Wellington Garden Club Meeting Oct. 4 To Feature Talk On Coral Reef Restoration

A Force Blue snorkeler at work.

The Wellington Garden Club will meet on Monday, Oct. 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Wellington Community Center, located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.

The guest speaker will be Jim Ritterhoff, executive director and co-founder of Force Blue (www.forceblueteam.org). Established as a nonprofit organization in 2016, Force Blue seeks to address two seemingly unrelated problems — the rapidly declining health of the planet’s marine resources and the difficulty returning combat veterans have in adjusting to civilian life — through one, mission-focused program.

By uniting the community of special operations veterans with the world of marine science and conservation, Force Blue has created a transpartisan model of caring, cooperation and positive change with the power to restore lives and restore the planet. Among the organization’s many capabilities are coral restoration and rehabilitation and coral disease response.

The community is invited to join the club for coffee and a plant raffle beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by the presentation at 10 a.m. Visitors are asked to check in at the guest table.

To reserve a spot, e-mail Maria Wolfe at tcacad_registrar@yahoo.com.

The Wellington Garden Club, founded in 1981, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating its members and the public in the fields of gardening, horticulture, floral design, landscape design, conservation of natural resources, civic beautification and youth education.

For more information, visit www.wellingtongardenclub.org.