Thursday, January 10, 2013

60th Anniversary Team On The Move

 OFF AND RUNNING
The Costa Mesa 60th Anniversary Committee met again Thursday evening to begin getting serious about the planning necessary to make this event a rousing success.

SCHEAFER AND JOYCE

Chairman Mike Scheafer began the meeting promptly at 5:30, outlined the plans for the evening and, with a little support by Costa Mesa Public Affairs Manager Dan Joyce, dispatched the group to locations around the room to meet as sub-committees.  Joyce, whom I teased about the last meeting when he attended electronically while at a special family event out of town, and Scheafer moved from group to group to offer guidance and see what kind of help they might need.
THE KICK-OFF TEAM
The Kick-Off Event sub-committee, chaired by Planning Commissioner Rob Dickson, made good progress on what they hope will be a weekend-long event, probably beginning on Friday, June 28th and covering the entire weekend.  The City's official anniversary date is June 29, 2013.

EDUCATION AND HISTORY
The Education and History sub-committee, chaired by Costa Mesa's poet laureate Charlene Ashendorf in the plaid skirt,  discussed plans for a dance party, coordination with Orange Coast College, Vanguard University and the Newport Mesa Unified School District and other issues.


MARKETING, ADVERTISING AND BRANDING
The Marketing, Advertising and Branding sub-committee, chaired by Kim Glen, spent their time discussing preliminary ideas for logos and advertising opportunities.

SUSTAINABILITY
The Sustainability team worked on how to interface with all the other groups to insure sustainability (think green) is included in all activities.  Chair Bob Ooten - past president of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board - presented their ideas.

OUTREACH
The Outreach sub-committee, chaired by Sue Lester, (shown with Vice Chair Cindy Brenneman) spoke of incorporating awareness of the 60th Anniversary in every other event currently planned throughout the city during the year.  They mentioned the Military Banner program and discussed ways to utilize those for the anniversary, too.

YOUTH PROGRAMS
Charlie Markel, chair of the Youth Programs sub-committee, spoke of blending anniversary celebration events into things like AYSO programs, a booth at the Community Run (which will be conducted coincident with the Fish Fry this year) and the Pumpkin Patch at the Goat Hill Depot at Fairview Park.

FINAL PLANS AND BUDGET REQUIREMENTS
The teams will meet independently during the week, then go through a similar exercise next Thursday, also at the Emergency Operations Center at 5:30 to finalize their ideas and attempt to determine what kind of a budget might be necessary to accomplish their goals.  They will continue to meet throughout the month and their plans and request for budget dollars will be presented to the City Council at its meeting on February 5th.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers will be needed to support all of these teams.  Those interested are encouraged to contact Special Events Coordinator Christine Cordon at City Hall by email at CHRISTINE.CORDON@costamesca.gov or by telephone at 714-754-5121.

FOR MORE INFORMATION...

You can find more information on the 60th Anniversary Celebration plans at the City web site, HERE.

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