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2014 AGM

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists Annual General Meeting will be held prior to the Spring Gathering on Thursday, May 15, 2014.

This meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in a room off  the main hall, and all 2014 MVFN members are invited to attend and vote for their new Board members.

Prior to the date of the meeting, all members will receive email copies of the 2013 Annual General Meeting Minutes, 2014 Committee Reports and the 2014 AGM Agenda.

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MVFN celebrate many successes at 2005 Annual General Meeting

Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists
Submitted by Pauline Donaldson
June 9, 2005

MVFN celebrate many successes at 2005 Annual General Meeting

The 2005 Annual General Meeting of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) was held in May at Union Hall. President Michael MacPherson welcomed attendees after a short reception. Events and reports were presented, recently elected treasurer Elizabeth Dunning presented the annual financial report and elections were made to three newly created Board of Directors positions.

Pauline Donaldson, Almonte, takes on the role of Public Relations Chair, Cathe Baker, Ramsay, will chair the Membership Committee and Paul Egginton, Ramsay, joins the BOD as Member at Large. Brenda Boyd, Almonte, will be MVFN’s new representative to Ontario Nature, replacing Pip Winters. Other officers of the BOD who were re-elected included President, Michael Macpherson; Vice President and Environmental Issues Chair Michael McPhail; Program Chair, Tine Kuiper; Educational Programs chair, Janine deSalaberry; all from Ramsay and Stewardship Council Rep. Franziska Von Rosen and Natural Resources Issues Chair Dr. Jim Bendell, both from Lanark Highlands.

Retiring Treasurer Reiner Hollbach and MVFN representative to FON, Pip Winters, were thanked for their work on behalf of MVFN.

The successful Environmental Education Projects Program (EEPP) was one highlight of the information part of the evening which members are clearly proud of. The program speaks for itself, but in summing it up, EEPP Chair Janine De Salaberry noted that all of the Ontario Trillium Foundation funding allocated for the project this year was spent as were additional amounts from fundraisers such as the Gray Jay Gala. In all, over 1600 local schoolchildren have taken part in one of these programs such as “Birds of Prey” presented by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy. The evening ended with refreshments and at that time members were able to view thank you ‘posters’ made by children from several local schools where EEPP programs took place.

Reporting on other significant milestones was MVFN member Cliff Bennett. After 3 years work on the steering committee for the Mississippi Mills Community Official Plan representing MVFN, Cliff was very pleased to report that most of MVFN’s recommendations made it into the Council draft. Cliff also stated that the 5-year project on a square for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas is now complete.

Members received reports of Chairs of other committees including Jim Bendell reporting as Natural Resources Issues Chair. Jim outlined various activities including the committee’s role in gaining recognition in the Species at Risk Act for the local red wolf population. Program Chair Tine Kuiper reviewed the topics and speakers for presentations, which occurred during this year’s seminar program. This highly successful series was unique in offering a set of presentations linked by the biodiversity theme.

During the second part of the evening Bill Pratt of Parks Canada presented his enchanting sound and slide shows of nature photos. Bill began with the provocative question to the audience – what type of Canadian landscape do you have personal connections with? He reminded us how the natural environment in Canada can draw us together as a country. Read story.

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Moon Eclipse Featured at Field Naturalists’ Annual Meeting 2003

Press Release
Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists
Submitted by Cliff Bennett
May 20, 2003

Moon Eclipse Featured at Field Naturalists’ Annual Meeting

Full MoonThe night of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ Annual General meeting,Thursday, May 15, coincided with a full eclipse of the moon. To place members in the mood for watching the details later in the night, MVFN member Al Seaman presented a series of slides on the 2000 winter full eclipse of the moon. His presentation was introduced by MVFN member Joel Byrne through a series of his haiku poems on the eclipse as well as conoeing. As it turned out, the recent eclipse was not nearly as spectacular as the blood red moon of the millennium year.

The annual meeting of MVFN was held at Union Hall, corner of County Roads 16 and 9 in Ramsay. After an earlier reception, the meeting was opened by Acting President Cliff Bennett, who outlined several features of the previous year. MVFN is represented on several Boards involving rural clean water, forestry management, municipal official plan creation, development of a regional land trust and two municipal Environmental Advisory Committees. Bennett also expresses satisfaction with a substantial increase in memberships.

Reports of the year’s successes were presented by various BOD members. Financially, the year ended up with a deficit balance but MVFN will have a balanced budget for the new year. Proceedings of this meeting can be found on the website

Two members of the BOD, secretary Karen Richter and Susan Fisher, who chaired the Environmental Issues Committee, have retired. Acting President Cliff presented both with a well-earned gift of appreciation.

Two new Board members were elected;

Elizabeth Wiles, Carp, as secretary and Michael McPhail, Ramsay, to chair the Environmental Issues Committee.

They will join the following slate:
President, Sandy Atack, Ramsay;
Vice-President and chair of the Financial Committee, Michael MacPherson,
Past-President Cliff Bennett, Ramsay;
Treasurer, Reiner Hollbach, Ramsay and
Directors Pip Winters, Almonte, Federation of Ontario Naturalists (FON)
Tine Kuiper, Ramsay, Programme Committee chair;
Jim Bendell, Lanark Highlands, Natural Resources Issues chair;
Franziska VonRosen, Lanark Highlands, Stewardship Council representative;
Eileen Hennemann, Ramsay, Publicity, Publications and Public Relations chair
Yvonne Bendell, Lanark Highlands, Social Convenor.

The final MVFN spring event will be a members only visit to the Duncan’s Organic Farm, Appleton Side Road, on June 8th. Informal canoeing trips are available for members and friends, by contacting Cliff or watching our website. For further information, contact Cliff Bennett at 256-5013 or at .

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