President’s Corner

13 Dec

I hope everyone is getting accustomed to using the Friends new website, keeping up with news from the Landing, and enjoying the Newsletter. The 5K Race the Landing Series resumes on January I, 2015, at 8:15 in the morning. It will be the first of our 5K Series, all of which are sponsored by Lucey Mortgage. If you have participated in our 5K Races before, you know that members of the Board of Directors and Park Volunteers stay busy monitoring the course, handing out water along the way, dispensing t-shirts, souvenirs and prizes, setting up Founders Hall and serving the special menus after the Races conclude. Board member Lisa Deaton coordinates all the logistics for the Races, and Sarah Stuhr and her Special Events Committee are in charge of all the food and drink service. It is really a team effort by members of the Friends, the Board of Directors, Rob Powell and his staff, and our corps of Volunteers. Please see Lisa Deaton’s posting for more information on the New Year’s Day Race, as well as the other races we have planned. Also note articles by Board members Betty White, Haywood Titchener, Animal Forest Director Jillian DeLorge-Davis and Park Manager Rob Powell.

Board member and past president Rhoda Green is working with the Coastal Conservation League to arrange a lecture at Founders Hall by Dr. Henry Fraser from Barbados. Dr. Fraser has lectured before on the cultural links between Barbados and Charleston, and we look forward to the prospect of his return next spring. The Garden Club of Charleston continues their gardening work at the Landing, improving the gardens around the Legare-Waring House, and planting 50 daffodil bulbs and new trees when weather conditions permit. On behalf of the Friends, the Board of Directors purchased Charleston Battery Benches in honor of Ben Moise and Jamie Westendorf, and in recognition of their generous and gracious contributions to our mission to support the work of Charles Towne Landing. Ben donates his culinary expertise to prepare his frogmore stew for the annual Volunteer and Staff Appreciation dinner, and Jamie delectably fortifies with his Race-themed dinners the 200 to 300 walkers and runners who fill Founders Hall after each 5K Race . Note the pictures below of the honorees with their benches. On tap before the arrival of spring is another Friends oyster roast at the Landing. We are again planning to invite the public, but will offer a special discount to members of the Friends. Please stay tuned for the specific date and time. In the meantime, all best wishes for the holidays, and many thanks for your help in support of the mission of the Friends of Charles Towne Landing.

–Gary Nichols
Friends of Charles Towne Landing 

l-r: Gary Nichols, Jamie Westendorf, and Park Manager Rob Powell at Jamie's bench

l-r: Gary Nichols, Jamie Westendorf, and Park Manager Rob Powell at Jamie’s bench


Ben Moise and friends at his bench.

Ben Moise and friends at his bench.

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