The Community Fund of Darien
Celebrates Darien’s Volunteers

2022 Museum of Darien’s Volunteer of the Year

Al Miller, 2022 Museum of Darien’s Volunteer of the Year

Al Miller was an inspired choice to Chair the Bicentennial Committee and represent the Museum of Darien in all the activities. When Al undertook the role in 2018, it was a daunting task, which involved coordinating multiple committees of volunteers from the community, nonprofits and Town agencies. No challenge was too great for Al, including the COVID interruption that ultimately postponed the majority of activities from 2020 to 2021.

Prior to 2020, Al organized and led committees focused on publicity, historical markers, and events targeting the entire community, from solemn events like the Anniversary Day at Slawson Cemetery to the family oriented Beach Bash at Weed Beach. When in person events became impossible, Al quickly switched to online meetings to maintain momentum. No task was too small for Al, whether it involved assembling and dis-assembling a gigantic cake for the Memorial Day Parade and Beach Bash, sporting a costume for the re-enactment of the raid on the Congregational Church for Heritage Day, or greeting elected dignitaries at the opening ceremonies.

Al is the quintessential volunteer – he inspired all his committees to stay focused despite the pandemic delays, and the tremendous success of the Bicentennial is due entirely to his leadership.

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