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Gulf of Mexico Foundation
by Dr. Quenton Dokken
2010 – Wow! 2009 is history, we are almost through the first quarter
of 2010, and May 24, 2021 is the 20 year anniversary of the incorporation
of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation – 20 years – it does not seem possible.
It seems like only last month that members of the EPA Gulf of Mexico
Program Citizen Advisory Committee decided to form the Gulf of Mexico
Foundation as a private non-profit conservation organization. But pictures
don’t lie – the people in the photographs of the early years are
definitely 20 years younger than those staring back from our mirrors
Mary Yturria, a founding member and the GMF’s first Director Emeritus said
the other day, “Quenton, father time has me by the scruff of the neck.” We
are all in the same boat. On the positive side, the Gulf of Mexico
Foundation is young and ageless. The need for its services is growing with
coastal populations. We’ve just begun.
The communities and people of the Gulf of Mexico owe Mary, Joe Dial, Colie
Donaldson, Donald Lirett, Deyaun Boudreaux, and others of the founding
group a debt of gratitude for their foresight to create the Gulf of Mexico
Foundation. Just take time to explore the pages of the
GMF website to
see the contribution the GMF has made to the betterment of life in the
coastal zone of the Gulf of Mexico – Americas’ Sea.
Why did they see the need to do this? It has not been an easy
accomplishment and not one of them has made a dime off their efforts.
There is one reason – to assure future generations a desirable and
sustainable quality of life. Isn’t that what we seek throughout our lives?
Financial security to meet our needs, family and friends to share the
bounty with, quality communities in which to live, grow, and create
memories, and a healthy natural environment in which to live, play, and
pass on to our children. That is the true purpose of the Gulf of Mexico
Foundation, help to ensure that the natural environment of the Gulf of
Mexico is adequate to support the quality of life we desire.
2010 will be a keystone year for the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. We will be
upgrading our logo, initiating our first magazine-type publication,
establishing a public membership program, and expanding our efforts and
influence across an ever-growing geographic landscape. We will tirelessly
seek more business and industry
partners from all sectors. Our
will be expanded to reach more students and teachers. We will work to link
governing agencies with those having vested interests in the Gulf of
Mexico; that is - get everyone to a common board table or coastal habitat
to work together to ensure the quality of life of future generations.
I invite each of you to stay on board - jump in and help us make it
happen. The future belongs to the children of today and it is our
responsibility to manage earth’s resources so that they too will flourish
in a healthy environment. The Gulf of Mexico is and always will be a
cornerstone to the quality of life of millions of Gulf coast citizens and
-Dr. Quenton Dokken
GMF Executive Director
Gulf of Mexico Foundation - PMB 51, 5403 Everhart - Corpus Christi, TX 78411
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