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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History recently recognized Annette Perry as its 2008 James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year.

Perry, a Florida Museum docent for 22 years, has received local and national recognition for her work. The museum honored her at its annual volunteer reception April 2.

“In so many ways, Annette has been a wonderful friend to the museum,” said Florida Museum Volunteer Coordinator Julie Crosby. “She is an excellent docent who is reliable, generous and helpful to visitors, staff and other volunteers. Annette continues to be a fine ambassador who promotes the museum in Alachua County and far beyond. We are thrilled to present her with this award.”

Perry implemented and edited the museum’s original docent newsletter and continues to assist with production of the current publication. She has recruited and mentored countless docents, and serves on the Florida Museum’s Docent Advisory Committee.

She also is an active member of the Florida Museum Associates and a member of the Associates Board. Through these positions, she has donated many hours to fundraisers and other projects. She is a longtime member of the Florida Association of Museums where she consistently leads and attends docent and staff workshops at the organization’s annual conference.

Perry also has attended every National Docent Symposium since 1989, conducted workshops, edited the organization’s newsletter, and was elected to the National Docent Symposium Council Board of Directors in 2003.

The James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize a Florida Museum volunteer who shows exceptional interest in the collections of the museum, effort toward the educational advancement of children and enthusiastic support for the museum and volunteer communities. It honors Pope Cheney, who was a docent at the Florida Museum for 14 years before his death in 2004.

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Writer: Marcel Raphael
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