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President’s Notes

September – October, 2019
by Judi White

Our OPAS Board met for their annual retreat in July, generating plans for new activities and ways to enhance tried and true favorites. Thanks to our OPAS Officers and Board members for leading us into the new year. Our prior year’s goal to recruit new Board members really paid off, with five members new to the retreat this year, including Ally Simons, Tom Butler, Pete Walker, Sandy Boren and John Gatchet. Ally and Tom joined the Board-at-Large this year, John Gatchet will co-chair the Field Trip Committee with Marie Grad, and Bob Phreaner will be joined by Pete Walker as Vice-chair of the Conservation Committee. Among new items, this year we will be developing an improved OPAS website (shorter version, under the direction of Mary Porter-Solberg, our webmaster, and the Website Support Team including Rob Hutchison and Chris Perry. The OPAS website has been particularly helpful in adding and updating events between newsletter issues. Please take a look if you have not yet had a chance to check it out. Our Facebook page impact continues to grow: 550 users interacted with OPAS Facebook posts last month, thanks to Mary Porter-Solberg and Enid Phreaner, our Social Media Support team.

Sara Ellen Peterson announced at the annual retreat that she is stepping down from the OPAS Board. We celebrate her almost two decades of service to OPAS on the Board. As Chair of the Publicity Committee, Sara Ellen worked hard to publicize OPAS events. Members have shared their best memories of fabulous banquets with carefully chosen caterers, beautiful table decorations and floral arrangements. Sara Ellen was also one of the Birdfest originators. Please take a moment to thank Sara-Ellen for her dedication to OPAS when you next see her. Sara Ellen has kindly offered to transition her leadership of the Publicity Committee to Sandy Boren over the next several months.

The Annual Dungeness River Festival is coming Friday September 27th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dungeness River Audubon Center. We’ll participate with our partners and local groups, and many schoolchildren will attend. Please consider offering your time to make this fun event a success.

OPAS will lead off the 2019-20 program year on Wednesday September 18th at 7 p.m. with a program by Bruce Paige on Wildlife of Glacier Bay. Looking forward to seeing you there!

From Harlequin Happenings, September – October, 2019