Call for Board Members
by John Shenot
First things first: At our September meeting, the FCAS Board of Directors voted to appoint Helmut Retzer to fill a vacant position on the Board through the end of 2017. Welcome, Helmut! Iím hopeful that he will continue to serve into 2018 if elected by the membership to do so. Which brings me to the topic of electionsÖ
Every January, at our regularly-scheduled membership meeting, FCAS elects new officers and directors to our Board. (One exception: the president serves a two-year term, and thus is only elected every other January.) Consistent with our bylaws, the Board will name a nominating committee in time for our October membership meeting that will seek to identify candidates willing to serve as officers and directors in 2018. The nominating committee will announce a proposed slate of candidates in our December newsletter, but nominations also can be made from the floor by any member at our annual meeting in January.
Next year will bring a bigger than usual transition, as our long-serving treasurer (John Waddell) and secretary (Scott Cobble) will not be seeking re-election to those roles. We also have a vacancy in the presidentelect position (i.e., the person who will become FCAS president in January 2019). Because it is so important to find candidates for those roles, Iím using this monthís column to get a head start on the nominating committee and urge potential volunteers to contact me as soon as possible. There are no prerequisites for officers or board members, nor is there an expectation that all nominees will have conservation experience or birding expertise. I donít expect anyone to make a firm commitment at this time, but if you are interested or even just curious please call or email me! Volunteers willing to serve on the nominating committee also should contact me as soon as possible.
Find FCAS on Facebook for Field Trip Information
FCAS has a Facebook page where we post announcements about upcoming field trips, last minute changes to scheduled trips, and high-lights of most of our outings. Just click on the ďLike" button in the plugin to Like our page! Our announcements should then appear on your wall. You can also click on "Fort Collins Audubon Society" to be taken directly to the Facebook page. Note: All field trips are also announced in the Ptarmigan and on our website.