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.
Did you know that native lizards, Green Anoles, can change colors depending on their mood or temperature? Watch #pbcParks “Animal Encounters” to learn some more fun facts about these interesting animals!
Have you seen beautiful, bright purple berries while visiting PBC Parks? Beautyberry can be spotted at a number of our parks! Watch this short video to learn about some unique facts about these stunning plants, including how they’re beneficial to both humans and animals!
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.
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.
Barry Drucker has been a dedicated volunteer for one year now at John Prince Golf Learning Center (JPGLC). Staff at JPGLC can always depend on Barry to help out whenever they need him and he always stays busy with light duties such as trash and debris, filling divots with sand, etc. In addition to those light duties, Barry does the range picking and maintains the mat and rope line.
What is his favorite part about volunteering here? “John Prince Park is a nice place to be at; it’s a great natural habitat to observe.”
What stands out most about Barry is his dependability and work ethic.