Volunteer of the Year Award
Contact: Nina Kelson, 850-934-2604
Jack Madison Recognized as the Southeast Regional
National Park Service Volunteer of the Year
Biloxi, Mississippi native, Jack Madison, was recognized on March 28th as the recipient for 2011 Southeast Region National Park Service Volunteer-In-Parks Award for his 25 years of outstanding service. Mr. Madison, a former Bell Telephone supervisor, began volunteering in 1986 in the Mississippi District of Gulf Islands National Seashore.He continues to board the Ship Island Ferry out of Gulfport to greet visitors and give tours of historic Fort Massachusetts located on West Ship Island.During his volunteer service he was recruited as a National Park Ranger for several summer seasons but decided he enjoyed more time off during the hot weather. Jack is married to Marilee Madison, a former Biloxi High School history teacher.She was employed by Eastern National to oversee the park's bookstore but later volunteered at Gulf Islands as well.Both Jack and Marilee enjoy traveling to National Parks, attending Elder Hostel programs, and visiting with their three daughters and grandchildren.
Did You Know?
Because of the tropical-like conditions, the U. S. Army established the Cat Island War Dog Training Camp in south Mississippi during World War II. A variety of dog breeds were trained to guard, deliver messages, and attack the enemy. Cat Island is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore.