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

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