The Georgia Trust

2011 PRESERVATION AWARDS: CAMILLE W. YOW AWARD

Bonnie Dowling
Macon, Bibb County

Bonnie Dowling's volunteering spans more than thirty years, during which she has chaired numerous events, committees, and the Hay House Board in Macon.  She also has served as a member on The Georgia Trust Board of Trustees, first as the ex-officio Hay House representative and then as an elected member from 1989 to 1996. Bonnie was Vice Chairman of the Georgia Trust board from 1992 to 1994 and its Secretary from 1994 to 1996.

Bonnie first came to the Trust’s attention by winning a membership contest in 1980 and she has been an active volunteer ever since.  She has been a continuous Board member or Advisor of the Hay House in Macon from 1988 to the present, serving as Board Chair from 1992 to 1993 and again in 1995. She also chaired Christmas at Hay House during its first two years in 1988 and 1989, as well as serving as chair for the Beaux Arts Ball Committee in 1994.   While doing all the above, she devoted hours and two long weekends as the remarkably faithful and continually helpful Chair of the Hay House Restoration Committee from 1990 to 1998 and again from 2003 to the present.  She has lead the extensive restoration efforts at Hay House including the Ground level and the cupola, but her special focus has been on the restorations of the main level spaces including the Hay era reception room, the Johnston era dining room and the Hay era living room.  She has also worked to conserve and restore many works in the collection including light fixtures, furniture, paintings and porcelains.  Bonnie has contributed to Hay House and the Trust many, many hours of her time and talent.

Bonnie has demonstrated a love of historic preservation in general and a passion for Hay House in particular that is still as strong today as it was when she first became involved with the Trust over 30 years ago.  The Georgia Trust is proud to honor volunteers like Bonnie who embody the community contribution that we believe is important to preserving our heritage.  Without the help of volunteers like her the Georgia Trust would not be able to achieve its mission.

 


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