Volunteers are the Backbone of the Museum
The Hill Aerospace Museum volunteer staff presently boasts 100 active, personable, experienced, dedicated individuals from all walks of life, including active duty Air Force personnel. They range in age from the teens to 80+ years young.
Volunteering at the museum offers many rewarding and challenging areas in which diverse talents and expertise may be utilized. The various job descriptions for our volunteers are as follows:
— Tour Guide
— Gift Shop
The volunteers have been presented many individual awards, including the State of Utah Director of Volunteers Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Utah Volunteer of the Year Award, three Air Force Angel Awards, the Utah Governor’s Silver Bowl Award, Volunteer Excellence Award, and Utah Museum Volunteer of the Year Award.
The volunteer staff has also won numerous other awards as a group. Among these are the Air Force Group Angel Award, the Utah Chapter of Valley Forge Outstanding Award, the Utah Governor’s Helping Hands Award, and the national J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, along with a $1,000 grant for the Volunteer Staff. These awards are not given lightly, as they entailed state-wide or nation-wide competition.
This unusual conglomerate of volunteers staff the museum seven days a week, a different team for each day. They work weekends and holidays and give up many hours of their time, often sacrificing their personal plans to accommodate the requirements of the museum. Their extreme dedication goes far beyond the expectations for “normal” volunteers. The visiting public is always giving them accolades for their warmth, friendliness, and hospitality, as well as voicing heartfelt thanks for the many long hours of restoration work performed on our aircraft and other artifacts.
The people who choose to volunteer at Hill Aerospace Museum find it a very rewarding experience. Consequently, our turn-over rate is very low. Many of our people have volunteered for the past ten years or more. Many have logged more than 5,000 hours, while a few have given upwards of 16,000 hours. Collectively, the volunteers at the museum have donated over 300,000 hours and the total is rising all the time. This donated time has saved the American taxpayer an estimated $2,500,000 in operating expenses for the museum.
If you are interested in volunteering at Hill Aerospace Museum, please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Dennis Guse, at (801) 777-5221. Or click on the link below. We’d love to have your help!
Volunteer of the Quarter
Each quarter the Hill Aerospace Museum selects a “Volunteer of the Quarter.” Each quarter the current Volunteer of the Quarter will be listed right here on our Web page.
4th Quarter 2017 Volunteer of the Quarter
John M. Adrian was born in New York City. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1964. Hill AFB was his first duty station where he met his wife Diana. They were married in 1965. Adrian spent 20 years in the Air Force, where his entire career was spent maintaining and flying helicopters, most notably the H-53, “Super Jolly Green Giant.” During his career he was involved in many rescue missions, both stateside and his two tours in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. John was also the Chief of Flight Engineer Operations at the USAF Advanced Helicopter School at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico from 1977-1984. John decided to change directions in 1984 and retired from the USAF as a SMSgt. He went into private enterprise as a coin dealer where he owned two stores in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico. After 20 years, Adrian decided to retire. He and Diana moved back to Utah in 2008. Six months after their move to Utah, he was notified by his Special Operations friends that the H-53 was being retired, and that one of the H-53’s was headed to the Hill Aerospace Museum. John immediately notified Museum personnel that he was interested in becoming a volunteer and soon became the sponsor and crew chief of the H-53. Adrian now spends his Friday afternoons at the Hill Aerospace Museum as a volunteer. John is also actively involved in GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome Achievement Center in Layton, where he is treasurer. He spends any remaining available time chasing his three very young grandchildren around, who just happen to live next door to him.
To become a Hill Aerospace Museum Volunteer, go to www.aerospaceutah.org/aboutus/volunteers for a volunteer application or call Mr. Dennis Guse, Museum volunteer coordinator, at 801-777-5221 for more information.
2017 Volunteer of the Year
Bill Love is a member of a true U.S. Air Force family. He is a former Airman, whose father, mother and brother have all worn Air Force blue. He grew up on and around various military installations and spent his early childhood at Edwards AFB, where his lifelong interest in aviation history began. Bill is a retired aircraft painter, a published author/contributor and a graduate of Weber State University. He has been married to the former Terri Barlow for 32 years. They have one daughter, Kelsey, who grew up around the Museum and worked for the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah in various capacities during her college years.
Love has served as a Hill Aerospace Museum volunteer since 1988. He has also been employed by the museum as a staffer, art exhibit curator, collections intern, library intern and archival technician. He has performed restoration and maintenance work on numerous aircraft and artifacts in the Museum collection and is currently managing the restoration of OOALC Flight Test’s famed F-16A “Little Precious.” In addition, he serves as audio visual technician and videographer for the museum’s Plane Talk lecture series.
Bill regards Hill Aerospace Museum as his second home and its staff and volunteer community as his second family. His ultimate goal, aside from hitching a ride in an F-16, is to become the first Museum volunteer to achieve a half century of service.