of volunteering, though they all appreciate the ability to assist their fellow golfers; for Ward, it’s being with and helping people, for Duguay, it’s meeting people and making friends, and for Furmer, it’s helping everyone and meeting people.

Power of Parks: Charles Gilbert

Welcome to Power of Parks, a podcast produced by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, where we share inspiring stories from people who have benefited from nature, parks and recreation.

Episode 9 features guest Charles Gilbert, the founder of the Coalition of Men of Palm Beach County, an organization that ensures boys in Belle Glade, South Bay, Pahokee and surrounding areas are able to read at or above grade level by or before the third grade. He’s also an avid supporter of parks and recognizes the benefits of recreational facilities and activities.

Feature: South County Civic Center

The South County Civic Center is a 14,780 square-foot rental facility conveniently located in Delray Beach across from Morikami Park and Japanese Gardens. The Civic Center is available for your special occasions, meetings and festivities. It is ideal for conferences, trade shows, birthday parties, weddings, family reunions, banquets, anniversary parties, and meetings for HOAs, clubs, organizations, corporations and everything in between!

Historic Marker Unveiled at DuBois Pioneer Home

PBC Parks, together with other County officials and the Florida State Society Daughters of the American Colonists, unveiled a Historic Marker at the DuBois Pioneer Home on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 9:00 A.M.

The Historic Marker, which includes a brief description of the home’s history, was donated by the Florida State Society Daughters of the American Colonists, a hereditary organization that among other goals, works to research, record and publish deeds of American colonists. Promoting stewardship of natural, archaeological and cultural sites is a core service of PBC Parks.

After the unveiling presentation, visitors traveled back in time by participating in free docent-led tours of the DuBois Pioneer Home, one of the oldest surviving historic homes in Palm Beach County. Docent-led tours are typically available Tuesdays, Wednesdays (through December 2019) and Thursdays from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the home.

Volunteer spotlight: Carole Rapport

Carole Rapport has been a volunteer at Daggerwing Nature Center for over seven years. She serves as the volunteer gift shop manager and is also the treasurer for Friends of Daggerwing Nature Center. Her involvement with the site ranges from the gift shop to volunteer management as well as working with the animals.

Carole started in 2012 working in the butterfly garden and evolved to share her talents in various ways, especially with the Friends of Daggerwing Nature Center. “Carole is a brilliant person with great skills that are valuable to any organization – she is organized, professional, and one of the best friends I know,” said Sean Mallee, Daggerwing Nature Center Manager.

According to Carole, her favorite thing about volunteering at Daggerwing Nature Center, “is all the friendships I’ve made here… all the volunteers come from such diverse backgrounds and experiences but we are friends because our our common goals.”