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BOD Minutes / 12 February Minutes
« Last post by Martha Steuart on March 22, 2017, 10:31:34 PM »
Please see attached minutes for review.

Martha W. Steuart
Science / February 2017 Science Advisory Committee Report
« Last post by Paul Schmalzer on March 21, 2017, 09:33:48 AM »
Science Advisory Committee Report February 2017
Science / March 2017 Science Advisory Committee Report
« Last post by Paul Schmalzer on March 21, 2017, 09:32:06 AM »
Science Advisory Committee Report March 2017
Meetings / Minutes: Council of Chapters meeting March 05, 2017
« Last post by Nicole Zampieri on March 18, 2017, 02:12:33 PM »
The minutes from the Council of Chapters meeting March 5th, 2017 have been posted to the council website and are attached here.
Support Materials / Chapter Representative Description
« Last post by Juliet Rynear on March 17, 2017, 05:16:43 PM »
 Please see attached for the description of the role and duties of the Chapter Representative.
Meetings / Re: Council of Chapters Meeting - March 5, 2017
« Last post by Wendy Poag on March 05, 2017, 10:34:16 AM »
Lake Beautyberry Chapter has also been very busy. A copy of our newsletter is attached.

Membership / Brainstorm meeting Devon Higginbotham and Jonnie Spitler
« Last post by Jonnie Spitler on March 03, 2017, 04:37:07 PM »
March 2, 2017 lunch brainstorm meeting IHOP, Tampa, 12pm-1:30pm. Attendees: Devon Higginbotham and Jonnie Spitler
For discussion:
1. Reinstitute lifetime memberships- $1,000 will earn 3x the money in 29 years than $35 ea yr of same amount of time. financially worthwhile.
2. Devon listed other possible encouragements for chapter level recruitment: chapters give non-member speakers a membership;  "good neighbor program" - give good neighbors memberships;  reward system or competition among members or even chapters
3. Renew automatically box on membership application on-line. Using credit card.  Will save sending out renewals. Shirley needs to get involved.
4. Sustaining memberships should be allowed to have up to 3 members just as households have. They pay $120 per year.
5. Should chapters meet in more metropolitan areas or should we add chapters in more convenient locations across counties.
6. Palmetto- as first publication a member gets, should always have president's message and be a tool for non-science minded people as well. Thank members for joining and belonging and have 1 article non-science related. (interview chapter, someone's yard, etc) Membership application should be in every issue.  And more issues should be printed and available for chapters to disburse.
7. Speakers bureau- check out Georgia Native Plant Society.- good one.- Speakers to non-member organizations teach the public who we are and encourage membership. - training sessions for powerpoint usage.
8. Advertise chapter meetings in all papers. - 
9. Publicity, publicity,publicity. Andy on State level;  chapter level. Join for social and eductional as well as scientific reasons.
10. State should be guide for chapters. Communicate, advise and train chapters: how to have good meetings, give talks, etc.
Summary: need another meeting end of March to continue discussion and firm up ideas to present at conference. Anyone interested in joining let Devon or Jonnie know. 
Meetings / Re: Council of Chapters Meeting - March 5, 2017
« Last post by Donna Bollenbach on February 27, 2017, 09:38:37 AM »
As Chapter Rep and President of SNPS:

SNPS had their west coast brochures laminated. We laminated two, so we can display both sides together. It was very inexpensive (around $12.00) BTW: There seems to be more of interest in using the brochure as a poster, than a brochure. We might consider switching to that format in the future. As a large poster we could add the FNPS logo, the introduction copy and the regional map/title to the one side. Something to think about. It would also be less expensive to print. The rest of the landscape brochure (copy side)  could be converted to a pdf pamphlet and posted on line. Chapters could run copies of it to give away with the poster. The poster could still be sold (donation) for a $1.00.

SNPS Lettuce Lake Native Plant Walks continue to be popular and I recommend any chapter that has an community part that is heavily used AND naturally landscaped (sometimes the two do not go hand in hand) see what they could do to start native plant walks. We have a native plant garden in ours, but that would not even be necessary. Individuals and groups see our walks on meetup and show up. Our last two weeks had 10-15 attendees each. Some have since joined our chapter.

SNPS will be camping in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park  from April 26 - 30 and would like to invite any nearby chapter to join us for our hikes and camp activities. If you are interested, email and I will provide you with our agenda when it is ready.

We have lots planned for the next few months, but I will save that for later.


Meetings / Re: Council of Chapters Meeting - March 5, 2017
« Last post by Donna Bollenbach on February 27, 2017, 09:21:31 AM »
Juliet, Thanks for arranging this meeting and setting the agenda. These are certainly issues we need to discuss. I hope that the other chapter reps are making notes and ready to bring their support and concerns to this discussion. Here are some of my comments.

1. I have attached a copy of the write up I did for Sabal Minor on the Volunteer/Education Hours Reporting. In the next SNPS newsletter I will open the volunteer hours reporting up to the entire chapter for those who wish to report their individual hours. We are still two months into the year, and yet to have taken the time to report the group volunteer and education hours. I think a reminder sent every month, the first week of the month, to chapter reps and presidents, would help gather more hours.
2. While I support the notion that Chapter Reps should be on a state committee, we need to make some exceptions: I suggest that the Council of Chapters Director and Assistant Director be exempt from the requirement of participating on a committee to allow them more time to run the council, though they could be on a committee if they would like.  I am also concerned about Chapter Reps that are already Presidents of their chapter or hold other board/committee positions for their chapter.
3. I feel a chapter rep who is leaving the position do the best they can in finding a replacement and training the incoming Chapter Rep.
4. Perhaps it is time we revisit the rule that the Director of the Chapters also be a chapter rep during their tenure as Director. I do agree the director should be recruited from the Chapter Reps, but I also feel they should be able to appoint a new chapter rep from their chapter after elected. Running the COC is a big job in itself, and done properly requires as much time as being President of a Chapter, or more.

See you at the meeting,
Meetings / Re: Council of Chapters Meeting - March 5, 2017
« Last post by bjohnson on February 25, 2017, 08:19:59 PM »
I have reviewed the Council of Chapters duties and responsibilities document. I have no comments.

Here is the Coccoloba chapter report for January 2017:

1.   The Coccoloba Chapter continued efforts in education and outreach at the Koreshan State Historic Site through plant sales at the farmers market and native plant sale held every Sunday. January set new sales records. The chapter also installed and maintained some areas with native plants, monitored Asclepias curtisii milkweed and lupine populations, coordinated efforts with park staff and volunteers, and maintained the chapterís plant nursery within the park.
2.   Tony Pernas of Big Cypress National Preserve gave a presentation on exotic invasive plant and wildlife species within the SWFL region at the chapter meeting on January 19th.
3.   The Chapter testified at the Village of Estero Design Review Board for requiring early planting of a native plant buffer/perimeter for development of Estero parcels. This is mostly for demanding this for the North Point and University HIghlands projects.
4.   The Chapter purchased plants from Sanibel-Captiva Conservation foundation (SCCF) Native Landscapes and Garden Center, Sandhill Native Growers, Hickory Hammock Native Nursery and Deep South Nursery for plant sales, plantings and classes.
5.   Marlene Rodak continued working on the State Conference Committee.
6.   Marlene wrote and submitted a Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) grant application for the same amount as last year. Determination should be made in March.
7.   Lee County Division of Natural Resources agreed to $500 support for Chapter activities in 2017.
8.   Marlene attended the Lee County Legislative Delegation and spoke to support the banning of the sale of invasive exotic plants.
9.   Marlene Rodak and Barbara Forster worked  the WetPlan Neighborhood Ponds Management Class along with many organizations including City of Bonita Springs, CHNEP, Lee County Division of Natural Resources, Johnson Engineering, Lee County Hyacinth Control District, GHD and many others. They brought plants to show the class participants.
10.   The FGCU Native Plant Club was started by a few energetic students this year. The first meeting was held in late last year. The second meeting will be held 2/22 (tonight). They anticipate monthly speakers and activities such as promoting native plants at the campus farmers market, which happens every other week.
Respectfully submitted by Ben Johnson.

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