Too few at CaDance performance
At our local high school theater, I attended two magnificent
performances of the CaDance Festival performed by national,
award-winning dancers. I'm still reeling from the beauty of it all.
This was a rare opportunity for the residents of Laguna Beach, and
what a shame the theater was less than half full. We sat third row
center for $35. Would our residents rather go to New York City or
Aspen, where I have seen them at triple the price? Where were you?
Nonprofits benefit in many ways
As a high-profile member of the environmental community in Orange
County, I was distressed by the completely misleading headline "No
benefit for nonprofits" and the article that accompanied it.
Benefits to nonprofit organizations can be measured in many ways.
One way benefits are measured is specifically related to this
headline and story. It is the increased memberships that are the very
momentum that drives organizations like the Laguna Beach chapter of
The Laguna Beach chapter is one of the oldest Surfrider chapters.
Despite this history, the chapter suffered from poor member
recruitment in the 1990s and was reorganized in 2001-02.
In 2004 total new memberships numbered approximately 30 for the
year. During the 2005 national membership drive this summer, the
Laguna Beach chapter gained a paltry six new members, a 1% gain. The
results of these two membership drives can best be described as
anemic compared to gains during the same period at the Newport Beach
and South Orange County chapters.
On February 5th at the Blue Water Festival 250 new memberships
were gathered for Surfrider chapters in Orange County, approximately
150 of these new memberships were for the Laguna Beach chapter. This
bested the previous years membership drive by 500% and the national
membership drive by magnitudes. In fact, had the Blue Water Festival
taken place during the national membership drive the Laguna Beach
chapter might have won this years Surfrider title for most new
New memberships are the life's blood of any vital volunteer
Without new members organizations tend to stagnate from the
tremendous effort it takes to keep on the front lines of activism.
New ideas and points of view are reaped from new participants along
with renewed energy to carry out programs and events. Professionals
from all walks of life are included in new memberships. Professional
that may hold the key to allowing the organization to prosper.
New members relieve the pressure from existing leadership members
who have been carrying the torch and need a break. The Surfrider
national organization offset the one-time cost incurred by the Laguna
Beach chapter due to lack of income generated by the Blue Water
Festival in its first outing. In doing so, it made a minor investment
to help a chapter grow.
It's my hope to one day soon help Blue Water organize into an
outfit that will generate profits to worthy nonprofits and increase
ocean awareness to all members of our community resulting in a better
tomorrow for all of us.
San Juan Capistrano
o7[Note: Hazzard is Chairman of the Citizen Watershed Monitors of
Laguna could be 'eco-friendly'
If you are interested in improving your physical surroundings
(beyond your home), you may find the topic of ecocities
The ecocities movement suggests that human habitats can be in
harmony with nature and can have the following qualities: beautiful,
charming, prosperous, healthy, safe, tranquil and with a sense of
community. As we go through life, we tend to focus our attention on
immediate concerns -- landslides, traffic, health, work, mansions,
Montage Resort, etc.
For example, a major focus of Laguna Beach is parking. Is there a
study that indicates that Laguna will gain any of the qualities
listed above? Why are we focusing on auto infrastructure -- wider
streets, higher speed limits and more parking -- when there is no
evidence to support this will have a long-range positive effect. In
September our City Council took a progressive step forward when it
created the environmental committee.