-by John Besser
Well, it’s time for me to take on the slightly prestigious but mostly thankless job of chapter president. Past President Laura Hillman was able to convince Bill Mees to take over as Vice President and program chair (a job I didn’t want), while I take over as president (a job Bill didn’t want). Thanks to Laura for finding this solution, just as she has found solutions for many other problems during her two terms as CAS President. Other changes in the board of directors this year include the invaluable Nancy Bedan taking on the role of secretary and Greg Leonard starting a three year term as board member with valuable fresh blood and new ideas.
My first message to the membership of Columbia Audubon Society is this: CAS is an awesome organization that does great work on behalf of birds and bird lovers! Our value to the community was recognized last spring when we received the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement Award in the area of Environmental Stewardship. This prize was a particular recognition of the success of the prairie restoration project at the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary and Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary, but I think this is just one of many areas where CAS continues to outdo itself.
As we look forward to the coming year, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the many ways CAS meets the needs of our membership and our community:
John Besser, CAS President