Dear Friends of BCB;
I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have this opportunity to work at the Bayshore Center. I am sure you all know what a wonderful place it is. As a newcomer looking at it with a fresh eye I can assure you it is not only wonderful but also unique, and that is all because of people like you, its supporters.
As I write this I am reminded of a quote by Thich Nhat Hanh “If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all the generations of your ancestors. All of them are live in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people”. I know I am the benefactor of the work that all of you have done and I promise I will work to be a good steward.
I would also like to thank Meghan Wren for her warm welcome, her support, help and encouragement. Her work of the last 30 years has benefited so many people I would not venture to guess how many. Her legacy runs broad and deep and while I missed the first 30 years of her impact on the world I am glad to have the opportunity to witness what comes next.
If you are at BCB please stop in and say hello!
Brian Keenan, Interim Director
The MEERWALD’s up the River, the oysterboats are back in the Nantuxent Creek and new buds, green sprouts, happy bulbs and amorous birds seem to have overtaken the gray landscape of the winter Bayshore. The Bayshore Center is also experiencing a period of new growth. After 30 years – yes 30! – we have received a most generous donation that has allowed us to assess our strategies for longevity and sustainability. It is often a non-profit’s greatest challenge to outlive its founder. Bayshore Center at Bivalve has been given the opportunity to structure itself so that programming and mission delivery can be institutionalized, the MEERWALD’s continued preservation can be guaranteed and the organization can ensure that it remains relevant to its community into the foreseeable future.
With these goals in mind, we have hired an Interim Executive Director to shoulder BCB’s daily operations while I take a short sabbatical to refresh and prepare for my next role. My next job will be to focus on building a Founders Fund to serve as working capital and an endowment with which we can secure our future.
After many years of long days, weeks, and months, missed vacations, little time for family and friends, and a near obsessive (OK, it was obsessive) focus on all things BCB – I am more than ready for this reboot.
And, I look forward to my refreshed return this fall as the birds start heading south again to work with our Board of Trustees, our Grande Mariners and our wonderful Bayshore community to build the Founders Fund and prepare for the next thirty years.
Meghan, soon to be BCB’s new Founding Director