Monday, January 23, 2017

For the Love of Sailing, Swimming, Surfing and All Things Water

By Jackie Carlson, membership and giving manager

Don and Meg Steiner are loyal donors who live primarily in Massachusetts, but also have an Aquidneck Island home overlooking the Bay. Don grew up on the New Jersey Shore and has always loved the ocean. He enjoys sailing, swimming, kayaking and surfing.

Neither Don nor Meg was raised in Rhode Island, but both have been visiting Narragansett Bay together for more than 30 years. They bought their Aquidneck Island home to be closer to the water and enjoy the great windsurfing along the shore.

“We are very fortunate to have a home on Aquidneck Island. Thanks to all of the hard work done by the terrific team at Save The Bay, we can enjoy sailing, swimming, fishing and many other activities on Rhode Island’s beautiful Narragansett Bay. We support Save The Bay and hope you will also.”

Like many in the Save The Bay community, Don and Meg appreciate the beautiful scenery the Bay has to offer. From reading a book on the beach to simply gazing at the full moon as it reflects off the Bay, they feel fortunate to experience the serenity of the Bay when they are in Rhode Island.

The Steiners were first introduced to Save The Bay when an acquaintance told them about the important work the non-profit was doing to fight the Hess LNG terminal proposal in the 2000s and improve water quality at Aquidneck Island beaches. Recognizing the importance of Save The Bay’s efforts, Don and Meg have been supporters ever since, hosting events to introduce others to the organization.

Don says that of all Save The Bay’s initiatives, from educating students to championing legislation, “The most important work is making people aware of actions necessary to restore the ecological balance. If we aren’t careful about pollution, it will have negative effects on the health of the Bay.” Don and Meg appreciate Save The Bay’s wise use of scarce resources and its effective advocacy to protect and improve Narragansett Bay.

Reflecting on their first visits to Rhode Island and Narraganset Bay, Don says he and Meg can see the positive changes in the Bay and are proud to be making a difference through their support of Save The Bay. They value the preservation of the health of Narragansett Bay for both residents and visitors alike, and so that future generations can enjoy the water activities that are so near and dear to their own hearts.