“Padilla Bay Foundation Holiday Newsletter”

November 2020

Your Foundation Board wishes you all the very best during the upcoming Holiday Seasons.  We have been working hard with many projects and activities and are so grateful for all  your continued support.

How about the touch pool plumbed and operating and slowly being populated with interesting residents.  At our virtual annual meeting we got a wonderful live-streamed walkthrough of it and hope to have more of those during the near future.

We held the virtual Smith-Aguero Lecture, made possible by the “Lance Christopher Smith and Benjamin Fisher Aguero Memorial Fund” for education of the public in the importance of estuarine ecosystem on October 07.  Our own board member Dr. Paul Dinnel gave an informative review of restoring native Olympia Oysters in Fidalgo Bay.  Thanks to all who tuned in and participated.

New board member Cathy Scott was elected at our October 17 annual meeting, along with renewing members Leah Rice, Brad Smith, and Si Simenstad.  Cathy lives near the reserve, works at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery and is an avid photographer with experience helping numerous local non-profit activities.  A welcome addition.     

Board members, local residents, and Reserve staff teamed up on Saturday October 03 for a Reserve outdoor work party. Much needed help for trimming and weeding that has been hard to keep up with during the Covid work restrictions.

The National Estuarine Research Reserve program is 40 years old and the annual conference (virtual) recently concluded.  We helped put together this attractive, successful “basket” for the auction.

2020-2023 Strategic Goals

Strengthen our organizational leadership

Ensure financial stability

Expand our relations with constituents

Provide efficient and effective administration, operations and records management

Strengthen and increase the number and variety of programs and events

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Would you share your talents and skills to support the programs of the Reserve? Foundation members and others within the community are invited to help the board pursue its goals and initiatives by serving on a committee or taskforce. Please contact us if you will offer your ideas and help to improve our website, communications, gift shop merchandising, and fundraising efforts.

The Padilla Bay Foundation’s mission is to provide supplemental funding to support the activities of the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Grassroots involvement of our members is the core of the Foundation’s commitment to protecting our estuaries and supporting the Reserve. Members of the Foundation contribute directly to environmental education, stewardship and research at Washington State’s only National Estuarine Research Reserve – one of 29 in the nation. If not already, please consider becoming a member or making a donation to help support our work

Thank You All – the Padilla Bay Foundation Board of Directors

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