By CSLEA RPPOA Member Lee Hawkins, State Park Ranger
MALIBU – William and Patti Shuttleworth are an example of the great volunteers that serve the California State Parks and help provide a quality experience for park visitors in our park system. Volunteers really play a vital role in the state park system.
William and Patti are retired teachers and served as volunteer camp hosts in 2018 at Point Mugu State Park in the Sycamore Campground. William also served in the US Air Force, is a psychologist, and ran an outdoor education school for juvenile offenders. The couple’s experience, appreciation for parks, and love of outdoors make them gift wrapped as ideal volunteer camp hosts.
William and Patti live in Massachusetts. They drove across the country to California to volunteer and be close to a newly arrived grandchild in Southern California in 2018. I received regular positive feedback from the park staff and the public about the great job William and Patti did as camp hosts.
In 2019, Patti informed me that William was starting a walk across the U.S.A for veterans. William started in Massachusetts and plans to finish in California toward the end of 2019. Knowing William’s energy level, love of the outdoors, and desire to serve others, I was not surprised when I heard about his cross-country walk. If you want to know about William’s cross-country walk for veterans go to www.vetsdontforgetvets.com.