For some it’s a treasure hunt. For others it’s an environmental duty. For the Cedar Key Woman’s Club members, International Coastal Clean-up presented an opportunity to serve. And serve we did, providing a volunteer lunch of hot dogs, assorted chips and cookies, cool lemonade, and plenty of cold water. Among the hot-dog takers were college students, families with kids, clam farmers in boats, people in boots all helping. All hungry. All happy to help. The date for ICC set for Sept. 17, shortly after the impact of hurricane Hermine, created a greater need for shoreline debris collection and a stronger volunteer response as well. Past President Susan Rosenthal commented, “Coastal Clean-up this year is important as we are all coming together to be a stronger community”. Susan made this comment while proudly displaying her third commemorative ICC t-shirt as Judy Treharne checked out the list of sponsors.
Other Cedar Key Woman’s Club volunteers served differently. Eileen Senecal, First Vice President, recorded collection data, while her team members, CKWC husbands Mike Leiner and David Treharne, did the dirty work of sorting debris. Eileen observed, “Larger items were collected this year from areas on our coast line. Some unusual and some large, such as picnic tables, coolers, large amounts of wood, LOTS of buckets and tote boxes—and many small items, such as a toaster, hat, and flip flops”. As each haul was sorted and recorded down to the last plastic bottle, not only was the Cedar Key shoreline freer of debris, but also the information gathered will help inspire action to rid the world’s oceans of harmful trash. As hot dogs dwindled and volunteers dispersed, each person departed having given a hand to help make us Cedar Key strong.