Lynne and Dennis Gettelfinger - South Carolina Aquarium

When Lynne and Dennis retired to Charleston from Rock Hill, South Carolina in 2010, they were eager to find a volunteer opportunity. They had been members of the South Carolina Aquarium since its opening in 2000, so they began volunteering as Exhibit Guides. They quickly discovered the best thing about volunteering at the Aquarium: it’s fun!

Initially, Dennis wasn’t sure if he wanted to volunteer with children, but he found that he really enjoyed engaging with young people at the Aquarium. “The kids are always in a good mood,” he says.

“It’s so much fun to see all of the different personalities, too,” Lynne adds.

Lynne has contributed more than just her time to the Aquarium. She also created a beautiful art quilt that hangs in the Great Hall, a triptych depicting a colorful coral reef. “It took a year to make all three panels of the quilt,” she says. “I wanted it to be displayed and enjoyed, so I donated it to the Aquarium. The first time I saw it hanging in the Great Hall was really an emotional moment.”

As the Gettelfingers have become more involved with the Aquarium, they have developed a sense of pride in it. They are fulfilled by their volunteer work, and they love being a part of the Aquarium family.

“When our friends visit from out of town, bringing them to the Aquarium is special to us,” says Lynne. “It’s an essential part of the Charleston experience.”

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