Silent Auction

Hello fellow FMSEAns! (FMSEAites? FMSEAers?) The annual National Marine Educators Association conference (#nmea13) is right around the corner in Mobile, Alabama, which is practically in Florida’s backyard! If you haven’t checked out the line-up of speakers and events, go to the conference website NOW! It is sure to be a great conference and we hope to have a strong Florida contingent. The annual conference is always a great opportunity to expand your professional network, learn about new programs, resources and opportunities, and refresh your passion for marine science education! One of the highlights of the conference is an opportunity to hear keynote speaker Richard Louv, bestselling author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, and his new book, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age. If you’ve never been to the national conference, or it’s been a while since you’ve attended, this is an excellent opportunity to (re)engage with our national organization! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!

With NMEA approaching, it’s also time to pool our resources so we can win back the title of Best Chapter Basket! If you’re not familiar with the Chapter Baskets, it is a (mostly)friendly competition among NMEA chapters during the silent auction. Chapters put together a basket of items, often revolving around a theme, and whichever basket raises the most money wins. I have already received several donations to the basket, but we have a long way to go to regain our proper place as supreme rulers of…err…I mean, so we can raise lots of money to support an excellent cause… As I was saying, if you have items to donate and are going to the conference, please let me know so that I can pull together a list. If you have items to donate and are not attending, contact me (nmea-rep @ and we can make arrangements to get them to Mobile.

Hope to see you all in Mobile!

I am in charge of the FMSEA silent auction this year, which raises money for scholarships to attend our annual conference or other enrichment experiences throughout the year. Even if you can’t make the conference you can still contribute to it. If you would like to donate to the auction or know of an organization that might want to get involved please let me know. If you already planned on donating but haven’t filled out the silent auction form yet please do so and emailing me the completed form. I would appreciate if you can submit the forms by May 15 as it helps me to get the bid sheets finished before the conference and makes the auction run smoother. If you are attending the conference you can drop your items off at the registration table when you check in. If you aren’t attending but would still like to donate, please mail your items to me at the address on the form; keep in mind they must arrive before May 17, or else they will end up on next year’s silent auction.

Thank you in advance if you are able to donate. If you are unable to donate you can still help by bidding on all the great items on the auction during the conference. We even have accommodations in some exotic locales on this year’s auction. Hope to see you at the conference.