Notes from Annual Meeting, Feb 26, 2013
WATR Annual Meeting
Thirty souls showed up at the Ginger Lynn Welch Complex on the Qualla Boundary to accomplish association business and to hear Eric Romaniszyn’s rallying presentation.
Thanks to Bill Kane, our association bylaws allow for simpler board elections, use of electronic notification instead of snail mail, and adjustments to ensure that board vacencies can be filled, and the board continuity is more likely. As for elections, Bill was the only candidate for election or re-election, and he was voted to remain on the board unanimously.
Roger Clapp, Exec. Director, reviewed upcoming activities for the spring and early summer.
Our presentation was
Biomonitoring to Improve the Health of the Tuckasegee River
and Eric Romaniszyn — WATR board member and also the executive director for the Haywood Waterways Association — was our presenter.
Eric rallied us to hang onto macro invertebrate monitoring of key creeks that feed the Tuckasegee. “Citizen Scientists” are among the best spokesmen on behalf of the river. They are essential to a well-rounded water conservation association.
We were pleasantly surprised to see a member from yesteryear –former Sylva mayor Brenda Oliver– and new a brand new one — fly fisherman Dale Collins.