Issaquah History museums honor volunteers

June 11, 2013

By Staff

The Issaquah History Museums and community members recently honored 70 volunteers who cumulatively donated 3,553 hours during 2012.

As a volunteer-based organization, the museums rely upon such generous donations of time and talent to discover, preserve and share Issaquah’s unique history, according to a news release from the group.

Doug Bristol

Doug Bristol

The Independent Sector, an organization dedicated to leading, strengthening and mobilizing nonprofit organizations, has estimated the value of one volunteer hour at $22.14, which means the total value of volunteer labor contributed to the museums in 2012 was $63,970.

“What that means is that volunteer efforts provide the equivalent of another one and a half staff people.” Erica Maniez, director of the Issaquah History Museums, said in the release. “Volunteers are the engine that moves our organization forward.”

Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Doug Bristol, who serves as a docent in the Train Depot Museum and performs facilities maintenance at both the depot and Gilman Town Hall. After retiring last year, Bristol started volunteering with the museums as a way to contribute to the community while interacting with friendly, dedicated people with similar interests. He has become one of the museums’ most valuable contributors — a good-humored, reliable, talented individual who enjoys sharing Issaquah’s story.

“Doug Bristol is the type of volunteer that every organization dreams of having. He not only volunteers for tasks but anticipates those things that need doing,” Karen Klein, the museums’ volunteer coordinator, said in the release. “Doug’s joy in sharing history is contagious — it makes you want to be involved, too.”

Bristol was awarded two tickets to Village Theatre and a tool bag set.

Four additional volunteers were singled out for special awards:

Star Docent: Jane Garrison. She received a handmade pottery plate donated by the Issaquah Valley Senior Center and a gift certificate to 12th Ave Café.

Star Trolley Volunteer: Charles Cerar. He was the recipient of a gift certificate from Interlake Window Cleaning for window cleaning, gutter clearing, roof blowing, moss treatment and power washing.

Star Museum Volunteer: Molly Brackett. She received a Gilman Village gift certificate and a box of Boehms truffles.

Star Facilities Volunteer: Ed Seil. He was the recipient of a gift certificate to Red Robin and a print of the Issaquah trolley.

Volunteer Awards Night has been an annual event for the Issaquah History Museums since 2001.

Learn more about the museums by calling 392-3500.


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