Volunteer Spotlight, Lynnette Gross

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In meeting Volunteer Lynnette Gross you will quickly find out she is a get-it-done-yesterday kinda person. Collier-Seminole State Park is honored to have her on their team. 

Lynnette Gross, along with her husband Curt, began her volunteer service with the Florida Park Service in November of 2018 as a Campground Host resident volunteer. Lynnette hails from Naples, Florida. She has spent a lifetime volunteering around the world while stationed with the United States Armed Forces. Their last outpost before retiring and before joining the Richer-By-Volunteering team, was Fort Benning, Georgia. Lynnette has served over 1,000 Lifetime volunteer hours to date. Her hours have been served as Campground Host, Ranger Station Assistant, past Secretary and current President of the Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park, event volunteer and hostess of the weekly volunteer campfire circle.

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Park Manager Matt Kruse says this about Lynnette: 

"She possesses a positive attitude toward her work responsibilities, co-workers, and customers while serving as a role model for others. She goes beyond her daily job tasks and is a crucial part of the Collier-Seminole State Park team of the Florida State Park Service.  Her organizational skills, knowledge of the park system and demeanor is a tremendous advantage to the organization. Lynnette is a great asset to Collier-Seminole State Park and her contributions to the park will reach far into the future." 

A message from Lynnette:

"As the new president of the Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park, there are many challenges ahead that our team faces in this “New Normal”.  My goals moving forward are to increase Friends membership, create community awareness and facilitate Friends-based activities for our park visitors. These activities, programs and events help to support Collier-Seminole State Park functions and projects in addition to regular park operations. I also hope to create a significant and positive financial impact for the benefit of organization’s mission in supporting the park.  One of my ideas is to stock and staff a camp store to provide souvenirs, camping supplies and merchandise for campers and park visitors.  For the year ahead, our board members, along with park management, are tasked in developing the Friends Annual Plan for short-term and long-term goals.  My personal goal is to create an independent, local volunteer Friends membership, separate from the resident park volunteer, to provide stability and longevity for the Friend of Collier-Seminole State Park".

Lynnette's many hours of volunteer service to the park and Friends management is, in the park’s opinion, "Going above and beyond" and which is why we feel Lynnette is well deserving of this special recognition of the Volunteer Spotlight.

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