The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging individuals through presidential recognition to live a life of service.  Starting in 2013, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center  uses this award to recognize the outstanding support and commitment volunteers make to GSTC programs. The volunteers earning this award for their 2013 service are listed below.



 ‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.’




Bronze (100-249 hours):

Aaron Bass

Lucille Bradshaw

David Crowley

Robin Damrill

Deana Davis

Ray Emerson

Jo Fraser

Hannah Hollaway

Philip Leeper

Cheryl Leeper

Lou Lodico

Paula Pyrcz

Tracie Read

Mary Kathleen Ritter

Paul Thompson

Lois Weitz

Robert Weitz

Shelby Whitebread

Gloria Zocchi

Silver (250-499 hours):

Gary Buckles

James Ritter

Stephanie Schleicher

Corie Steuber

Gold (500+ hours):

Lifetime Call to Service Award (4000+hrs):


Additional awards and honors:

In 2012, volunteer Gary Buckles was selected as the International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) Ed Drane Volunteer of the Year. Gary has volunteered with the GSTC since 2007 and is active in all departments of the GSTC.  The Ed Drane Award for Volunteerism was established in memory of Ed Drane who was Treasurer of the ISTS for more than 20 years. This award is presented annually to a person working outside their professional life to voluntarily commit a significant portion of time, energy, and passion to the conservation of sea turtles. They do not seek academic or monetary credit for their efforts but they make a significant contribution to the study and conservation of sea turtles. For information visit

In 2014, volunteer Jamie Hartley was recognized by Bank of America for his outstanding commitment to the GSTC program as part of their Volunteer grants program.

Also in 2014, the GSTC Volunteer Program was selected by the Walmart Foundation and the local Brunswick Walmart #639 for a Community Impact Grant. This award recognizes the commitment of the GSTC volunteers and their dedication to the programs and their local community.


In 2014, the GSTC Volunteer Team was selected as the 2014 Volunteer Group of the Year by the Georgia Association of Volunteer Administrators. The Georgia Volunteer Group of the Year is presented to a group of individuals who have made a commitment to connect to others through service to help meet critical needs in their community while making a difference in the lives of others.

GAVA Award