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Meetings / Council of Chapters: Go to Meeting - January 26, 2020 at 6:30pm
« Last post by Kara Driscoll on November 18, 2019, 12:42:15 PM »
1.26.19 - Greetings everyone, please see the agenda attached below. We will be discussing the Council's goals during Sunday's meeting. If you have time prior to Sunday's meeting, please fill out the attached questionnaire (11.16.19 questionnaire - Chapter rep doc is for extra info) and send it to me ( Otherwise, please send it to me prior to our February 8th in-person meeting.

Additionally, we will be streaming our February 8th in-person meeting. Thus, we strongly recommend tuning in if you cannot make it in person- we'd love to know your feedback! Please keep an eye out for relevant updates on the forum and via email.

The Council's updated purpose/mission is: “The purpose of the Council is to facilitate communication among the Chapters and with the Board. It serves as a conduit of information that supports and strengthens the FNPS Chapters in pursuit of the FNPS mission, and elevates local and regional issues and shares solutions throughout the Society.”

As always, please let me know if you have any comments or questions -, 239-249-2340. The best way to reach me is by phone call or text.

Meetings / Re: Council of Chapters: Mead Botanical Garden 2:45-3:45pm
« Last post by Kara Driscoll on November 18, 2019, 12:33:06 PM »
Greetings everyone, please find the Powerpoint from this weekend's meeting attached.

Additionally, I have also attached the questionnaire and supplementary documents (Chapter Rep description, and 8.19 Key Responses) I handed out at the meeting. If you were not there or did not finish and hand in your questionnaire, please fill this out and email it back to me at before our next meeting on January 29, 2020. Ideally, will be going over the responses at our next CoC GoToMeeting.

If you have any questions, please let me know!
Meetings / Re: Council of Chapters: Mead Botanical Garden 2:45-3:45pm
« Last post by Athena Philips on November 15, 2019, 02:41:27 PM »
PDF version of the Agenda, if anyone needs that instead of WORD.
Meetings / Council of Chapters: Mead Botanical Garden 2:45-3:45pm
« Last post by Kara Driscoll on November 15, 2019, 02:06:26 AM »
Greetings everyone,

I sincerely appreciate everyone's patience the last few months. I've been swamped with schoolwork, and unfortunately have not been able to schedule things.

Rest assured, I have been doing what I can to bring the Council back up to speed. Next semester will NOT be this busy.

Please find Saturday's agenda attached. We will primarily be going over the Council Purpose we collectively defined, some Council/Chapter accomplishments from 2019, and some key goals for us to focus on as a Council in 2020.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me:, 239-249-2340. I am best reached by phone/text!
Science / November 2019 Science Advisory Committee Report
« Last post by Paul Schmalzer on November 07, 2019, 04:42:12 PM »
Science Advisory Committee Report November 2019
Meetings / Re: Sept Coc Meeting rescheduled
« Last post by Athena Philips on September 27, 2019, 03:30:10 PM »
The tentatively rescheduled Sept meeting, has now been canceled.

In lieu of the meeting, Kara and I will be working on some of the backlogged items and preparations for the upcoming meetings. So, expect some updates on Sunday or Monday. Any questions, suggestions for the next meetings, or if you have not gotten a reply to a past request, please contact one of us.

Thanks for your patience,

~Athena Philips
Meetings / Sept Coc Meeting rescheduled
« Last post by Athena Philips on September 20, 2019, 03:04:56 PM »
Circumstances require we reschedule the Council meeting. It is now tentatively set for the last Sun this month, Sept 29th, 6:30pm.

If anyone has something that needs attention before then, please let us know. If you have anything for the next Agenda, now would be a great time to send it in.


~Athena Philips
   Council Secretary

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BOD Minutes / June 20, 2019 Bod Minutes Approved
« Last post by Jackie Rolly on September 11, 2019, 04:47:16 PM »
Attached are the approved minutes from BOD 20 June 2019
BOD Minutes / BOD Minutes 10 August 2019
« Last post by Jackie Rolly on September 11, 2019, 04:38:42 PM »
Attached are the minutes from 10 August meeting at Archbold
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

Warning:  this is a large file.  If you have a slow internet connection you may not be able to download it.  A smaller file is available on our website under the tab Resources > Downloadable Documents > FNPS Policies
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