Monthly Archives: March 2011

2011 NASC benefit auction announcement

 

The 8th Annual online NASC Benefit Auction is about here.  The auction will run from Saturday, April 23, 2011 until Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Auction forum and rules are located at TerraForums, sponsored by FlyTrapShop.

The auction is NASC's main fundraising event for the year and the lesser of $1500 or 50% of the 2011 auction proceeds are going towards expanding the Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve, in cooperation with our friends at the Nature Conservancy. This site, on the outskirts of the town of Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, includes many lands immediately threatened by expanding development. The region is home to Dionaea muscipula, Drosera brevifolia, capillaris and intermedia, Sarracenia flava, purpurea and rubra, as well as Utricularia inflata and purpurea.

Though it already includes nearly 7,000 acres, we're working to connect disjoint portions of the preserve and create a wider perimeter around the most sensitive areas in order to maximize the value of protections the Nature Conservancy provides

In addition to being rare habitat to the Venus flytrap and a number of other endemic carnivorous plants, the Boiling Spring Lakes are an important center of biodiversity for many other plants and animals, including temperate orchids and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis.) A unique and remarkably varied combination of biomes make this an invaluable region.

Read about the Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve here at the Nature Conservancy website.

Auction proceeds make a tremendous difference in this effort. Your giving is a much-needed investment into the future of Sarracenia, carnivorous plants, and the heritage of America's wilderness. As reported by Renee Elder of the Associated Press, a recent study found that every $1 spent on conservation in North Carolina returns $4 in natural resources:

The community of Boiling Spring Lakes takes great pride in their surrounding natural resources, and is active in promoting conservation through the yearly Fire in the Lakes Festival and other fronts, but they can't do it all on their own.  Let's have a great auction turnout this year and show our support in preserving these natural treasures!

Thanks and have fun!
Joe Granville
Head of Public Relations and Education, NASC

The proceeds from last year were donated to The Nature Conservancy, Georgia for preserving the Federally endangered green pitcher plant (Sarracenia oreophila) listed on the US Endangered Species Act and CITES Appendix I.

Meeting minutes (2011-03-31)

2011-03-31 Monthly

Meeting began at approximately 8:00 PM Central

Board Members Attendance Status:

Emily Troiano, President - present
Ryan Kitko, Vice President - present
Joseph Clemens, Secretary - present
Sheila Stewart, Treasurer - present
Joe Granville, Head of PR and Education – present
Mark Todd, Head of Conservation - present
Victor Holland, Administrator of Plant Materials - present
Yann Rodenas, Member at Large - present
Kris Hardy, Member at Large - present

Business:

> Domain registration transferred from EToolChest to DreamHost

> Dave is meeting with Emily or mailing treasurer materials to Sheila

> Contact Andrew about giving Sheila access to auction archives

> NASC Auction - plant permits needed for sending and receiving plant material between states and other countries -- using previous version of the rules which require auction participants to be individually responsible to follow the rules, as they apply to each individual transaction

> Mark contact TNC

The meeting was called to a close at approximately 9:11 PM Central

Meeting minutes (2011-03-24)

2011-03-24 Monthly

Meeting began at approximately 8:00 PM Central

Board Members Attendance Status:

Emily Troiano, President - present
Ryan Kitko, Vice President - present
Joseph Clemens, Secretary - present
Sheila Stewart, Treasurer - present
Joe Granville, Head of PR and Education – present
Mark Todd, Head of Conservation - present
Victor Holland, Administrator of Plant Materials - present
Yann Rodenas, Member at Large - present
Kris Hardy, Member at Large - present

Business:

Auction:

> Change of auction beneficiary is in the works

> Donations are tax deductible

> CITES listed plants and following rules

Treasurer:

> Still waiting for David to complete treasurer turnover accounts, etc.

Domain Registration/Hosting:

> Motion made and carried for transfer of domain registration of NASarracenia.org to DreamHost

> 501C3 status letter from IRS

> E-tool chest - forward domain

Newsletter:

> Joe -- working with different possible angles for newsletter articles

The meeting was called to a close at approximately 9:17 PM Central

Meeting minutes (2011-03-17)

2011-03-17 Monthly

Meeting began at approximately 8:00 PM Central

Board Members Attendance Status:

Emily Troiano, President - present
Ryan Kitko, Vice President - present
Joseph Clemens, Secretary - present
Sheila Stewart, Treasurer - present
Joe Granville, Head of PR and Education – present
Mark Todd, Head of Conservation - present
Victor Holland, Administrator of Plant Materials - present
Yann Rodenas, Member at Large - present
Kris Hardy, Member at Large - present

Business:

> NASC 2010 Auction --- Loose ends considered closed unless complaints received

> NASC 2011 Auction - April 27- May 24

>>>> No additional progress on legal issues. Still working. <<<<

The meeting was called to a close at approximately 8:44 PM Central

Meeting minutes (2011-03-10)

2011-03-10 Monthly

Meeting began at approximately 8:00 PM Central

Board Members Attendance Status:

Emily Troiano, President - present
Ryan Kitko, Vice President - present
Joseph Clemens, Secretary - present
Shiela Stewart, Treasurer - present
Joe Granville, Head of PR and Education – present
Mark Todd, Head of Conservation - present
Victor Holland, Administrator of Plant Materials - present
Yann Rodenas, Member at Large - present
Kris Hardy, Member at Large - absent

Business:

> Updates to website, in the works

> email aliases verified updated

> joe is planning to begin work on newsletter

> Sheila printing brochures for event

> Petition about plant poaching penalties $100-500 per plant - Ryan and Yann to help Joe compose petition.

> Project status board -- catching it up to date, Emily and Mark

> Joseph Update of project status reminders. Send out call for status on Mon/Tue before meeting. Also call for agenda items for upcoming meeting.

The meeting was called to a close at approximately 8:44 PM Central