Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, October 01, 2003

... for help with volunteers

The Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau wishes to thank all those who contributed to our annual Volunteer Recognition Reception. The Sept. 2 event honored 182 local residents who assisted Juneau visitors throughout the summer at seven information sites.

Norwegian Cruise Line hosted an elegant reception aboard the Norwegian Sun.

Special gifts for outstanding volunteers and an array of door prizes were provided by Ad Lib, Alaskan Fudge Company, Alaska's Capital Inn, Alaska Pacific Bank, Alaska Seaplane Service, Alaska Natural History Association, Alaska Travel Adventures, Allen Marine, Aspen Hotel, Baranof Wilderness Lodge, Driftwood Lodge, ERA Helicopters, Fiddlehead/DiSopra, Heritage Coffee Company, Gastineau Guiding, Glacier Bay Cruise Line, Goldbelt Inc., Gold Mine Gifts, Hearthside Books & Toys, Juneau Douglas City Museum, JRC/The Alaska Club, Juneau Jazz & Classics, Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, Mark Kelly Photography, McDonalds Restaurant, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Prospector/T.K. Maguire's, Rie Munoz Gallery, Spruce Meadow RV Park, Temsco Helicopters, Taku Smokeries, Wings Airways/Taku Glacier Lodge.

We also wish to thank JCVB members who supported our volunteer training through participation in the Downtown Walkabout, the Juneau Travel Fair, numerous familiarization opportunities and site visits. Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure provided an exquisite venue for our midsummer potluck. And many thanks to the Juneau Empire for including the JCVB program in one of several articles highlighting volunteerism in Juneau.

Juneau's long tradition of hospitality is alive and well, thank you all!

Carol Scafturon

Director, Visitor Information Services

Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau

... for helping raise Reeltime

The crew of the Poundstone extends a hearty thank you to the USCG, MSO Juneau, Chuck Wescott, Juneau Harbormaster, Bob Clauder, Auke Bay Harbor Department, Jim Sepel and everyone else who attended their course to help in the successful raising of the Reeltime in Auke Bay Harbor. The cooperation of all helped to make the effort safe and speedy. The efforts are appreciated.

Southeast Alaska Lighterage, Poundstone

... for guiding efforts

Many thanks to the Nature Center staff, guides, dock crew and office personnel at Gastineau Guiding for another great summer. Your dedication and professionalism helped make this season a resounding success, and once again made me proud to be a part of Juneau's visitor industry. Together you brought a greater awareness of our revered environment to the many appreciative visitors who hiked, walked and visited with us.

Also, a special congratulations to Gastineau Guides Jamie Likins and Kelly Skellenger for being co-selected as "Princess Cruises Tour Guide of the Season" in the port of Juneau. In a profession focused on the highest level of customer service and relevant information, this is an honor of which to be truly proud.

Bob Janes


... for community help

As a United Way agency, Catholic Community Service is delighted by the support it receives from the Juneau/Douglas community, whether it be financial or other types of support. Sept. 20 was the United Way Day of Caring, where the University of Alaska Southeast staff and students volunteered their time, energy and enthusiasm at various United Way nonprofit agencies.

Thanks to those volunteers, part of our Child Advocacy Center received a new coat of interior paint, a portion of our Family Resource Center had carpeting pulled out, and most of our Valley Senior Center's interior received a new coat of linseed oil. Glamorous jobs? No. But all things that really needed to be done.

We'd like to publicly thank the University of Alaska Southeast students and staff who participated at one of our locations and the UAS and United Way staff who set this day up. We are most grateful.

Volunteers do make a difference.

Rosemary Hagevig

Executive Director

... for help, United Way

AWARE would like to thank the United Way for creating the UAS Day of Caring as a way to kick off their annual campaign. The United Way Day of Caring brought UAS volunteers to AWARE to improve our playground area. This included digging postholes and mixing and pouring cement. The Soroptimists International of Juneau organized this project and together, with the UAS volunteers, the job was done beautifully. In addition, the UAS volunteers cleaned carpets, organized shelves, and washed windows. On behalf of the hundreds of women and children seeking safe shelter at AWARE, we thank the UAS volunteers Ashley Ahrens, Michael Boyer, William Branlund, Kim Uddipa, Heather Hortow, Tanya Ewing, Chris Grinder, Jeff Myers, Courtney Wetzstien, and Abby O'Brien. Thanks to all the Soroptimist members Jennifer Gorsuch, Kymm Bowthorpe, Sally Ryan, Timi Tullis, Judy Ripley, Denise Grant and Nila Funkhasser. Their hard work, perseverance, and skill provided the many children who use our services with a safe place to exercise and play.

Through the community's contributions to the United Way, agencies like AWARE receive funding to provide important services in our community. Together we can nurture families and provide safety. Thanks to the United Way and UAS for creating a healing environment for those who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.

Saralyn Tabachnick

Executive Director

Community garage sale

On Nov. 1, 2003, Centennial Hall Convention Center will host the 8th Annual Community Garage Sale. For those wishing to sell items, the fee is $10 per table (limit three tables). Applications are available at the Centennial Hall business office and are due by Oct. 24, 2003. As in the past years, the entrance fee for the public will consist of canned food donations that will then be distributed to local charities. For more information, please call 586-5283.

... for making salmon bake a success

On behalf of all of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Little Brothers and Little Sisters across Southeast Alaska, I'd like to thank everyone who helped make our 2003 Salmon Bake Dinner and Auction a success. Alaska Travel Adventures was a wonderful host again this year and did a great job cooking up the scrumptious silver salmon donated by Alaska Glacier Seafoods. KINY/KSUP Radio helped us get the word out and made sure we had a good crowd - even on a rainy night. All of our auction prize donors and dessert makers made fund-raising easy with their valuable donations. And finally, we'd like to thank all those who braved the rain and made it a fun event!

Marc Wheeler

Executive Director

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