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Featured Meeting Speaker – Merikay Smith
Merikay Smith, a Master Gardener (MG) since 2007, former chair of the MG Speakers Bureau, and member of the Boards of the Muddy Branch Alliance and the Seneca Creek Watershed Partners, will speak to us about the “Lower Seneca.”
Merikay has been project leader for multiple conservation landscaping projects funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust including a meadow and rain garden at the Izaak Walton League national headquarters and at historic Pleasant View
With avid gardeners for parents and grandparents, Merikay has been surrounded by blooming plants and eating home-grown foods all her life. Merikay has a 2-acre garden in Darnestown where, with the help of her husband and son, she is converting a vast expanse of lawn into a healthier habitat of trees, shrubs, and perennials
Proposed Change to the Bylaws
At the Board of Governors meeting on January 20, 2021, the addition of the Information Technology (IT) to Article XI, Section 1 and Section 2 was proposed. These proposed changes were accepted by the Board of Governors and will be incorporated into the bylaws upon a majority vote of the membership at the February 17, 2021 Membership Meeting. Below are the motion and the proposed amendments.
Motion: A motion to add the Information Technology Committee as a Permanent Committee under Public Relations and Programs by an amendment to Bylaws Article XI – Committees, Section 1 and Section 2.
- Article XI, Section 1. The Public Relations and Education Committee shall be chaired by the Chapter Corresponding Secretary and include the following: Chairpersons of Hunter Safety, Firearms Safety, Conservation Education, Legislation, Information Technology (IT), and Public Relations and Programs. (Amended October 2003, Amended February 17, 2021)
- Article XI, Section 2. The Chapter President shall appoint chairpersons for: Constitution and By-Laws, Building Maintenance, Equipment Maintenance, Grounds & Roads Maintenance, Forestry, Wildlife Management, Ponds and Streams, Nature Trail, Rifle and Pistol Range, Trap and Skeet Range, Archery Range, Camp Ground, Hunter Safety, Firearms Safety, Legislation, Public Relations & Conservation Education, Information Technology (IT), and other ad hoc committees as he shall deem necessary for chapter operations and to plan, coordinate, and implement special studies, programs, or events. Such studies, programs, or events shall be in keeping with the policies and goals of the Chapter. (Amended September 18, 1986, Amended October 2003, Amended February 17, 2021)