Special Guest Today

Senator Bill Monning

Senator Bill Monning


O'Neill Sea Odyssey's 6th grade students from Walter Colton Middle School were accompanied by a special guest today aboard the Team O'Neill catamaran. Joining the class for an afternoon of hands-on education on Monterey Bay was Senator Bill Monning and his Chief of Staff, Jodi Fujii. The students were excited and what a treat it was for all of us to have one of our state legislators and long-time OSO supporters on deck.

Following the on-board safety instructions, OSO Executive Director, Dan Haifley, introduced Senator Monning who received a welcome greeting from the students and then proceeded to inform them that his home-base is in Monterey, where they are from. He spoke about how this particular class is helping OSO move toward the 100,000th student mark, and after a show of hands by the students for who this was their first time on a catamaran on the ocean, Senator Monning mentioned that through the O’Neill Sea Odyssey lessons, they were going to learn how to preserve the Monterey Bay and our environment.

This program is so amazing...to learn about the dynamics of ocean ecology and connection to the land.
— Bill Monning, California State Senator

Senator Bill Monning was elected in November of 2012 to represent the 17th Senate District, which includes all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz Counties, and portions of Monterey and Santa Clara Counties. Currently, Senator Monning is the Senate Majority Leader, as well as the chair of the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics.

Thank you, Senator Monning, for taking the time to join our students today. We hope you enjoyed their company as much as they did yours.


Photos courtesy of Jasper Lyons

Adam Steckley