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President's Message from Jeff Osmundson, January 2021

MannsBy Jeff Osmundson

By the time you read this message our winter solstice will have passed.  The days are starting to get longer ever so slowly.  At about the same pace we are finally seeing the vaccine for Covid arriving and being provided to those most in need.  Your Board of Directors is also looking ahead to the New Year and the challenge of filling board positions.

We are currently in immediate need of a secretary and the Nominating Committee would gladly accept suggestions.  If you, or someone you know, might be interested in helping out as secretary, please contact any board member.

We will also have two open seats to fill, Vice President and President.  Denny will be stepping down and off the board for a while.  He has been a marvelous contributor to our programs but would like to work on special projects and enjoy his retirement a little more.  I will also be at the end of my term in June.  Typically I would transition to Past President and we would fill that slot with some new energy and ideas. 

If you know of anyone that might be interested in a Board of Director position please contact any current member.

I really hope that you have noticed all the hard work and creative things that the Board has been involved in this year.  The December slideshow was just the latest and best example of our group stepping up to offer opportunities for you, the membership.  But it doesn’t happen without help.  We have committees (Hiking, Field Trips, Programs, Adult Education, Youth Education, and Conservation) that can always use help or fresh ideas.  Special projects like The Big Sit, Christmas Bird Count, and others, always welcome helping hands.

You all have done a wonderful job this year keeping up with membership dues and contributions that help us keep our chapter moving forward.  With your support we can transition into the new normal and get back to some of the things that we used to enjoy so much.  Fingers crossed with the promise of a New Year.  Until next month, stay safe, wear a mask and wash your hands.

What’s the best time to go bird watching?   When you can!

Jeff Osmundson, President

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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center(Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

The board of directors meets at the same location at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, except for the months of July and August.