Books, Babes and Boyer

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 02:43 PM.

At this juncture, it would be impossible to move on without a mention of Cathy Colbert and the Friends of the Port St. Joe Public Library.

Colbert is a tireless advocate of the library and her community, a smiling presence whether in the classroom – where she to teach even after passing retirement age – or in the community.

She is a picture of grace, charm and a marvel of thanks whenever the Bunco Babes come around with their checks, unfailing in her generosity towards the Babes’ efforts and ability to work so tirelessly for the library.

And among the ranks of those Bunco Babes is Dana Boyer, named the Volunteer of the Year by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce last week.

Calling Boyer the Volunteer of the Year, however, seems almost an understatement.

Last year, with the Board of County Commissioners and Port St. Joe City Commission in a bit of kerfuffle regarding paying for the annual Fourth of July fireworks show in the city, Boyer took the baton and sped ahead.

She began a private-sector fundraising campaign and even in a tight economy her efforts secured more than $6,000 in contributions. A fireworks display that is a community staple was transformed from a dud to cracker jack.

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