November Newsletter

News from Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

November 2020

  • New Members

Welcome to our new members Becky and Tom Faulkner!  Many of you may recognize Becky and Tom as they were hosts at Atalaya this past summer.  Thanks Becky and Tom for joining us!


  • President’s Corner

November 11th is a special day set aside to honor all our Veterans, please join with me to thank all our Veterans for protecting our freedoms and keeping us safe!  We honor and respect you each and everyday.   

This week, long time board member Ron Hartman advised us that he and his wife Pat will be relocating to Denver to be near their family. As a result, Ron will be resigning as amember of the Friends’ board.  Ron stated that it is bittersweet for him and Pat to be leaving all their friends and volunteer works but it also bittersweet for us too.   We will miss you, Ron on the board and as a member.  Best of luck to you and Pat!

This week the board voted to cancel the Annual All Members Holiday Party at Atalaya.  It is sad for us to have to make this decision but for the safety of all of us it is best that we cancel.  We were all looking forward to getting together butnot this year!  

In lieu of the party we are going to have a cleanup day (inside and/or outside – whatever you feel comfortable with) at Atalaya on November 20th (Friday).  Several members will be bringing crafts to sell (cash only).  The Friends will provide refreshments so bring your mask, broom, dustpan and cash.  Please RSVP to Matthew Coleman @  or call the Park at 843-237-4440.

On a happier note Brenda Magers, Park Manager advised us in our recent board meeting that a lot is going on in the Park.  If you have been in the Park recently you will have noticed the work going on in the Playground area, the causeway parking area, the clearing of the trails, the dumpsters being painted and more.  The causeway walk repairs are still in the works too!  It is beautiful weather to get out and take a walk in the Park on the beach.  I hope to see you there!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, your families and friends!  Thanksgiving will look a lot different for all of us this year but we are still thankful for all we have!

Take Care!

Your President,

Carol Dankosky

  • Volunteer Opportunities This Month

Below is the message we received from Ranger Matt Coleman concerning several Park projects that could use our help this November.  

Hello Friends!

We are so grateful for all the help we received this past month on the projects we were working on at the Park! Thank you all for your help with the picnic tables, dumpster painting, and litter collection.

Our next volunteer opportunity will be on Friday November 20th. We will have a cleaning day at Atalaya. We will be sweeping, dusting, etc.  We will plan to begin at 9:30 am.

If you have any questions or are interested in helping on this day please email me at  or call the Park at 843-237-4440. 

Thank you again for your continued support of Huntington Beach!

Matthew Coleman

Ranger I, Huntington Beach State Park

South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism

16148 Ocean Highway

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576


P.S. Everyone – if you do volunteer don’t forget to email Pete Murray ( your volunteer hours. 

  • New Atalaya T-Shirts and Polo Shirts for Members & Park Hosts Only

If you are interested in giving yourself a new Polo Shirt or Atalaya T-Shirt here is the information that is on our website. 

The Friends organization has, in conjunction with South Carolina Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism a new logo T-Shirt and Polo shirt.  The shirts are embroidered with the new Atalaya logo and come in a variety of colors but the embroidered logo is black.  The member price for the T is $13, and the polo is $24.  If you are interested in ordering a T-Shirt or a Polo shirt please contact Jeri Reuss at (843) 267-1885 or via email at

Volunteer's Polo & Tee Shirts

Friends Volunteer Polo & Tee Shirts

The Friends polo shirt with our logo embroidered on the left front is available for $20.  The polo shirts come in either teal with a white logo or white with a teal logo.  The shirts are available in mens’ or ladies’ cut in all adult sizes.   If you would also like your first name embroidered on the shirt there is an additional $7 charge.

The Friends T-Shirt is yellow with our logo stamped on the shirt and also includes large lettering on the back(Friends of Huntington Beach SP, SC - Volunteer).  The T-Shirt is available in all sizes and costs $10 per shirt.  

Please contact Jeri Reuss at (843) 267-1885 or via email at if yourinterested in ordering either shirt.  All shirts must be paid for at the time of the order by mailing a check made out to the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park at P.O. 137, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

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

Thanks everyone again for continuing to select the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park as your charitable organization when shopping with Amazon!  October 13-14, 2020 is an annual deal event just for Prime members.  If you are a Prime member and plan to shop on those special days don’t forget to sign into Amazon Smile to make the purchases. 

Remember 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 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.