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Policy / 2019 Policy Advocacy Handbook
« Last post by Valerie Anderson on September 03, 2019, 11:09:09 AM »
The Florida Native Plant Society’s Policy and Legislation Committee is distributing the attached Policy Advocacy Handbook for your use and reference.  As in previous years, we encourage you to engage with your local elected officials.  The next couple months your state legislators (Representatives and Senators) will be scheduling at least one town hall type Legislative Delegation meeting per county.  Guidance on how to participate effectively in those meetings is an important element of the Handbook.  We will be providing the dates and locations of those meetings as they are announced, county by county, on our Facebook events, Teamup Calendar, and emails to Chapter leadership.  Please refer to that information as soon as possible so the date of your delegation meeting is on your radar.

As in previous years, we also encourage you to invite you local legislator(s) on a field trip during which you can promote the importance of conserving natural areas through the Florida Forever Program as a way to advance the FNPS mission to conserve native plants and native plant communities.  Guidance on organizing and conducting such field trips in also included in the Handbook.  The fall months are an ideal time to organize such field trips because the weather is ideal and your legislator(s) will be at home in their districts rather than in Tallahassee.  It’s important to begin planning soon so you can engage with them before the beginning of the next legislative session in January.

We created the Handbook to assist you.  Feel free to contact the Policy Committee if we can be of additional assistance.  Thanks.

Eugene Kelly, Policy and Legislation Chair               
Florida Native Plant Society Board of Directors
Board of Directors / Re: Education Committee
« Last post by Carole McKay on August 31, 2019, 08:06:39 AM »
Hi Wendy (and all)
I'm really sorry I missed the meeting.  I had some health issues, but I'm fine now and can't wait to help out🌻.  Wendy, I am a professional Voice Over Artist, and I would LOVE to help out with the narration!  I've actually done a V/O for the Leon County Extension Office so people can take a self- guided tour of our Demonstration Garden.  If I can find the link, I'll send it to you!
Financial Statements / 2018 Statement of Financial Position
« Last post by Juliet Rynear on August 15, 2019, 04:08:30 PM »

Please see attached.
Board of Directors / Bookkeepers Report
« Last post by Juliet Rynear on August 09, 2019, 05:33:03 PM »

See attached.
Discussions / Re: Encouraging Conference youth attendance.
« Last post by hlaurence on August 09, 2019, 04:29:39 PM »
The Palm Beach County Chapter does not have a formal program to encourage youth Conference attendance. We did sponsor an art exhibit of elementary school students’ work when Conference was in Miami. Several of our board members would like to see that continued. Other ideas from our board: we could work with area colleges that have programs that relate and perhaps offer some partial scholarships for selected students to attend the annual conference. We could be making contact with area colleges / professors in environmental studies to make sure they are aware of the annual conference as well as our meetings
Discussions / Re: Member mentorship
« Last post by hlaurence on August 09, 2019, 04:09:34 PM »
The Palm Beach County Chapter does not have a formal mentoring program, and we are very interested in what other Chapters are doing. As for a definition of mentorship, Perhaps this falls under what we have wanted to do with our membership committee: in general greeting and speaking to all people coming to our monthly meetings to have them feel welcomed and giving new members a member packet.
Our chapter is partnering with Mounts Botanical Garden to maintain their native plant garden, and we reach out to our membership for volunteers for a monthly “Groom the Garden” work party. It’s a good learning opportunity, and snacks are provided!!
Board of Directors / Communications
« Last post by Shirley Denton on August 08, 2019, 11:36:13 PM »
See attached
Board of Directors / Social Media Report
« Last post by Juliet Rynear on August 08, 2019, 06:08:53 PM »

Please see attached.
Meetings / Minutes: Council meeting 7/28//19
« Last post by Athena Philips on August 08, 2019, 01:42:33 AM »
Minute for the July 28th Go2Meeting have been posted on the website.

Feel free to email me any corrections.

Thank you,

    Athena Philips
     Council Secretary
Board of Directors / Policy and Legislation Committee Report
« Last post by Eugene Kelly on August 08, 2019, 12:30:49 AM »
Please see the attached report and associated support materials.
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