Volunteer of the Year 2011Tin Xuan Le
Sometime during working years, the thought of retirement begins to play a lingering tune. What will life be when the days of labor is a memory. Fun plans twirl around in minds and working hours begin to be less tiresome.
Then that day arrives when a medal, plaque, or watch engraved with a name closes a door on yesterday and retirement is reality and freedom of choice abounds with a brilliant glow.
World English Dictionary defines: [quote]Volunteerism as the principle of donating time and energy for the benefit of other people in the community as a social responsibility rather than for any financial reward[/quote]
Tin Le is a remarkable person retiring from Regal Beloit. The father of three educated daughters, he was ready to give back to his community. Tin approached RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) offering his desire to help in a gardening capacity.
As the Angel Museum gardener had resigned, Tin Le was the perfect volunteer to tend the museum’s gardens. In 2011 Tin began volunteering as the museum gardener. Numerous hours of weeding invasive vegetation, Tin, assisted by long time community volunteer Don Wilson, has revitalized the garden’s landscape and beauty.
The gardens continues to evolve as replanting, new plants, new garden designs are elements the museum gardens inspire. The museum sunken garden invites people to linger, enjoying the serenity of a quieter place in a bustling world.
The Angel Museum is most grateful to Tin Lee for sharing his remarkable determination to evoke a garden of beauty and to share his spirit of volunteering.