Fundraising to benefit Surf City Fire and EMS (just join SCTA)

As we all know, the past 15 months have been challenging to any organization that depends on fundraising for it’s support. The Surf City Fire/EMS are no different. They have had to cancel most of their events during this time including their Pancake Breakfasts. The goal of our 2021 fundraising effort is to help make up some of the shortfall they have incurred.

This year we, SCTA, will be donating $5.00 to the Surf City Fire/EMS with every paid 2021 household membership to SCTA. In addition, we will be giving each member home a free (and very fun) Surf City Beach Tote Bag. To maximize the dollars we donate, we are setting a goal of securing 750 SCTA member homes. If we reach this goal, and we need your support to do so, it means we will be donating $3,750 the Surf City Fire/EMS. We would round this amount up to $4,000.

The bag is made of canvas with reinforced handles for durability. It features an outside pocket for beachgoers to carry water bottles, snacks, books or magazines; it has an inside zipper pocket to hold keys or glasses. The fun, custom design also features our official Surf City logo.

Our Beach Tote Bag distribution to paid SCTA members will begin at our June 19th Meet the Mayor meeting which will be held at the SC Fire House.  In addition, we will have tables set up at each Surf City Farmers’ Market held Monday mornings starting on June 21st and running through Labor Day.   If you have already joined SCTA, just stop by and pick up your tote bag.  If not, come by to join, and then receive your tote bag.

If you are unable to come to the Meet the Mayor meeting or any of the Farmer’s Market dates, and would like to obtain a tote bag, please contact our treasurer, Bob Fried to make arrangements. He can be reached via email at robertafried@aol.com or by cell at 973-632-6222.

Thank you for your continued support of the Surf City Taxpayer Association.

Are you skilled in Website management and design as well as Social Media?

We are looking for a volunteer or volunteers to help us out with the maintenance of our website as well as our social media pages.

If you would like to get involved and have the skills shown below, please email johngausz@gmail.com

Thanks!

Position Summary

To create, post, and monitor digital communication of SCTA website.  

 To assist the board communications representative with the SCTA Facebook Group page and SCTA email blasts

WEBSITE: Using Wordpress, manage http://surfcitytaxpayer.com/

  • Review SCTA website and propose suggested changes for optimizing user experience, updating, adding, and revising pages. 
    • Layout / presentation
    • User-friendliness – clear, intuitive and easy navigation
    • Maintenance-friendly – ease of adding, rearranging and deleting content
    • Develop recommendations on the best usage of website
  • Update content to ensure all information and links are up to date and accurate. 
  • Tidy up basic formatting and spacing as needed throughout the site. 
  • Create and publish blog posts about activities and local happenings on the island. Include both written and photographic content. 
    • In Season: 3 posts per month = 12
      • May, June, July, August
    • Out of Season: 1 post per month = 7
      • February, March, April
      • September, October, November, December

EMAIL NEWSLETTER: Vertical Response

  • Curate and Send Email Newsletters:
    • In Season: 5 total
      • May x 1, June x 1, July x 2, August x 1
    • Out of Season: 1 newsletter per month = 7
      • February, March, April
      • September, October, November, December

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS REVIEW

  • Present an evaluation of SCTA online communications efforts including social media stats, email results, and website analytics in conjunction with the time and effort invested. 
  • Provide suggestions for improvement and implementation plan, costs, etc. 
  • Twice per year provide an evaluation of SCTA online presence including efforts to communicate via social media, website, and emails.
  • Meet with the Board to consult/advise on overall communications strategies and opportunities.

Qualifications

Experience and Skills

  • Knowledge of WordPress for managing websites
  • Facebook and other social media platforms
  • Email marketing – able to manage an email service provider like Vertical Response, including list maintenance, creating and deploying templates, running reports of results.
  • Creativity
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Ability to find and take photos to support written content

ReClam The Bay raffles

ReClam The Bay (RCTB) is a local 501(c)3 charitable organization, operating primarily in the Barnegat Bay estuary. One way RCTB raises funds is through annual raffle sales. 

They provide education about the Barnegat Bay watershed (which includes Barnegat Bay, Manahawkin Bay and Little Egg Harbor Bay) and how to conserve and improve it through shellfish-related, sustainable and resilient stewardship projects. 

RCTB is an all-volunteer organization that relies on contributions from individuals and businesses to support their efforts to grow shellfish, educate the public about water quality in the Barnegat Bay estuary and other “in the bay” projects like living shorelines.

Since so many community events have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19, such as Chowderfest which is a major source of their income, they are reaching out to the taxpayer/homeowner groups on LBI to see if their members can support RCTB by purchasing raffle tickets. 

The pictures below provide details on their raffle — and the copy below the photos explains how to get it touch and support RCTB

Drawings are held October 4, 2020.  You do not need to be present to win.

This year has been difficult for all of us due to Covid-19, and we at ReClam The Bay (RCTB) are no different.  Most of our work, including all our educational efforts, is funded through donations.  Educational sessions, selling RCTB gear and raffle ticket sales at various fairs, festivals and shows, including Chowderfest, is how we do most of our fundraising.  We are far behind where we need to be this year with so much being cancelled.   Can you help us?  There are many ways to donate:

  • at our website – reclamthebay.org
  • by texting RCTB to 44321 on your mobile device
  • but a fun and easy way is to purchase tickets for our annual raffle

Please email info@reclamthebay.org if you can help.  We will make arrangements to get you tickets through our members on LBI.

SCTA Happenings in August

In August of 2020, we ran two of our more popular events. Even though we had to social distance, these 2 events fit the bill. We held our annual Sand Sculpture contest and our second golf tournament of the season.

SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST

On Wednesday August 5th, we held our annual Sand Sculpture Contest: which is our most popular event of the Summer! As with everything in 2020, there were challenges to hold this event, even more than just social distancing.

As you might remember, the day before the event, a tropical storm came into town with high winds and it took out the power. When the event started, the town still had no power, but that did not deter people from coming out to show their artistic talents. We had 43 entries in 6 different age categories.  There were 100 people that attended who ranged in ages from 2 years way into adulthood. We had people who were vacationing from all over the country participate in this event.

Trophies were awarded for first, second and third places in all six age categories. Our judges had a very difficult time coming up with winners as all of the entries were top notch.


We would like to acknowledge Ron Jon Surf Shop for their years of sponsorship of this event. Due to the trying times we are in, they were unable to donate this year. We hope to have them back next year as a sponsor.

Some of the people in attendance had so much fun, they asked when it will be held in 2021. They told us that they plan their vacation around this event. This event is always held either the first or second Wednesday of August depending on the tides. Check the website every year to know when it will be held if you are interested in competing!

Here are some of the entries.

Below are pictures of the winners with their trophies.

2nd GOLF TOURNAMENT

On Wednesday, August 12th we held our the second of our annual Mini Golf Tournaments at Island Golf on the boulevard. The weather was a little warmer than for our first tournament, but that did not detract from the event.  We had sixty-five participants.

Congratulations to the first place winners in each category; Nolin (8 and under), Kate (9 to17) and Dick (18 and above).

We would also like to thank the volunteers who came out to help with scoring; Anita Barnes, Ray Saunderson, Jack Shields, Janice Brisco, Harold and Flo Meiser, Margie, John Gausz, Jean, Dennis and Michael Daniels, Chuck Edwards, Steve Sedlack and Steve Joerg

Special thanks to Island Golf and Big Dipper Ice Cream

Below are some pictures from the event along with pictures of the winners in each category.

Welcome to August from SCTA – Check out what’s happening!

August is one of our busier months and even with the pandemic, this August is no different.

ANNUAL SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST

On Wednesday, August 5th we will be holding our Sand Sculpture contest.
This event normally brings out the artist in everyone and is usually well attended.
It is a great event for social distancing!
It takes place on the 14th Street beach. The fun begins at 10 AM and judging starts around 1 PM.

ADMISSION IS FREE.

RAIN DATE IS THURSDAY, AUGUST 6TH

SECOND GOLF TOURNAMENT OF THE SEASON

On Wednesday, August 12th, we will be hosting the second of our annual golf tournaments.

Similar to the first one, this will take place at Island Golf, 603 Long Beach Boulevard. http://www.surfcityislandgolf.com/

It starts at 10 AM and goes until 11:45 AM.

Cash prizes to be awarded.

ANNUAL SUMMER MEETING

On Saturday, August 22nd, we will be hosting our annual meeting.

Due to the pandemic, the format will be changed slightly.

More details will be provided as they are formulated.

KEEP CHECKING BACK TO OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Town Hall Meeting Notes

This past Saturday was our annual Town Hall Meeting. This year’s meeting was about Keeping Surf City Safe on the beaches and everywhere else in town. The agenda included SCTA Board Nominations & Treasury report, announcement of SCTA Member Cocktail party, 2019 Sand Sculpture Contest photos, Presentation and Q & A from first guest speaker Mark Dileo from the Surf City Beach patrol and a presentation by next guest speaker Mike Wolfschmidt from the Surf City Volunteer Fire & EMS. You can find his presentation here -> 08-24-19_pdf_Town_Hall_Wolfschmidt Surf City Taxpayers Assoc 08-26-19_

If you missed the meeting and want to see any details about the Member Party or how to buy tickets, please click on the link here! -> Member_Party_PowerPoint_For_Town_Hall_Meeting

Thank you to all who showed up! A shout out also goes to Bagels & Beyond where breakfast was purchased.

 

“Taste of Surf City” – Member Party

All 2019 Surf City Taxpayer Association (SCTA) Members are invited to the first ever:

“Taste of Surf City”

Member Cocktail Party

Featuring Beer, Wine, Hors D’oeurvres, and Dessert from Surf City Merchants

Friday, Sept 20, 5:30-7:30 PM

Surf City Yacht Club – 399 N. 9th St., Surf City

SCTA 2019 Members Only, ages 21 and over. Tickets are $15 per person, limited to 150 people. 

Questions? Email us at surfcityta@gmail.com

 

You can order tickets right from this website with either a credit card or using your PayPal account.  Or, you can click on the Tickets-By-Mail form below, fill in your information and mail a check to the Association.
Taste of Surf City Member Cocktail Party -Tickets-By-Mail Form
To order your tickets directly online and have them delivered to you via email, click on the “Buy Tickets” button below and follow instructions. Once you are directed to the payment platform (PayPal), you can choose to pay via credit card or a PayPal account.

Sand Sculpture Contest Summer 2019

Last week, we ran one of our most popular events of the summer, the Sand Sculpture contest. We had people competing of all different ages and team sizes. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were awarded in 6 different categories. 18 trophies are given out in total. Several families have made this their family tradition to compete during their Summer vacation! A big thank you goes out to our sponsor, Ron Jon Surf Shop, and to the members of the SCTA for organizing the event. This event is always held either the first or second Wednesday of August depending on the tides. Check the website every year to know when it will be held if you are interested in competing!

Special thank you to Tortuga Digital Marketing & Design for the pictures provided.

We are on today for the Sand Sculpture Contest!

Despite the cloudy weather, we are on today for our annual Sand Sculpture Contest! Join us today, Wednesday August 14th, at 10:00am for our most popular event of the Summer. The event takes place at 14th street beach. Judging begins at 1:00pm. Winners in categories for kids, teens, adults and groups take home trophies…plus certificates for all participants! See you all there!