September 23, 2004 TO: Chapters, State Boards, State Offices FROM: Bill McQuilkin, Chair SUBJECT: Audubon Ad Hoc Chapter Committee Preliminary Report and Draft Recommendations The National Audubon Society Ad Hoc Chapter Committee has been working on Chapter-NAS Partnership issues for over a year, and we are now sharing with you our draft recommendations for strengthening this partnership. Our preliminary report, including draft recommendations and appendices, is now available for your review on the Web at http://www.audubon.org/local/cso/adhoccom/. In addition, we will mail a hard copy early next week to all Chapter Presidents and Vice Presidents. You are strongly encouraged to share these materials with other Chapter leaders who have an interest in the recommendations. Over the next several months, we will be making extensive efforts to contact all Chapters, State Boards, and State Offices to get further feedback and open a constructive dialogue around these draft materials. Your careful consideration of these new ideas and partnering approaches will help make this process successful for all of us. The comment and discussion period will run from now through November and end on December 1. During December, the Committee will integrate the Chapter and staff feedback into the final report and then present the final recommendations to the NAS Board of Directors for approval at the January, 2005 Board meeting in Naples, FL. How to Contact Us: There are two "800" numbers to call for questions and information: 1) Lynn Tennefoss, NAS Chapter Services, Sacramento, CA 800-542-2748 2) Kristen Berry, NAS Public Policy, Washington, DC 866-680-9041 Website Address: www.audubon.org/local/cso/adhoccom <http://www.audubon.org/local/cso/adhoccom>/. This site contains the Committee Report, with transmittal letter, recommendations and appendices, plus the Power Point Presentation used in Chapter meetings, Event Calendar, and Committee contact list. How to Comment: Please send your written or email comments to any of the following: 1) Regional Directors, National Audubon Board of Directors (listed at <http://www.audubon.org/nas/board/regional/index.html>), 2) Ad Hoc Chapter Committee Members (listed in Appendix VII), or 3) Lynn Tennefoss, National Audubon Society, 711 University Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825; ltennefoss@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:ltennefoss@xxxxxxxxxxx>; Fax: 916-649-7667; Tel: (800) 542-2748. The story of Audubon for over a century is the story of people engaged in community action, education and advocacy, and grassroots conservation. Our purpose, now, is to build on and strengthen this vital Audubon network so we can collectively accomplish our conservation goals. Your participation and contributions in this important task are most appreciated. Thanks! You are subscribed to Chapter-Communicator. To unsubscribe, send email to chapter-communicator-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, //www.freelists.org/list/chapter-communicator.