| Mike Tucker - Woodlander of the Month|
Library Volunteer is Woodlander of the Month
Celebrating at a lunch in his honor, Mike Tucker was named the October 2011 “Woodlander of the Month.” Described by colleagues as an extraordinary, dedicated volunteer, Mike has been in charge of the Woodland Public Library’s shelf-reading and shelving volunteer program for the past year, and developed an effective training program for the library, with training materials and shelving/shelf-reading exercises. He also used his organizational skills to develop an online system for tracking volunteer hours. Under Mike’s guidance, the number of volunteers at the library has increased dramatically.
Mike spent 25 years in the United States Army, with the last five years spent as professor of military science at UCD. After retiring in 1995 from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel, he took a job as the Administrative Services Officer in the Yolo County Mental Health Department. After 4 ½ years, he moved on to work at the State Department of Finance for four years, until he was selected to be the Chief of Operations of the Department of Mental Health. He later returned to the now Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services. He has been a resident of Woodland since 1990.
Upon retiring in 2009, Mike began looking into possible volunteer opportunities. Woodland Public Library snatched him up first. Mike remarked that although he always loved libraries, he was surprised at how complex libraries have become.
“I believe there are few things as important to a democracy as a library. The Woodland Public Library is something Woodlanders can take pride in.”
Mike devotes over 12 hours per week to the library and currently works with over 40 volunteers.
About his volunteerism Mike said, “I have always thought volunteerism was important. I have coached soccer and girl’s softball, served on civic and university committees, created a walking group, helped with Girl Scouts, and been active in church programs. I think giving one’s time is more important than giving money. As a volunteer you can have a positive impact on someone’s life or your community. Volunteering makes you feel better, makes others feel better, and it beats sitting around watching TV or playing on the computer.”
The “Woodlander of the Month” award recognizes outstanding service and volunteerism to the Woodland community and is presented monthly by representatives of the City of Woodland, Daily Democrat, and Yolo County Board of Supervisors. (photo courtesy l-r: Yolo County Supervisor, Duane Chamberlain, Mike Tucker, Yolo County Supervisor, Matt Rexroad.)