Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves members and guests are invited to attend the Annual General Membership Meeting to be held 11 a.m. ET on Feb. 22 at the Preserves Center.
The agenda for this meeting will highlight the past year’s accomplishments and successes and review the goals for 2014. Included in the agenda will be a Treasurer’s report, nomination and election of the 2014 Board of Directors and other general business.
Dylan Shoemaker, Preserve Manager will discuss the importance of prescribed fire in the long-leaf pine ecosystem and discuss progresses made during the past year to the Buffer Preserve. He will discuss how prescribed burns are beneficial for the plant habitats.
After the brief meeting, join fellow members for a potluck chili luncheon, prepared by your fellow Friends members. Members are encouraged to attend and bring a not-yet member who may be interested in becoming a Friend of the Preserves. Everyone is invited to enjoy chili and fixin’s after the presentation. There will be an assortment of chili recipes and potluck dishes to enjoy. A $5 donation is requested from non-members. Be prepared to have a good time and meet fellow Friends.
One of the most important items on the General Membership Meeting agenda is the presentation of the nominating committee’s slate of candidates for the 2014 Board of Directors of the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves. Anyone interested in serving as a Board Member may contact Dylan Shoemaker at 229-1787. Board members are one of the most important components of the CSO (Citizen Support Organization). They attend monthly meetings, assist with special projects and events, and help spread the word throughout the community about the importance of the Buffer and Aquatic Preserves.