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Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170; president@SEVolusiaAudubon.org
Hi Audubon Members and Friends,
My name is Paula Wehr and I am your representative on the Audubon Florida Board of Directors. There are seven geographic groupings called Regional Conservation Committees (RCCs) which cover all 45 chapters in the State. The Central Florida RCC includes Halifax River, Highlands, Lake Region, Kissimmee Valley, Oklawaha Valley, Orange, Ridge, Seminole and West Volusia Audubon chapters. Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, although technically assigned to the Indian River Lagoon RCC, is also included in the Central Florida RCC mailings so they can participate when issues involve their geography. It is my intention to send brief updates on what is happening in the Central Florida RCC at least quarterly, and more often if events dictate, for future publication in your chapter newsletters.
Each Chapter Representative on the Audubon Florida BoD participates in the Chapters Committee which meets monthly to discuss how Audubon Florida can assist local chapters to be as successful as possible. Last year our committee created and distributed a Chapter Leader/Board Manual which includes templates for agendas, budgets, Board member applications and the like as well as how-to instructions for basic chapter operations and best practices from chapters which have created successful programs or fund-raising events.
Since 2005 National Audubon Society has provided funding for collaborative grants to chapters, a process run by our Chapters Committee. With matching funds from Audubon Florida via a grant from FP&L, this year our Chapters Committee was able to fully fund all 10 applications for amounts between $520 and $1,000. Programs funded by these grants ranged from purchasing optics for a young bird steward program to coastal dunes restoration.
Each year at Audubon Assembly in October, the Conservation Action Agenda is adopted. Once approved, these goals focus the work of State staff.
Audubon Florida is unique in inviting local chapters to participate in the agenda-setting process. Each RCC selects one or two broad-based conservation goals for the entire RCC geography which is included in the Conservation Action Agenda. Click on the link to read the entire document. The Central Florida RCC goals for 2017 are shown on pages 19-20.
This initial message is longer than future ones will be, but I thought the background information may be useful. To wrap up, let me say that I welcome your comments, suggestions and questions. All of us on the Chapters Committee are working to help you attain success. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by John Roessler at Lyonia Preserve in Deltona.