Congratulations to our three newest certified Master Naturalists, David Hoover, Amy Ouchley and Roselie Overby!
David’s project was called “Snakes Alive!” and it is a great antidote to people’s fear of snakes. Roselie’s project was an educational hike down the Africa Lake trail in the Tensas River NWR. Amy’s project, “The Joys of Nature Journaling,” was an exhaustive review of the why, how, aesthetics and value added of same for nature lovers at all levels.
Each of these projects has a future as a resource for LMN-NE as we seek to build our chapter and pursue our missions of conservation and education.
Graduation was followed by a short business meeting. Our most important outcome is a new Board of Directors chart, as follows:
David Hoover was elected Vice President with the understanding that he will move up to president in a year. Susan Hoover agreed to chair a committee to look at ways to make our chapter more diverse and inclusive. Jessica Wright will become our volunteer and continuing ed hours coordinator. Bette Kauffman continues as president, Kim Paxton as secretary, Charles Paxton as treasurer, and Roselie Overby as membership chair.
Many thanks to Stephanie Herrmann for her term on the Board! And many thanks to the Events Committee, chaired by Charles Paxton, for the work they have done this year.
This graduation, meeting and holiday party were conducted in the pavilion at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, a beautiful, 2-lot space on Bayou Desiard. Karen Hayward, a member of the church’s Care of Creation Committee, came out to speak with the group. The church already has provided the pavilion, a pier and a paved walking path to the neighborhood, and is interested in involving us in the development of the space as a healthy, natural, educational oasis in the city. You’ll hear more about this!
It was a wonderful occasion. Thanks to all who brought gifts to exchange, food to share and thoughtful participation in planning our future.
Photos in this post by Kim & Charles Paxton.