ACS Monterey Bay Program for July 2008
- Saturday, July 26, 2008
- 4 p.m.
- Indian Village, Pebble Beach (Signs will
- Honoree: Jerry Loomis, President of ACS,
|Alan Baldridge and Jerry Loomis at the Piedras Blancas Elephant
In lieu of our normal program, we're having a barbecue for all present
and past members and friends of ACS.
Cost of BBQ is $15 per person. Please send payment to ACS, PO Box HE,
Pacific Grove, 93950 or call Diane Glim for reservations or information.
Menu: BBQ meats and veggie options. Please bring your own table service.
Traditionally, at our Annual BBQ, the Monterey Chapter of the ACS honors
someone who has made exceptional contributions to the world of nature
and to conservation of our planet's natural resources. This year's honoree
is our own Chapter President, Jerry Loomis.
The Monterey Chapter was founded in 1980 and since that time Jerry has
served the equivalent of 4 two-year terms as President. His first term
was from 1988 to 1989. His second, third and fourth terms ran consecutively
from 2002 and will conclude at the end of this year. It is often difficult
to find leaders to fill volunteer roles so it was a blessing to have someone
who was willing to serve so well for such an extended time.
If you talk to Jerry about our Chapter he will often say that …"we are
a small organization but I like to think we make a difference." While
we are a locally organized Chapter, Jerry has been instrumental in making
the "difference" international in scope.
As a naturalist, he has made several trips to San Ignacio Lagoon in Mexico
where he became involved with some of the locals in the village of San
Ignacio. He along with Chapter Board members Carol Maehr and Esta Lee
Albright initiated an outreach program which purchased educational supplies
for the students at the village school. The people there already had a
strong conservation ethic with regard to the gray whales that calve and
breed there. Jerry felt that if the Chapter helped the children of San
Ignacio they would be better able to continue whale protection in the
Jerry was also fundamental in connecting with students in Mexican universities,
encouraging them to apply to our Chapter for grants for research. Cetacean
research in Mexico is more active than it is right now in the Monterey
Bay area and so by including grant requests from across the border Jerry
enabled the Chapter to continue to actively support cetacean research.
Several grants have been awarded to graduate students attending Mexican
Locally, Jerry has strong ties to this community. As a result our Chapter
is included and participates in many different events such as The Oceans
Faire, when President Clinton and Vice-president Gore visited Monterey,
Whale Fest Days, and many events at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos
State Reserve and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.
Jerry has also supported our Chapter as a presenter at our monthly meetings
and has served as a Scientific Advisor since 1988. On a national level
Jerry is a Chapter Delegate to the ACS National Board.
Additionally, Jerry has long supported conservation through his role as
a State Park Ranger for over 20 years. During that time he was the dive
master at Point Lobos for nearly 2 decades, was a guiding force for the
Point Lobos Docent program, participated in the sea otter translocation
project at San Nicolas Island and participated in baleen recovery projects
in 1984 and 2000 during which blue and humpback whale baleen was recovered.
These projects occurred during a time when there was little baleen available
for educational purposes. The recovered humpback baleen is now on display
at the Whaler's Cabin Museum at Point Lobos and the blue whale baleen
has been distributed far and wide for educational uses.
Still actively involved in Point Lobos affairs, Jerry now serves on the
Point Lobos Association Board of Directors and recently co-chaired the
month long celebration of Point Lobos' 75th Anniversary as a California
Please join us to celebrate the many contributions to our Chapter and
the world of nature of this very real Renaissance man.
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updated August 11, 2008