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Volunteer Award Winner:
Carl and Marion Muma

DFT Ushers - April 2007

When the staff at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) asked for volunteers to serve as ushers, Carl and Marion Muma stepped forward and helped set the groundwork for the museum’s newest committee. In appreciation of their can-do spirit and initiative, the DFT Usher Committee members are pleased to recognize them as the first volunteers of the year.

As ushers, Carl and Marion help patrons enjoy their experiences at the beautiful Detroit Film Theater. Their minimum time commitment is one performance per month. Marion frequently sees acquaintances during her usher assignments and feels proud when they realize she is a volunteer at the theater. Carl and Marion find that a side benefit of being ushers is visiting the museum more often. Carl enjoyed the recent Annie Leibovitz photo exhibition on musicians and the artist’s explanation on how she put each picture together. Marion loves all the artwork, especially the contemporary and African works. As a Gallery Information Committee volunteer with nine years tenure, she loves the peaceful feeling she gets when working at the Rivera Court information desk. She was chairwoman of the Gallery Information Committee for two years and on the Volunteer Committee Board for three years (treasurer for two years and as recording secretary this past year).  

Carl and Marion are strong believers in volunteer work. They also give their time to the Adult Learning Institute, with Carl serving as treasurer and Marion as vice president. Carl volunteers at the Henry Ford Medical Center in West Bloomfield as well. Marion is the hospitality chairwoman of the Birmingham branch of the American Association of University Women.

Both Carl and Marion are native Detroiters. During Carl’s Navy days, they spent two years in Key West. About 13 years after that, they spent two years in Chicago supporting community development. They currently reside in Bingham Farms. Carl is a graduate of the Walsh Institute and the retired Vice President for Finance and Treasurer for a private company. Marion attended Wayne State after the birth of their three children. After earning a degree in Business Administration, she began a 24-year-long career as a labor relations examiner for the National Labor Relations Board. Carl and Marion share their love of travel with their eight grandchildren. Carl enjoys home repair, while Marion spends time reading and gardening. They have plans for more volunteer work and travel to distant places.

Marion states: “There is no better setting in which to volunteer than the DIA. We are lucky to have such a beautiful venue in which to work. And where else can you volunteer and see great films at the same time?”