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As November approaches it is time once again to prepare for the Annual General Meeting. This is usually held in the first week of November and the exact date will be posted shortly and details sent out to all members.

   Over the past year we have increased our number of board members to five. Unfortunately, we face two vacating their positions.

   Having been a board member for three years, Rachel Walker is moving out of town and thus leaving her position as vice-president and land committee chair. We shall miss her input deeply.

   Angie Davey joined us in the spring as secretary and she has decided to step down from the board and remain an active member.

   So, we are looking for people to take on being a board member and involving themselves as an active participant of the development of Malaspina Land Conservancy Society. Positions of secretary, treasurer and vice-president, as well as committee heads for the Land, Fundraising, Membership and Public Engagement committees are available.

   Currently, leadership of the above committees is done by the board, but we need to form strong membership around each committee with interested and knowledgeable leaders reporting to the board.

   We have been asked to assist with the preservation of a large piece of land in the area which could potentially involve a multi-million-dollar long-term fundraising campaign. The board has considered the value of participating in this and would like to proceed. Members will receive more information once details have been ironed out. Innovative fundraising ideas will be required including participation of many people in the campaign.

   This is one of various opportunities coming our way to help preserve land of natural Canadian beauty. It is an example of why we need the strength of a dedicated and willing board.

 Janet Southcott, President

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Moving forward

At our annual general meeting in November 2011 three of our directors, Janet Southcott (nee Alred), Rachel Walker (nee Botting) and Lesley Thorsell remained on the board. Since then we have added Wendy Cocksedge to our board.

This is all good news. Our organization has been progressing through foundation work…forming, becoming non-profit, becoming charitable, and creating our strategic plan. We are now starting to put together and submit proposals for land interests, which is very exciting, and our board members will soon be focusing more directly on the actual work of a land conservancy rather than the setting up of the organization.

But, don’t mistake this to mean we have done all the setting up. Recently, Rachel and Janet attended a board governance course and came away after five weeks realizing that there is still one heck of a lot of things to do.

So, we are looking for more people to not only become members but to become active in the work of the board and on committees. This is an exciting time to be involved and for anyone considering doing so, please contact us at info at malaspinaland dot ca.

At the AGM we showed three short films to emphasize the work of land conservancies. For anyone not able to attend the AGM, click on the following links to access these inspiring films.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdabcHZ820E which is about the Friends of Mississippi River and is almost 7 minutes long.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX5yT7QSyc4 about children and the wilderness, with last child in the woods author Richard Louv, 14 mins long.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huO_NRn34GI which is a great little film about raingardens as well as other ways of slowing down water runoff, 9 mins long.

Just to backtrack a little, back in the fall, 2011, we were delighted to receive a donation of $150 from Powell River Community Foundation. PRCF created Powell River’s Vital Signs report. The foundation decided to calculate carbon offsets to compensate for the energy used to create the report. The sum of $150 was determined and MLCS was the recipient of the funds.

We decided that we will hold the funds and use them specifically for adding more trees to the environment. We intend to do this with any carbon offset money we receive as it seems to be the logical use of such funds.

AGM, November 2011

Janet Southcott, president, at AGM, November 2011

Announcing our 2011 AGM

It is time, once again, for our Annual General Meeting, and we hope that all members and anyone wishing to know more about Malaspina Land Conservancy Society join us on Thursday, November 3 at 7 pm at Vancouver Island University Powell River campus’s room 148.

This year we are looking for new directors. Five of our directors, who have given many hours and dedication to the society, are stepping down. This includes Paul, who has been our Treasurer for the past two years, and has provided us with legal advice over the past three, and David, our secretary and membership committee chair and the person responsible for our website. Both David and Paul have been with MLCS from the start. Also leaving us are Maureen, Judy and Nola. However, all remain as members.

We intend to involve membership more this year. Since our conception we have worked hard to form a strong foundation. It is now time for us to become more active in pursuit of our objectives.

We hope that many members join us for the AGM. If technology works, there will be a couple of short videos about how other land conservancies are preserving land.

To vote at the AGM you must be a member in good standing in the current year as of one week prior to the AGM. Membership is $10 per person. Membership renewals for the 2011/2012 year will be available at the AGM.  To find out more, see an agenda for the AGM, view the Proxy voting form or the membership renewal form, click on the attached PDF.

Janet Southcott (nee Alred)
President

MLCS Call to 2011 AGM

There is a lot going on behind the scenes, as we get ready to start helping local people and groups preserve their lands. Take a look at our Spring newsletter. If you’re interested in getting more involved, please contact us at info@malaspinaland.ca.

50 free memberships!

From the Powell River Peak:

Free membership is being offered for one of Powell River’s newest charities. Malaspina Land Conservancy Society (MLCS) has received a gift from a generous member who has pledged to sponsor the first 50 new members of the society for one year.

The gift is provided to increase public recognition of MLCS and involve more people in its development.

MLCS was formed to assist private land owners, whether individuals, industry or businesses, with decisions relating to the preservation and conservation of their land. “We do this by holding an interest in the land,” said MLCS President Janet Alred. An interest could take the shape of ownership, or a conservation covenant that is placed on a specific area of the property.

The mission of MLCS is the protection of land of natural, agricultural, scenic, recreational or historic value. “We are particularly interested in riparian areas, old growth forest and areas of biological diversity,” said Alred. “Overall, we share a vision of people living within a healthy diverse region where respect for the natural world is paramount.”

Members of the society are invited to participate in field trips to locally preserved land, will have the opportunity to learn about land restoration and can help on many projects, including committees such as membership, public engagement, fundraising and land.

Memberships cost $10 annually for individuals, $30 for organizations and $100 for businesses. “We are able to offer free individual memberships to the first 50 people to join us for the first time. This is an exciting time to join as members can really play a part in the society’s development. We are already in conversation with various land owners about their properties and anticipate launching fundraising campaigns in the near future to preserve land for the local community.”

MLCS will have an information table at the Powell River Film Festival on Thursday, February 17 through Saturday, February 19 at Powell River Recreation Complex.

Yes, you read that right… thanks to our very generous member for a great idea! Here’s to all our new members.

As mentioned recently on this blog, the Malaspina Land Conservancy Society held its 2009–2010 Annual General Meeting on November 2, 2010. This was the opportunity to look back on the last year, have a good discussion among the members present, and elect a new board of directors.

Congratulations to the new board of directors:

  • Janet Alred (President)
  • Rachel Botting (Vice President)
  • David Parkinson (Secretary)
  • Nola Poirier
  • Paul Schachter (Treasurer)
  • Maureen Simmonds
  • Lesley Thorsell
  • Judy Watts

For more information about our directors, see this page.

We’ll be continuing to meet monthly and push forward with our work in various areas (membership, fundraising, public outreach, and especially land acquisition and holding lands in trust).

You are cordially invited to attend our Annual General Meeting!

Please see this PDF for more details.

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Vancouver Island University (Powell River), Room 152

Individual membership is $10.00 and expires at the conclusion of the AGM following the date of payment. Only current paid-up members can vote at the 2010 AGM. Membership applications and dues payment for individuals who are not current members who wish to vote at the 2010 AGM must be received prior to October 26, 2009.

People who are not current members who join and pay their dues for 2010-2011 can participate but not vote in the 2010 AGM. They will be eligible to vote at all subsequent membership meetings up to and including the 2011 AGM.

We hope as many members as possible will attend the meeting. Members who are unable to attend the AGM are encouraged to attend by proxy. You can appoint any current Board member (Janet Alred, Rachel Botting, Eva van Loon, David Parkinson, Denise Reinhardt, Paul Schachter or Judy Watts) or any current member of the Society as your proxy.