Volunteer Spotlight: Andrew McClary
From humble beginnings come giants. And while Park Volunteer Andrew "Andy" McClary may be a humble man, there is nothing unassuming about the work that he does.
Formerly from New Jersey, Andy joined the workforce at the age of eighteen at a small manufacturing plant. At nineteen he completed a short stint in the US Air Force. Afterwards he returned to the same manufacturing plant where he worked for the next twenty years.
On July 23, 1988, Andy married the love of his life, Donna. Eventually Andy opened and ran his own manufacturing factory and sold it after eight years. He then worked in construction and drove an over-the-road truck as an owner/operator for ten years.
In 2011 the McClarys moved to Florida and Andy worked for The Home Depot for the next six years. After years of work-filled adventure, Andy finally started his well-deserved retirement in 2017.
While exploring Florida during early retirement, Andy and Donna found themselves enjoying the RV lifestyle at John Pennekamp State Park. During their stay, Andy met some volunteers currently working at the park and was inspired to give the resident volunteer way of life a try. Andy applied for a resident volunteer spot at Lovers Key State Park and in 2018 accepted an offer to work there.
Andy is an enormous asset to each state park at which he works. Currently he is a campground host at Koreshan State Park. He starts early and stays late almost every shift. He always manages to do more and go beyond what is expected of him. He takes great pride in helping visitors, staff, and other volunteers.
If you inquire about Andy at any state park that has been lucky enough to have him as a volunteer, they will tell you that not only is he a bathroom cleaning machine, he is also a bright light and a smiling face who uplifts the morale of all!