|Posted on December 2, 2020 at 9:05 AM|
This past year has been challenging to say the least. COVID has changed nearly everything in 2020, including how we, Friends of Vernon Marsh, have functioned as an organization. Because of COVID we cancelled all summer activities and because of this we've not had an opportunity to get together for a long time. Only recently did we conduct an outdoor event, our fall clean-up. It was nice to get active in the Marsh again. Also, because of COVID, we've put all our membership and fundraising activities on hold. And now, we need to announce that we have cancelled this year's Annual Meeting. Our Board discussed a number of options at its most recent "virtual meeting" but because of our inactivity this past year, and the fact that COVD is still very much a threat the Board decided that it would be best to cancel this year's annual meeting.
I've had the opportunity to be in the Marsh this past summer for solitary visits and it has been gratifying to see so many people out there. The pandemic has shown us how valuable natural areas, like the Vernon Marsh, are to all of us! When we get outdoors we're reminded of what the natural world brings to our lives. It reminds us that no matter how bad it gets, the water still flows in the Fox River, the geese still migrate, the owls still hoot at night, and yes, the mosquitos still bite! In other words nature grounds us and prepares us to better cope with the complicated pressures of the day!
We're hoping that soon vaccines will be distributed and life can get back to some level of "normal". But for now, please stay safe, enjoy your family and friends to the extent that you can and please get out and safely take a walk in the Marsh! You'll be glad you did.
Now, as I mentioned, we're not meeting formally this year for our Annual Meeting. But, I have attached a ballot, and a membership form. Please vote and renew your membership for 2021. Send in your ballot by email or US mail, the addresses are on the form. We look forward to your renewal and promise that next year we'll be back and active again. We're already planning a Spring Clean-Up and we're especially pleased to share a hold-the-date announcement for June 12, 2021 for our annual Spring Canoe/Kayak Trip!
As quiet as 2020 has been, we haven't stopped everything. Take a look at our website and visit our Vernon Marsh Stories page. Listen to Dick's interview to see how the Marsh has been part of his life. Watch for more interviews and videos in 2021. We are also excited to continue work with the DNR on a new trail in the Marsh. We're working on a grant proposal to help fund a number of sections of boardwalk that will be required. We'll be looking for volunteers to help build and maintain trail sections of this new trail in the future. Stay tuned!
Thank you and stay safe.
Allen Stasiewski, president Friends of Vernon Marsh