Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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Adopt a Beach in the News Again!

Thanks to Laura Ferguson, Public Information Officer for the City of San Clemente, Adopt a Beach was in the news yet again! This time the article appeared in the City Magazine and it included a photo of one of our Adopt a Beach teams! To read the article and see a fun photo of San Clemente Green's Clean Team in action, click here.
We even made the Mayor's Column ("Keeping a Clean, Green City") in the April 3-9 edition of the San Clemente Times http://www.sanclementetimes.com/uploads/SCT_20080403.pdf
Another one of our Adopt a Beach teams, the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club, also got some local press. Check out the May 8-14 edition of the San Clemente Times (pg 4).
What a fun group! Vernon & I had the opportunity to spend the morning with them and further promote the Adopt a Beach program last week when we presented "Trouble in Paradise - Taking Action Against the Trashing of Our Oceans" during the club's early morning breakfast meeting.
What a Mess!
Speaking of taking action against the trashing of our oceans, here is a photo sent in by the Miller/Woods team. It shows the results of team member Isobel Pelham's clean up efforts on April 19. This hodge-podge of plastics, paper, cigarette butts, clothing, and other yucky things came from Section #6 (Mariposa ramp to Linda Lane Underpass).
Keeping this stuff off the beach and trail and out of the ocean is so important. To all of you adopt a Beach teams who are keeping your commitments and actively out there making a difference twice a month (and some of you even more frequently!) THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU!
Totals for April Still Out
Believe it or not, I am still getting completed Data Sheets sent in from April so I don't have the totals ready to share with you all just yet. If anyone still has data for April - please fax it to me ASAP (before end of day Wednesday 5/14) to make sure your team's info gets added. If all goes as planned I will have the April Report ready for distribution by the end of this week.
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It's fun to read your comments & I appreciate the ones that are starting to come in. They not only confirm for me that the comment feature is working, they also confirm that the blog is getting read! Keep em coming...
That's all I have for now...have a great week! - Sherry

Sunday, May 4, 2008

San Clemente Earth Day Celebration 2008!

Don't let the picture fool you - this was probably the only time we sat down all day! The Earth Day Event was a whirlwind of activity - team members stopping by to say hello, dropping off forms and picking up supplies. To all of you who dropped by - thank you! I hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did. (By the way, the handsome man in this photo is my husband Vernon. From working the "front lines" handing out information and t-shirts to providing "behind-the-scenes" technical expertise, he is a great champion for the Adopt a Beach program!)

More Appreciation
I also want to recognize the following individuals who helped out at the Watershed Task Force tent through out the day:
  • Briana Denney
  • Andrea Toscano De Souza
  • Nanci Mavar
  • Bill Hart
  • Ron & Melisa Perugini

By the end of the day we had 12 more teams signed up:
Our newest adopters include:
  • Roderiguez Family
  • Team Austin
  • Boatright Family
  • Riley Girls
  • Ogden Bunch
  • Jefferson Family
  • Eco Systers or Team Mar-Brillo (final name to be determined)
  • Ollie's Klean Kooks
  • Fresh Ocean
  • Zeweski Girls
  • Cole Surfboards

Team Name Change

The Hoffman Family team name has been changed to Revenge of the Ronanites

Nine (9) Sections Are Now MAXED OUT!
Nine of the 22 sections of beach have reached the 3 team limit and are closed to further adoption.

List of Locations and Teams
To see an updated list of teams by location click here

Data Collection Totals for March
To see a summary report of activity and items collected during the month of March, click here

Coordination of Schedules between Teams
Now that we are doubling and tripling up on teams per section, it has become clear that there needs to be a centralized way for teams to connect with each other and coordinate clean up schedules. It is also clear that my plate is already too full to take on this additional level of coordination. Fortunately, Briana Denney, another Adopt a Beach volunteer, is stepping up to take this on. Yeah! So please be patient a little while longer, hold off on sending me your email requests for contact information, and expect to hear from Briana in the very near future.

Supply Pick Up

For any team leaders who did not make it to the Earth Day and still need to get their supplies, the next opportunity will be Tuesday May 15th, 6:30pm - immediately following the Watershed Task Force Meeting - in front of the Community Development Building at 910 Calle Negocio. I'll plan on sticking around for a few minutes after the meeting. Just look for the blue Prius filled with Adopt a Beach t-shirts, buckets and calipers!


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