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Roynon Museum

Good morning, I am the Director of the Roynon Museum of Paleontology. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) Educational Foundation. Since 2000 we have been offering classes to students, scouts, and civic groups in our museum. Thousands of children have visited our unique museum. Just a year ago we went from a private museum in Mr. Roynon's home to a publicly accessible museum on Grand Avenue in Escondido. In less than one year were were voted the number one museum in San Diego County. Each year thousands of school children come through our doors for a three hour class. They learn about geology and paleontology. Classes are customized to fit the lesson plans as each teacher requests. We offer classes from preschool through college level. We also do Scout Badge Classes for both Boy and Girl Scouts and Science Olympiad Classes. Mr. Roynon has been adding to this collection for over 70 years and continues to teach the classes himself along with Ms. Sherry Bauer our Director of Education.
At this time we are in desperate need of finding volunteers to help us in our endeavors. We are a private museum with only one paid employee. We operate solely on the class tuition, admission fees, and the generosity of Mr. and Mr. Roynon. Because of their love and passion for the education of children, they have invested much of their life savings into this collection, now valued at over six million dollars. Their belief that children should have access to high quality specimens in a hands on learning environment has driven them every year to add to the collection making it one of the most complete and complex collections anywhere in the area. Many similar exhibits cannot be seen without traveling to Denver, Chicago or Washington DC.
Mr. Roynon began collecting his first fossilized sharks' teeth around the age of seven in the hills of Santa Cruz. He went to college in Oregon where he met his wife Judy. Judy taught school for two years in Oregon before they relocated to Escondido. She is now in her fifty second year of teaching (yes 52) in the Escondido Elementary School District.
What we are hoping for is to find active retired educators that would like to help us with our goal. We want to keep this museum open for the children of our county and surrounding areas. We need docents to help inside the museum, aids to help during the classes, and attendants to work in the gift shop/ticket area. Most shifts are 3-4 hours and those wanting to join us will be trained. Volunteers don't have to know geology or paleontology, but they do need to like working with the public and especially with children.

I would be happy to talk to you further about our needs. I was hoping you might know how we could reach out to retired educators in our area. I invite you to visit our website ( RoynonMuseum.org ) where you can watch a short video of one of our classes and see a few pictures of the museum. I would be happy to meet with you if you felt their could be some collaboration between your organization and our museum. If you have a meeting, especially members in the north county area, Mr. Roynon would be happy to bring a short presentation to introduce the museum to your members and explain more about the museum. I'm sure any educator that visits the museum would see its value to the children of San Diego County. Daily we have visitors tell us they can't believe there is such an amazing collection right here in Escondido. If you go to Yelp or our Facebook page ( Facebook.com/roynonmuseum ) you can read many, many 5 star reviews. I'm just hoping that there may be some members of your group that would be willing to help us keep this dream alive. As I said with only one paid employee and a small handful of volunteers we are surviving, but it is getting difficult and we need help since our budget does not accommodate hiring more employees. We're hoping to find others that can share our passion for teaching the children of San Diego County. Please give me a call if you have any questions or if you have suggestions as to where we might reach out to others. If you could, please respond to let me know if this can be presented to your membership someway; it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
If you are interested, contact Jeannie Nutter at the contact info below.
Jeannie Nutter <director@roynonmuseum.org>

San Diego Youth Services
The Volunteer Department at San Diego Youth Services has volunteer opportunities that might interest retired teachers/educators.  San Diego Youth Services is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that supports at-risk youth. They have over 30 programs at 14 locations throughout the county and work primarily to prevent delinquency and school failure, end homelessness, promote mental health and addiction recovery, and break the cycle of child abuse and neglect.

Our current long term volunteer opportunities (6 months+) include:
        Office Greeter and Resource Coordinator (Family Resource Center at El Cajon Valley High School)
        Fiscal Assistant (Administration building in Point Loma)
        Admin Assistant (Counseling Cove in Golden Hill or Spring Valley and East Communities Campus)
        Night Shelter Volunteer (Youth Emergency Shelter in Northpark)
        Group Instructors (Spring Valley and East Communities Campus)
        Foster Parents (reimbursement provided)

 For more information, contact:
 Liz Veselich
 AmeriCorps VIP Fellow
 San Diego Youth Services
 Point Loma Campus
 3255 Wing Street
 San Diego, CA 92110
 Phone: 619-221-8600 x1272
 Fax: (619) 221-8611


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