Celebrating two great volunteers

At the heart of every non-profit are the volunteers, without whose support much of the organization’s work would not be possible. That is especially true at Connemara, and Saturday we will recognize two people who have gone above and beyond in their service to Connemara and conservation during a special reception at 6 p.m. in the Meadow Preserve.

Bob Mione and Chandler Burke at work on The Meadow.

Bob Mione and Chandler Burke at work in The Meadow.

The “2013 Volunteer of the Year” award will be given to Robert “Bob” Mione, who serves as Connemara’s Volunteer Meadow Manager.  Bob’s love of The Meadow and his commitment to it has enabled us to do things that we would not be able to do without his help.  His peers nominated him to receive the  Volunteer of the Year Award in honor of his tireless and tenacious dedication to our beloved 72-acre Meadow Preserve.

Also during the reception, Chandler Burke will be recognized. Chandler was one of only 18 people nationwide to receive the “2013 Nestle Very Best in Youth Award.” The Nestlé Very Best in Youth Program was created in 1997 to recognize exceptional young people across America who not only excel academically but also support the community.

Chandler, a graduate of St. Mark’s High School in Dallas, currently attends Rice University. He is an Eagle Scout who earned all 130 Boy Scout Merit Badges and received the “William T. Hornaday Silver Medal” for organizing four significant conservation projects totaling more than 1,000 hours and involving more than 100 volunteers. He was separately recognized as the Texas Eagle Scout of the Year by both the Texas Society for the Sons of the American Revolution and the American Legion. He is also one of 10 national winners of the President’s Environmental Youth Award.

Connemara is thrilled to be able to acknowledge both of them at the same time since it was Bob’s dedication that provided our organization the capacity to support some of Chandler’s conservation work in The Meadow.

They represent a heart-warming legacy of loving land through volunteerism. I invite you to join us for light snacks and refreshments in the Pecan Grove to honor these two extraordinary volunteers and celebrate our volunteers who do so much throughout the year in the Meadow Preserve.


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