[chapter-communicator] FW: Board Meeting Update

  • From: "BIANCHI, John" <JBIANCHI@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <chapter-communicator@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 18:21:44 -0500

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[BIANCHI, John]  

>  -----Original Message-----
> From:         FLICKER, John  
> Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2003 6:05 PM
> Subject:      Board Meeting Update
> Importance:   High
> To the Audubon Family,
> The Board of Directors just completed a very successful quarterly meeting in 
> Little Rock, Arkansas this past weekend. I wanted to update you on what 
> happened there.
> First, I want to thank Audubon Arkansas Director Ken Smith, and Board Chair 
> Don Nelms, for all the time and effort they devoted to making the meeting so 
> successful. We were all excited to join them for the launch of the new Little 
> Rock Audubon Center, and to help them honor Bob Shults for his leadership in 
> founding the Arkansas program.
> I also want to thank all participants in Sunday> '> s excellent Board Forum 
> on Diversity in the Environmental Movement.
> And finally, a special thanks to all of you who have told me how much you 
> value these reports, and for your input on how I might improve them in the 
> future.
> John Flicker 
>       Audubon Board Meeting Update
>       Little Rock, Arkansas
>       March 14-16, 2003
>       Highlights
>       Meeting began Friday with an orientation session for new Board members 
> elected at the Phoenix meeting in December.  New members participating were 
> Charles Kahle of Seattle; WA; Tami Longaberger of Zanesville, OH; Allen Model 
> of Philadelphia, PA; Sarah Muyskens of Burlington, VT; Margery Nicolson of 
> Pacific Palisades, CA; and William Yellowtail of Bozeman, MT. New Board 
> member Susan Kent from Beton, PA was not able to attend.
>       Board Chairman Donal O> '> Brien and John Flicker presented an Audubon 
> overview. Several staff and Board committee chairs made other presentations 
> outlining Audubon> '> s activities in Science, Education, Public Policy, 
> State Programs, Chapters, Finance, Development, Communications, and Board 
> procedures.
>       On Friday afternoon the Board and staff joined Audubon Arkansas and the 
> Mayor of Little Rock in a press conference and signing ceremony launching the 
> new Little Rock Audubon Center. This new inner city Center on more than 2000 
> acres of protected parkland in the heart of Little Rock will be Audubon> '> s 
> first Center in Arkansas.
>       On Friday evening Audubon Arkansas hosted a reception for the Board, 
> for Arkansas Chapters, and for their other public and private partners in 
> Arkansas. 
>       The following Board Committees met on Saturday: Executive, Science, 
> Education and Centers, Public Policy, States and Chapters.  Below are 
> summaries of their reports to the full Board.
>       The Full Board met on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. 
>       David Seideman, Audubon Magazine Editor-in-Chief, made a presentation 
> about the magazine's history of conservation advocacy and sphere of 
> influence, as well as his current efforts to cover key conservation issues 
> while aligning content with Audubon's mission and activities.
>       The Board reviewed and approved Audubon's One-year and Five-year Goals 
> that were first presented at the December meeting in Phoenix.  The Board 
> approved a resolution amending the proposed Goals to authorize John Flicker 
> to negotiate with Birdlife International to become a full partner in the 
> Birdlife network. Final revised copies of the Goals are attached below.
>       The Board passed the following resolutions:
>               *       Resolution authorizing the purchase of approximately 
> 4.39 acres of land in Dallas County, Texas, in connection with the 
> establishment of an Audubon Center at Dogwood Canyon.
>               *       Resolution designating that all funds gained from the 
> 2001 sale of a parcel of property located on the Pine Island Sanctuary shall 
> be used first for programs related to Pine Island
>               *       Resolution authorizing Audubon to enter into agreements 
> for establishment of the Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
>               *       > Resolution that Audubon shall not pay real property 
> taxes in any jurisdiction where it is exempt unless otherwise authorized by 
> the Board.
>       New COO Christian Farman was introduced to and welcomed by the Board.  
> The Board also welcomed new State Directors, David Eshbaugh of Oregon, and 
> Gary Graham of Colorado, to the Audubon staff.
>       The following individuals were elected to the offices of the 
> Corporation:
>                               * Christian G. Farman, Chief Operating Officer
>                               *       David Eshbaugh, Vice President
>                               *       Gary Graham, Vice President
>                               *       Michael Harris, Vice President
>                               *       Madge Lindsay, Vice President
>                               *       Lynn Tennefoss, Vice President.
>       Committee Reports
>       Executive Committee
>       The Executive Committee expressed concern about the ongoing health and 
> vitality of Audubon's Chapters after the phase out of dues share.  The 
> committee is actively looking at new ways to assist Chapters in achieving 
> Audubon's shared conservation objectives.  The Committee will again address 
> this issue at the June board meeting in St. Louis.
>       Science Committee
>       Science Committee reviewed and approved December 2002 5-year goals, 
> focusing on IBA program plans - including integration of IBA data in the 
> World Bird database, and strategies for coordinating the program across the 
> Audubon family - and growth strategies for the Audubon at Home program.  
> Frank Gill presented a resolution authorizing Audubon to negotiate with 
> Birdlife International regarding partnership, which was approved by the full 
> board (Audubon is currently partner designate).  Greg Butcher reported on 
> Citizen Science programs, which he now oversees, and identified Chapters, 
> Centers, the magazine, and the Internet as vehicles that can enable us to 
> reach America> '> s approximately 65 million bird enthusiasts.  Greg also 
> demonstrated how Christmas Bird Count data is being used to identify and 
> analyze population trends, including drop-offs in some species that may be 
> related to the West Nile Virus.  Greg highlighted the Great Backyard Bird 
> Count (nearly 50,000 checklists submitted 2003), and its role and potential 
> to involve a broader audience in conservation, and placed Audubon> '> s 
> Citizen Science work in a global context.  It was announced that a Coastal 
> Bird Conservation program has been launched, and coastal bird expert Scott 
> Hecker is hired to lead the effort.
>       States and Chapters Committee
>       State goals for 2003 were reviewed, including improving efficiency and 
> performance of state programs by developing and implementing regionally 
> oriented field-support teams made up of key programmatic & administrative 
> divisions of the organization.  It was announced that Carol Warden will leave 
> her position as Vice President of states; the process of finding her 
> replacement is in the recruitment stages.
>       Also, 2003 goals for Chapters were discussed, including increased 
> alignment and integration of Chapters; national support for Chapters around 
> their achievement of Audubon> '> s 2020 Vision; updating and supplementation 
> of support materials for Chapters; and streamlining the annual Chapter 
> reporting process.  Madge Lindsay, State Director of Mississippi, gave a 
> report on Mississippi> '> s programs.  Arkansas State Director Ken Smith and 
> Audubon Arkansas Board Chairman Don Nelms reported on Arkansas> '> s 
> programs.  New Vice President, Real Estate Jeff Francell reviewed his 
> initiatives and a proposed resolution for Dogwood Canyon, Texas.  Glenn Olson 
> updated the committee on regional elections.
>       Public Policy Committee
>       Key Audubon issues discussed included Arctic Refuge; Clean Water Act 
> and wetlands issues, in particular the Water Resources Development Act; 
> appropriation issues for Audubon> '> s mission, such as centers, 
> international family planning, and key conservation programs; and key federal 
> natural resources and environmental programs.  With prospects for federal 
> funding dim in this year> '> s budget, the committee looked at how Audubon 
> can best make a difference over natural resources policy not only in 
> Washington but also at the state and Chapter level.  It was agreed that 
> efforts to influence policy must continue to use and expand the work our 
> state offices and Chapter grass roots contribute - and develop a strategic 
> approach to building longer-term political momentum by focusing on key states 
> and Governors.  The desired result would be momentum behind Audubon 
> priorities in these states and Congressional districts, carrying to the 
> national level and complimenting our efforts there. 
>       The Committee asked the Chair and Co-Chair to work with Senior Vice 
> President for Public Policy Bob Perciasepe to develop an analysis of funding 
> and budget issues for policy in the upcoming 2004 Audubon budget.  Catherine 
> Grant updated the Committee on national grass roots programs; she has 
> expanded these programs via the Internet and on-the-ground activities, and 
> the committee congratulated her and her staff.
>       Centers and Education Committee
>       Tamar Chotzen, Senior Vice President Centers and Education, provided a 
> history and overview of the Audubon Centers initiative - including 
> overarching goals, essential elements of an Audubon Center, projected growth 
> of Centers, challenges and strengths, lessons learned, and goals for 2003 - 
> to new members of the committee.  It was agreed that the > "> Essential 
> Elements of Audubon Centers> ">  should be revisited periodically as the 
> program expands.  Two additions were made to the approved one-year goals:  
> first, defining desired outcomes for Audubon Centers and quantifying the 
> measurement of success (A task force will be formed to define these outcomes 
> and measurements - members Johnson, Stanton, Russell, and Longaberger 
> volunteered); second, that the committee annually review the current 5-year 
> goal of launching 200 Centers.  Future agenda items were identified: creating 
> Centers Plan 5-year checkpoints; more clearly defining relationships between 
> Audubon, its state offices, and its Centers; establishing guidelines for 
> partnering with Chapters on Audubon Centers; and suggesting to the Board 
> Chair that guidelines are established for working with corporate entities and 
> accepting donations.
>       Regional Directors Committee
>       Dave Pardoe reported that the phase out of dues share was discussed at 
> the Executive Committee and that the committee expressed concern about its 
> effect on Chapter programs and activities.  A number of Regional Directors 
> expressed similar concern.   The Executive Committee will address the issue 
> again in St. Louis in June, Pardoe said, as it looks for ways to help 
> Chapters align their activities with Audubon's conservation goals.
>       Board Forum
>       The Forum on Sunday morning focused on Diversity in the Environmental 
> Movement.  The Board heard a series of thoughtful and enlightening 
> presentations on one of the most important issues facing the environmental 
> movement: how to engage diverse groups in conservation action.  This theme is 
> a major thrust of Audubon's 2020 Vision. The Board heard presentations from 
> Bernard Craighead and Michael Pitts from the Archer Group, a Washington DC 
> consulting firm specializing in political organizing in African-American 
> communities, on strategies and methods for reaching out to minority 
> audiences.  Two other panels, one composed of Board members Vivian Johnson, 
> Robert Stanton, and William Yellowtail, and the other of staff members Alison 
> Austin of Audubon Florida, Madge Lindsay of Audubon Mississippi, and Mary 
> Smith of Audubon Arkansas shared their experiences and observations for 
> effectively working with diverse communities.  
>       On Saturday evening Audubon Arkansas hosted a very successful black tie 
> dinner for over 200 supporters of the Arkansas program honoring Bob Schults. 
> Bob one of Arkansas> '>  most respected civic and conservation leaders.  He 
> is a former member of Audubon> '> s national Board, and the founder of the 
> Arkansas state program. In addition to honoring Bob Schults, John Flicker 
> presented Senator Blanche Lincoln with a plaque thanking her for the critical 
> role she played as a swing vote to block oil drill in the ANWR. When 
> accepting the plaque, Lincoln disclosed for the first time that she would 
> vote against drilling again when it come up in the new budget resolution.
>       > >  <<Audubon 1&5 yr goals.doc>> 

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