On Monday, November 7, 2022, the museum hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. In the past year, one hundred sixty-six volunteers put in thirteen thousand one-hundred and seventy-seven hours. And we know that the number was greater than that because not everyone records hours. We are thankful that Dan Dickey compiled all these hours for us. Those thirteen-thousand hours are sixty-six percent more than the average non-profit organization in the United States. That’s a calculated value of more than four hundred and ten thousand dollars.
In its endeavor to demonstrate appreciation for its volunteers, Patuxent River Naval Air Museum presents four awards for special recognition annually; the Compass Award, the Sextant Award, the Pathfinder Award, and Volunteer of the Year.
The Compass Award is presented by the executive director to the volunteer who has been outstanding in keeping us on track as an organization. The winner of this award was Steve Facini, someone whose efficiency contributes greatly to help keep the museum a well-oiled machine.
The Sextant Award is presented by the president of the board to an individual who has contributed greatly to the museum’s future, one who has the vision to look toward and maybe even beyond the horizon, gauging where we are and where we will need to be. This year’s recipient was Matt Ayre, someone who is constantly showing initiative and whose vision we respect immensely.
The Pathfinder Award is presented to a docent for excellence in the performance of their duties and for advancing the museum's mission (especially educating and inspiring). The Pathfinder Award went to Dave Van Asdlen this year, someone who is always there to lend a helping hand.
Finally, Volunteer of the Year is awarded to an individual who has effectively worked across teams, brought projects to fruition, and been exemplary in advancing the organization’s mission. Dan Dickey, this year’s recipient, has shown meritorious service to the museum and is a model figure of what we look for in a great leader and volunteer.
Our museum would not be able to run without the hardworking individuals who donate their time to us. Executive director, Scott Gray, remarks “we consider their work here to be priceless.”