LOUISIANA ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
MINUTES OF THE 2006 FALL MEETING
 
Grand Isle, Louisiana - Friday, October 27, 2006

At 7:05 P.M. President Bill Fontenot welcomed members and guests, especially Grand Isle residents and new members were asked to stand and introduce themselves.

Bill thanked those who worked to organize the meeting:
1. Josie Cheramie of the GI Tourist Bureau who helped with the procuring of the Community Center, Friday’s snacks and the Banquet
2. The Grand Isle Community Development Team for the Banquet and Friday’s snacks
3. Judith O’Neale, Joelle Finley, Joseph Vallee and Eluoise Mullen for working the registration and sales table

Bill introduced the officers and board of directors of LOS: President Bill Fontenot, Vice-President Nancy Menasco ( not present), Treasurer Judith O’Neale, Secretary Joelle Finley, Past-President Karen Fay (not present), Board members Ed Wallace, Joan Brown (not present) and David Booth (not present), and Jim Ingold (not present), JLO editor.

Bill thanked Kay Radlauer and Dennis Demcheck for their 4 years of service publishing the LOS News. They will be missed. Bill asked for a volunteer to take over the responsibility of publishing the LOS News.

Bill introduced Dave Patton, the field trip coordinator for the National ABA Convention that will be held in Lafayette in April, 2007. On April 23, 5-600 birders will descend on Lafayette. Local birders will be needed to co-lead the trips along with professional guides. Volunteers will get the convention package FREE. This is a $590 package which includes free lodging, meals, and meeting registration. The job of the volunteers would be to accompany the bus tours, “sheppard the flock”, and keep the tour on track. Volunteer sign up sheets were passed around.

Bill announced the passing of LOS member Clyde Mattison. Clyde was an active LOS member who lived in Pineville. Donations can be made to the Alexandria Zoo where Clyde volunteered.

Bill introduced tonight’s speaker, Lafayette native Bill Vermillion. Bill received his college degree in Wildlife Management at ULL and worked at the Acadiana Park Nature Station, the LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Natural Heritage Program, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and is currently with the Gulf Coast Joint Venture Bird Conservation Program. The title of his talk was “Integrated Bird Conservation in the Gulf Coast Joint Venture”.

Bill announced that Saturday’s field trip would leave from the parking lot of the Sureway Grocery at 8:00 AM. Park on the right hand side only and do not block the loading dock.

Bill announced to please turn in badges if you were not coming back Saturday night.

Bill bid everyone a good night and good birding. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Grand Isle, Louisiana - Saturday, October 28, 2006

President Bill Fontenot called the meeting to order at 7:20 P.M. and welcomed members, guests, and Grand Isle residents. New members were asked to stand and introduce themselves.

Bill thanked those who worked to organize the meeting:
1. Josie Cheramie of the GI Tourist Bureau who helped with the procuring of the Community Center, Friday’s snacks and the Banquet
2. The Grand Isle Community Development Team for the Banquet and snacks
3. Judith O’Neale, Joelle Finley, Eluoise Mullen and Joseph Vallee for working the registration and sales tab

Bill introduced the officers and board of directors of LOS: President Bill Fontenot, Vice-President Nancy Menasco (not present), Treasurer Judith O’Neale, Secretary Joelle Finley, Past-President Karen Fay and board members Ed Wallace, Joan Brown (not present), David Booth (not present). Also introduced was Jim Ingold, the editor of the JLO (not present).

Bill announced that Dennis Demcheck and Kay Radlauer were resigning as editors of LOS News after 4 years and asked them to come forward to receive their gifts. Dennis was given a copy of the new National Geographic Field Guide and Kay was presented with an IBWP pin. Bill made a plea for a volunteer to step forward to publish the LOS News.

Treasurer Judith O’Neale presented the treasurer’s report.

Bill introduced Dave Patton. Dave explained the need for volunteers to assist the leaders during the upcoming ABA Convention to be held in Lafayette in April. The volunteers would receive free registration, hotel and meals and will be able to attend all functions of the meeting. A sign up sheet was passed through the audience.

Election of Officers:
Ed Wallace representing the nominating committee (Joan Brown, David Booth, Ed Wallace, and Nancy Menasco) presented the nominations.
President: Bill Fontenot
Vice-president: Nancy Menasco
Secretary: Joelle Finley
Treasurer: Judith O’Neale
SW Board Member: Jackie Duncan Ed asked for any nominations from the floor. Karen Fay moved to accept the slate of nominations, Joseph Valle seconded. There was a unanimous vote from the floor. Bill thanked the nominating committee for their work.

Bill introduced the evening’s speaker, Chris Brantley. Chris is a USACE biologist, long time birder and Grand Isle CBC compiler. He spoke on “The Effects of Hurricane Katrina on Birds in Southeastern Louisiana”.

Former LOS President Dave Patton called the checklist. 157 species were seen, the most notable being a black-throated grey warbler.

Karen Fay announced that as a fund raiser for LOS she would organize a two week birding trip to Peru in November, 2007. The cost and itinerary would be announced later. If interested you can e-mail Karen at lamskite@aol.com

Joelle Finley announced that the Winter LOS meeting would be held in LaPlace at the Quality Inn LaPlace. Hotel reservations can be made by calling (985)652-5544. Field trips are being organized by Jennifer Coulson and will include trips to Venice, Bayou Sauvage, Big Branch, Bonnet Carre Spillway and a canoe trip led by Byron Almquist. Please make reservations now and plan on attending.

Wayne Keller from the Grand Isle Port Commission will offer free sailboat rides to anyone interested. Please see Bill for his phone number.

Jane Patterson along with Richard Gibbons is looking for volunteers to work on the Louisiana Winter Bird Atlas. This is a three year project and volunteers would have to commit 20 hours/quadrant. The website will be up and running on December 10. http://www.LSU.edu/birdcenter

Jean Landry thanked LOS for coming to Grand Isle.

Bill reminded everyone to turn in their name badges before leaving.

Judith O’Neale moved that the meeting be adjourned, seconded by Karen Fay. The vote was unanimous and the meeting was adjourned at 8:50 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Joelle Finley
LOS Secretary

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