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Wrap-up: 7th Annual ICCD Pirate Adventure

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We had a great time at the International Coastal Cleanup day at JB’s Fishcamp yesterday. AND e celebrated International Talk Like a Pirate Day with pirate goodies.  🙂  Every year, ICCD engages volunteers around the world and assist the Ocean Conservancy in collecting important data about debris in and around our waterways, and we are proud to be part of this tradition.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVolunteers picked up bottles, cans, bags, mylar balloons, food wrappers, cigarette butts, and assorted pieces of plastic, foam, and glass.  After sorting the items and documenting them for the Ocean Conservancy’s research, and a playful dip in the ocean we had a fabulous lunch at JB’s fish camp.  We’re already looking forward to next year!!

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We were very saddened by the news that John A. Bollman, founder and owner of JB’s Fishcamp passed away recently.  Our thoughts are with his family.  JB’s has served as home base for many of our events, including kayak tours, beach trips, Canaveral National Seashore bike rides, and sometimes just a trip to New Smyrna for lunch at JB’s. 🙂  We’re grateful for all of the good times and look forward to the continued legacy being carried on by the fishcamp managers.

PintClub Blood Drive – October 24th

keep-calm-Give-bloodThis event is hosted by our pirate-themed blood donor group, PintClub.  Join PintClub on the Big Red Bus on October 24th at Central Florida Veg Fest.  More details coming soon, or visit PintClub.org for updates.

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FDA Recommendations on Gay Male Blood Donation Ban – and why you need to know.

banner - website 2Some of our members & readers may not know this: between now and July 14th, our voice can empower more individuals to donate life-saving blood – you CAN make a difference!

World Blood Donor Day was just this past weekend.  It is a global effort to raise awareness about the necessity of blood donation and the World Health Organization announced its goal of achieving 100% voluntary donors to support the global blood supply by 2020. This is a perfect time to be aware of this potential – and extremely impactful and empowering – change in FDA regulation.  A change, however, that needs to be stronger to be truly meaningful.

In 1983, the FDA enacted a life-long ban that prevented any man who had engaged in a same-sex encounter since 1977 from donating blood.  In May 2015, the FDA announced the draft of a recommendation to release of that life-long ban, with a new recommendation for a one-year abstinence. There is a 60 day public comment period; public comments are being accepted through July 14, 2015.

A one year abstinence is a step, but is still medically unwarranted discrimination.

If sexually transmitted diseases cannot be detected by testing, and a one-year period of abstinence is required to ensure that the blood supply is safe, then individuals should be abstinent for at least one year in order to be eligible to donate blood.

Heterosexuals and homosexuals potentially engage in promiscuous behavior, and as the blood of each can equally be tested, they should be treated the same.

How many adults do you know who have spent a year without physical human intimacy, including those with a monogamous life partner/spouse?  So… How many individuals who were not previously able to donate because of the life-long ban do you think will be able to donate blood if this recommendation goes through?

A one-year waiting period that discriminates against gay males is not good enough. The FDA should consider what the actual risk behavior is – e.g., number of partners over time – and without regard to sexual orientation, enact regulations that promote a safe blood supply while empowering more donors to save lives.

Read over the information in the links below, do some research of your own, and add your voice.  The deadline for responding is July 14, 2015.

A thought for personal reflection: Someone said to me today that “steps” toward equality can serve as reminders of inequality.  Do you think steps toward genuine respect for others are necessary? meaningful? Do they help inform positive change? What is the difference between making someone feel valued, and truly valuing them?

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Also of note – SCOTUS decision will be “out” soon regarding gay marriage.  Join BE. Orlando and friends in celebrating the landmark decision – regardless of outcome – on June 29th.

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Happy Pi Day from PintClub!

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Donating blood is a wonderfully heroic – yet geeky – way to celebrate Pi Day!

One pint of blood can impact three lives – what a fabulous way to celebrate Pi Day!  You can find a bus or branch location by visiting OneBlood.org.

About PintClub

Founded in 2011 as one of the first initiatives of BE. Orlando, PintClub is an effort to encourage our members – and all of Central Florida – to donate blood and advocate for blood donorship.   We host blood drives and do outreach events, and celebrate the blood donors who are saving lives in our community.

PintClub used to have a donor code where anyone could support our challenge by visiting branch locations.  With the new OneBlood format, we will be hosting blood bus drives and continuing to advocate.  Changes will be coming soon to our website, PintClub.org, and more information will be shared very soon about how you can continue to support our challenge.

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BE. and PintClub will be at Veg Fest!

Join us at the Central Florida Veg Fest!

Find the BE. Orlando tent to get information or sign up for volunteer and social activities.  Learn about how you can participate in or support our Math, Science, and Pi(e) festival for homeless children, collections of hand-made cozy-warmies for local shelters (The Warmies Project ™), Blood Drives (PintClub.org), needs and fundraising drives, volunteer events, diversity initiatives, coastal cleanup day activities, and more.

Picture8We will be taking donations to support a local wolf and wolf-dog refuge that is in critical need of assistance to prevent losing its property which would result in devastating loss for the animals that call this sanctuary home.  Photos of the animals and some framed prints will be available.   Learn more HERE.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014 • 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Orlando Festival Park

2911 E. Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32803

Photo: 2014 Earth Day Booth

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2014 Cedar Key Pirate Invasion – ARRR!

Members of our pirate-themed blood donor group, PintClub, joined friends in the Cedar Key Pirates in Paradise for the annual Pirate Invasion Weekend in Cedar Key.  Hundreds of pirates from pirate groups all over the country were there and a great time was had by all!  We didn’t meet our respected rivals, the Fernandina Pirates, but we know they were there.  The Fernandina Pirates are known nation-wide for their philanthropic involvements, one of which is regular blood drives that collect more than 600 units annually. We’re nowhere near to beating them in the bloody battle for blood donors.  Yet.

Pirate Invasion Website (join us next year!)

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Pirates at the Thieves’ Market

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Pirate Merchants

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Pirate Battle Re-enactment: The Bloody Battle for Cedar Key