The incredible Rum Island Spring, still flowing in 2016
There will be an open house on Sat. Oct. 8, from 10 am to 2 pm to celebrate the new rural Sierra Club office at Rum 138, 2070 SR Hwy 138, Fort White. Greet Merrillee, co-founder and past president of OSFR, last president of Save Our Suwannee, and just recently appointed organizer representative of Sierra Club.
Sierra Club, with main offices in California and Washington, D. C., is one of the oldest, largest and most active environmentalist groups in the world, and their annual budget exceeds $100 million. Their mission, on a much larger scale of course, coincides greatly with that of OSFR:
“To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.”
OSFR also has close and frequent interaction with the Suwannee-St. Johns Group Sierra Club, headquartered in
Gainesville, sharing picnics, workshops, protests, and summits.
Rum 138 is headquarters of OSFR, and is an art gallery featuring local art keyed to our river and springs. Listen to music, have a picnic, and then rent a kayak or canoe and enjoy the beautiful Santa Fe River.
There is always something to do and see at Rum 138, the outstanding art changes frequently, there are maps and brochures about the river, a river and springs library, boats to rent, and almost always friendly OSFR members or other like-minded river and springs lovers to hang out with.
OSFR is honored and pleased to share headquarters with an office of Sierra Club, and welcomes Merrillee with enthusiasm.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-