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i Dinkel Mel Dinkel sponsors children in Guatemala through project "Xela AID," for which he also serves as CFO, direc- tor of Infrastructure projects, and a Director of Volunteer Vacations. He is pictured here with Anna and Diego. Courtesy photos. From page 1 and enrolled his fellow Island resi- dents in his adventures of service. In 2006, Dinkel headed a con- struction crew made up largely of Avalon residents to build a ceremonial lodge on the Rosebud "Indian Reservation in Todd County, South Dakota the sec- ond poorest county in the nation. Dinkel sponsors children of great need in Guatemala through project "Xela AID" for which he also serves as chief financial offi- cer, director of infrastructure proj- ects, and a director of volunteer vacations. He was also a major force behind the establishment of the Animal Clinic of Catalina at its current location. The clinic was formerly located in a 200-square foot facility adjacent to its current location of about 1,500 square feet. He has served as a member of Catalina's Sustainability Action Group, the City Stakeholder's Group, Transportation Committee and General Plan Update Committee. Dinkel has been an active member of the Avalon Lion's Club, where he served as treasurer -- a job he took over from former Santa Catalina Island Company President and CEO Ron Doutt "in a moment of weakness" Dinkel said wryly. In fact, Dinkel was instrumental in re-involving the Lion's Club in the full slate of Catalina's distance athletic events (now totaling five), for which the club manages all aid stations and receives donations that are rein- vested in the community. He also serves on the Sophie Tarbuck Scholarship Board which each year interviews candidates and awards educational scholar- ships to Avalon graduates. "What he's done for us is a lot" said Mark Bradshaw, Lion's Club presid.ent. "Mel's done a great job as our treasurer, and has kept us fiscally responsible. What he brings to the table in terms of the Lion's Club's direction is extremely valuable to the organi- zation. Mel also brings great per- sonality to the Club. He's always been ready to help with any event. He's one of our brothers and we'd miss him a lot if he left. We look forward to him continuing to be involved?' For the Conservancy, Dinkel has been responsible for managing the organization's annual operat- ing budget and endowment, and teaming with its President and CEO Ann Muscat to develop and implement the Conservancy's stra- tegic plan. He significantly con- tributed to "impressive growth in a time of economic challenge," according to Muscat and Board Chair Cliff Hague. Among his duties have been operations of the Conservancy's Wrigley Memorial & B6tanic Garden, its Airport in the Sky, all services to visitors and vol- unteers; on-Island property man- agement including youth camps, yacht club coves, communication towers; bison and game manage- ment, rangers, facility manage- ment and capital improvements, accounting, treasury, human resources, and information tech- nology. Operations under his ten- ure generated more than half of the Conservancy's yearly operat- ing budget. "Mel's extraordinary breadth of knowledge and experience, leadership style, professionalism, positive outlook, performance under pressure, and even-handed approach among many other char- acteristics made him an excep- tional asset to the Conservancy," according to Muscat and Hague. "We are grateful for his years of dedicated service?' pres  Museum .to launch Blue Star program ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY TO RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION The Catalina Island Museum recently announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a col- laboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. The object is to offer free admission to all active duty mili- tary personnel and their families through Labor Day. "We have participated in this amazing program since its incep- tion three years ago" said Michael De Marsche, executive director of the Catalina Island Museum. "We greatly appreciate the sacrifices made by our country's military persgnnel and their families and are proud to offer them the opportunity to visit Avalon's only museum." Museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are tak- ing part in the initiative, includ- ing more than 300 new museums this year. Participating museums include not only history museums, but also fine arts museums, sci- ence museums, nature centers and 70 children's" museums. "This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these fami- lies that will continue .throughout the years. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an Opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrat- ed into a community," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. The Blue Star Museums pro- gram runs through Labor Day, Sept. 3. The free admission pro- gram is available to actiVe-duty military and their family mem- bers (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. For a complete list of participat- ing museums, visit bluestarmuseums. The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon's sole institution devoted to art, culture and the rich his- tory of Santa Catalina Island. It is located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino, and is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more informa- tion, the museum may be reached by phone at (310) 510-2414 or at its website: PEST offrROL 1929 CALL TODAY AND LET DEWEY PEST CONTROL TAKE CARE OF YOUR PEST CONTROL NEEDS! 310.328.0553 SINGING WATERS CHRISTIANCENTER SERVING THE CHURCH. REACHING THE |$L.ANO 346 CATALINA AVE __ i: i || ;,117A'|[A: II: I : ;l h' [eEt, A J ,'. &BLAIR 310'510.0250 310.510,8957fx 8 , Friday, June 1, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER