RAIN FAILS TO SOAK BBC PICNIC AS 44 BIRDERS SHOW; LISA TYLER TAKES REINS AS 60TH PRESIDENT OF BBC Lisa Tyler stood with a big smile to take the office of BBC President. She invited her fellow birders to give Dave Worley applause as he stepped down from a record five terms at the helm of the club. Lisa becomes the first woman to take the BBC office of President in almost a decade, since Janice Martin served in that capacity in 2000-2001. Down through our history, we now have had 23 terms served by women. Worley steps back to the office of 1st Vice-President. He was responsible for Saturday's picnic and turned the gavel over to the new President as the first order of business in a brief session which kicked off a really great event of fellowship. The picnic lasted six hours. The parking lots were nearly full as a driving rain drenched the area and the sun came out on one of our best picnics in many years. In one of his final acts as President, Worley again asked birders to bring donations of bird seed, hummingbird feeders and suet or anything similar. A really large pile of donations were accumulated as those attending, brought bags of sunflower seeds, many feeders of different designs and Tom and Laverne Hunter of Lebanon, VA brought a case of suet cakes. It was the second time Worley had conducted a picnic drive for feeder donations for the Steele Creek Park Nature Center. Treasurer Janice Martin again put together all of the shopping and food details and the wonderful cooks of BBC fired the grills and brought some of the most amazing foods and tasty dishes. Lots of new faces were in the crowd as new birders arrived from Lebanon, Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol. It was a time to share memories and the good times just ahead with the many exciting new birders. Bert and Loraine Hale were back with the club after missing a number of events and meetings in more recent years. She said they intended to be more active in the future. Bert was welcomed back to his long, traditional role of saying grace. President Tyler revealed that she was finishing employment at her current job and has been hired by the Johnson City Public Library as an assistant reference librarian. Congratulations are in big time order for Lisa's new responsibilities and challenge. The best bird sighting in the history of BBC picnics came when Jennifer Kennedy spotted an adult Bald Eagle soaring very low for a flyover of the event. Shown in red as the fourth person from the right, Kennedy and others raced to gather up binoculars and savor the moment. The Bald Eagle has long been the symbol of the BBC !!! Six former BBC Presidents, who served a total of 18 terms, were present at Saturday's picnic: Wallace Coffey (1981, 1982, 1983, 1985); Bert Hale (1984, 1986); Larry McDaniel (1996, 1997, 1998); Janice Martin (1999, 2000); Dave Worley (2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008); Bill Grigsby (2005, 2006).