Meet Your EEC vol. 3: MIKE AULDRIDGE

See what we learned from Event Execution Committee Member, Mike Auldridge:hi-res headshot from J Shryock 01.jpg


Why did you want to join the EEC?

In the Spring of 2012 I responded to an advertisement/call for help that was broadcast on the WTOP radio station.  I came downtown, spent a few hours stuffing gift bags with several other volunteers, asked if there was more I could do (there wasn’t, since most jobs were already filled), but went home thinking I could do more the next year.   That proved to be true !

I’ve enjoyed working with the NCBF folks, trying to make events run as smoothly as possible, so thought this might be a way to further that.


What is a fun fact about you?   

I’ve managed to accumulate more cars than there are days of the week !

What is your favorite part about being a National Cherry Blossom Festival Volunteer?

Believing that what I do helps the program(s) run more smoothly (even if just a tiny bit!) than if i didn’t volunteer.


What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering with the National Cherry Blossom Festival? Any words of wisdom?         

Definitely don’t be shy about participating; there’s always something to do, and the folks are fun !


What do you do when you’re not volunteering with the National Cherry Blossom Festival?

Being retired allows me to basically do whatever I wish to (well, within reason of course 🙂  )


What’s your favorite National Cherry Blossom Festival Memory?

Watching the sun rise over the Mall on Parade Day morning.

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Sunrise on the National Mall


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