July 2011 Volunteer of the Month
John Hobler


John Hobler performs one of those volunteer tasks that is essential to PATC’s mission — sign making.  Signs are often taken for granted, but they are essential to a rewarding outdoor experience.  PATC has installed hundreds of signs providing trail, shelter and hut information to our many visitors.

John has only been on the job less than a year and has already provided over eighty high quality signs!  The signs manufactured by John are routed, painted brown with white letters and come in many shapes and sizes.

John retired from the Air Force and worked for the Hampton Newport News Community Services Board.  Last year, when John was renting a PATC cabin, he made the mistake of mentioning that he liked to do woodworking.  He was immediately recruited and the rest is history.

John considers his sign making to be a family enterprise.  He does the routing and sizing and his granddaughter, Shelby, paints the letters.  His son Steve then delivers the signs to a central location.  This process works extremely well and the signs are created and delivered quickly and efficiently.

PATC is most fortunate to have John and his “crew” producing signs that are of the highest standards and provide vital information to our visitors.