Pictured left to right: Mimi Rogers, Curator; Irwin R. Berman, MD, recipient of the 2017 Rodriguez Service Award; Sherri Jones, Executive Director; John J. O’Hagan, recipient of the 2017 Cunningham Bowl.

2017 Volunteer Awards

At its Annual Meeting in January, the Society recognized two outstanding volunteers for their service in the previous year.

Cunningham Bowl
Since 1978, the Cunningham Bowl has been awarded to a volunteer who has performed exemplary service for the Society in the previous year. This year’s recipient was John J. “Jack” O’Hagan. Jack has been volunteering for the Society for a number of years. As a museum docent, he always greets our visitors with a smile and an interesting story. As a volunteer in the Archaeology Lab, he assists with artifact cleanup and projects in the field. Jack is a World War II veteran, and truly exemplifies the spirit of that generation. The Society is appreciative to Jack for the many hours of volunteer service he performs each year, as well as his service to our country during World War II.

Rodriguez Service Award
Established in 2010, the Rodriguez Service Award honors acts of extraordinary stewardship and service by staff, Board members or individuals serving in an official capacity for the Society. This year’s recipient, Irwin R. Berman, MD, has been a friend and supporter of the Society for decades. Irwin was on the Board of Directors for many years and his guidance was crucial to the Society receiving its first museum accreditation. He was instrumental in securing the old post office site for the Society’s headquarters – the A.W. Jones Heritage Center. Irwin’s affinity for the Historic Coast Guard Station led to his support of its restoration in 2004, as well as to his encouragement, help, and support as we the create the World War II Home Front Museum. We are deeply grateful for Irwin’s passion and enthusiasm for the Society and our projects.

-Both awards are on display in the lobby of the A. W. Jones Heritage Center.


Annual Volunteer Luncheon

Pictured left to right: Robin White, Janis Rodriguez, Nancy Jenkins, Myrna Crook, Larry Bacon, Patty Mallicote, and Jack O’Hagan.

Coastal Georgia Historical Society honored over 50 Society volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held on April 17, 2018. Special recognition was given to those who dedicated over 100 hours of volunteer service in 2017 (pictured above).

“We are thrilled to recognize the commitment of our volunteers who make so much of what we do possible,” said Sandy Jensen, Education Director. “We appreciate them giving their time and talents to assist visitors and Society staff members.”

The first volunteer appreciation luncheon was held on September 23, 1985, at the King and Prince Hotel.