|Save the Reefs, Save the Oceans Gala|
|Please join us on Thursday, September 19th to celebrate the reefs and ocean! Reef Check's 2013 Gala will be outside on the beach at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. As always, the evening will feature amazing music by La Mer, unique auction items, delicious food, celebrities, and a chance to meet some of the thousands of volunteer Reef Check EcoDivers who monitor California and tropical reefs as part of the Reef Check Foundation's citizen scientist programs. This year we are honoring a long time Reef Check supporter and the man who invented and commercialized the wetsuit — Bob Meistrell of Body Glove (see below). See you there!
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|Honoring our 2013 Heroes of the Reef|
|Reef Stewardship Award
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of his co-founding of Body Glove and California’s surf culture with his twin brother, Bill. Their development of the first practical wetsuit has allowed millions of people around the world to enjoy our reefs and oceans.
A note on the passing of Bob Meistrell:
Bob Meistrell moved to the southern coast of California from Missouri in 1944 when he was 16 years old. Bob and his twin brother Bill became interested in surfing, and were one of the first to put fiberglass on the nose of their surfboards to protect the foam filled plywood boards. Becoming lifeguards and surfing by the lights of their car, they realized how cold the water could be. Finally in 1953, they found neoprene worked well for the first practical wet suit, which they called “The Body Glove”
|Citizen Scientist of the Year Award
In recognition of his dedication to marine conservation as a Reef Check California volunteer diver
Dirk Burcham has over 30 years of experience in the fields of Biology and Business. He has worked as a Wildlife Biologist and has held management positions in the wholesale distribution industry.
Dirk is an active Reef Check Volunteer and has received Reef Check’s annual Golden Slate Award 4 times for completing the most number of transects during the survey season. He was a member of the advisory team that assisted in the development of the Reef Check California Survey Protocol.
He is a recipient of the United States President’s Call to Service Award, a lifetime achievement award in recognition for his volunteer service to the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Dirk is also an active volunteer with the Catalina Island Conservancy Divers and the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Marine Conservation Research Institute.
Dirk and his wife Betsy have been married for 36 years. They have three adult children and 2 grandchildren.
Dirk earned a B.S. degree in Zoology from San Diego State University and an M.S. degree in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University.