Kitsap Audubon's President - Sandy Bullock
Kitsap Audubon announces dues increase: On September 1, 2016, chapter membership annual dues for Kitsap Audubon will increase to $20 for individual memberships and $30 for family memberships, a $5 increase in both levels. All other dues levels will remain the same. Most Puget Sound chapter individual memberships are currently at least $20. Ours have remained at $15 for more than 14 years, while our operating costs have steadily increased.
Membership dues made up approximately 40% of our income in each of the last 2 years. This figure includes renewals in higher categories that are voluntary and impossible to predict from year to year. Other sources of support we rely upon to make up the difference include an annual fixed payment from National Audubon Society, and varying amounts from the Bainbridge One Call for All, and the annual Kitsap Great Give.
KAS has increased its support to Audubon Washington, our state organization. We receive valuable staff support through the Chapter Associateís legislative news during sessions, and Audubon Washington is the way we connect with other Washington chapters and the national organization. This coming year, our budgeted contribution is $3,000.
We have added two additional issues of the Kingfisher in the last year, our primary means of sharing information with members and friends.We are also working to restore Audubon Adventures, an important educational resource for fourth-grade teachers, to its former level. Chapter funds from our operating budget have also been used to help purchase and conserve land in the Groverís Creek Conservation area, the Illahee Preserve and what is now the Port Gamble Heritage Park. Important unanticipated smaller projects also seem to appear with regularity, including relocating the Ospreys, and a beautiful interpretive sign to be installed at Point No Point County Park.
With approval of the membership, we have reserved the Ann Sleight gift for special grants and projects, not ongoing operating expenses. One example is the new-this-year annual scholarship for a college student studying in environmental fields.
As you can see, this modest dues increase will not only strengthen our chapterís ability to support worthwhile projects, but will provide additional funds to expand our programs in the future. As your treasurer, Iím always happy to answer any questions you might have regarding KAS finances.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Judy Willott, Treasurer
Note: The ďPresidentís LetterĒ will return next month. Kitsap Audubon Presdient, Sandy Bullock, is currently convalescing from knee replacement surgery.
Notes from the Board :
2016 recipient of the Kingfisher Award is:
Janine Schutt will be presented with the 2016 Kingfisher Award at the May meeting of Kitsap Audubon. The Kingfisher Award is Kitsap Audubonís highest honor, and is awarded each year to an individual or couple for outstanding dedication and service to Kitsap Audubon and its mission for at least five years.
Janine has been an officer on the Board for five years, including two as President, two as Vice President, and one as Immediate Past President. She has also served for the last two years as Compiler for the annual Kitsap Audubon Christmas Bird Count. She has helped monitor and maintain the Seabeck Purple Martin colony, and has led bird walks for Girl Scout and Cub Scout groups, as well as given PowerPoint presentations on birds for local groups.
Janine has also served as a chapel volunteer at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor and the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Belfair, where she currently serves as Catholic Chaplain.
Janine is a skilled wildlife photographer
who has won recognition for her bird photos in the Kitsap Sun. Her upbeat
personality and enthusiasm never fail to buoy those around her.
The KINGFISHER AWARD is Kitsap Audubon Societyís annual recognition of the member or members who gave extraordinary effort to the KAS mission throughout the year. This award is given to a KAS member who has been an active supporter of KAS for at least five years and has been an advocate for the environment and wildlife.
Put on those thinking caps! The KINGFISHER Award Committee welcomes your suggestions for next year's recipient of KAS's highest honor. This award, to be presented at our annual general membership dinner meeting in May, honors a KAS member who has a history of volunteer excellence with our organization. To be considered, the candidate should have demonstrated the following characteristics:
Please submit any suggestions for the Kingfisher Award to the firstname.lastname@example.org. Many people work very hard to make KAS the great chapter it is, and we want no one to be overlooked. Thanks! We appreciate your help.
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