FISH Announces Tabitha Stadler, EPIC Islands, Friendly Faces Luncheon Speaker

FISH OF SANCAP invites all islanders, friends and family to the community-wide Friendly Faces Luncheon, offered in a virtual format!  The Friendly Faces lunch is scheduled for Tues., Oct. 19 beginning at noon.  Lunch, prepared by George & Wendy’s, consists of a cold entree, side, water bottle and dessert.  The cost of the Oct. lunch is waived and complimentary to all participants.  FISH volunteers will deliver meals to islanders beginning at 11:30am.

Guest speaker Tabitha Stadler, Executive Director, EPIC Islands will present information about Caribbean nature, why it is important, and what is being done to conserve natural resources for future generations. EPIC Islands is a nonprofit, formed to protect the Caribbean environment through science, education, advocacy, and stewardship. The Caribbean is a biodiversity hotspot and very important to Florida and US communities because of travel and leisure opportunities, goods and services provided, and culturally in terms of music, art, and food. Participants will learn about actions anyone can take to protect and conserve the iconic Caribbean region. The presentation is an upbeat mix of storytelling, with video, and a PowerPoint representing beautiful photography, fun facts about various islands, and lots of audience participation.

Stadler is the Executive Director of Environmental Protection in the Caribbean’s International operations. She began this role in 2019 and splits her time between South Florida and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Stadler’s career spans more than 20 years and encompasses leadership positions responsible for environmental education, science, research, and policy. “EPIC conservation is about working with people. Where nature and people interconnect is where EPIC teams work to improve outcomes,” says Stadler.

Please join FISH and EPIC Islands for this educational lunch and learn where community members can catch up with friends from the past and make new connections.  Meal choice details are provided upon sign-up.  Reservations and meal choices are required by Fri., Oct. 15 to the FISH Walk-In-Center, 239-472-4775.  Once registered, FISH will provide an emailed link and meeting ID number for access.