June Kullberg Bailey – Volunteer of the Year

Name: June Kullberg Bailey

Education:  BA, American Univ., Gamma Delta Chapter

June was nominated for receiving the Volunteer of the Year award for all of Watermark retirement homes.

Residence:  South Pasadena, Florida

Most proud of:  My four wonderful children

Best advice:  “Never give up.”

Phi Mu:  Gave me the confidence to do anything I wanted to do

Phi Mu Memory:  So Many – house parties at Ocean City, Md., winning
song fest

Best friends don’t know:  They know everything – I’m an open book

Three things can’t live without:
1.) Coffee
2.) Chocolate
3.) Water to swim in

Wish I had more time to:  Do more creative work, i.e. knit, make jewelry, paint.

Future aspiration:  Live to be 100 – in good health. I was born in Akron, Ohio, but grew up in Washington, D. C.  I went to American University there, and was a member of the Gamma Delta Phi Mu Chapter.

Phi Mu 1943After graduation, I worked for a few years in the Dept. of Defense, ending up in the office of Defense Secretary Louis Johnson.  In 1950, I married Army Lt. Roy Bailey, and together we raised one daughter and three sons.  Every where in the world we lived I maintained Phi Mu contacts.

Roy’s final assignment was back in Washington, D. C., and I went to work part time for Florida Congressman Don Fuqua.  I was already very interested in Florida, since my husband was a fifth generation Floridian, and being in a Florida-fused office, I became more interested.

Much to my delight, we retired to Sanibel Island, Florida, and I really became enamored of sea shells.  I began collecting them on trips all over the world.  I have won many trophies and ribbons for my exhibits, and have also judged most of the shell shows in Florida.

trophy 2014Now that I am living in a retirement home, and no longer actively collect, I have donated part of my collection to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel and to the Mote Marine Science Center in Sarasota, Florida.  The ones I have kept are displayed here in my apartment at the Fountains.

I love to share their beauty with others, so I often give talks showing different shells, telling about how and where they are found, what they are good for – not only for food, but for medical research – and stressing their importance in nature.

Another activity I enjoy is crafts.  I lead a craft group where I help others learn all kinds of hand crafts, and the things we make are donated to charity.

Perhaps my most important activity right now is being President of the Resident Council here at the Fountains.  This office gives me the opportunity to be of service and give back to my community.  It requires me to be on the alert to any problems residents may have, and to be able to act as liaison between the residents and the management. I am also a “resident ambassador” and attend “discovery” luncheons where I share my experiences with prospective residents.

All in all, I feel blessed to be able to live in such a vibrant community, where I can not only share my life knowledge, but I can also learn new things from new activities and new friends.

The trophy I received is given to the top resident volunteer out of all the 38 Watermark Retirement Homes in the U.S.

Also, last but not least, Beth, every place in the world I have lived Phi Mu has been an important part of my life.  It will continue to be for the rest of my life.