When Captain Joel S. Fogel, of Somers Point, recently became the first Explorers Club Worldwide Ambassador, he wanted to know what the 110-year-old Manhattan-based organization of scientists and explorers expected.

“I tried to talk to the president, but he was somewhere in the Himalayas,” Fogel said.

So Fogel, 70, decided to keep doing what he always does — volunteer, organize expeditions, bring in new members and get young people interested in science.

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Starting in January, the past chairman of the Explorers’ Philadelphia Chapter will live in a treehouse and work as a volunteer at an organic fruit and vegetable farm on the slopes of Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s big island. Next, he will head to Volcanoes National Park and volunteer for the Department of Volcanology at the University of Hawaii.

“I’ll be working with kids and tourists to show the basics of what happens with volcanoes,” he said. “There’s still active volcanic activity down to the sea there.”

Then, he will go to the Kailua-Kona Coast to work with students as a volunteer for Ocean Wilderness Therapy, a program that helps troubled students.

“It deals with the concept of the ocean and how it impacts health and psychology,” said Fogel, who has his captain’s license and is a master diver. “We’ll take the youth on boats and teach bonding and teamwork, and how to survive at sea.”

Fogel, who has been married to wife Coty for 50 years, had a successful double-hip replacement two years ago, he said.

He’ll remain in the islands until April, when he will return to New Jersey to begin training for the National America Ironman competitions in Virginia Beach, Va., this summer.

Shore leadership award

Administrative Director of Patient and Family Experience/Planetree Coordinator for Patient Centered Care Tami Kitchen has received Shore Medical Center’s 2013 Third Quarter Leadership Profile Award.

Kitchen lives in Ocean City with husband Tom and their three daughters, Mackenzie, 15, Madison, 14, and Meagan, 5.

Kramer Hall workshop

Norma Boakes, an associate professor of education at Richard Stockton College and a Mays Landing resident, will offer an origami workshop and gingerbread house kits from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at Kramer Hall during Hammonton’s Third Thursday

Boakes will teach hand-folding of holiday origami ornaments and how to create gingerbread houses with kits. The completed houses will be donated to local charities.

Kramer Hall is located at 30 Front St. To learn more, visit www.stockton.edu/hammonton or call 609-626-3840.

Contact Michelle Brunetti Post:

609-272-7219, MPost@pressofac.com

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