December 2013 Community Outreach Update
The 2013 Community Outreach season was another great one! By the time you read this, the season will be in the history books. The year ended with the Ocean County Decoy & Gunning Show. A big “thank you” to NJLHS members who volunteered at the various lighthouses open during the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey. Thankfully, all lights (including those on federal government property) were back in operation in time for the Challenge!
As always: volunteers (new and returning) are essential to keep our Society throughout the community. Remember, you don’t need to be a lighthouse “expert” to be part of the team—just willing to discuss our shared interests with event patrons. I wanted to take a moment to recognize our most dedicated Community Outreach volunteer, Mary Catherine Kennedy, will be taking a well-deserved rest and stepping back after this season. As such, we will need some folks to step in to follow in her footsteps. Consider joining the Community Outreach team for the 2014 season! I also ask for someone to consider working with me to learn the ropes for coordinating the Community Outreach program as well. It’s always beneficial to have more than one person familiar with the activities and procedures we utilize in our NJLHS programs to ensure continuity into the future. Please contact me if interested.
The outreach schedule for next year is posted on the NJLHS website as soon as it is available. Just click on the Outreach link on the home page. Every effort is made to post updates or changes regarding events, if any details change. Please check it out and contact me if you are interested in volunteering.
Enjoy the holiday season and Happy 2014!
As always, please feel free to contact me with any info on NJ events where NJLHS might want to be represented. My mailing address is:
Anthony J. Albence
P.O. Box 8184
Wilmington, DE 19803-8184
You may also contact me via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, a friendly reminder to check out the Society’s presence on Facebook & Twitter! While you’re at it, please recommend that others become our “fans” on Facebook. We’re easy to find: either search the Society name in the search bar on Facebook, or navigate to www.facebook.com/njlhs. I’m happy to report that, as of this writing, MORE THAN 650 people “like” our page as of this writing. If you’re not of these many “fans” yet, just look us up and “like us” today. Also let me know if you have a favorite lighthouse or lighthouse organization or interest group page that we should “like” on the NJLHS page. We’ve been pleased to share some great updates recently from the folks at the Absecon Lighthouse.
Also, as a timesaving device, our Facebook page so that all of the content posted automatically publishes on the NJLHS account on Twitter. You may find us at www.twitter.com/njlhs or on Twitter by typing out our Twitter “handle”: @njlhs in the Twitter search field. You can now keep up to date via your smartphone, iPad/tablet, and (of course) your notebook or desktop computer.
The Society also continues to publish notices of our General Membership Meetings to more than 50 media venues (newspapers/radio/websites) throughout the state. However, we are always looking to add outlets to our media list. It seems that, as soon as we add an outlet to the list that, due to continued budgetary cutbacks at various media outlets, we lose one or two contacts on our media list. In light of this reality, please share with me contact info (email address) for any media outlets that you feel would like to receive our media notices. These could include newspaper, radio, TV, or web-based resources. I’ll be happy to add anyone to our media distribution list.
Thanks so much everyone…and keep the lights shining!
1st Vice President
Outreach & Publicity
Pocket flashlight Box of crayons
The Board of Directors of the New Jersey Lighthouse Society Inc., has agreed to expand our mission of historical preservation, restoration and education to include efforts to inform the youth of our state of the historical significance of our lighthouses and the need to protect and preserve them for future generations.
This effort would focus on the primary and secondary educational systems and would utilized the New Jersey Network video, The Eye of the Mariner, and the book, Sentinels of the Shore by Bill Gately, to engender a consciousness of our lighthouse structures and to begin an awareness of the need to preserve them.
Our initial thrust is to enlist member and private foundation support to finance this endeavor. It is our ultimate desire to make the video and book available to each public or private school district in the state that expresses an interest. While the number of public school districts alone exceed 600 we would like to begin by targeting a few in each county. The cost of each book and video kit will be $29.00.
If you would like to donate a Lighthouse Education Kit to a particular school or district, the NJLHS will send it to the school of your choice in your name.
Simply send your tax deductible check payable to NJLHS and mail to NJLHS, P.O. Box 332, Navesink, NJ 07752-0332. Be sure to indicate "NJLHS Educational Outreach" on your donation, identify the school or district of your choice and indicate the way in which you would like the gift card to read.
If you have any questions e-mail Winnie McKelvey at: email@example.com
Jersey Lighthouse Society Speakers Bureau provides
speakers to a variety of organizations including
primary schools, fraternal, social and historical
groups throughout the State.
information please contact Winnie McKelvey at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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