Last year EAA volunteer Jan Turke met actor and pilot Morgan Freeman, who posed with her for a picture.
Jan Turke says she always wanted to volunteer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, but didn’t know how to go about it. Good thing she had friends who did.
She said Dave Lau and others were instrumental in finding the perfect fit for her first AirVenture job— volunteering at The Pavilion, located just off the flight line at the intersection of Wittman and Waukau streets.
Turke, of Watertown, Wisconsin, says the job includes a little bit of everything, and that’s what she likes best about it. “I’m a jack-of-all-trades.”
She cleans and readies the area for guests. And while it’s work, Turke says it is fun, too.
“I worked with great people last year and had a blast.”
Why did she decide to volunteer while at AirVenture?
“ While I love looking at all of the different types of aircraft, viewing the air shows and checking out various exhibits, I found that I still had time to do something more,” she said. “Plus seeing all of the other volunteers working, made me want to help as well.”
She feels that being a volunteer allows her to realize how much volunteers contribute to the event. “Whether they are picking up trash or cleaning, volunteers come together to make AirVenture a great place,” she said.
“People may think they don’t have time to volunteer because there is so much to see,” she says. “But just give two hours. You’ll meet interesting people who all have a love of flight.”
In fact, Turke has met interesting and famous people at AirVenture, including Cliff Robertson, Morgan Freeman, and Harrison Ford.
“Cliff Robertson is the kindest, most gentle person,” she says. “He’s like you and me; not ostentatious, just very nice. And one year, I got to shake hands with Harrison Ford.”