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Aquarium volunteers donate $4 Million in Service
Volunteers at Chattanooga's Tennessee Aquarium have donated $4,000,000 in time and services.
That's according to Julie Piper, the Aquarium’s manager of volunteer services who said 800,000 hours of service have been provided by volunteers since opening in 1992. Minimum wage has changed over the years, but if volunteers had been paid $5 an hour, it would have cost the Aquarium $4 million dollars.
“We’re so fortunate to have so many individuals who share their talents with us,” said Piper. “We simply could not have achieved many of the milestones over the past two decades without the help of our dedicated volunteers. They have helped make the Tennessee Aquarium the top-rated Aquarium in the country for overall satisfaction.”
Piper said Aquarium volunteers have collectively given the equivalent of 400 years worth of work over the past 20 years.
Wanda Wilmoth (pictured) is one of the charter volunteers. She was among the first people greeting guests as a docent on the Aquarium’s opening day.
“That first day was interesting with all of the activities and excitement,” said Wilmoth. “I enjoy volunteering today as much as ever before.” Wilmoth says anyone with an interest in people and animals would enjoy volunteering at the Aquarium. “I like seeing visitors having fun,” said Wilmoth. “Adults get as excited as the children. Watching that is rewarding, especially if I can provide some information or point something out that makes them smile.”
The Aquarium is hoping to recruit some more volunteer docents to greet guests and share fun facts about animals and exhibits. Piper is accepting applications online through September 14th. In addition to sharing knowledge about the natural world, Aquarium docents help roll out the red carpet each day.
“Our volunteers look for opportunities to enhance the guest experience,” said Piper. “We’re looking for friendly people who know how to deliver world-class service to each one of our visitors.”
CLICK HERE for information or to apply to become a volunteer docent.
Applicants must be over 18 years old and available to attend seven training sessions on Tuesday evenings beginning September 25th from 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm.
Aquarium volunteers enjoy several great benefits including:
- Family membership after three months of service
- Discounts in the Tennessee Aquarium or IMAX 3D Theater gift shops
- IMAX passes
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"SONS OF ANARCHY" GUEST STARS FOR FINAL SEASON
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When "Sons of Anarchy" returns in the fall, we'll see some unusual casting. The AP's Jamie Friar reports on the guest stars to be featured in the FX motorcycle drama.
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Charlie Hunnam, as Jax
Here's Charlie Hunnam, as Jax in a scene from "Sons of Anarchy." COURTESY: FX ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Katey Segal as Gemma
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Sound of the theme from "Sons of Anarchy," which airs on FX. COURTESY: FX ((mandatory on-air credit))
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN'S WILL
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"TYRANT" PRODUCTION MOVED FROM TEL AVIV
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- The current unrest in the Middle East has caused production of the FX's series "Tyrant" to pull up stakes. The show had been shot in Tel Aviv. But producer Howard Gordon says the show has since moved to Istanbul to resume production. Gordon tells a TV critics panel in California that when Tel Aviv began drawing missile fire, "people were running into bomb shelters." And he says while people on the set didn't feel "physically threatened," the atmosphere "was not conducive to shooting." The last two episodes of the show's first season will be shot in Turkey.
FORMER "50 SHADES" ACTOR AWAITS RESULTS
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- The actor who had the original lead for the movie version of "Fifty Shades of Grey" says he still believes in the film, even though he won't be in it. Charlie Hunnam says he's "really excited" to see the movie and is "really, really curious" to see how it turned out. Hunnam dropped out of the "Grey" project a month after he landed the role. He says he believes his replacement, Jamie Dornan, is "probably a lot better looking and a lot smoother" than he is. Though Hunnam says he wouldn't mind having his audition tape be part of a DVD extra for fans of the movie. The movie is due out next Valentine's Day.
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