FCAS needs volunteers
by John Shenot
It’s that time of year again when I invite FCAS members to consider volunteering to serve on our Board of Directors. At our annual meeting in January, the membership will elect five officers (President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Recording Secretary) and up to six Directors at Large. The president serves a two-year term, starting immediately after the January meeting. All other positions serve one-year terms.
I want to emphasize that you don’t need to be an expert in birding, wildlife, non-profit management, or anything else to serve on the board. The only exception is that we like to have a treasurer who has financial management, accounting, bookkeeping, or related experience.
I also get asked questions about the time commitment required to serve. The answer varies from one board member to the next, but something like six to 10 hours per month is probably the minimum time commitment. Board members volunteer their time in several ways. First, the Board of Directors meets once a month for two hours, every month. Second, board members attend our two-hour monthly membership meetings, which occur only nine times per year. (It is acceptable and commonplace for board members to occasionally miss board and membership meetings, so the possibility of missing some meetings should not stop anyone from volunteering to serve.) Third, officers and directors may spend a few hours each month keeping up with email correspondence related to FCAS business. And fourth, board members share the burden of miscellaneous activities such as supporting FCAS outreach (e.g., by attending community events), and monitoring and participating in public policy debates (e.g., by drafting comments on a land use proposal or regulation). The time commitment for these activities is variable and unpredictable, but usually won’t exceed 10 hours per month for Directors at Large. The time commitment may be somewhat greater for officers.
If you might be interested in a position on the Board of Directors, please contact me or one of the members of our nominating committee, whose names will be announced at the October 11 monthly meeting. I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.
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 “Like" 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.