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UU Belmont Alliance: Why Are Coral Reefs So Colorful?
UU Belmont Alliance: Why Are Coral Reefs So Colorful?

Thu, Apr 11



UU Belmont Alliance: Why Are Coral Reefs So Colorful?

Join Mark Rosenstein on Zoom on April 11, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, as he uses his underwater photographs to explain what we know about the patterns and colors seen in coral reefs.

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Apr 11, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM


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Join Mark Rosenstein for this beautiful presentation on coral reefs. Fishes that inhabit tropical coral reefs are known for being brightly colored and wildly patterned. We can figure out why for many of them: camouflage, warnings, or mimicry. Others are being flamboyant to be noticed and attract a mate in a busy environment. Mark will describe what we know about these colors and patterns, illustrated by his underwater photography.

The Belmont Unitarian-Universalist Alliance is the oldest continuing meeting group at First Church. It was founded in 1890 as the local branch of the Alliance of Unitarian Women. When the Unitarian-Universalist Association was created, this Alliance became part of the Unitarian-Universalist Women’s Federation.  While it met at First Church in Belmont, the Alliance wasn’t part of the Church’s organizational structure. It had its own elected officers, dues, and bank account. Dues-paying participants were the official members.  The Alliance held monthly lunches, which included either a presentation or an excursion. In earlier years, the organization ran the Rummage Sale, put on a music program and Wassail every December, and provided the reception following funerals. The group also contributed to church projects such as the restoration of the Tiffany Window.  Alliance bylaws were amended in 1999 to reflect the dissolution of the national organization and the absorption of the local chapter into First Church. The structure of the Alliance remained largely unchanged until 2014, when the group dropped the word “Woman” from the title to make it clear all, not just women, are now welcome to join in.  Now a subcommittee of Adult Programs, the Alliance remains semiautonomous with its own bank account and elected officers. Because the group now holds its monthly meetings on Zoom, it no longer collects dues. At its May 2023 meeting, the group declared that anyone who attends two presentations during a two-year period will be a voting member. The group votes to elect officers and approve expenditures. Officers include President Nicole Bernstein, Co-President Patricia Hawkins, Treasurer Miriam Baker, Secretary Mary Harrison, Program Committee Doris Hunter, and Technical Advisor Mark Rosenstein.

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