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I would like to introduce myself to those of you in the Audubon Society who I haven’t had the pleasure to meet. I am the new president for the 2019-20 year. My involvement with ASO has spanned the last four years as a Board of Director and the 1st Vice President.

Per our new Constitution and Bylaws, it is time to start looking for Board Members for the July 2020/June 2021 term, and we need your help! All members of Audubon Society of Omaha are welcomed and encouraged to submit nominations for leadership positions. If you know someone who has leadership qualities and supports ASO’s mission and vision, let us know. Please make sure you have permission from your nominee before submitting his/her name and information.

Each Officer serves one year and can opt for reelection as long as a term limit has not been reached. Officer positions include President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Each Director serves two years. ASO will have two Directors up for reelection this year. ASO may have Director positions open if any current Directors opt to run for an Officer position or opt not to run for reelection.

Nominations are due by September 30, 2019. Please send your nomination’s name, phone number and email to Virginia Stauffer, 2nd Vice President at vstauffer1@yahoo.com.

Passage of New Constitution and Bylaws Will Help Facilitate ASO’s Growing Needs

During the 2018-2019 fiscal year, ASO bought two properties, launched an environmental education program in schools, had a highly successful student art contest and show, conducted two bird seed sales and approved production of a documentary on the impact of lead in our environment. What a year! During that time, it became evident to the ASO Board of Directors that our existing Constitution and Bylaws, last updated 17 years ago, were no longer adequate to support our growing business endeavors.

As such, in February 2019, the President appointed a Task Force to rewrite ASO’s Constitution and Bylaws to allow for an organizational
infrastructure that better supports current and future business needs. The Task Force completed this work, and the Board approved the resulting rewrite. Additionally, the membership base voted to approve the new Constitution and Bylaws, putting them into effect on July 1, 2019.

The new version of these documents, along with the old version, can be found at audubon-omaha.org/governingdocs.html.

2019 Election of Officers & Constitution and Bylaws Update

Congratulations to the newly elected Board Officers and Directors!

OFFICERS
President Bob: Wells
1st Vice President: Jackie Scholar
2nd Vice President: Virginia Stauffer
Treasurer: Betty Fullerton
Secretary: Shannon Engberg

DIRECTORS
Elizabeth Chalen
Grace Gaard
Anne Maguire

Did you know that this past summer, Audubon Society of Omaha helped fund the relocation of 233 prairie dogs? After their long-time prairie dog town site was sold and quickly turned into a soybean field, local conservation groups scrambled to save the lives of the remaining prairie dogs and ultimately relocate them to the Hutton Niobrara Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. Hear about this amazing story from Laura Stastny, Executive Director of Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc. and an invaluable leader of the prairie dog rescue team!

This year’s banquet will be held at Anthony’s Steakhouse. Reservations can be made online or through the mail. Reservations are due by Friday, May 10th.

Kristal Stoner Named Executive Director of Audubon Nebraska

The National Audubon Society and Audubon Nebraska announced the appointment of Kristal Stoner as Executive Director of Audubon Nebraska and Vice President of National Audubon Society. Kristal joins Audubon after a successful tenure at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, where she most recently served as wildlife diversity program manager.

As head of Audubon Nebraska, Kristal will oversee conservation strategies spanning across the state’s prairies, rivers, working lands, and bird-friendly communities. In the coming months, Kristal will meet with partners, donors, funders and chapter members to strengthen community connections and lay the groundwork for Audubon Nebraska to address new conservation challenges including drought, habitat loss and climate change.

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