May Newsletter


Friends of Huntington Beach Newsletter

May 2021

  • President’s Corner

We are so lucky to live in the South and enjoy our beloved Huntington Beach State Park!  I hope with all this nice weather that we have been having you have been able to get out and get to the Park to walk and / or enjoy the beach and seeing nature coming alive again. In our monthly Friends board meetings Park Manager Brenda Magers and her staff keep your board updated on what’s going on in the Park and wow a lot is going on as usual!  Turtle nest patrols began this past week and the Park staff is busy planning for the September Arts and Crafts Festival.  Not to mention, that per Brenda the Park has been busier than it ever has been with visitors!  Be sure to thank all the Park staff when you are visiting for all their hard work in keeping Huntington Beach State Park safe and the place we can be proud of in our area.  

We hope to see you at the annual all members picnic and general meeting.  The date is June 16thin the courtyard of Atalaya at 5:00 pm.  In keeping with COVID restriction guidance all food this year will be professionally prepared.  The food and beverages will be served to us to enjoy.  All you need to due is RSVP by Wednesday, June 9, 2021.  More details about how to RSVP later in this newsletter.

Your President

Carol Dankosky

  • Annual All Members Picnic & General Meeting

Come and meet your board and fellow Friends members on June 16, 2021 in the Atalaya Courtyard at 5:00 pm.  All food will be professionally prepared this year so all you have to is RSVP to either Carol Dankosky @ or via telephone at 843-650-2295 or Karen Korszeniewski at or via telephone at 843-650-6666.  We need all RSVPs no later than Wednesday, June 9, 2021 so that the right amount of food and beverages can be ordered and prepared.  We hope to see you there!  During the general meeting our annual elections results will be finalized and we will provide you with a short summary of all things we have been doing in conjunction with the Park. 

  • New Members / Friends’ Membership Renewals

No new members this month but as a reminder you will be hearing via US mail from Membership Board Member Marty Cook about renewing your 2021-2022 membership to the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.  If your membership is due for renewal please be sure to respond to the membership renewal mailer so that your new car decal can be mailed to you in a timely manner. The current car decal will expire the last day of June 2021.  On July 1, 2021 all members entering the Park will need to have the new (2021-2022) car decal displayed.  The car decal must be affixed to your car.  It cannot be handed to the Admissions attendant.

  • Election of Officers

The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park will hold its annual member elections in June.  Each member will receive in their renewal envelope a ballot of candidates up for election.  This year the ballot will include:

Pat Cote – Treasurer

Laurie Johnston – Secretary

Marty Cook – Board Member

Jenny Hanna – Board Member

Gretchen Stemple – Board member

Per our Bylaws each board member is elected to a two-year term.  There is also space on the ballot to nominate yourself or another Friends member for a board position.  Don’t hesitate to serve on our board.  We need your talent to continue our work with the Park. 

Please mail your completed ballot with your renewal or bring the completed ballot to the Annual All Members Picnic & General Meeting. 

  • Friends Volunteer Polo & Tee Shirts

We still have Friends tee-shirts and polo shirts for sale! If you would like to purchase a Friends of Huntington Beach State Park volunteer polo or tee shirt please contact Jeri Reuss at  

The polo shirts are available in a variety of colors and sizes.  The shirts are wrinkle and shrink resistant.  Prices are $20 for sizes small thru x-large.  Larger sizes are priced $21 -$25.   

Our Friends’ yellow t-shirts are available in all sizes for $12.

  • Use Amazon Smile for Donations to the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

Thanks everyone for continuing to use Amazon Smile app for your Amazon purchases. If you have forgotten about Amazon Smile here is the information again.  Amazon allows purchasers to support causes they care about.  With qualifying purchases via, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the charitable organization you designate.  Our organization is listed as Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.  

Amazon Smile is the same as Amazon however; you must sign into in order for charitable donations to be made on qualifying purchases.  If you have already designated a charitable organization on Amazon Smile you can change it.  Please choose us!  We need your monetary support now more ever.

  • The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park Website

Please be sure to bookmark on your computer or tablet our website

If you would like to make a monetary online donation to the Friends organization or a donation specifically to the Playground fund click on the Donation Tab on the far right at the top of any of our website pages or you can click on the underlined Heading (that will take you to the page for the Friends PayPal account).

If you wish to mail in a donation, please make the check out to the Playground Fund and mail to the following address:

Friends of HBSP
PO Box 137
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

  • Our Facebook Page

Please join our Facebook page: Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.