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  • PVRC Raffle Quilt

    It has been my great honor to take part in this project. I hope raffle ticket sales will make all our work and inspiration worthwhile!

    From Dec 1-4, USRowing will hold its annual convention in Springfield. In celebration of that event, the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club (PVRC) has now completed a commemorative tee-shirt quilt that showcases […]

  • Pegasus Voyages

    I joined the Pegasus Project in January 2012. It has been a great way to keep me involved in waterfront activities and working with area youth. The primary mission of Pegasus is to introduce at-risk youth to the benefits of sailing and being on the water. Visit the Pegasus Project website to learn more.

  • Dragonboating

    In California, I was a member of the Dragon Max team in Berkeley, California, and then of the Dragon Flyers in Alameda. In Berkeley, I was one of three team members involved in leading the volunteer effort to restore two of our boats back to near-original condition. During waterfront events in the Bay Area, the […]

  • MITEC (Marine Industry Training & Education Council)

    Establish as part of the Conference on Marine Industry Technical Training, MITEC was a 23-member board all-volunteer council of marine-industry professionals. From 2006 to 2012,  I was an executive-committee member of this prestigious group, described by BOAT/U.S. as “Your Best Friend in Marine Education” saying “MITEC offers the best gathering of online resources for anyone already working […]

  • National Lawyers Guild

    During the Occupy Oakland events, I became a legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild, which says, “The Legal Observer® program is part of a comprehensive system of legal support designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest […]

  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

    In Delray Beach, Florida, I completed 24 hours of training to become a member of the Community Emergency Response Team to provide support services to my immediate neighborhood in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. While the surfers like the high waves that the big storms bring, most residents would rather have electricity […]

  • Shake-A-Leg Miami

    In 2009, I supervised a huge group of volunteers at Shake-A-Leg Miami in rehabbing two twenty-foot Freedom sailboats and cleaning up a fleet of dinghies and kayaks. The whole story is online here but the pictures really tell the story in this video:

  • Outward Bound

    In February 2009, I participated in an Outward Bound Adult Renewal expedition through Florida’s 10,000 Islands. At the time, I didn’t believe it had changed me in any way. I mostly was assurance that I was on the right course. My life has changed radically since that trip, and every day I am grateful for […]

  • Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice

    I very much enjoyed being a volunteer at Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice in Delray Beach, Florida in 2006 and 2007. I helped organize the library, which consisted primarily of donated books, and also arranged for members of the the public library’s “Socrates Cafe” discussion group—primarily Jewish senior citizens—to visit the […]