Dynamic duo receives prestigious service award for their dedication to Sarasota Community

June 27, 2016


SARASOTA, FLA. – June 27, 2016: The husband and wife team of Regina and Andy Anderson have been chosen as a winner of the Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys Foundation’s Service Above Self Awards.

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Regina and Andy Anderson celebrate as they showcase the Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys Foundation’s Service Above Self Awards. The Andersons’ devotion to serve, especially at Selby Gardens, has significantly improved the overall well-being of the Sarasota Community.

The Andersons are what give Selby Garden’s guided school tour programs their life, excitement, and inspiration. Volunteering for nearly every single guided school tour, the Andersons are always eager to share their wonder of nature and adapt their lessons to individual ages. Fostering a respect for the natural world and filling the next generation with fascination are goals the Andersons strive to accomplish.

“The Andersons are responsible for guiding many of our school tours and their commitment and enthusiasm is contagious,” said Vera Neumann-Wood, Volunteer Coordinator at Selby Gardens.  

If inspiring the next generation wasn’t difficult enough, the Andersons actively recruit and train new guides to join Selby’s school tour group. As retired educators, they offer crucial and timely feedback based on their past experiences.

However, the Andersons service achievements stretch beyond Selby’s school tour program. The Andersons made significant contributions during Selby’s holiday Lights in Bloom event and the Sarasota Music Half Marathon. In April 2016 alone, the Andersons contributed more than 80 hours of volunteering combined.   

Yet, despite all of these accomplishments, the Andersons do not actively seek the spotlight; rather, they strive to contribute to a team effort. And this aspect of the Anderson is what has caught the eye of so many community members.

“My heart overflows with gratitude that they would take on such a complex and demanding volunteer position that requires all involved to be ready for anything and willing to roll with whatever comes,” said Deanna Ferguson, manager of school and family programs at Selby Gardens.  

Selby Gardens would like to congratulate the Andersons on receiving this prestigious award and for all of their service accomplishments. All of the Andersons’ hard work, dedication, and passion for service and learning have translated into a better Selby Gardens and an even greater Sarasota community.


About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit www.selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $19 (ages 12 and up), ages 4-11 $6, Members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org.  Get social at www.facebook.com/selbygardens or www.twitter.com/selbygardens.