Friday, June 26, 2009

FMI are conducting their Lau-Lau Beach and ISA Drive Cleanups

Friends of the Mariana Islands are conducting their monthly Lau-Lau Beach Cleanup today, Saturday the 27th. Tomorrow the FMI will cleanup along ISA Drive Road in the San Vicente area from the Mobil Station by SVE up to the Botanical Garden.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Fathers Day

It was a surprise Father's Day clebration to all the FMI members. We really thank Our spiritual advisor, Mrs. Rose Adams, for making us all feel loved on this special day for the fathers in our environmental volunteer group. It was an unusual Sunday for the FMI as normally the group can be found on Sundays cleaning up roadsides, drainage areas or beaches rather than cleaning their plates. With all the time and effort Mrs. Adams put into this event it was a day that will be remembered by the FMI fathers and all those who love them. Thank you Mrs. Adams!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Weekend Cleanups Canceled

Friends of the Mariana Islands had canceled the two event of cleanup on the weekend due to the weather (it was heavy rain).


Friday, June 12, 2009

Tan Holdings, Friends of the Monument recognized with Beautify CNMI awards

Beautify CNMI announced today the winners of their annual Environmental Champion and Environmental Steward Awards. The awards are given out to recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses that have proven to be environmental leaders in the Commonwealth.

The Environmental Champion award recognizes a person or group that exemplifies the Beautify CNMI spirit. Those qualities include volunteerism, cooperation, innovation, creativity and the ability to infect others with the Beauty Virus. The Environmental Champion is a role model for others to follow. They bring environmental issues to the forefront of public consciousness. They make things happen and effect change.

This year Beautify CNMI will recognize Tan Holdings, Laurie Peterka, and Ken Kramer as the 2009 Environmental Champions.

Tan Holdings is being recognized as a model of corporate environmental responsibility. Under the leadership of President Jerry Tan, Tan Holdings employees and friends have been part of several environmental projects over the past year. All Tan Holdings offices on Saipan participate in a Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle program and the company participates in a reusable shopping bag campaign with Joeten. Employees, often with the participation of management, regularly participate in cleanups, including the recent island wide cleanup.

Laurie Peterka and Ken Kramer are being recognized for their roles in the creation of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.

Kramer was so inspired by the concept of the monument that he quit his job so that he would have more time to collect signatures. Kramer was the largest signature collector for a petition being circulated in support of the monument, collecting over 1000 signatures at the street market, in front of stores, at the Sabalu market, and door to door. Kramer also penned nearly two-dozen letters to the editor educating newspaper readers about the benefits of a monument.

Peterka is being recognized for the role she played as staff with the Pew Environment Group. According to one of her nominations for the award, “Laurie has been the backbone of the Friends of the Monument’'s efforts: always there, always supportive, keeping things moving, doing much of the organizing, writing, scheduling, as well as a lot of the scut work.”

The Environmental Steward award recognizes a person or group that leads the community in activities that help protect our environment in a variety of ways. This individual or group has demonstrated the need to take pride in our islands and to take care of the place we all call home. They serve as an example for others, especially the next generation, to follow.

This year Beautify CNMI will recognize Friends of the Monument as the 2009 Environmental Stewards.

Friends of the Monument was formed to help promote the idea of creating a national marine monument in the waters around the three northernmost islands of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Friends of the Monument engaged in activities to help educate the community --distributing leaflets, conducting meetings, and coordinating with teachers for classroom presentations. The organization gathered more than 6,000 signatures on petitions in support of the designation of a Monument. The Friends sent representatives to Washington, D.C. to meet with White House officials, and participated in television and radio public service announcements and advertising. Ultimately, they were instrumental in the process that resulted in former President George W. Bush designating the Marianas Trench Marine Monument, along with three larger national marine monuments.

The awards were handed out at the Beautify CNMI/PAWS Boonie Dog Show on Saturday, June 13 at the CPA Airport Field.

Beautify CNMI recognizes Steward and Champion Awards winner each year in Spring. Nominations are taken from the community at-large and the Beautify CNMI Committee Chairs select winners. Past winners include Aqua Resort Club, Friends of the Mariana Islands, Marites Castillo, Kathy Yuknavage, Captain Carl Brachear, Adam Sablan, Katie Busenkell, Rose Callier, Mike Tripp, Marianas Dive, Nava Khorram, Max Aguon, Paseo de Marianas Promoters, and Bree Reynolds.

Beautify CNMI! is a coalition of concerned citizens, private groups, and government entities united to enhance the CNMI's natural beauty and foster community pride in its residents and visitors. The coalition was a recipient of a 2007 EPA Environmental Award and received a Certificate of Commendation from the United States Congress in 2009. For more information visit them online at

Sunday, June 7, 2009

FMI members

Rena and Teddy is back to FMI and Beautify CNMI!

Shocking! During the cleanup the RAV4 got a lot of scratch from the cleanup yesterday morning. I can't really imagine how did this happen? but I think who ever did it, this person really out of his or her brain! We are there to help and clean other people trash but this is what i got? It's not fair for me. I'll be very watchful next time.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


The FMI, lead by thier President Marites Castillo, assisted DEQ with a cleanup on Sunday in DanDan along the Airport fence. In just three hours the volunteers collected an entire trailer full of trash. Unfortunately some people on Saipan had been using DanDan and the Airport as an area to dispose of their personal trash. The FMI and DEQ turned this trash dump back into an area that the DanDan villagers and CPA can be proud to call their own (and that CPA and MVA don't have to be concerned that our arriving tourist might see).