April OPC meeting: Mangrove Action Project with PA local – Alfredo Quarto!
When: Wednesday, April 2 6:30pm to whenever Rick kicks us out!
Where: Smugglers Landing Restaurant, 115 E Railroad Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Come check out PA local, Alfredo Quarto, speak about his work with the Mangrove Action Project. He is Executive Director and Co-founder of this organization which focuses on partnering with mangrove forest communities, grassroots NGOs, researchers, and local governments to conserve and restore mangrove forests and related coastal ecosystems, while promoting community-based sustainable management of coastal resources.
We will also be providing updates on the LaFarage property, beach cleanups, Hazwoper trainings, International Surf Day, state and national Surfrider updates, and much more! *See attached agenda.
Also check out these upcoming events:
Washington Coast Beach Cleanups
Mark your calendars for April 19th, 2014 when CoastSavers and Surfrider will be hosting the Washington Coast Cleanup. Let your friends and family know about this opportunity to spend some quality time together on the beach, making a positive difference! Cleanups will be taking place up and down the coast – BBQ to follow! Check to out their website for more info and to register: http://www.coastsavers.org/washington.html#.UzOyovPn85s
River & Ocean Film Festival
Date: April 19th, 2014
Where: Forks High School, Forks, Washington
Free admission. Doors open at 6 p.m. Films start at 7 p.m.
Enjoy film explorations of our rivers and oceans at the First Annual River & Ocean Film Festival at Forks High School on April 19. This event, held in conjunction with the RainFest River & Ocean Fair and the Washington Coast Clean-up, celebrates the freshwater and marine environments of the west end of the Olympic Peninsula. Short films from the Olympic Peninsula and beyond will highlight the beauty and opportunity of this region, as well as some of the issues faced by its marine and freshwater habitats and the human community. The event is free and open to all. The selected films are primarily shot in a documentary style and are family-friendly.
The Films will be shown at the Forks High School auditorium (around the back of the high school on the north side).
If you would like to submit a film for presentation at the festival, check out our website: http://wsg.washington.edu/communications/river-ocean-film-festival.html
A rhetorical question, I know! But sometimes it’s good practice to reflect on why we all became involved with this awesome organization in the first place and why we continuously give our time and energy to supporting the mission of the organization (hint hint: The protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network). This is exactly why we asked our members and guests at the OPC last month – why do they love Surfrider? And I have to say we have an incredibly dedicated group of members and volunteers up here. Here are some of the responses we heard:
- The chapter is encouraging and open to new members
- The local chapter network
- It is a “young” organization that has made it very far in such a short amount of time (says one of our members who has been surfing these waters for over 52 years!)
- We do hands-on work within the community – beach outhouses, beach clean ups, bbqs
- We are involved in LOCAL marine issues
- Good opportunity to get involved and give back to the community
- Surfrider is an opportunity to get involved in a little bit of everything – hands-on work, policy, activism and pure enjoyment of the water!
Thanks for sharing with us and we hope to continue to inspire and create meaningful, positive impacts within our community!
We will be having our monthly chapter meeting Wednesday March 6th at Smugglers Landing starting at 6:30. Items to be discussed are: International Surfing Day, LaFarge property, Surfrider policy updates, and much more!
Join us as fellow OPC members share incredible photos and stories of surfing, snorkeling and culture during their recent trip to Indonesia. This will be a perfect opportunity to learn about what Surfrider has been up to over the past year, see what’s next for 2014, and get to know your fellow chapter members. If you are in the area, you definitely don’t want to miss this meeting!