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President’s Notes

President’s Notes – January – February, 2017
by Ken Wiersema


A thank you As 2016 closes its books, I believe it’s deserving to recognize our officers and board members who each contribute in special ways to OPAS. You as members,  can be very proud and appreciative of the productive and dedicated work our board contributes to the success of our Chapter.  

Organizing events and classes; keeping our financial records & paying bills; maintaining accurate membership rolls; putting out a timely, informative, and readable newsletter; posting to and upgrading our website; leading and organizing field trips; recording meeting minutes; BirdFest committee chairs, Wednesday Birdwalk leaders; putting together count teams and compiling results of several bird counts; swan census organizer, etc.… So thank you OPAS Board!  And a special appreciation goes to Coleman Byrnes for ably representing OPAS on the Clallam County TLAC throughout 2016 — Well done all — and thanks!  And if you would wish to be a part of OPAS leaders and Board, please contact any officer or board member and we’ll fit you into a project that fits your skills, interests, and that needs doing! 

OPAS awarded Collaborative Grant from Audubon WA – Bob Phreaner and Mary Porter-Solberg, with input from Ed Bowlby, prepared our application for partial funding of the Pigeon Guillemot Citizen Science Study. OPAS will match the Audubon WA grant and we’ll partner with Whidbey Audubon to continue local data collection started last summer. If you want to help out and learn about these birds, watch for the announcement of observer training classes which will be scheduled in late spring.

Reminder – If you’ve not done so, Please dig out your Fall Fundraiser letter from the Dungeness River Audubon Center and contribute to its operation. The funds contributed help underwrite the education programs at the Center. Now, if you lost your letter, just contact the Center and ask for a replacement, or bring in a check, and your contribution will be gratefully processed and accepted. Thanks…

Personal note: I’m drafting these notes at my wife Nancy’s bedside as she gets yet another blood transfusion. She has been diagnosed with Adult Leukemia (AML). Some of you know, I’ve been off line since the day before Thanksgiving. I’ve missed a lot of meetings and an array of bird counts. Believe me, I’d rather have been out in the cold and wind counting “Gulls” with Bob B, than what I’ve been doing. Our board has been supportive, compassionate, and understanding. I may be compelled to step away from OPAS leadership to attend to family needs, and I’d ask you to help your other officers and board members to keep OPAS fully functioning and serving our birds and our community. Thanks again.


From Harlequin Happenings, January – February, 2017