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  • interesting and inquisitive guests, both adults and children. Second, the museum is well organized, making her feel that her time is valued. She never feels superfluous or not needed. And finally, its easily accessible by bicycle! Next time you see Mary at a special event, ask her about her time in Brazil, about who she met of interest that day, or simply about the joys of cycling!

    Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Moreira

    When you meet Mary Moreira, you may notice that she wears a button welcoming visitors to converse with her in Portuguese. Before volunteering at OMSI, Mary lived in Brazil. One of her favorite pastimes was hiking through the Amazon Rainforest through deep jungle terrain. When asked for an iconic memory of her time in Brazil, Mary relished watching flocks of flying parrots at sunset on a regular basis. Mary also makes regular trips to her home in Italy that she shares with a friend. However, her three children and three grandchildren keep her grounded in the States for most of the time. This doesnt keep her from being active, though! Mary regularly participates in kayak tours, skiing excursions and cycling around Portland. She says the best way to travel is by bicycle and will be completing a trip from Rome to London in May. The people are so friendly and there are parts of the country that you would only be able to see from the view on a bicycle. The Special Event volunteer opportunities tend to fit her schedule best because of all the activities outside of OMSI that keep her busy.

    Being an active member of a local Science Center was always a priority for Mary Moreira. Her three children were regular visitors of the science center in their hometown of Minneapolis, MN. When she moved to Portland to be closer to her grandchildren, she joined OMSIs Physics Lab and later moved to Special Events in order to continue with all of her other activities.

    There are three main reasons for May to volunteer at OMSI. First of all, OMSI generally attracts


    March 2017


    OMSI Updates............................2-4

    Mark Your Calendar ..................5-9

    New Volunteers ............................ 9 VOLUNTEER N E W S L E T T E R



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    OMSI Updates

    March Mathness In 2016, Science Playground piloted March Mathness, an entire month of fun, hands-on math activities geared towards OMSIs youngest visitors and their caregivers. We engaged visitors with drawing Fibonacci spi-rals in nature, experimenting with weights and measurements, and a bracket about their favorite animals. Research shows that positive early experiences with math learning help children to develop dispositions such as curiosity, imagination, flexibility, inventive-ness, and persistence, which contribute to their future success in and out of school. This year, March Mathness is spreading mu-seum wide! Experiences will include classes, demonstrations, activities, events, social me-dia, and speakers from the field, with a strong emphasis on hands-on learning. By applying the successful principles of playful exploration and celebrating learning to a broader museum-wide audience, we aim to help increase participants positive attitudes towards math, raise their perception of self-efficacy, and help them have fun (while doing math!). Interested in getting involved with March Mathness? Ask your supervisor what theyve got planned!

    Ball Room Update Thanks to generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, OMSI will proto-type ideas for new early childhood experiences starting March 18

    th in the Ball Room. Staff have

    collaborated with local artist and maker Michael Yager to design and build a temporary experi-ence that creates opportunities for our youngest visitors to practice creativity and divergent think-ing skills. Additionally, the project team will ex-periment and iterate different interpretation strate-gies to provide parents with the latest research from the science community on cognitive devel-opment as it relates to creativity and divergent thinking. Mr. Yager is creating robots made from foam and leather that will behave autonomously in unique and surprising ways. Some may spin or wobble, others might make sounds or react to their envi-ronment as it changes. Known as Bloops this herd of robots will be a new experience for OMSI in the Ball Room starting March 18


    Volunteer Services Emails SPAM! In hopes of keeping volunteers updated, the Vol-unteer Services team has been sending out more emails than in the past. Unfortunately, this has marked some of our email addresses as spam or junk. We are working to tailor our communication in order to avoid this in the future, but you can help us as well! If you have a Gmail account, please check your spam or junk folder for the fol-lowing email addresses.: If found, you can follow this link for more infor-mation on how to whitelist our email address-es:


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    Legacy Member Spotlight: Lock Up the Place Hank Swigert used to lock up the place at the end of the day. That was when OMSI was located on the hill at Washington Park. To him, it was just another one of the many responsibilities of an OMSI board trustee: make sure the place is safe and secure, ready to provide world-class informal science education to Oregons children. OMSI kids are Hanks kids. He always wants the best for them. So, Hank made a provision in his will to support OMSI and the future education of generations to come. To this day, Hank believes one of his greatest accomplishments was volunteering as a Trustee for OMSI, and spending 46 years at his familys business: ESCO. He worked on the shop floor to board chairman and everything in between. Both institutions revere Hanks commitment, leadership, and generosity. He first got involved with OMSI because his father and uncle were very active community members. They instilled in Hank the idea that one should give back to the community that gave so much to them personally and professionally. His uncle established the C.F. Swigert Jr. Endowment Fund for OMSIs benefit. Hank considers OMSI as one of Portlands world class resources. He admires the excellent leadership and the importance of providing children and adults science education. Through his support and planned gift, Hank hopes to see OMSI continue to grow its programs and physical footprint for generations to come. When asked who inspires him, Hank confidently states his grandfather and father. These two individuals gave him so much. Their advice was to always take care of your family, employees, and community. Then with a smile full of admiration, he adds that Nancy Stueber, OMSIs president and CEO, is the primary motivation for supporting OMSI and making a bequest in his estate plan. OMSI is honored to add Hank to our J.C. Stevens Legacy Society*. Although Hank is no longer an active OMSI board member, he is a member of our Emeritus Board and the strategic gift task force, and is on the

    board of directors of his familys business. He is staying very busy as a board member for several other local non-profits and continues to play squash, tennis, and paints. To learn more about how you can make a planned gift to OMSI and become a member of the J.C. Stevens Legacy Society, please contact Mike Conway at (503)797-4630 or

    *About the J.C. Stevens Legacy Society The J.C. Stevens Legacy Society, named after OMSIs visionary founder, recognizes donors who have included OMSI in their estate plan. We are pleased to extend special invitations to exclusive OMSI events and private tours to Legacy Society members. All you need to do is tell OMSI that your plan is in place and that you are willing to be publicly listed on the J.C. Stevens Legacy Society honor roll, setting the example for others to follow. If you wish, your gift can remain anonymous.

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    Benefit your family and impact OMSIs future. Visit for helpful information to plan your will or trust, provide for your needs, your familys future, and your favorite cause.

    Save the Date! Volunteer Appreciation Week is Coming to OMSI Because OMSI volunteers do so much, we are planning TWO Volunteer Appreciation Events this year! The first will be held during the National Volunteer Appreciation Week from Sunday, April 23 through Sunday, April 29, 2017. The second event will be held near the end of the summer months as an extra thank-you for your tremendous support. More information to come about both events, so stay tuned!

    Welcome to Volunteer Services, Deb! Meet the newest addition to the Volunteer Services Team: Deb Abela-Chauvin! Deb has worked at OMSI in the Human Resources department for 7 years. She started here as an HR Generalist, then moved up to HR Manager and is now taking on her new role as the Human Resources and Volunteer Services Manager. In this new role, Deb is responsible for managing organization-wide professional development for both paid and unpaid employees, overseeing all employee relations issues, ensuring regulatory government compliance, and developi