March 10, 2012 was a beautiful day to celebrate trees! Leadership teams comprising 31 youth supervisors with adult partners oversaw the planting of 127 trees and care of 500 previously planted Trees to the Sea by 391 volunteers. Chevron, Northrop Grumman, El Segundo Power, DirecTV, Embassy Suites and other local companies fielded volunteer teams in addition to participation by service clubs, individuals and families. A fire truck watered the freshly planted trees.
Dignitaries on hand were Mayor Eric Busch, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Fisher, Chamber of Commerce president Mike Rotolo, State Senator Ted Lieu and Assemblymember Betsy Butler along with staff of Congresswoman Janice Hahn and LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl. The City of El Segundo’s Proclamation of Arbor Day and commendations from the visiting dignitaries plus L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe recognized Tree Musketeers’ 25thAnnual Arbor Day Celebration. Volunteers were treated to T-shirts, gloves, morning granola bars, pizza and beverages from Chevron, cookies donated by Schat’s Bakery, fresh fruit brought by Salad Creations and bottled water supplied by West Basin Municipal Water District. The day wrapped up with a drawing for prizes donated by local businesses and a tremendous sense of pride among participants.
Arbor Day had been on the Youth Management Team drawing board long before making it to the launch pad. Three rounds of youth supervisor and adult partner classes had been conducted and plans drawn up. An Arbor Day task force of 13 community leaders was seated to focus attention on planting and event logistics, volunteer coordination, outreach, fundraising and hospitality.
Arbor Day 2012 would now be history, as they say, were it not for the ongoing work of the trees planted and tended that day.