Volunteer Enrichment Committee

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For the most up-to-date information about the Volunteer Enrichment Committee (VEC) Programming, check the Volunteer Lounge VEC bulletin board located in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge.

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Volunteer Enrichment Committee Events

The Volunteer Enrichment Committee (VEC) exists to enrich the volunteer experience by providing events that educate, complement volunteer training, maintain morale, and promote community within the Museum's volunteer program. The committee is made up of volunteers who work cooperatively with staff members to plan events for Museum volunteers. Information about VEC events can be found in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge and on the Volunteer Portal.
 

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteer Enrichment Committee events (lectures, tours, field trips, etc.) are limited to DMNS volunteers only. Due to the very limited space available, we cannot open them to spouses or other family members.

All field trips require a Field Trip Waiver Form be completed before the date of the trip. Signup sheets for all VEC events and waiver forms (specific for each trip), are found in the notebook in the Staff & Volunteer Lounge. Below are the dates and times (some tentative) for upcoming events. Please check the bulletin board in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge for updates and to sign-up.

Volunteer Enrichment Committee Events
  

Friday, March 16
DIA Behind the Scenes Tour 
9:30am - 11:00am 

Ever wanted to know what's "behind the scenes" at Denver's International Airport? Join VEC for a chance to find out! Our tour will cover the areas usually off-limits to passengers. This is a unique opportunity to tour the airfield, with close-up views of aircraft, cargo facilities, maintenance centers, fire stations, and snow removal equipment. You'll leave with a new appreciation for this facility, and a lot of fun facts to impress your friends.

 Note: For security purposes, all participants on this trip must provide DIA with the following information two weeks before the trip. Send the information to Lisa Sanchez at Lisa.Sanchez@flydenver.com between the February 29 and March 2:

Copy of Driver's License or State Issued ID OR a list of the following:

*  Form of ID (Driver's license, State ID or Passport)
*  First and Last name as they appear on the license, ID or passport
*  License, ID or passport number 
*  License, ID or passport expiration date
*  State (or country, for passport) of Issuance 
*  Date of Birth

The group will meet at Door #600 (West side of terminal, top level, across from Lufthansa ticket counter), and board the tour bus there. The bus will depart at 9:20am. 

Participants should make their own arrangements to get to DIA, there will be no car-pooling. Short term economy and garage parking is available for $3/hour.  Please see Moe Shuley in Volunteer Services if you would like bus passes to the airport. 

 

Wednesday, April 18
A Journey Through Southeast Asia: Episode 1: Myanmar and a touch of Thailand
3:00pm - 4:30pm 
DMNS Suite 102

Ted and Dianne Stump are long-time DMNS volunteers, and avid travelers and photographers, who have given some of VEC's most popular presentations. Join in as they share Part 1 of their most recent adventure, a trip to Southeast Asia (Part 2 will be VEC's May event).

Two exciting spots in Thailand are featured: the vibrant capitol, Bangkok, and the ancient northern capital of Chiang Mai. The main focus is Myanmar, only recently accessible to travelers. Highlights are Inle Lake (where there are no roads, farming is done in the water, and westerners only rarely have access), ancient Bagan with its 1,000 year-old temples dotting the landscape, Yangon's magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, and a school in Mandalay for young Buddhist monks.

Seating for this event is limited, so early sign-up is encouraged. Sign-ups sheets are in the notebook in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge. For more information about this event, please contact Michael (Mike) Hitchcock: (303) 792-2946

 

Wednesday, May 9
A Journey Through Southeast Asia: Episode 2: Borneo
3:00pm - 4:30pm (Tentative)
Location TBD 

Ted and Dianne Stump are long-time DMNS volunteers, and avid travelers and photographers, who have given some of VEC's most popular presentations. Join in as they share Part 2 of their most recent adventure, a trip to Southeast Asia. This talk focuses on the island of Borneo.

 Featured are the wildlife and flora of the rain forest in Borneo's northern Sabah region, including the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Tabin Wildlife Reserve, and Danum Valley Conservation Area. You'll see orangutans, maroon langurs, proboscis monkeys, lizards, frogs, dozens of birds, flying foxes and bat-filled caves. The Stumps will take you to one of the few remaining primary rainforests - hot, humid, and very, very wet, but truly magnificent.

 Seating for this event is limited, so early sign-up is encouraged. Sign-ups sheets are in the notebook in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge. For more information about this event, please contact Michael (Mike) Hitchcock: (303) 792-2946

 

VEC's 2018 offerings for the remainder of the year will include a geology tour along the I-70 road cut with DMNS Curator of Geology James Hagadorn, a tour of Tiny Diamond Homes in Morrison, a visit to the Dumb Friends league Harmony Equine Center in Franktown, our ever-popular Secrets of the Dioramas Tour, an talk by author Mike McFee about preservationist Dana Crawford and her work to save the soul of Denver, and insights into the DMNS's work and findings at the Magic Mountain archaeological site near Golden. 

Be sure to check the flyers in the Volunteer Lounge for more information. 





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