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Topic: Wachiska Survey Zoom Meeting
Time: Jul 15, 2024 07:00 PM

          Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 870 3654 2056
Passcode: 699220

 

Dear Members, Friends, Partners, Donors and Others,

Wachiska is embarking on a strategic plan exercise that will guide the organization for the next five years. Since its inception in 1973, Wachiska has grown from a grassroots organization to one with many responsibilities in the southeast region of Nebraska.  In the previous five year strategic plan, four focus areas were identified. One looked internally to make the organization stronger and more sustainable, such as bringing onboard an executive director, updating bylaws, organizational and financial policies, working towards a better member database, and seeking additional fundraising opportunities.  The other three focus areas took an external approach such as building relationships with the Otoe-Missouria, monitoring legislative topics and submitting comments as appropriate, transitioning management of the nine prairies WAS owns to a professional organization and beginning to address issues on the 23 properties that WAS holds conservation easements.  

Today’s survey questions come from experiences and lessons learned during the past five years and will help shape Wachiska’s tomorrow.  Some will be difficult to respond to unless you familiarize yourself with the attached documents. Please read these before you begin the survey.  They include a Background Document for Survey Question 6 (and helpful for Question 5) and 2022 and 2023 general operating and conservation committee revenue and expense pie charts.  The last attachment is a pie chart with a breakdown of Wachiska’s assets as of June 30, 2024.  The financial information may be useful as you think about what Wachiska’s priorities should be for the next five years.

A related information Zoom will be held on Monday, July 15th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Please try to read the attachments prior to attending the meeting. It will be helpful to attend the meeting before completing the survey. There are four attachments below as well as the Survey Monkey link.

The survey below has 10 questions and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by July 31st, so we can take the next step in our strategic planning process.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HWWVBJC


Below are the survey background documents.

Background document
General operating revenue and expenses 2022 and 2023

Conservation revenue and expenses 2022 and 2023
Assets as of June 2024

 

The 2024 Wachiska Audubon Society Board and Executive Director Mark Brohman thank you for giving us your time and input!

Mark Brohman

Wachiska Audubon Society
4547 Calvert St Ste 10
Lincoln NE 68506-5643
402-486-4846
office@wachiskaaudubon.org
www.wachiskaaudubon.org

July 2024 Calendar of Events

July 1         Education Committee via Zoom, 6:00 p.m. 

 

July 8        Conservation Committee, via Zoom  6:30 p.m. 

 

July 11       Annual potluck picnic (indoor) at Unitarian

                   Church, 5:30 p.m. 

July 11       General Meeting, “What's Wrong with my Evergreen

                   Tree?" by Sarah Browning,

                   7:00 p.m. in-person at Unitarian Church and also

                   live-streamed; no registration needed (link above)

July 15      Newsletter Deadline, Wachiska Office, 5:00 p.m.

 

July 16      Board Meeting, via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.

 

Give Nebraska is preparing to kick off                                           this year's 

                                       campaign. 

Wachiska Audubon Society will be participating and we are fortunate to be one of the 70+ members who benefit from the 100+ public and private workplaces that allow employees to contribute to their favorite non-profits through payroll deductions.

 

Click here to donate to Birdathon https://www.wachiskaaudubon.org

 

 

On August 16, 2022, the Board approved revised bylaws that will be presented to the membership during the annual meeting in November. Both the 2013 and 2022 versions may be viewed or downloaded. 

In September 2021, the Wachiska Board adopted the National Audubon’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as the Chapter’s own goals: 

The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

 NEW!  Wachiska is on YouTube 

Join Wachiska Today

Become a member of the Wachiska chapter of the National Audubon Society and support environmental conservation, education, and outreach in Southeast Nebraska.

Click HERE for details.

Read recent newsletters

Download the newsletter HERE

The photos on this website were taken by Wachiska members. Many thanks to Bruce Wendorff, 

Linda Brown, Paul Johnsguard, Tim Knott, Stu Luttich, John Carlini and Elizabeth Nelson. 

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