An EPIC Thanks for an EPIC Party


Gary and Darryl

On Friday, November 4, the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) celebrated 34 years of advocacy for wild forests and endangered species on the North Coast of California.  Hundreds of EPIC members and supporters gathered within the warm embrace of the Mateel Community Center to dine, to dance, and celebrate community through EPIC’s annual membership meeting.

As a highlight to the evening, the 2011 Richard Gienger Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the one and only Darryl Cherney for his lasting contributions in environmental advocacy.  Cherney’s work includes over 25 years dedicated to social change, artistic expression, and wild forest protection on the North Coast.

Also, during the awards ceremony, Kelly Karaba was granted the 2011 Volunteer Award, for her “tremendous dedication to EPIC’s outreach strategies, high attention to detail, and her peace of mind and calm attitude.” Thanks Kelly! Your positive influence on the organization is felt by us everyday!

The music of the evening was tremendous. Josephine Johnson provided a beautiful acoustic touch to the dinner gathering, and then Fishtank Ensemble rocked the night away with their dynamic gypsy sounds and theatrical antics.

We want to extend a huge thank you to Tryphena Lewis and all of her volunteer kitchen staff for preparing a delicious Mediterranean feast for nearly 200 people!

During the Annual Meeting portion of the evening EPIC’s 2012 Board of Directors was confirmed. We are sorry to see Cecilia Lanman relinquish her seat with the EPIC Board. We are grateful and appreciative of the years of service that she offered to EPIC and her community and we are honored to have had the chance to collaborate with and learn from her. Thank you, Cecilia for your tireless dedication to EPIC.

The EPIC Board currently consists of the following people:

  1. Heather Reese (President)

  2. Noah Levy (Vice Pesident)

  3. Shawnee Alexandri (Treasurer)

  4. Josh Brown (Secretary)

  5. Lindsey Holm (Member)

  6. Joan Merriman (Member/newly elected)

  7. Dian Griffith (Member/Staff)

  8. Gary Graham Hughes (Ex-oficio/Executive Director)

Thank you to all of the businesses and artisans that support EPIC:

  1. Amelia’s Bakery

  2. American Hydroponic

  3. Arcata Artisans

  4. Baroni Designs

  5. Bayfront Grill

  6. Beachcomber Café

  7. Bead Supply—Arcata

  8. Blue Moon Gift Shop

  9. Bootleg

  10. Brass Rail

  11. Bubbles

  12. Carter House Inn

  13. Chautauqua Natural Foods

  14. Eel River Brewery

  15. Elk Prairie Vineyards

  16. Erin Rowe Mediation Services

  17. Eureka Natural Foods

  18. Flood Plain Farms

  19. Finnish Country Spas and Saunas

  20. Fire and Light Glassware

  21. Frey Vineyards

  22. Gardin’ of Beadin

  23. Hana Sushi

  24. Hands of Time Massage

  25. Holly Yashi

  26. Hot Knots

  27. Humboldt Glassblowers

  28. Humboldt Herbals

  29. Humboldt Hunnies Day Spa

  30. Humboldt Nutrients

  31. Inn of the Lost Coast

  32. Island Tribe Apparel

  33. Jessica Puccinelli

  34. Joan Dunning

  35. Kathleen Bryson

  36. Klamath Rafting

  37. KMUD

  38. Kyoto Sushi

  39. Lamport Legal Services

  40. Larrupin

  41. Larry Eifert

  42. Libation Wines

  43. Liscom Hill

  44. Mama Palazzo

  45. Many Hands Gallery

  46. Mateel Café

  47. Mateel Community Center

  48. Michael Guerrero

  49. Morning Star Clothing

  50. Pacific Lotus

  51. Patty Senot

  52. Pacific Outfitters

  53. Peggy Loudon

  54. Peter Powell Wines

  55. Picky Picky Picky

  56. Pierson’s Building Supply

  57. Pleasure Center

  58. Pro Sports

  59. Redway Liquour

  60. Redwood Curtain Brewery

  61. Rustic West Trading Co.

  62. Rookery Bookstore

  63. San Francisco Giants Baseball

  64. Scoop’s Ice Cream

  65. Scotia Inn

  66. ShopSmart in Redway

  67. Signature Coffee

  68. Simply Mac

  69. Solutions

  70. Soul to Soul Footbar

  71. Sylvandale Garden Supply

  72. The Minor Theater

  73. Three Foods Café

  74. Tides Inn

  75. Tomas Jewelry

  76. Tomo Sushi

  77. Trees Foundation

  78. Trim Scene Solutions

  79. Trinidad Trading Company

  80. Turtle Rocks B&B

  81. Wildberries Marketplace

  82. Wildwood Music

Please consider these businesses when you are making choices about supporting sustainability in your community! The generosity of these companies in supporting our organization is invaluable to our being able to do the work that we do, THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who made the night possible:

  1. Aaron Jefferson

  2. Bridgette Bishop

EPIC Supporters
  1. Bryce

  2. Dan Brenner

  3. Hillary

  4. Jeri Fergus

  5. Joan Merriman

  6. Kelly Karaba

  7. Leo Power

  8. Lynn Ryan

  9. Mitra Abidi

  10. Noel Soucy

  11. Rick Silva

  12. Rob Fishman

  13. Sierra Spooner

  14. Steven Diamon

  15. Susie Silva

  16. Sylvia DeRooy

  17. Taun Moody

  18. Tom Hart

  19. Victor Reuther

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of EPIC, THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 34th Annual Meeting and Fall Celebration a total success. It really was a firecracker of a party! Watch for our schedule of events for 2012, we will be sure to get everyone together again to celebrate our Wild California!