VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT April 2010 -- MARTHA BARTON
Interviewed by Geri Andrews, BARC! Media Volunteer
Born and raised in Tuscaloosa County, AL, Martha was the 5th of 6 children. Upon graduating from the University of Alabama with Baccalaureate and Masters degrees in Education and then Auburn University with a Doctorate in Administration, she dedicated her entire career to public education.
In 1993, Martha first retired from the State of Alabama as an Assistant State Superintendent for Instruction.
Taught graduate school at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY
Taught at University of West Florida in Pensacola
Six years ago Martha chose to finally retire from education and relocated to Fairhope. Now she has time to pursue some of her interests . . . gardening, reading, exercising, and her beloved cats. Kiki was rescued from a vacant lot in Bowling Green. Tipper Munchkin wandered in from next door. And her most recent addition, Prince, became a BARC! rescue Martha fell in love with while working in the BARC! Office.
Unable to sit idle, volunteering has become the mainstay of Martha’s time. She volunteers at Fairhope Library, the Eastern Shore Literacy Council, the Fairhope Cat Coalition, and BARC!
To her, “animals come first . . . however, if people can be helped in the process then that’s okay.”
Aslan, a Black Newfoundland, left for his new home in Massachusetts. Aslan is a success story for BARC! Over the past 3 years many of our volunteers worked with him to help with socialization and training.7 of the dedicated people showed up on departure day for “lots of slobbery kisses and to say goodbye” to this dear friend, wishing him well in his promising new home
Spring Kitten Prevention program coordinator
She epitomizes the spirit and enthusiasm animal rescue volunteers have for these animals who depend on us to help them