May Meeting Minutes

Surfrider Meeting May 2012

Officers Present

Scott Willits – Treasure

MJ Mazurek – Volunteer Coordinator

Casey Schuetzle – Secretary

Treasury report 

After merchandise purchases, profits from the membership drive, Surfriders balance is $3529.00 with no outstanding debts. We had a successful fundraiser for Heather Bonser – Bishops family at Mays Ocean Night, raising $600.00 plus from donations and raffles.

Surfboard donation form mark McClendon

Surfrider is raffling off a Marc McClendon surfboard and an Matt Beards canvas print in efforts to raise more money for Heather Bonser-Bishops family.  Tickets are  for sale at your local surf shops, (Flying Fish in Eureka, and the Neighborhood in Arcata) and future Surfrider events.  A Raffle drawing will be held at Surfriders June 7 Ocean Night at Arcata Theater Lounge, and you do not have to be present to win.  Thank you to Marc and Matt for these generous donations in honor of Heather.

Rise of above plastics

The mission of the Rise Above Plastics (RAP) program is to reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.  Plastic pollution is a global problem requiring local action.  Most plastic pollution starts on land and then enters into the marine life, it’s our responsibility to stop it!  Check out Surfriders national website for resources and helpful info/facts about plastic pollution and its effect on the marine environmet.

Local efforts for RAP

Surfrider is pushing forward on local RAP efforts.  Beach cleanups have been helpful for creating awareness of plastic pollution.  Check out this photo from Hawaii  taken by Debbie Topping showing what can happen to the plastic you purchase and then dispose of.  In the future we want to have presentations ready to roll to show at high schools for educational outreach purposes.  Choosing to use or not or use disposable plastic products is where you start!  Surfrider is still collecting online signatures in support of a local plastic bag ban.  If you haven’t already signed the online petition the link is here. We love seeing local stores voluntarily banning plastic bags, so please remember to call and thank them when they do!

Events for summer schedule

The bag monster will be in high rotation this summer!!!. Look for Surfrider Humboldt at future events like oyster fest, Friends of the Dunes sand sculpture event, North Country Fair, Kinetic race at Halverson park over memorial weekend, a pints for profits evening at Redwood Curtin and much more!  We will have updated information on these events soon.

Upcoming Events

May 27 3:00 PM – Ban the Bag at Kinetic Grand Championship Day 1 @                              Halvorsen Park Eureka.  (Volunteers Needed!)

June 7 6:30 PM –    Ocean Night /Raffle for Heather Boser-Bishop

June 12 7:00 PM –  Members Meeting Humbrews

June 17 (TBA) –       Sand Sculpture Contest @ Manila/International Surf  Day

July 5 6:30 PM –      Ocean Night at Arcata Theater Lounge

To volunteer at any upcoming event email MJ Mazurek

mjhumboldtsurfrider@yahoo.com

Heather Bonser-Bishop Memorial Raffle

Heather Bonser-Bishop, a 39-year-old mother, nonprofit consultant and active community member in Trinidad, drowned April 28 while paddle boarding with her husband and two daughters on the Chetco River.

Surfrider donated all proceeds from our May Ocean Night event to the family.  Two magnificent items, generously donated by mark McClendon and Matt Beard are now being raffled in her honor.  Proceeds go to the Heather Bonser-Bishop Memorial Fund.

 

Matt Beard ‘Bird’s Eye View’

Print on canvas

Value $400

Mark McClendon Flying Fish Surf board

7’7”

Value $600

Need not be present to win.

Tickets for sale at Neighborhood Board Shop, 685 11th St., Arcata, and Flying Fish Surfboards, 2006 4th St. Eureka.

Drawing will be during Surfrider’s Ocean Night, Thursday, June 7th, 7:00 p.m. at the Arcata Theater Lounge.

Surfrider Meeting Tonight 7pm at Humbrews.

Chapter Meeting
Tuesday 8 May Humboldt Brewery
7pm – 8pm**

**Please note change in start time for summer hours**

Join us over a cold beer to discuss our current programs and campaigns. This month Surfrider will focus on our Rise Above Plastics (RAP) program.

RAP is a Surfrider program with the mission to reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

This month we want to re-start the RAP working group, meeting every other month to plan strategy on the Ban the Bag Humboldt campaign and to develop plastics awareness presentations for youth and adults through education and outreach. This is a great opportunity to become involved in a local program that will help reduce waste in our community.

Please contact MJ for more information at mjhumboldtsurfrider@yahoo.com.

Ocean Night benefit for Heather Bonser-Bishop a huge success!

We want to extend our thanks to everyone that came out last night to Ocean Night in support of the family of Heather Bonser-Bishop.  We raised a little over $600 for the family!   Some of Heather’s family was in attendance and we were honored to share a very special evening with them.

Mark McClendon of Flying Fish surf boards has generously donated a surf board that we will be raffled with all proceeds benefiting Heather’s family.  Mark, you are awesome!  Raffle sales and locations will be announced next Monday.  Stay tuned!

May Ocean Night dedicated to the memory of Heather Bonser-Bishop

Surfrider Humboldt is dedicating Ocean Night this Thursday at the Arcata Theater Lounge, to the memory of Heather Bonser Bishop.  Heather died tragically in a paddle boarding accident on the Chetco River in Oregon last weekend.  All proceeds from Ocean Night and donations from the public will be donated to Heather’s family.  Our regularly scheduled movie, Ocean Frontiers, will still be shown as well as surf movies, 7 p.m.

 

Please come out to Ocean Night, make a donation, and show your support for a fallen fellow surfer.  RIP Heather.

 

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2012/apr/30/trinidad-woman-dies-while-paddleboarding-chetco-ri/

May Events

A huge thanks to everyone that supported and attended all the April Humboldt Surfrider events.  The Beach Ball 2, with Friends of the Dunes, was a blast and brought in a ton of support from local businesses and community members.  During Surfriders membership drive we gained 33 new/renewing members.  If you didn’t get an opportunity to signup/renew your membership for Surfrider Humboldt Chapter, just ask anyone working at our upcoming events to get you dialed in!  Earth Day beach cleanup was awesome and over 50 people came out to clean the beach. Thanks to our partners at the Tobacco Education Network and Humboldt Baykeeper.  In our cleanup efforts we removed a huge trailer full of trash off of the Samoa peninsula including a big ol’couch!  Check out pictures from all the events on our Facebook page.

Ocean Night
Thursday 3 May Arcata Theater Lounge
Doors at 6:30 First movie at 7

Featured flick for Ocean Night this month is Ocean Frontiers.   Ocean Frontiers takes us on an inspiring voyage to seaports and watersheds across the country—from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from America’s coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Here we meet an intermingling of unlikely allies, of industrial shippers and whale biologists, pig farmers and wetland ecologists, sport and commercial fishermen, reef snorkelers and many more, all of them embarking on a new course of cooperation, in defense of the seas that sustain us.

Chapter Meeting
Tuesday 8 May Humboldt Brewery

7pm – 8pm**

**Please note change in start time for summer hours**

 Join us over a cold beer to discuss our current programs and campaigns.  The meeting is open to the public. This month we will focus on our Rise Above Plastics (RAP) program.  Plastic is the most common marine litter worldwide and simple local actions can help solve this global issue.

RAP is a Surfrider program with the mission to reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics. This month we want to re-start the RAP working group, meeting every other month to plan strategy on the Ban the Bag Humboldt campaign and to develop plastics awareness presentations for youth and adults through education and outreach.  This is a great opportunity to become involved in a local program that will help reduce waste in our community. Please contact MJ for more information at mjhumboldtsurfrider@yahoo.com.

Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup Trinidad

Saturday 12 May Seawood Drive exit Highway 101

10 am – 1130 am

Join Surfrider for our monthly cleanup.  Volunteers will meet north of Trinidad off of Hwy 101 on the Seawood Drive Exit.  HWY 101 is a beautiful route running along side our precious coast and lagoons.   Help keep our coast clean, and prevent trash from entering into our waterways by joining Surfrider and friends for a cleanup.  Surfrider provides all cleaning supplies and protective gear.  Event will cancel in the event of pouring rain.  For more information contact Casey at stonelagoon@gmail.com

Ban the Bag at Kinetic Grand Championship Day 1
Halvorsen Park Eureka
Saturday May 26
3 – 7 p.m.

Come celebrate the Kinetic Grand Championship and make a reusable bag out of a t-shirt!  We will have a table at Halvorsen Park, along side all the kinetic machines,  and we will show you how to make a reusable bag then screen print the Ban the Bag Humboldt logo.  Or, bring us a shirt of your own and we will screen print it for free!  Join in the Kinetic madness and show your support for the Bag Ban.  We need volunteers for this event.  Be a Surfrider hero and sign up to help! Contact MJ at mjhumboldtsurfrider@yahoo.com.
For the Glory!

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