Mean Green Team
The Mean Green Team is the heart and soul of the Point Loma Association. Each Friday morning a stalwart group of volunteers gathers at one of eighteen work sites in the Peninsula community. The team prunes, weeds, fertilizes and plants. Some team members collect trash and debris. Others repair irrigation systems. We maintain these landscaped sites to beautify our neighborhood, filling a role that City services are no longer able to meet.
Each week the work location is posted on Facebook and announced by email to all who have expressed interest in participating. Join us. You will be warmly welcomed.
Our team, in bright green vests, is a familiar and welcome sight in the neighborhood. We are volunteers of varying ages and backgrounds, many are retired. We are teachers, school principals, doctors, lawyers, naval officers and enlisted, business owners, homemakers, flight attendants and real estate professionals. The Mean Green Team is open to everyone interested in working with us to improve the neighborhood. Come every week or whenever you may be available. After each work session there is a gathering at a local spot for coffee, conversation, fun and camaraderie. It is amazing how much we enjoy our labors and enjoy our teammates.
Origin of the Mean Green Team
(From the Fall 2011 PLA Newsletter)
By Dwayne Little
After reading the last issue focusing on the history of the PLA, Dwayne Little shared his own piece of history:
As a retired PLNU historian who also served on the PLA Board of Directors (and PLCPB) in the 1990s, I thought you might be interested to know the real origin of the term "Mean Green Team."
In the early 1990s I became Director of Planning at PLNU and began a long, close relationship with Hugh Story, a true friend of the University. As such, he asked me to help get PLNU involved in community projects. There was a new environmentally conscious student group named the "Mean Green Team" looking for worthy things to do. Green is also the dominate color that identifies PLNU. Hugh was intrigued with them and the name as well. The University helped provide much of the money and the "Mean Green Team" provided the muscle for the initial two-three plantings of palm trees at the GB entry (the date cited in the newsletter is about 1992). I was directly involved in that effort.
Unfortunately, as student groups often do, the leadership and participation of the PLNU "Mean Green Team" in community projects proved to be short-lived, only 2-3 years. Hugh was very disappointed in its demise, as was I. The name, however, did not die. As time passed, Hugh began to use the name to identify workers for PLA gardening/environmental projects. It was not an issue with PLNU, as the student group had disbanded.
I am delighted that Hugh loved the name and that it lives on at PLA.
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