Volunteer Spotlight, May 2016: Lee Hayes
Q: How long have you been a Volunteer at the Herreshoff Marine Museum?
A: I started in 2013 , so this is my fourth year at the Museum
Q: Why did you decide to volunteer at the Museum?
A: Several years ago I moved back to Bristol after being away for over forty years. I saw an announcment in the Bristol Phoenix for a Volunteer's open house at the Museum and thought this might be a nice way to reconnect with Bristol's heritage and the bay where I grew up sailing Herreshoff 12's and S-boats. I attended the event at which a number of interesting volunteer assignments were described and offered. I also met an old friend, Dean Wood, who has been a volunteer and Museum supporter for many years, and he encouraged me to come aboard.
Q: What is it that you do here?
A: I am a member of what we call "John's Crew ", John being John Cobb, the Facilities manager. We are a group of half dozen volunteers who work on anything and everything to do with the waterfront, boats, buildings, systems, etc. We have a scheduled work day each week and some of us spend extra time helping John with projects. We work on a variety of things including maintaining boats and engines, launching and hauling floats, waterfront and dock repairs, upkeep and renovation/construction of the buildings on the campus, etc ...it's a great chance for us to use our "skills" and keep the museum ship shape!
Q: Tell us a little about your background.
A: I grew up on the Bay, started sailing at age six in Haggerty Prams and Snipes on the Kickemuit River. After college I returned to Bristol and worked for Fram Corp and Textron Inc. My sons, Matt and Jock, were raised in Bristol and we all enjoyed sailing around Bristol Harbor and on the Bay. Their grandfather, Alden "Pappy" Walls, was a renowned S-boat skipper and we raced for many years in the class. Then I was off and away to a long career with Digital Equipment Corp. After retiring I spent twenty years volunteering in Marion, Mass town government and have served on a number of conservation organization boards, including the Buzzards Bay Coalition. In 2012 I returned to "my bay" and am happy to be home.
Q: What is your favorite part about your time at the Museum?
A: There are two things among many that stand out about my time as a volunteer. The first is the pleasure and camaraderie of working with such a great team of volunteers. Secondly, is the real sense of accomplishment in finding solutions for, and using our skills on the many varied things to be done at HMM. We are also learning all the time and I hope we are making the museum a bit better place for our members and visitors.