The President's Tern
Amigos Elect New President
By Charles Falzon

As the new President of Amigos, I want to first thank Jerry Donohue for serving as President for the past four years, and to thank Jerry for his many years of volunteering with the fervor of any one of our founding members. I also want to thank Jerry in advance for his continued volunteering for Amigos. The way I see it, since he doesn’t have to worry about the duties of the President, he’ll have much more time for other Amigos activities such as FLOW, public and school tours, etc.

For those who don’t know me, I have been involved with Amigos since before we agreed upon the name “Amigos”. We were just a small group of concerned residents of Huntington Beach meeting in the living room of the home of the Chatterton’s. I was originally the ‘student representative’ on the Board, eventually becoming the Treasurer for many years, and then becoming the Vice President. Our family business provided Amigos with office and storage space for many years. I helped plan the first organized cleanup of the Bolsa Chica and the first photo contest. I was a frequent tour speaker and an occasional traveler to Sacramento.

Why am I still involved with Amigos after more than 40 years of participation? Because there is still so much work to be done. Even though the Bolsa Chica is partially restored, we must help maintain the treasure that is the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. And with continued constraints on State funding to support and maintain our priceless natural habitats, our volunteers must be the constant, continuing voice on behalf of the BCER. Please consider spending some time visiting the BCER and please consider how you can support the Amigos de Bolsa Chica.