If you have spent any time at our Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road, you may have met Ron Schlechtweg, a volunteer who helps our Facilities team. Ron has contributed more than 500 hours since he started with us in the summer of 2015. Our Dockmaster, Bob Sebold, cannot say enough about how much Ron helps him every week.
Ron and his wife Jane moved to Marco Island full-time after he retired from GE (Cincinnati) in late 2014. During his 40 years at GE, Ron held positions in Engineering and Project Management at their Jet Engine division. He worked with aerospace companies and airlines around the world. When you fly today, there is a better-than-even chance that Ron worked on the engines powering your airplane.
Ron and Jane have 3 children and 1 grandson, living in Dallas, Chicago and London. Besides volunteering at Rookery Bay, Ron enjoys traveling and boating, and he also owns a vintage Corvette. He also volunteers his time at the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County as a Science/Engineering/Math mentor.
At Rookery Bay, Ron helps the Facilities team do everything from mowing the grass to installing a new motor on one of our boats. He likes the “hands on” mechanical aspects of his assignments. Ron tells us that volunteering gives him a chance to learn about Rookery Bay, meet wonderful people and help support the variety of things we do here. You will likely not see Ron at the Environmental Learning Center, but he is a huge help to our facilities team which supports our entire operation.