The Southern Maryland Audubon Society held their annual meeting on June 5, 2022, at Kings Landing Park. The annual meeting provides an opportunity for the group to hold a business meeting and honor various organizations and members.
Members and guests were treated to a delicious picnic lunch, served in the barn pavilion. The day was beautiful, sunny and bright with a light breeze blowing.
Tiffany Farrell, President, opened the meeting with a welcome to members, their families and guests. She then moved to the business portion of the meeting. Like many organizations, during the past few years it has been difficult to hold face-to-face meetings. Their Constitution and By-Laws were updated to embrace new technology allowing video conferencing and other practices.
Nominations were presented for officers and directors. The new officers and directors are:
President Molly Moore
Vice-President Elena Gilroy
Treasurer Julie Daniel
Secretary Barbara Hill
Past- President Tiffany Farrell
Directors – Tiffany Farrell, Dean Newman, Karolina Popovicova,
Ben Springer, Tracey Stuller
Bob Lukinic was asked to present the Conservationist of the Year Award. His committee had researched organizations and was proud to make the presentation to the Calvert Nature Society. The Calvert Nature Society is an organization that is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. They work with Calvert County Natural Resources to provide programs to the community. The organization has also acquired land in the Battle Creek Watershed to preserve it for future generations.
The award was accepted by Joyce Baki, a member of the Calvert Nature Society Board, and four CNS volunteers – Mary Hollinger, Karen Anderson, Jo Anna Lutmerding, and Ben Springer. Ms. Baki thanked the group for the honor saying, “We are very honored for this award, but I would be remiss to accept without acknowledging that we as a board could not do what we do without our amazing volunteers and the staff at Calvert County Natural Resources. They are the backbone of our organization.” She went on to describe some of the programs and projects the group has done in the past few years.
Tiffany Farrell than presented the President’s Board of Directors Appreciation Awards. The awards were presented to:
- Molly Moore, a Master Naturalist, for her work as the Social Media Chair in updating all of their social media accounts, including the website and Facebook.
- Greg and Georgianna Klesch, for their work in planning and organizing the Osprey Festival at Drum Point, and the fall fundraising project, a Family Photography Day.
- Julie Daniel, the organization’s treasurer, for everything she has done to keep things moving forward.
An Appreciation Award was given to Tiffany Farrell, the outgoing president, for all of her wonderful work.
The group ended the day with a treat – a guided bird walk through the woods surrounding Kings Landing, led by Mike Callahan. Mr. Callahan teaches living history at area colleges, including a class where students learn by visiting local historical homes.
The mission of the Southern Maryland Audubon Association is to promote appreciation, conservation, and protection of birds, other wildlife, and their natural habitats through education, research and outreach. To learn more about this organization visit www.somdaudubon.org
Please enjoy the picture gallery below.
Joyce Stinnett Baki / Special to the Calvert Beacon