20 Ways You Can Get Involved with our 20th Anniversary
by Hanlon Walsh, Communications Coordinator
In case you haven't heard, we are celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2017. From a staff of one and membership of 300 in 1997 to a full-time staff of eight supported by more than 4,500 members in 2017, we have come a very long way. As we celebrate our past, enjoy the present, and look to the future, we want to reconnect with old members, continue engaging existing members, and activate new members to become involved with our work.
Wondering how you can get involved? From hosting house parties, racing in a triathlon, learning to become a water quality monitor, or removing an invasive species, we've got something to offer to everyone on both sides of the bay. Here are 20 ways YOU can get involved with our 20th Anniversary:
1. Host a party. Do you like to throw a party as much as we do? Invite a group of your friends or family over who may not be familiar with our work so they can learn more about why we do what we do. We’ll keep things casual but informative. P.S. - Cold beer and fresh seafood are our weaknesses. If you like to host a good party, contact Justine Herlihy for more information.
2. Organize a cleanup. We provide the supplies, (trash pickers, trash bags, etc.) you provide the people. Tell us when and where you want to schedule a cleanup with your company, neighborhood, or community organization and we’ll happily steer you in the right direction. Ready to get started? Contact Jamie Bullock to learn more.
3. Appreciate the Arts. Still searching for that perfect painting of Mobile Bay to hang over the mantle, or are you an artist who enjoys capturing the scenery of the Bay? Throughout the month of March, we’ll be partnering with the Mobile Arts Council to put on the “Art of the Bay’ exhibit showcasing a variety of local artwork of Mobile Bay. Submit a piece of your own or attend our event on March 24, purchase a piece that night, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit our mission. Learn more here.
4. Get Dirty for a Cause. If art galleries aren’t your thing, take a 180 and try removing apple snails (an invasive species) from Three Mile Creek instead. These snails reproduce quickly, so the more hands we have on deck to prevent them from spreading to the Mobile River and beyond the better. Our next roundup is on April 8 at Langan Park. Learn more here.
5. Be a Grandman. Are you a Grandman? Prove it. On June 3, we are hosting the 13th Annual Publix Grandman Triathlon at the Fairhope Pier at 7 a.m. If the thought of racing a triathlon intimidates you, remember two things: 1) It’s only a sprint triathlon (⅓-mile swim, 18 mile bike, 3.1 mile run), and 2) You don’t have to go it alone. Grab a friend or two and enter as a team. Learn more here.
6. Volunteer for the Grandman. Don’t want to race in the Grandman? Okay, fine. Why not volunteer instead? Volunteer tasks include setting up the race course, body marking the racers, monitoring transition areas, directing racer traffic, and much more. Did we mention there’s a post-race party? Think free beer and leftover food for days. Learn more here.
7. Join our Planning Committee. If you’ve got a knack for event planning, we’ve got a knack for you. Join us at our next 20th Anniversary committee meeting as we brainstorm ideas for this special occasion. Adult beverages and snacks are a requirement for most committee meetings. Starting to see a trend yet? We don’t like our guests to be hungry or thirsty. Contact Jamie Bullock for more information.
8. Get SWAMPed. We live in a community surrounded by water, and it’s important to learn as much as we can about watersheds and water quality so we can protect these resources. Let our Program staff give you the knowledge and tools to protect your watershed with an introduction to the Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP). Our next presentation is on Tuesday, February 7 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Sign up here today!
9. Become a Water Quality Monitor. Did we mention SWAMP is a multi-step program? After your initial presentation, you’ll have the opportunity to become a certified water quality monitor through Alabama Water Watch. Think resume building and healthier local waterways. Win-win, right? Kill two birds with one stone by attending the presentation on February 7 and then become a trained monitor on February 11. More info here.
10. Sponsor an Event. We like to host events, and we think we’re pretty good at it. Each year, we host a triathlon, a food truck festival, a silent auction, and many other smaller events. Help make our 20th something special by sponsoring one of our events and we’ll use our best PR capabilities to ensure your business gets the publicity it deserves. Give Justine Herlihy a buzz to learn more.
11. Let us Come to You. We travel well, and often. Does your business or community organization have regular weekly or monthly speakers? From BP Restoration Updates, Recycling and Sustainability, Sewer and Stormwater Runoff, or Membership 101, we’ll find the perfect topic best suited to captivate any audience. Let Jamie Bullock know when and where you'd like us to come speak.
12. Find Your Foodie Fix. The food truck movement in Mobile is spreading, and fortunately we’ve caught the bug. Come down to the riverfront on July 26 for Bay Bites Food Truck Festival and sample a variety of the best local cuisine while you listen to music, drink craft beer, and play lawn games. We know, we know - it’s a tough sell. Get a taste of what the fun will be like here.
13. Who ya Gonna Call? So you’re driving down the road and see clay running off from a construction site - who ya gonna call? Our program team, of course. Give us a call to express any environmental concerns you may have, or better yet, submit it online through our innovative web tool. We’ll address any issue as quickly as possible and keep you in the loop as we work to resolve it.
14. Eat a little, Learn a little. Come by the office from 12-1 for one of our Lunch & Learn segments to stay in the know about different projects we are working on and how you can get more involved. Be on the lookout for upcoming announcements.
15. Write a Bay Blog. Blogs are a must for any business these days, and we’re always on the hunt for creative content. If you love water and Coastal Alabama as much as we do, share your story with us and we’ll promise to spread it to the masses. Click here to see examples of other blog posts, and contact Hanlon Walsh when you're ready to start writing.
16. Be Good for Something. Each summer, we partner with Wintzell’s Oyster House and Good People Brewing to host the “Be Good for Something Shrimp Eating Contest” and there’s never a dull moment here. Spoiler alert: we have a Kobiyashi in training on the Baykeeper staff, and she means business. Click here to view the live Facebook stream to see our own Kobyiashi claim the crown from last year's event.
17. Get Savvy with Sewer. Did you know there has already been more than 3 million gallons of sewage spilled in Mobile County in 2017? Chances are, you might not, so we created the "Sewage Spill Explorer" web tool to keep you in the know on sewer spills. Click here to track recent spills so you can get savvy with sewer in your neighborhood.
18. Join the Celebration. What’s a 20th anniversary without an official party to celebrate? Bay Bash, our annual celebration of Mobile Bay, takes place on November 2 at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. If you like seafood, cocktails, live music, silent auctions, and Delta sunsets, you won’t want to miss it. Insider tip: we’re planning to kick it up a few notches this year, and may have some surprises in store. Stay tuned for more details.
19. Break a Leg. We like to put our acting skills to the test and make videos from time to time. Join the cast and crew of “Baykeeper Productions” by making a guest appearance in one of our videos. At the very least, we can guarantee some comical bloopers or outtakes. Click here to see a glimpse of our previous blockbuster hits, and contact Jamie Bullock when you're ready to make your big break.
20. Become a Member! Last, but certainly not least, if you really want to know the best way to get involved - become a member. You don’t have to break the bank doing it. A new membership only costs $20, and if you’re a student it only costs $10. The more you become connected to our work, the more we can accomplish for clean water, clean air, and healthy communities in Coastal Alabama. Become a member today!
For more information about our 20th anniversary, please give us a call at the office at 251-433-4229 or contact Jamie Bullock at firstname.lastname@example.org.