Chapter Growing Pains
by John Shenot
Earlier this year, FCAS got permission from the National Audubon Society to expand the boundaries of our chapter. We added several zip codes and about 300 more members to the roughly 1,000 that we already serve. Fort Collins Audubon Society now represents about 1,300 Audubon members across all of Larimer County and parts of Weld County.
The expansion of FCAS is very exciting, but it also raises a question that was on my mind even before we added Estes Park, Windsor, and other communities to our service territory: should we think about changing the name of our chapter? More than a quarter of our members now live somewhere other than Fort Collins. Many Audubon chapters are named for natural features, such as rivers.
I am sympathetic to both sides of this argument. On the one hand, if we change the name of our chapter, we’ll need to make changes to a lot of official and unofficial documents: our bank account, tax forms, website, logo, publications, and Facebook and Instagram accounts. That seems like a lot of work. On the other hand, I don’t want any member or prospective member of our chapter who lives somewhere else to feel like they are any less important to our organization than members from Fort Collins.
I’d like to know how you feel about this important question, so I’ve created a three-question survey that you can take at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YPQSBD5. I hope you will take two to three minutes to fill it out.