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President’s Notes

President’s Notes – July-August, 2017
by Ken Wiersema


Leaving the Presidency of OPAS

As you read this, I’ll have been ex-president of OPAS since June 30th. Back in 1997-2000, it was my privilege to first serve as your President, and then I agreed to be recycled and serve from 2014-2017. Each year contained many similar challenges and also carried its own set of unique new ones. I’ve been fortunate to have some of OPAS’s best folks to serve alongside me as officers and committee chairs. I’m hesitant to name names, as this would become a roll call of super folks and I’d surely leave a deserving soul out. — Field trips, bird classes, bird counts, BirdFests, conservation advocacy and policy writings, board meetings, membership meetings, Audubon Center functions, State and National Audubon support, etc., resulted in significant contributions and accomplishments. Most of the OPAS leadership volunteered to run our Chapter because they enjoy and want to learn more about birds, and they bring with them well-honed skill sets from their past education, training, and working lives. You and I as OPAS members owe them our gratitude and respect for the time and effort they voluntarily gave. And, as I always ask, we need folks to step forward to fill out our board, staff committees, and help with a wide array of projects. Please ask me or any board member, listed in this newsletter, how you can volunteer and help make a difference!

New and Returning Leaders

Starting on the 1st of July, Bob Phreaner will be our new President, Bob Boekelheide will return as a Co-Vice President, together with Marie Grad, who will be a new Co-Vice President. Enid Phreaner returns as Secretary, and Barbara Johnson will be the new treasurer. Some of these folks have served on the Board in other roles and will need replacement; so be aware of the need. Look over the list of board members and vacancies, and note where you might fit?

A personal note of thanks

As many of you know, Nancy, my wife of 57+ years, died on May 1st. Your outpouring of condolences, notes, support, and remembrances has been overwhelming. Our family and I have been buoyed up in a time of great loss by your responses and contributions in her name. We thank OPAS members, the members of our River Center, and Jamestown S’Klallam partners, as well as the Sequim Community. And a big appreciation to our OPAS leaders for stepping up to fill needs during the past 6 months, when you had a part time president.



From Harlequin Happenings, July – August, 2017