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Donna Hughes is May’s Volunteer of the Month

May 14, 2004 02:40 PM

Donna has been a volunteer for USA Tennis Florida only since the Rock ‘n Rally event at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens in the spring of 2002, but in those short 2 years, she has certainly made an impact.

Donna lives in Palm Beach Gardens and responded to the invitation to volunteer for our Rock ‘n Rally event during USA Tennis Month in 2002.  Since then she has served as a local league coordinator, volunteered at numerous special events, and did an outstanding job in the transportation office for the Davis Cup.

Donna shared some thoughts regarding her volunteer experiences (and remember, it’s just in the past 2 years)!

“On April 9th, 10th & 11th, I volunteered in the transportation office for the Davis Cup.  The atmosphere was absolutely amazing, and I was fortunate enough to be able to see some tennis.  It was truly a remarkable experience to watch an incredible tennis match as well as listen to the electrified crowd.  It was something I’ve never experienced before.  I met the most wonderful people, and would do it again in a minute.”

“Last year, as LLC for District 19, I shared the experience of my 3.5 ladies’ team going to Nationals.  This was the first time they had ever gone.  We did not win, but they had a wonderful time, and were determined to go back! “

You can tell Donna really enjoys being a volunteer because she does it so well.  This note is from Lynne Salus, our Director of volunteers, “Donna was one of our drivers (for Davis Cup).  She sat all day and waited for her driving turn.  If I needed her to do anything else she was always accessible.  She helped transport the ITF dignitaries, USTA Board members, the players families, etc.  It was really great to have Florida Section volunteers as Davis Cup volunteers."

And Janet Sprague, Community Coordinator for District 19 says it all, “Donna has been a great asset to our district and is a wonderful episodic volunteer. I need her cloned, 10 times over!  She answered the call for volunteers at our annual Rock ‘n Rally Event at PGA National in May of 2002 and has continued to say YES ever since.”

Special congratulations are also due to Donna for two great non-tennis accomplishments.  She has lost 93 pounds in the past 9 months and has also received a job promotion.  Way to go!

When asked why she likes to volunteer in Tennis, she answered, “I love everything about the game.  Unfortunately, because of a knee injury, I cannot play, but I enjoy being around people that can.”

Thank you, Donna.  We hope you keep enjoying your volunteer experiences with USA Tennis Florida.  You are a wonderful volunteer!







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