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President's Message for September 2013

by Frank Parker


September President's Message

September is the beginning of the administrative year here at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter.  No beginning would be complete without recognition of those who have served in the past.  Speaking for myself, and the membership, we are grateful for the time and energy expended by last year’s President, Steven Swartz.  Steven will now serve in the office of Past President in which he can continue to contribute to the vitality of the Chapter.  He will be a valuable source of knowledge and provide continuity to projects that will continue through the coming months. 

Thank you for your work Steven!  Good job!!

The Chapter had a busy year and accomplished a great deal through the energy of its Committee Chairs and the Board of Governors.  Notable among these was:

-       the purchase of the 2nd NE land property in the NE sector of the farm,

-       -the completion of the Natural Resources Inventory/Forest Stand Delineation (NRI/FSD),

-       -the sale of 3 Transferrable Development Rights (TDRs) which by formal agreement automatically go to the Legacy Foundation to pay off land purchase debt.

-       -the completion of the approximately 18 month effort to develop the new Conservation Farm Guide which is in the process of being printed

-       The completion of the major farm projects that have been in progress over the past few years.           

-       the construction of the Rifle and Pistol Range tire wall backstop,

-       the development and implementation of a method of financial management which will allow Chapter prioritization and funding of Capital Asset purchases and maintenance.

-       The emergency acquisition and installation of the gate/building entrance card reader system.

-       Completion of another phase of the major tree planting effort that has been ongoing over recent years

-       The substantially completed work to rehabilitate the log cabin.

-       Conducted two “walk in the woods” tours/classes with the Poolesville Global Ecology students and teachers.  Approximately 80 students participated.

By any standard, the above list is impressive.  It shows energy, commitment, and thoughtful, deliberate management by volunteers dedicated to common principles.  The Mission and Core Values are framed and hung in the chapter house. If you haven’t read them, I encourage you to do so at your convenience.

Our Chapter runs on the strength of its volunteer spirit.  As we begin the year, I encourage all members to review their current participation, and, determine if there are any new areas in which they can make a contribution.

Every fall and spring, the Chapter holds a member “work day” to keep the farm in a decent state of repair.  The “work day” will be held on October 5th and as is traditionally the case, our 1st Vice President organizes the work to be done and assigns member to various teams in the most effective way. The process begins by the various Committee and Board of
Governors members pooling their observations of work that needs to be done on the farm and to the buildings.  If you see work that you think needs attention, send an email to our 1st Vice President, Joe Snider.  Once Joe compiles the list he will then organize the work to be done and beginning at 8:30 am on October 5, he will assign volunteering “IKEs” (nickname for members of the League) to the various tasks. 

If you have special skills or tools that you think will be valuable, please let Joe know about them.  As is our tradition, we will have a lunchtime feed for all those who volunteer. The lunch is usually staggered as different work crews finish at different times depending on the work they are doing.  Please make an effort to join the fun.  It’s a great way to get to know fellow members, contribute to our shared goals and document your required volunteer hours.

I’m looking forward to working with you all this year!

See you on the Fall Work day! 

Frank Parker