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May Meeting Minutes...mmmmm

San Francisco Surfrider Monthly Meeting Minutes 5/5/15


Earth day - 4/19/15 SF Surfrider partnered with Zip Car and Sports Basement for a beach cleanup, Sports Basement provided rad t-shirts, and there was a BBQ with beer and burgers following at the Church of Surf. We also revealed our new gear, consisting of tank tops, sweatshirts, and men and women’s t-shirts.

407 volunteers, 1300 lbs. trash.

Plastic straws suck campaign launched this month, pushing paper straws instead of plastic, or better yet no straws in drinks, and The Page on Divisadero St.  is already trying it out. The logo was designed pro-bono by Carl and Will, who both attended the meeting tonight for their first time. Look for a bus banner coming soon on a bus in SF. Feel free to hashtag #plasticstrawssuck

Baker beach Cleanup- 4/25/15  SF Surfrider partnered with 5-Gyres at this months Saturday cleanup, with a raffle that many of the cleaners took part in. 150 people, including kids, 150 lbs. of trash

Brian Dow and Shannon Waters with Rise above Plastics received a special certificate on Earth Day from Eric Mar, a SF city official, recognizing their hard work and impact.

MOP - The Tubes and the Mermen at The Chapel, and Alt J both performed and Tia was out there tenting and getting out name out there, well done!

Special note - Thank you for all of those who supported Sustainable Surf event at the Balboa with Greg Long, it was a great event with a huge turnout, good food, drinks, and brands with a speech from our own Michael Stewart and of course Greg long.


Last Sunday’s beach cleanup on 5/3/15 with “Net Impact” over 80 attendees, and not a lot of trash on the beach to collect, good sign!

RAP - May 16th is the mac and cheese cook-off at Church Of Surf, an official event for the Plastic Straws Suck campaign. We need chefs! The event starts at 2pm.  “Amateur cooking for a good cause”. Tickets on line on our website, $20 advance, $25 at door. There raffle prizes including a 2-night stay in Mendocino and other great stuff. . Toph 1 is going to play, should be a good time.

Hold onto your Butts - Shelly, campaign started in So Cal to reduce cigarette waist on beaches. We have been recycling through Teracycle at beach cleanups. Goal is to put in ashcans at beaches and locally. The campaign is challenging us to pick up butts and find places where there is a high number of butts, take pics, and hashtag #holdontoyourbutt. We are starting of doing cleanups in the park, possible Dolores Park.

MOP - Big events coming up!

May 23rd - Baywatch Beach party at Cat Club,let’s educate about Hold Onto Your Butts. Proceeds go to our chapter, it’s straw free, and there will be a silent auction. The Event is posted on SFSURFRIDER FB.

June 6th is BFD that we will be tabling Beach cleanups-on

May 24th, and Baker Beach on the last Saturday of the month with French consulate, and Autodesk.

OysterFest, on August 30th, Surfrider is manning the silent auction. We need a bunch of donations.

JUNE-World Oceans Day-June 7th, for June 8th big day. A world wide day to celebrate the ocean and give back

June 20th, International Surfing day, cleanup and BBQ, a big paddle out, more news to follow

Education program - thinking about exploring a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, to reach out into the local community.

*Brady Logan, native San Franciscan gave a moving talk about the selling out of OB to events that have impediments to public access to the beach. He would like to get on the monthly agenda.