Member of the Month
Carol Miller: August Member of the Month
Carol has been a resident of Cape Coral since 2008 and a member since 2009, making this her 12th year with CCFW. In 2011 she got a call from Susan Porreca, President at the time, asking her if she could assist Cheryl at the Butterfly house giving Butterfly tours. Somewhat apprehensive, she studied up, researching many different sources about butterflies and the plants that support them. She has been very successful giving Butterfly House tours as well as Butterfly gardens tours during last year's COVID outbreak. We have a donation jar at the butterfly house and when Carol is giving tours there always seems to be above normal amount of donations. There is a rumor that recently after one of her informative tours a very grateful visitor dropped $50 in the jar! I believe people find her pleasant demeanor and broad knowledge inspiring. Kudos to Carol!
In 2015 Carol, along with other CCFW members, participated in a tagged monarch research study conducted by a university. They gently attach small adhesive tags to the wings of the butterflies they released that bear a telephone number and a unique identification number for that particular monarch. She went to a Cape Coral school with captured Monarchs and demonstrated how to tag the butterflies and release them. During this time Carol was interviewed and an article was written about her and the butterfly house along with the study. Have fun, learn about butterflies at Rotary Park
Click Here. Thousands were tagged and many found. See photo of one found 60 days after released.
It would be safe to say she racks up an average of 4 hours a week all year long volunteering to support our educational mission. During the later part of the year and into January she is also working in the Merchandise Committee assisting with new inventories of T-shirts and merchandise to sell in January and at the Burrowing Owl Festival. Of course, you will find her on that day giving tours all day long.
She was also an At-Large member of the Board of Director for 2 years assisting with publicity. Here is a bit of trivia... Carol was in Arizona on vacation back in 2017 and at Saguaro National Park in the gift store she noticed they were selling Burrowing Owl Pins. She found out where they ordered them and that’s how we started selling them at Rotary Park.
You will find Carol every Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Butterfly house educating the public about our native butterflies and plants. Thanks Carol for your long term commitment to CCFW.