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July 2007

SUMMER VACATION

    As is usual for us this time of year, we will not be having a general meeting this month.  We hope that you are all enjoying the summer hiatus and finding fun and relaxing things to enjoy the summer.  Even though we won't be having a program this month, there are several things that are keeping our attention - you can read more about them in the "What's Hot" section on page 2.
    As always we can use more volunteer help, so after you've gotten rested up from summer vacation, please consider getting more involved if you are willing and interested.  We can use help with activities/programs, publicity, fundraising/membership, merchandising, and perhaps some other function that interests you that we haven't thought of yet!
    In addition, the MRC (Marine Resources Council) can use help with a property they purchased a few years ago on the South Prong of the St. Sebastian River.  They are in the process of fixing up the house on the property, which they plan to use as an educational facility/visitor center for the St. Sebastian River Greenway.  They can use volunteer help with renovation type work.  Soon they will need volunteers to staff the facility and we are hoping to be able to help them out with this.  If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please email us at the address above or give Tim Glover a call at 772-589-0636.
    The MRC has also been doing native grass planting along the South Prong of the St. Sebastian River.  Members of the Friends provided some volunteer assistance in this planting project.   The MRC's Summer 2007 newsletter has a feature story on this project with more information.  Thanks to all who volunteered and helped out to the benefit of the river!  We expect that the MRC will be doing more of this work in the future, so please let us or the MRC know if you want to be involved.  You can contact the MRC at 321-725-7775.
    In addition, the Spring 2007 Indian River Lagoon Programs' "Update" newsletter featured more of our volunteers at work!  This was another shoreline planting project at the Sebastian Stormwater Park.  There was a huge turnout for this project and included volunteers from the Friends and the Sebastian Property Owner's Association, coordinated by our Board member Bruce Zingman and our "phone tree" committee.  Great job Bruce and everyone who participated!  The feature story was on page 2 of the IRLP newsletter, or page one of the online version at http://sjr.state.fl.us/programs/outreach/pubs/irl_update/07spr01.html.