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“Who is Friends’ Best Friend?”

This article is brought to you by the Friends of the St. Clair River:

Ten years ago, eight committed, passionate environmentalists had a vision to fill a void in St. Clair County. An environmental non-profit did not exist, like a watershed council, to advocate for environmental stewardship of the St. Clair River. Those eight individuals came together in 2007 around a table at our attorney’s office to sign documents that officially created the 501c3 for Friends of the St. Clair River. Sheri is the only original individual still with Friends and is committed and passionate as ever about seeing Friends succeed. The last ten years have seen a lot of changes, evolutions, and ups and downs for Friends, but there has been no time like the present that Friends is thriving! Under Sheri’s leadership, with support from the Board, Friends has hired two part-time staff, established and expanded new board committees, managed multiple grants, created the Sturgeon Festival, and secured a place to call home –  the River Rat building! Sheri would want us to mention that now is the time to join with other like-minded environmentalists passionate about making the Blue Water Area cleaner and greener! Reach out to Sheri at info@scriver.org for more information about joining the Board of Directors.

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Here’s a few facts about Sheri…

  • She has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from Michigan State University and studied abroad in Kenya, Africa

  • She works full time at the St. Clair County Health Department as the Environmental Health Educator; past jobs include the Michigan Science Center, Lakeport State Park, and Girl Scouts

  • She has two daughters, Kayla 10 and Khloe 6, that attend Michigamme Elementary in Port Huron Township, and a husband, Aaron, that wins every cooking competition he enters

  • She loves wakeboarding and boating in the summer and downhill skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Other hobbies include traveling, yoga, tennis, piano, and anything to do with Lake Sturgeon

  • She is certified as a Michigan Citizen Planner and is on the Port Huron Township Planning Commission Board, she is also on the St. Clair Community Foundation Women’s Initiative Board
  • Sheri was selected as The Blue Water Woman Government Professional of the Year in 2016
  • She is a founding member of Earth Fair, which began 16 years ago at Goodells County Park, and has been on the planning committee ever since

Looking for an opportunity to get involved?

Upcoming events:

Wednesday, March 14 @ 6:30 p.m.
Green Drinks Sarnia
Topic: Microplastics, Macro Problem
100 Christina St. N, Sarnia

Wednesday, March 14 @ 7 p.m.
Blue Water Sierra Club public program
Recycling to Create Building Materials
St. Clair County Main Library – Gilbert-Wilcox meeting room (upstairs)

Thursday, March 15 @ 7 p.m.
Great Lakes Environmental Alliance
Public meeting and program
St. Clair County Administration Building Auditorium
200 Grand River Ave., Port Huron

Monday, March 19 @ 10 a.m.
Monday River Walkers & Trash Talkers
Blue Water River Walk & Wetlands County Park
Meet at the arch at the north entrance to River Walk

Tuesday, March 20 @ 10 a.m.
Friends Field Trip & Tour Guide Training
Pine River Nature Center, 2585 Castor Rd., Goodells
RSVP to Amy Meeker-Taylor at education@scriver.org

Tuesday, March 20 @ 7 p.m.
Master Gardeners of St. Clair County public meeting & program
Topic: Wetlands, with Mary Gerstenberger
St. Clair County Administration Building
200 Grand River Ave., Port Huron

Wednesday, March 21 @ 6:30 p.m.
Friends board of directors meeting
River Rats Club at the Blue Water River Walk
RSVP to Sheri Faust at info@scriver.org

Thursday, March 22 (all day)
United Nations’ World Water Day

Saturday, March 24 @ 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Master Gardeners of St. Clair County
Spring Symposium: Let me tell you about the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees
Landmark Academy, 4800 Lapeer Rd., Kimball

Monday, March 26 @ 10 a.m.
Monday River Walkers & Trash Talkers
Blue Water River Walk & Wetlands County Park
Meet at the arch at the north entrance to River Walk

Wednesday, March 28 @ 6 p.m.
Friends of the St. Clair River Presents
Sustainable Landscapes: Rain Gardens
St. Clair County Administration Building
200 Grand River Ave., Port Huron
Stewardship steering committee meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

Save the date! Our third annual River Walk Egg Hunt & Cleanup will be held Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m.! Join us in the afternoon that day for a FUNdraiser Spring Bowl Clay Class at Studio 1219!

Can you believe it? We’ll be starting our weekly Tuesday Field Days on River Walk and in Wetlands County Park in early April!

To join their mailing list:

Friends of the St. Clair River PO

Box 611496

Port HuronMI 48061

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