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Volunteer Award Winner:
Marlene Erlenbach

Gallery Information - 2002

The Detroit Institute of Arts Gallery Information Committee’s Volunteer of the Year, Marlene Erlenbach, has done it all. In the six years she has volunteered at the DIA, she has been day captain for four years, recruited and trained new volunteers, introduced volunteers to The Museum System (TMS) collection software, compiled visitor statistics, worked many Friday nights since Marshall Field’s First Fridays were introduced and was the Gallery Information Committee Chairman for the year 2000-2002. In addition, she also maintains the Speakers Bureau statistics by both the DIA’s fiscal and volunteer years. This year she will coordinate all the DIA’s efforts in the annual Noel Night December's as the chairman of this event.

Outside of the museum, Marlene’s love of reading has led her to the job of chairman of her condominium library, which includes receiving and cataloguing new books. She has also served as recording secretary for her condo association. Her hobbies include knitting items for her family and friends, but most importantly, tiny articles of clothing for premature babies born at St. John’s Hospital.

Marlene and her husband Phil, also a DIA volunteer, travel as much as they can in their busy lives. In the past few years, they have enjoyed traveling to the British Isles and their 1999 trip to Europe was made most memorable by visits to Berlin and to concentration camps, particularly Dachau. While in Berlin they visited the Reichstag, which had recently opened to the public. They were also able to survey what was left of the Berlin Wall and, throughout both Europe and the British Isles, they have put their stamp of approval on scores of museums, many castles and churches.

Marlene and Phil have five children. They have five grandchildren ranging in ages 3-1/2 to 32 years and spend as much time as possible with them.

How privileged all of us on the Gallery Information Committee and the Detroit Institute of Arts as a whole are to be associated with this outstanding volunteer.

Submitted by Beverly Avadenka