By Phil Wright
As the end of this fiscal year approaches, I wanted to bring you up to date on what the board has been working on this past year.
As board involvement has increased in recent years, we have been able to add several active committee members to share the important work with the chair. As I mentioned in my April message, Libby Mills, our Field Trip Chair, is grateful to have five other people to help plan the field trips. Jean Ashby and Sheila Pera, Education Co-Chairs, are joined by board member Irene Perry on an education committee. The Finance committee meets annually in the summer to review the previous year’s financial affairs and develop a budget for the following year. Earlier this year, Ron Pera quickly developed a very nice temporary website and has added new content. A Website Committee is actively working on developing a new website which will build on these additions to the content and links that Ron has already added and which he will keep current in the future.
My point in telling you this is that with more volunteer board involvement we are able to give back more to you, our members and the community. We probably meet the needs of a segment of the community that are not met by any other organization. A prime example is the work that Tim Manns does as Conservation Chair. You can read Tim’s monthly Conservation Reports to get a better understanding of the important conservation work that our chapter does on issues affecting Skagit County. In his report in the May Skagit Flyer, he asked for volunteers to form a Conservation Committee.
This is the time of the year when we seek out new volunteers. If you think you might be interested in joining one of our committees, please contact the committee chair directly. Many of the tasks that need to be accomplished are one-time or infrequent events, and do not require a large time commitment to help out. Doing this work is not only important, it is also rewarding.