June 2019 Writer \/\/ Janelle Morrison Photography \/\/ Submitted The Carmel Farmers Market is produced and managed by \u201ccommunity-minded\u201d volunteers and is headed up by an equally dedicated leadership team led by the market\u2019s President Ron Carter and Vice President Deborah Schmitz. While a market can\u2019t function without quality vendors, the volunteers are the heart and soul. One specific volunteer was brought to my attention by several of the veteran CFM volunteers and has been affectionately dubbed a \u201csuper volunteer\u201d by his market peers. For that reason, we are featuring Carmel\u2019s own Doug Dolen in this month\u2019s CFM highlights. CFM volunteer and retired Carmel Clay Schools administrator Jim Burrell shared some thoughts about his former student, employee and dear friend, Doug Dolen. Dolen was a student of Burrell\u2019s while attending Carmel Junior High School\u2014now Carmel Middle School\u2014and Burrell hired Dolen as part of the custodial team at Carmel Elementary School while Burrell was principal there. Together the two have been volunteering at the 21-year-old market for nearly two decades. \u201cDoug\u2019s got a good heart, and he\u2019s a dedicated person,\u201d Burrell said. \u201cHe does everything he can to help out. He\u2019s here when the market opens, and he\u2019s here when it closes. When he was at Carmel Elementary, the students and parents loved him. Everyone loves him, and people miss him when he\u2019s not here at the market.\u201d Another CFM volunteer, Susan Bock, added, \u201cDoug is always available when you need him to be, and he always gives 100%. He\u2019s one of a kind. Really, the market is lost when he\u2019s not here.\u201d Burrell mentioned that Dolen works at the Carmel Farmers Winter Market as well. Ron Carter added, \u201cDoug\u2019s also our resident restaurant critic. He knows of every good restaurant in four states, maybe five. He and I are the only two CFM volunteers that have been to multiple locations of Lambert\u2019s Cafe\u2014the home of throwed rolls.\u201d In addition to volunteering at CFM for nearly the last two decades, Dolen has also been a dedicated volunteer with the Carmel Fire Department for almost 40 years. \u201cDoug Dolen is a community treasurer,\u201d David Haboush, chief of the Carmel Fire Department, shared. \u201cDoug\u2019s father was part of the fire department in the earliest days. He practically grew up at the CFD. Doug volunteers in our Fire Prevention Bureau, and he carries the honorary rank of chief. Chief Dolen is one of a kind and brings a big smile to everyone he meets. It is difficult to think of CFD without Chief Dolen. He loves our community and loves the Carmel Fire Department.\u201d Dolen graciously spent a few moments answering my questions at the market one Saturday morning, and I concur that he is a celebrity amongst marketgoers. Many stopped to say hello to Dolan while I attempted to steal him away for a brief interview. \u201cYes, I\u2019ve known Jim since I was in junior high,\u201d Dolan said with his infectious smile. \u201cI started with Carmel Clay Schools in 1979 when Jim hired me. I\u2019ve been here all my life and live in Old Town. It\u2019s a great place to live and a great place to volunteer. I just love it; I enjoy people, and that\u2019s why I do it. Everyone always asks me when the summer market will start , and so many people look forward to coming out on Saturday mornings, meeting their friends and neighbors, eating and listening to music every week. It\u2019s the whole atmosphere of the market the people enjoy. If you are interested in volunteering and you really enjoy people and being outside, the market is a great place to be.\u201d Be sure to say hello to Doug Dolen when visiting the market and check out all the June events and entertainment lineup at the market this month, posted on its website at carmelfarmersmarket.com.