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Volunteer Spotlight: Kohlan Flynn

Kohlan Flynn volunteers on the grounds crew at Johnson Farm. Kohlan Flynn volunteers on the grounds crew at Johnson Farm.

Kohlan Flynn

Johnson Farm

What do you do in your volunteer job?
I’ve done about everything that needs to be done on the grounds crew. We meet every Monday morning for about two and half hours. (The crew cuts grass, trims branches, spreads manure and changes light bulbs among many other tasks.)

How long have you been volunteering?
My involvement with the farm is much greater than the question. From the time I was a high school senior, I’ve been connected to it one way or another. (Flynn was a senior and student body president the first year West Henderson High School opened in 1961. He knew and befriended the brothers at the nearby Johnson Farm that year. Years later, he continued involvement with the farm as principal at West Henderson and later as the person responsible for overseeing the farm for the county school system once it inherited the property. Flynn began volunteering at the farm after his retirement in 2004).

Why do you volunteer?
I do it because I knew the brothers (the original owners of the farm) back when I was a high-schooler. They gave the farm to the students of Henderson County. I think it’s a community asset. I don’t mind spending time keeping it going and keeping it up. I’ve seen the kids who visit over there. Seeing the enjoyment in everybody, that’s why I do it.

What’s the best thing about volunteering?

Working with the group of men and the director on Monday mornings. It’s just a lot of fun. I enjoy the camaraderie of being out there.

If someone is interested in volunteering, what advice would you give based on your own experience?
You want to have some good fun, camaraderie and lightwork, come on out and join this crew.