Two people affiliated with Silver Lake College were recipients of the Manitowoc County Historical Society’s fifth annual Lisa Rohrer Volunteer of the Year Award.
Joel Griffith, a sophomore majoring in business management, and 2014 Silver Lake College graduate Tammy Reigel, the college’s event and conference coordinator, were honored earlier this month at the society’s annual meeting. The award is named in memory of a former volunteer and member.
“They helped to fulfill one of the goals I set at last year’s annual meeting by breathing new life into our youth programs and developing our very successful summer camp series,” said Amy Meyer, executive director of the Manitowoc County Historical Society.
Reigel and Griffith began working as interns at the historical society’s Pinecrest Historical Village, a 60-acre outdoor interpretive museum just west of Manitowoc. This was made possible through the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities internship program.
“Tammy, an intern in 2013, returned to MCHS in 2014 to help plan, facilitate and rejuvenate our youth programs and summer camp. She volunteered her time to assist with our special events as well,” Meyer said.
Her work included coordinating and training volunteers and performing administrative duties.
“For both of us, it started out as an internship and we ended up volunteering,” Reigel said. “I recruited Joel to apply for the internship. I knew how much they needed someone to step in and take charge, and I knew Joel would be a perfect fit.”
During Griffith’s internship in the summer of 2014, he also assisted with the MCHS youth programs, summer camp and special events.
His work included making videos for Pinecrest and helping to build a horse arena for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
“Joel has been a tremendous asset to the Manitowoc County Historical Society. We have enjoyed his enthusiasm and willingness to share ideas. Joel was able to take on many roles in our small museum and even went beyond what was asked,” Meyer said.
More than 3,000 students participated in the interactive programs and camps in 2014, she said.