|

Any advice for a new lighthouse volunteer?

A forum to discuss lighthouses in the Southeast US and the Gulf Coast
(North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas)

Moderator: beachbum1616

Postby Miss_Hatteras » Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:05 pm


I'm a new junior volunteer at the St. Augustine light in Florida. I had my first day last sunday and I loved it. I helped with monitoring the visitors at the tower. Next time I'll be doing more things. :D
User avatar
Miss_Hatteras
1st Assistant Keeper
 
Posts: 97
Joined: Wed Jul 13, 2005 12:00 am
Location: Lawrenceville,GA/ Washington DC

Postby plebetkin » Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:24 pm


it's great that you are volunteering! It will be people such as you who continue to interest the general public in what lighthouses are all about and to help preserve them for future generations.

What was your first class about?
good friends mean good times
plebetkin
Lighthouse God
 
Posts: 6562
Joined: Thu Feb 06, 2003 1:00 am
Location: Connecticut

Postby Miss_Hatteras » Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:27 pm


I have'nt had my first class yet.
~*Behold The Forever Love*~
Philly B.
User avatar
Miss_Hatteras
1st Assistant Keeper
 
Posts: 97
Joined: Wed Jul 13, 2005 12:00 am
Location: Lawrenceville,GA/ Washington DC

Postby Pharoslvr » Tue Jul 26, 2005 2:59 pm


Congratulations!! :)
I was a volunteer at Cape Hatteras back in the early 90's and it is
one of those great experiences that you'll never forget!

Enjoy!!
Brent
Pharoslvr
"A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner" British Proverb

<img src="images/SmallOBLHSlogo.jpg">

1995 Charter Member
User avatar
Pharoslvr
Lighthouse God
 
Posts: 5234
Joined: Thu Oct 31, 2002 1:00 am
Location: Southern Virginia

Postby shirin » Wed Jul 27, 2005 3:49 am


Looking forward to hearing more about your volunteer experiences.

Some things it might be helpful to know.

1. Where is the closest bathroom? I'd have to say that while volunteering at Sandy Hook that has to be the number one question I get.

2. How many steps are there to the top? This question is very close behind #1. No matter how many times the number can be posted around the site, they'll still ask.

3. Are there other lighthouses in the area I can visit? I'm sure you'll run across many people wanting to know this one.

I'm sure as the day goes on I'll have other idea for ya. Most importantly, be prepared to talk and smile all day as you interact with guests to the lighthouse. A sore throat and/or jaw is a good sign you've had a very good lighthousing day! Have plenty of water on hand and have fun!
shirin
Lt. Commissioner
 
Posts: 2359
Joined: Thu Mar 06, 2003 1:00 am

Postby mikev » Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:30 am


Absolutely great that you are volunteering. Your lighthouse has a great crew, and Kathy Fleming's a real can-do person.

What Shirin said, plus just keep a very sharp eye out for safety issues, especially on the stairs. Visitors can get pretty giddy about the experience, and you're their common-sense backup.

And smile a lot. You should enjoy yourself enough so that comes easily!
Mike Vogel
Buffalo Lighthouse/ALCC

Image
User avatar
mikev
Keeper
 
Posts: 206
Joined: Mon Apr 18, 2005 12:00 am
Location: Buffalo, NY

Postby beachbum1616 » Sun Jul 31, 2005 10:04 am


We were at St. Augustine last weekend on Friday (22nd) night and Saturday (23rd). I hate that we missed a chance to meet up with you.

St. Augustine is a wonderfully restored light. This was our second visit, but our first when we really knew what we were doing. I will post some photos when I get them ready if you are intersted in seeing them.
Stephen

Image
User avatar
beachbum1616
Lighthouse Master
 
Posts: 4080
Joined: Mon Mar 03, 2003 1:00 am
Location: North Carolina

Postby COTA » Sun Jul 31, 2005 3:22 pm


Stephen,
I would love to see the photos! I've only been once and loved it. I had hoped to go back this summer but doesn't look like it's happening in the near future.

Beth
<img src="images/SmallOBLHSlogo.jpg"><br>Please Visit the New Web Site of OBLHS!<br><a href="http://www.outerbankslighthousesociety.org/">http://www.outerbankslighthousesociety.org
User avatar
COTA
Inspector
 
Posts: 1022
Joined: Fri Jun 11, 2004 12:00 am
Location: southeast North Carolina


Return to Southeast & Gulf Coast Lighthouses

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron