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2016 Fall Community Meeting and Round Table Discussions

   “Advice for the River”

 

On Oct. 11th, approximately 50 people attended the Federation’s fall community meeting and participated in three round table discussions on Federation initiatives currently underway. The primary goal of the meeting was to solicit “Advice for the South River” from our stakeholders.

During the opening business portion of the meeting, two sets of issues were brought to a vote:  a bylaw revision and the slate of new Board members. The bylaw changes were long overdue, and consisted primarily of a change to how the organization is run on a daily basis. Currently the Executive Director manages daily operations, with the Board of Directors overseeing the long-term strategy of the Federation. The old bylaws required a vote of the membership to make organizational changes, which is an antiquated way of managing the Federation. The second change allowed for the use of electronic voting, including email and phone conferencing. Both changes were voted on unanimously.

 

Tom Reinert, Board Chair, introduced our new slate of Board members, including Dana Cole (Hillsmere), Paul Kaladas (Bay Ridge), and Debra Bird (Poplar Point).  All new members were voted onto the Board unanimously.  Welcome Dana, Paul, and Debra!

Also at the meeting, we thanked loyal Board Members whose terms were limited, Gwenn Azama (Board member since 2006) and Skip Shipman (Board member since 2007).  Both Gwenn and Skip made many significant and important contributions to the Federation over the years and will be missed.  We also thanked outgoing Chairman, Kevin Green, for his last two years of service in this leadership capacity, and welcome our new Chairman, Tom Reinert.  Tom will serve as the Chair for the next two years (until 2018).  We couldn't do the work we do without the dedication of our Board Members!  Thank you ALL!

fall membership meeting

Round Table Discussions

The Federation has been at the forefront in our field in several initiatives recently, and we wanted to ask our supporters for their feedback to see if they felt we were on the appropriate course and using the Federation’s limited resources wisely. Attendees broke into three discussion groups around the following initiatives: Restoration, Scientific Monitoring, and Advocacy. Staff presented details regarding the initiative for 10 minutes and then facilitated further discussion. 

Each group was asked to answer the following 3 questions:

  1. Why is this topic or issue important to you?
  2. What else should the Federation be doing relative to this topic?
  3. What other information would you like to know more about?

Discussions:

Sarah Giordano, Environmental Scientist, discussed monitoring the effectiveness of our Church Creek Headwaters Restoration Project.

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Jesse Iliff, South Riverkeeper, discussed a new Advocacy initiative, a County Enforcement Audit.

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Kirk Mantay, Director of Watershed Restoration, presented on the “Impossible Stream” project behind Annapolis Harbour Center.

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