Wednesday, October 28, 2009
On Saturday, October 24th Ryan Calic attended a Make A Difference Day event organized by the De Anza chapter through an organization called Save The Bay. He arrived at the wetlands by the Dumbarton Bridge in Menlo Park around 9 am. He was met there by De Anza’s chapter officers, Therese Thian, Ka Lee and several others from their chapter. First they got together and listened to a Save The Bay representative who talked about a short history of the wetlands, of which 90% of had been destroyed by urban sprawl and salt pond production. Then they gave a demonstration of which invasive plants to weed out as well as instructions were picking up trash. Then everyone got to work after being provided with trash bags, gloves, and trowels. It took about an hour to pull most of the weeds; the rest of the morning was spent on trash pickup. Most of the trash consisted of paper and plastic waste, such a bottles, scraps of paper, wrappers, and Styrofoam. We finished at noon. Ryan along with the De Anza officers answers some trivia questions based on what we learned at the site. The morning was quite productive in terms of meeting our Service and Fellowship Hallmarks and helped motivate De Anza’s officers to participate in our beach cleanup in Pacifica the next day host by our chapter. This event also contributes to the Chapters United mission of Phi Theta Kappa.