Volunteer Spotlight

Commitment to service is one of the most enduring parts of the legacy of President George H.W. Bush. He evoked the vision of a thousand points of light during his 1989 inaugural address when he invited the nation to take action through public service. 

“I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the nation, doing good… I will go to the people and the programs that are the brighter points of light, and I’ll ask every member of my government to become involved. The old ideas are new again because they’re not old, they are timeless: duty, sacrifice, commitment, and a patriotism that finds its expression in taking part and pitching in.”

As the 41st President of the United States, he formally recognized more than 1,000 volunteers through his Daily Point of Light Award. Honorees were everyday Americans who volunteered their time to make a difference in their communities. He also established the Office of National Service and signed the National and Community Service Act of 1990 which supported service-learning initiatives.

His legacy of volunteerism endured beyond his administration. He devoted his life to expanding volunteer service and encouraging individuals to spark change. 

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Center. Our volunteers reflect the love of country and service to others that President and Mrs. Bush encouraged in everyone. They play an essential and dynamic role in sharing the legacy of President Bush to visitors from around the world. We depend on their valuable time and talents to welcome visitors, school groups, and researchers to our institution. To show our thanks for our volunteers, we created the volunteer spotlight to feature one of our amazing volunteers each month.

Rude, Stacie

Stacie Rude

Education Docent
George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
14 Years of Volunteer Service
What is your favorite memory while volunteering at the Bush Museum?

I have so many wonderful memories related to leading school children on tours, but one of my favorites was when I had a 1-hour tour scheduled by a small middle school group from East Texas. At the start, each child opened up a notebook and proceeded to write everything I said at each station as instructed by their teacher. I took special care to share all the core values of George and Barbara Bush over the next 3 hours (that’s how long it took to make it through the museum). Even though it took a while, the children were attentive and polite and thankful. It was a great day as an education docent!

What is the best part about volunteering at the Bush Museum?

Again, there are several outstanding reasons I volunteer at the Bush Museum. First, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the other docents and staff members; many of them may not know, but I admire their spirit in serving.  Also, this provides me the chance and motivation to learn so much more about our country’s history and government. I have loved the opportunity to teach students what I consider vital, important values and facts about our country.

Fields, SheilaSheila Fields

Education Docent
George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
7 Years of Volunteer Service
What is your favorite memory while volunteering at the Bush Museum?

My favorite memory is the time l got to spend talking to President Bush (GHW) at the library pond on a beautiful spring day. He was so kind and friendly and held my hand as he spoke. I’ll never forget it!

What is the best part about volunteering at the Bush Museum?

My favorite thing about working in the library is taking school groups on tours. As a former teacher l adore being around young people and truly enjoy sharing the story of the Bush family with them.

Thompson, Dean

Dean Thompson

Visitor Services Volunteer
George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
13 Years of Volunteer Service
What is your favorite memory while volunteering at the Bush Museum?

I greeted a NASA astronaut in the Museum Oval Office and when I asked if he would like his picture taken he replied “No thank you, I have had my picture taken in the real Oval Office.”

What is the best part about volunteering at the Bush Museum?

Meeting the visitors and talking with them. We meet such interesting people and you never know who is going to walk in the front door. One time it was a woman that was a classmate of mine from elementary through high school.

Allen, Joe

Joe Allen

Visitor Services Volunteer
George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
9 Years of Volunteer Service
What is your favorite memory while volunteering at the Bush Museum?

The Yale baseball team toured the library before playing Texas A&M in the 2016 season opener. They were proud when I reminded them of the team’s success when President Bush was captain, and they were delighted when President and Mrs. Bush greeted them at the end of the tour.

What is the best part about volunteering at the Bush Museum?

I like hearing visitors talk about their personal experiences with President and Mrs. Bush. They touched so many lives in memorable ways, and people love to tell their story.

Partin, Karin

Karin Partin

Visitor Services Volunteer
George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
6 Years of Volunteer Service
What is your favorite memory while volunteering at the Bush Museum?

On Dec 7, 2018, a young gentleman came to the Oval Office and wanted to talk to me. He was looking for a picture with a young man in a hospital bed and President Bush and his wife visiting this person. Come to find out that this gentleman was the young man in the picture. He lost his leg at “Just Cause 1989-1990 Panama Canal”. He was so excited when I showed him this picture.

What is the best part about volunteering at the Bush Museum?

The best part is meeting new people and learning more about our 41st President. I also enjoy the friendship we have with the other volunteers.

Volunteer - Vos, Grover

Grover Vos

Visitor Services Volunteer
George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
8 Years of Volunteer Service
What is your favorite memory while volunteering at the Bush Museum?

My favorite memory while volunteering at the GHW Bush Presidential Library and Museum was being part of the celebration in December 2016 when President Bush and Senator Bob Dole honored our WWII veterans on Pearl Harbor Day. It was a rare honor to be part of the crowd and hear men I admire and respect express their gratitude and appreciation for those who fought and suffered with them in that horrific war. Having had the pleasure of shaking President Bush’s and Senator Dole’s hands-on other occasions, gave me great personal pride to be there to celebrate with them.

What is the best part about volunteering at the Bush Museum?

The best part of being a volunteer at the GHW Bush Presidential Library and Museum is easy, it’s the chance to meet and visit with individuals from, literally, all over the world and share a few words of greeting and appreciation for them just being there. It can lead to lingering conversations or kind words for our service. Regardless, the overwhelming number of encounters is so positive that they make the time fly by.