The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park will conduct its annual meeting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, in the park at Youth Camp 3, also known as the Officer’s Club.
During the annual meeting, members gather to reflect on activities for the past year, welcome new Friends and elect a member for the board slot that has become vacant.
The group also is looking for someone to serve as secretary, which provides a good way to learn about the organization and a pathway to greater involvement. President Stu Schmidt is encouraging anyone interested in serving to get in touch so he can make sure their name is on the ballot. To express interest, email FOCHSP.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-858-6127.
This is an open meeting. Everyone is welcome. There will be free coffee and donuts, and plenty of time to mingle with old friends and make new ones before the organized part of the program begins. Friends volunteers will also be selling merchandise – mainly the Friends signature shirts and hats – and discussing activities and volunteer opportunities for the coming year.
Only members may vote for officers, but attendees can join the organization or renew a membership while at the meeting.
The presentations will begin at 9:30 a.m. with an update on activities by park staff, followed by a presentation from guest speaker Suzanne Thurman, executive director of the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute Inc. MERR is dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles. Thurman will talk about MERR and what its members do to preserve marine life. The election will follow the presentations.
The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park, founded almost 20 years ago, comprises people who value the beauty and heritage of Cape Henlopen State Park, and who have joined together to provide the park with tangible support in a variety of ways. The Friends is a private, nonprofit 501c3, member-supported, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to promote the protection and wise management of the diverse resources within Cape Henlopen State Park. For more information, go to www.friendsofcapehenlopen.org.