Do you know someone along the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries who takes the word “volunteer” very seriously? Do you know someone whose volunteer work is such a part of their lives that they would never count the hours or ask for recognition? In an effort to celebrate boaters who give their time and talents back to the community, we created the PropTalk FishTalk Volunteer of the Year Award given to exceptional volunteers annually.

Nominate a volunteer of the year! Photo courtesy of Geri Schlenoff of a past International Coastal Cleanup event

Community service for 2019 can take the form of organizing charity fishing tournaments, planting trees along the waterfront, teaching kids boat building at a local maritime museum, organizing cleanup days on your local creek, serving on boat club committees, or working behind the scenes at an antique boat show. As long as it takes place on or near water and is unpaid, we will consider it as volunteer service. 

Readers may nominate one person each by January 15. A selection committee will make the final decision and celebrate the winner in the pages of PropTalk and FishTalk. 

Email [email protected] to place your nomination. All you need to do is tell us what your nominee has done for the community in 2019 and why he or she deserves special recognition. Thank you for helping us to recognize boaters who give back!

Read about our past volunteers of the year!

2018 Volunteer of the Year: Beverly and Eric DePietropaolo, oyster gardeners with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

2017 Volunteer of the Year: Sam Weaver of the Back River Restoration Committee