Describe your volunteer activities at HCT:
After serving as a Trustee for ten years I’ve tried to stay involved by helping with HCT’s CoastSweep beach clean-ups, and assisting with the Birds of Prey and Wolf events. My wife Bev has adopted the garden in front of the HCT office in South Harwich.
How long have you volunteered?
I’ve been involved with the Trust almost since Bev and I moved to Harwich full time in 1991.
What do you like most about it, memorable moments?
The great thing about the Trust has been the people who have given so much of their time and effort over the years to save the land and water that make this a great place to live. It’s been exciting and challenging. I’ve worked on the mailing list, taught AmeriCorps volunteers how to use a Pulaski Axe, and walked many miles over the trails and parcels we maintain in Harwich from the Herring River to Pleasant Bay.
What’s special about Harwich and why did you decide to make it home?
I first came to Cape Cod in 1946, and turned 2 years old that summer in South Chatham. The family says my maternal Grandfather, Tim Mullins, was a bartender at Chatham Bars Inn in the 30’s. The summers here were wonderful and I looked forward to being here every year, always heading for the beach, following old trails in the pine woods, boating, fishing, and learning about the Cape from the old-timers. My parents retired to a house next to the Town Forest in South Harwich after I came home from Vietnam in 1969, and Bev and I live there now. The best part about living here is the people who work hard to take care of each other and this great community.
What do you do (or what did you do if retired) when not at HCT?
Before coming here to live, I was a specialist in disability income insurance in Chicago and Portland, ME. Before that I was a US Army Captain in the Airborne. I served in the States, Panama, Vietnam and Germany – where I left the service, then lived in Spain on the Costa Del Sol, and toured the British Isles before coming back to the States. Since I retired here, I’ve installed Invisible Fence for dogs, done some carpentry with a fellow veteran, and worked as a crewman on the Freedom Ferry from Harwich to Nantucket.
What else do you like to do for fun or other activities or volunteering?
I have been an Eagle Scout since 1960, and volunteered with the Cape Cod & Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America about 11 years ago. Currently, I serve on the Council’s Executive Board, and am Skipper of Sea Scout Ship 76, which is sponsored by John Our and the Harwich Port Boat Yard. I’ve also been on staff at the National Sea Scout Exhibit at National Jamboree in 2010 and 2013. Working with the Sea Scouts on our 27’ Catalina sailboat is fantastic, watching them learn a whole new way of life out on the water. We’re always looking for new recruits, coed, basically from the 8th grade through high school to age 21.