Ring Out the Old Year and Bring in the New

As 2012 draws to a close, I want to thank you again for your support of Masonboro.org, share some big news and give you a peek into 2013.  We would not have made it through 2012 without you. You have supported us by volunteering or donating throughout the year. Our May fundraiser was a success and our efforts on the Fourth of July made a mark! This was in no small part due the time you volunteered or the donations you made. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you again in 2013.  

As we roll into the new year, we wanted to keep you updated on MSB news. Here are a few highlights:

Richard Johnson addresses the crowd at S.A.V.O.R. 2012

Board member Jack Kilbourne at the Second Annual Volunteer Oyster Roast

In November, three Masonboro.org members were appoointed to the Coastal Reserves' local advisory committee. The LAC This advisory group, made up of local citizens, serves to advise the Reserve staff, providing feedback and recommendations on site management, research, and education activities at the components, as well as review management plan policies and implementation strategies. Committee members are expected to discuss relevant issues with the local community.The new members are Richard Johnson, Neal Andrew & Haywood Newkirk.

We also recently elected new board members. In September we welcomed Mike Bower, Scott McKay and Beth Andrew to the leadership team. We would like to thank Sandra Mazzola for her service to the board for the past few years. She was our membership and volunteer coordinator and always did an outstanding job of keeping our board on track and our members informed. Our current board members are Richard Johnson, Jack Kilbourne, Haywood Newkirk, Neal Andrew, Dwight Jessup, Scott McKay, Mike Bower and Beth Andrew.

View of Wrightsville Beach Fireworks from Masonboro Island

In 2013, our aim is to protect the traditions of Masonboro Island. Many of us grew up on the sands of islands - camping, surfing, fishing. Others of us spend our time there now - boating, walking, shell-hunting, throwing the ball for our dogs. We all want to make sure the traditional uses of Masonboro Island are passed on to our families and friends.

Our theme for 2013 is summed up by keeping the Masonboro tradition alive. In the next few months, you'll hear from several board members and the community about their own traditions on Masonboro Island. If you have a story to tell, or camp-fire joke or a favorite memory of Masonboro, we want to know! Please CLICK HERE to submit your memory via email, or call Beth Andrew at 910.233.4041 to share your tradition.

Finally, we ask that you please remember MASONBORO.ORG in your year-end giving. We have created a way to donate online through PAYPAL. We will steward your donation like we steward the island. CLICK HERE to make a donation today.