Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism recently honored its volunteers during its annual Ambassador Appreciation Luncheon at Craft Farms Golf Resort in Gulf Shores. The volunteers help the organization by greeting guests in the welcome centers and preparing welcome bags for thousands of sports teams and meeting attendees.
The tourism bureau recognized Ohio native Dottie Hinnant as the Ambassador of the Year for volunteering the most hours. Hinnant has called Alabama’s beaches home for the past 13 years after spending four winters as a snowbird and says the program is not work but rather a bonding experience.
“I volunteer as an ambassador to give back to my community, and there’s a huge need for it,” Hinnant said. “More people should get involved. The camaraderie I have with my fellow ambassadors and seeing the results of what we do in the community is special to me.”
Echoing Hinnant’s sentiments, Kim Chapman, director of hospitality and information for the tourism bureau, expressed the value of this community service initiative.
“Our organization and destination is incredibly indebted to this dedicated group, many of whom have been a part of this program for decades,” Chapman said. “Their friendly and helpful spirits extend far beyond their work with us as they truly embody Southern hospitality in their daily lives.”
Anyone 18 or older is welcome to apply to become a Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism Ambassador. To get involved in the ambassador program, contact Susan Brush at SBrush@GulfShores.com. For more information on this family beach destination, visitGulfShores.com and OrangeBeach.com.
This page is available to subscribers. Click here to sign in or get access.
It looks like you are opening this page from the Facebook App. This article needs to be opened in the browser.
iOS: Tap the three dots in the top right, then tap on "Open in Safari".
Android: Tap the Settings icon (it looks like three horizontal lines), then tap App Settings, then toggle the "Open links externally" setting to On (it should turn from gray to blue).