Too few at CaDance performance At our local high...

October 14, 2005|By:

Too few at CaDance performance

At our local high school theater, I attended two magnificent

performances of the CaDance Festival performed by national,

award-winning dancers. I'm still reeling from the beauty of it all.

This was a rare opportunity for the residents of Laguna Beach, and

what a shame the theater was less than half full. We sat third row

center for $35. Would our residents rather go to New York City or


Aspen, where I have seen them at triple the price? Where were you?


Laguna Beach

Nonprofits benefit in many ways

As a high-profile member of the environmental community in Orange

County, I was distressed by the completely misleading headline "No

benefit for nonprofits" and the article that accompanied it.

Benefits to nonprofit organizations can be measured in many ways.

One way benefits are measured is specifically related to this

headline and story. It is the increased memberships that are the very

momentum that drives organizations like the Laguna Beach chapter of


The Laguna Beach chapter is one of the oldest Surfrider chapters.

Despite this history, the chapter suffered from poor member

recruitment in the 1990s and was reorganized in 2001-02.

In 2004 total new memberships numbered approximately 30 for the

year. During the 2005 national membership drive this summer, the

Laguna Beach chapter gained a paltry six new members, a 1% gain. The

results of these two membership drives can best be described as

anemic compared to gains during the same period at the Newport Beach

and South Orange County chapters.

On February 5th at the Blue Water Festival 250 new memberships

were gathered for Surfrider chapters in Orange County, approximately

150 of these new memberships were for the Laguna Beach chapter. This

bested the previous years membership drive by 500% and the national

membership drive by magnitudes. In fact, had the Blue Water Festival

taken place during the national membership drive the Laguna Beach

chapter might have won this years Surfrider title for most new


New memberships are the life's blood of any vital volunteer


Without new members organizations tend to stagnate from the

tremendous effort it takes to keep on the front lines of activism.

New ideas and points of view are reaped from new participants along

with renewed energy to carry out programs and events. Professionals

from all walks of life are included in new memberships. Professional

that may hold the key to allowing the organization to prosper.

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