Paddle races, songwriting contest, water trails, and advocacy at WWALS Board Meeting 2017-07-12

Draft Agenda
WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting
7:30 PM Wednesday 12 July 2017, After Annual WWALS Membership Meeting
Wooden Nickel, 3269 Inner Perimeter Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602
Dial-in Number: (641) 715-3580
Meeting ID: 855-676
Event: facebook

Election of officers, paddle races, songwriting contest, festivals, water trails, and more.

[Under the cypress]
Under the cypress, in the BIG Little River Paddle Race

All WWALS members, especially committee members, are invited to attend, as is the general public.

All WWALS Board Members are expected to attend in person or by telephone.
The more done on the board list, the less time we’ll have to spend on them in this meeting.

Board Members (may change due to annual membership meeting immediately preceding, and officers may change due to officer election in this board meeting):

* Executive Committee
  1. Call to Order including welcoming guests and explaining how this meeting is conducted.
  2. Secretary
    1. Agenda Review: Additions and Changes
    2. Approve Minutes
      1. 12 April 2017 WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting
      2. Vote: Record in minutes of this WWALS board meeting the Email votes by WWALS Board or Executive Committee since previous WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting (12 April 2017) (see Secretary Report).
    3. Election of Officers
      1. Report of Nominating Committee
      2. Further nominations
      3. Discussion and vote.
    4. Next Meetings:
      1. Numerous outings and events; discuss under Outings Committee and Events Committee.
      2. 11 October 2017 WWALS Quarterly Board meeting
        Set day of week, date, time, and place.
        GQ: I would like to suggest that we switch from an evening meeting to a weekend day so that those that have longer travel times are able to attend.
  3. Treasurer
    1. Review detailed 2015-2016 expenditures.
    2. Review proposed budget  for 2016-2017.
  4. President
    1. An item needing a vote by the Board.
    2. An item needing a vote by the Board.
  5. Suwannee Riverkeeper logo Suwannee Riverkeeper (advocacy)
    1. Advocacy at WRK, GWC, FSC, FERC, GA-EPD, FDEP, SRWMD, in the media, etc.
    2. An item needing a vote by the Board.
  6. Acting ED (business)
    1. Alapaha River Water Trail Brochures: Hamilton County will not be reprinting (they’re doing a composite brochure for everything in their county). WWALS should reprint, maybe with updates and fixes.
    2. Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail Brochure: we have money to print one ($500 from Valdosta-Lowndes Tourism, and we can make up the difference).
    3. Paypal account.
    4. Fundraising strategy: as long as it takes to discuss it.
    5. An item needing a vote by the Board.
  7. Committee reports are appended to agenda, with items marked for discussion or vote included directly in the agenda.
  8. Membership Committee: Chair Gretchen Quarterman Newsletter, measurable goals, new members.
    1. An item needing discussion by the Board.
    2. An item needing a vote by the Board.
  9. Grant-writing Committee: Chair Gretchen Quarterman
    1. An item needing discussion by the Board.
    2. An item needing a vote by the Board.
  10. Events Committee: Needs a Chair
    1. Needs a chair, or separate committees for each event.
    2. 2017-10-12-15: Suwannee River Roots Revival at SoSMP
      This was the first one at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SoSMP) that we tabled at last year. That went well. We ended up net positive, and it was great exposure. Especially if we can get the same spot between the two stages, we should do it again.
      Vendor applications are not yet available.
      Who wants to help?
      Discuss canoe or kayak raffle.
    3. 2017-10-27-29: Hulaween at SoSMP
      20,000 people, twice as big as Wanee, where we got a table off to the side, with much less traffic. Probably worth doing Hulaween for the exposure, and we may be net positive with some new ideas about how to get more traffic, with walkable signs and banners, maybe some announcements, and small things we can sell: for Hulaween, probably wouldn’t hurt if the item glowed or moved.
      No nonprofit discount on Hulaween vendor applications, but we can ask; due by 21 Aug 2017.
      We need volunteers, especially younger ones for Hulaween.
      Discuss canoe or kayak raffle.
    4. Songwriting Contest
      Everybody (throughout the world) knows one song about the Suwannee River, and some of us know one more. Who knows any song about the Withlacoochee, Little, Willacoochee, Alapaha, or Alapahoochee? Let’s have a songwriting contest!
      Need musicians, radio host, date, time, and place.
  11. Outings Committee: Chair Phil Hubbard
    1. 2017-04-29: BIG Little River Paddle Race
      Review success: attendees, the race itself, grilling, silent auction, kayak raffle, etc.
    2. 2017-10: Suwannee River Paddle Race
      Like BLPR, plus contestant boat markers and locations for prize announcements, upstream and back on the Suwannee River in the fall. Set date, time, and place. Start PR.
    3. An item needing a vote by the Board.
  12. Public Relations Committee: Chair John S. Quarterman
    1. Could use more people doing PR.
    2. An item needing a vote by the Board.
  13. Watershed Issues Committee: Chair John S. Quarterman
    1. Coal ash, wastewater, corporate agriculture, phosphate mines, pipelines, FERC, fracking, and solar power.
    2. An item needing a vote by the Board.
  14. Science Committee: Chair Tom Potter
    1. An item needing discussion by the Board.
    2. An item needing a vote by the Board.
  15. Alapaha River Water Trail Committee: Chair Chris Graham
    1. Let’s finish the water trails. Mostly need resolution of landing names and addresses, and signs (kiosks near the water and on roads). Have interest from several scout troups; need to follow up on that and other leads.
    2. Vote: go ahead and add to funds dedicated and buy and place signs at Sheboggy Landing (US 82) at the upstream end of the ARWT, and at at least one other place on the ARWT.
  16. Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail Committee: Chair needed
    1. Discussion: See ARWT.
    2. Vote: go ahead and buy and place signs at least two WRWT landings.
  17. Other Business
  18. How busy everybody is
  19. Adjourn

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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