To the Gator Nation,
As past Chairman of International Gator Day, I invite you to join me in becoming involved in this great Gator tradition. Now in its second decade, International Gator Day continues to be the most visible and meaningful community service project associated with the Gator Club® Network.
Each May, thousands of Gator alumni and friends around the world volunteer time and good will to make a difference in their local communities. Last year, 64 clubs partnered with 54 non-profit agencies in efforts to make a positive impact in their respective hometowns. It is this mission of service and dedication that personally draws me to the cause of helping those less fortunate. While we share a common bond of being part of the University of Florida family, we share an even greater commitment to the betterment of society.
I urge you to participate in your local Gator Club's® project and continue to serve your community throughout the year on behalf of the spirit of the Gator Nation.
Danny Wuerffel, '96
Chairman, International Gator Day
Member, President's Council on Service and Civic Participation
Executive Director, Desire Street Ministries
You are invited to join your Florida Keys Gator Club® on Saturday May 16, 2015 as we, the Gator Nation, give back to the earth and the community with a day at the beach!! The day ends with a picnic in paradise!
Every May Gator Clubs® around the world celebrate International Gator Day. On that day the individual Gator Clubs® work on a relevant community service project of their choice that demonstrates the Gator Nation is committed to making their neighborhoods a better place to live and work.
The Florida Keys Gator Club® is dedicated to making this International Gator Day event, another special occasion. In choosing our project, with our marine environment such an important and daily part of our lives here in the Florida Keys, we want to continue to respond accordingly. What better way to show our concern for a healthy marine environment than to once again clean up a beach that is a known sea turtle nesting habitat!!
Nesting season is officially underway, so the Florida Keys Gator Club® is again joining forces with Save-A- Turtle, Inc. (of the Florida Keys) and Friends of the Islamorada Area State Parks (FIASP) on making one sea turtle nesting beach a little more "user friendly" by sweeping clean Long Key Point Beach at Long Key State Park. We basically clean the nursery for the baby turtles. You will see some active nests, if you join us!
The beach is one seldom visited by those who come to this well-known facility in the State Park system. The adage "near, but yet so far" is very appropriate for this locale as we have to get there by boat! Boat transportation is provided for all those wishing to participate. Afterwards, we re-group back at the State Park's picnic area for a wonderful cookout to celebrate our day's accomplishments.
That's right, a FREE Cookout on the beach as a thank you for helping!
Also, arrive early and receive free Gator goodies! So join us Saturday May 16, 2015. We will meet at 8:00AM at Long Key State Park to receive our instructions and head out in the boats by 8:30. Be sure to bring work gloves, floppy hats, plenty of sun block, your absolutely "worst" shoes (they will get wet walking ashore, and then some) in case they need to be “retired” after the clean up.
Because of boat logistics and serving food (ice water will be supplied on the beach all day), we need to know how many people wish to participate. Please RSVP as boat capacity is limited. We encourage you to bring your personal boat, canoe, kayak, etc. Please let us know when you RSVP.
Just click the email link below to respond.
RSVP today! .......
OUR IGD '08 or
GATORS GONE WILD!
GATORS for SEA TURTLES
we clean their beach nesting area
Won't you join us?
International Gator Day - May 2015