of West Virginia
WV Master Naturalist Annual Meeting
(North Bend State Park)
June 11, 2016 – 7:00 PM
The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Ellen Hrabovsky at 7:00 PM.
Chairperson Hrabovsky welcomed all and recognized each chapter. Chapters represented were:
Further recognition was given to Jim Fregonara and the staff at the Elkins DNR facility for their
support of the conference, Sue and Russ McClain for their contributions to the program, and
Denise Gwinn for her maintenance of the Master Naturalist website. Also recognized were
Kristi Steed and Ken Zebo of North Bend State Park for their support in planning and their
constant presence to make the conference a success.
Chairman Hrabovsky announced that the 2017 Master Naturalist Conference will be held at
Chief Logan Lodge and State Park on June 9 – 11, 2017. The Kanawha Valley Chapter will be
Chairman Hrabovsky presented proposed locations for the 2018 Conference. They were
Cacapon State Park, North Bend State Park, and Davis & Elkins College. A vote of all present
was taken with Cacapon State Park being selected unanimously.
Sue Flowers presented the slate of nominees for the election of committee seats. Chairman
Hrabovsky requested further nominations from the floor. No further nominations were made.
Tommy Zeitz moved the nominations be closed; Emily Grafton seconded the motion. The
motion passed and the nominees were elected unanimously.
Chairperson – Ellen Hrabovsky
Vice Chairperson – Andy Dalton
Secretary – Bernie Howe
Member-at-large – Anne Wakeford
Dr. Dave McShaffrey announced that he would be setting up a moth trap after dark and giving a
presentation on moths.
Recognition was given to the instructors participating in this year’s conference.
A suggestion was made that new graduates be recognized each year at the conference. This will
be taken under advisement.
Becky Linger moved and Barb Howe seconded adjournment of the meeting.
Bernie Howe, Secretary
NEW CHAPTER SCHEDULES
Chapters are starting to announce their schedules for the coming year. Check under Local Chapters to see if your chapter has been posted.
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