Tom Hunter Ron Harrington Bill Grigsby at BBC meeting 19 August 2014.jpg Bristol Bird Club members (from left) Tom Hunter, Ron Harrington and Bill Grigsby Bristol Bird Club hears hawk identification program; learns board of directors created dues increase. Members of the BBC were pleasantly surprised when Tom Hunter, who has been leading the Mendota Hawk Count for the club in recent years, attended the club's August meeting at the Bristol Public Library, Tuesday, 19 August 2014. He joined with Ron Harrington and Bill Grigsby to present the program on hawk identification. One of the items of brief and hurried business was an announcement by the club president that the board of directors has increased the 2015 dues. When asked if the dues increase need to be voted on by the membership, the president said the by-laws allow the board to make that decision. It was not clear if a membership increase has been brought before the membership or previously announced. This is the first time in the 60-year history that BBC members could not vote on club dues. The by-laws were rewritten in the spring of 2013. The justification was that the club needed to adjust the dues to keep up with other clubs. Individual dues: $25.00 Family dues: $32.00 Students, grades 1 thru 12, $5.00 Associate members $10.00 It was announced that the associate membership did not increase. That membership is for those who already are members of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, usually by being a member of another state chapter. The new dues do not provide for the state-listed options of Sustaining Member $ 30 and TOS Life Membership of $450. It was announced that the BBC Annual Banquet has been set for 17 October at Addilynn Memorial United Methodist Church at a price of $17.00 per person. The next meeting is set for 16 September at the Bristol Public Library. Ron Harrington said the Annual Mendota Hawk Count is expected to be September 12-30 - about three weeks shorter than in recent years due to the lack of members signing up to count. Of course many birders, who usually watch for hawks at the famous lookout, will be there almost all month or maybe a few days more. This change will probably only shorten the data collection and entry records for Mendota. Harrington also said most days of the count, birders will start arriving at the Mendota Tower by 9 a.m. and the flight usually has a significant decline after the birds fly high and virtually out of sight by early afternoon. He said there was a late-afternoon flight but it was usually over by about 4 p.m. Tom Hunter, who has given up the Mendota Hawk Count coordinator position due to health issues, said he intended to be at the tower counting hawks one or two days as possible. Harrington also said the Glade Spring Christmas Bird Count has been set for Saturday, 3 January 2015. The president said the club will again sponsor the web page on the Hawk Migration Association of North American data site. FunFest officials sent the club a nice letter, thanking BBC for sponsorship of birding events at this year's festival. The festival has completed 34 years and this year attracted more than 150,000 guest and patrons from 32 states, 83 Tennessee cities and Canada for the nearly 100 events. Those attending the meeting (*indicates dinner at the Mad Greek Restaurant prior to the meeting): *Wilma Boy, Faye Wager, Tom Hunter, *Brookie Potter, *Jean Potter, Helen Sirett, Josh Alley, Adam Alley, Jennifer Quinn, Jennifer Meade, Barny Brill, Jeanie Brill, *Judy Roach, *Kevin Blaylock, *Mary Jane Erwin, Jo Ann Detta, Marty Huber, *John Moyle, *John Hay, *Lois Cox, Sue Chadwallader, John Whinery, Barbara Watson, Ron Harrington, *Wallace Coffey.