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Most Recent April 2021 Mainstream Newsletter is HERE
Voting for AFS National 2nd Vice Prez
It’s time to vote for the leadership of the Parent Society. If you are an active member, the Parent Society has already sent to you a link to use to cast your vote. Please review the candidates’ bios and cast your vote intelligently. As a side and FYI, a former NCD President and active member of the MN Chapter is one of the candidates. Voting is open until Friday, 25 June. But why wait? Vote now!
New President-Elect Announced
The Executive Committee of the American Fisheries Society-North Central Divisions is pleased to announce that Brian Nerbonne has been elected to the position of Vice President. Brian is currently a Regional Fisheries Supervisor for the Minnesota DNR, overseeing an area that includes Mille Lacs Lake. Brian continues the rich tradition of service to AFS and NCD from Minnesotans like Brad Parsons (NCD President 2005-06), Don Periera (NCD President 1996-97) and Jack Wingate (NCD President 1988-89, AFS President 1995-96). The NCD ExComm would also like to thank Nick Kramer for volunteering to run in this election. Nick has a very bright future in AFS, and we look forward to hearing much from him in future years.
Please join us in congratulating Brian, and thanking Nick.
Parent Society Opportunities to Volunteer
There are two opportunities for NCD folks to step up and volunteer at the National level. The first position will serve as the NCD representative to the AFS National Fundraising Committee. This position will help bring a Society-wide perspective to the fundraising committee for each annual meeting. This is a great opportunity to work with AFS members from other Divisions and also the Society staff.
The second opportunity is to become one of the first AFS Climate Ambassadors. This program seeks to build a community of communicators who can discuss the regional impacts of climate change on fisheries, fish, and habitat. This opportunity requires the completion of an application which is due by November 13, 2020.
President Joseph Conroy has posted his blog for April 2021, and is now available HERE.
New Continuing Education Page (under construction HERE)
The NCD Ambassador Program is a way to encourage more communication and collaboration between our AFS Chapters. The Ambassador Program encourages chapters to “invite over a neighbor” from one of your neighboring states to give a presentation at your annual meeting. Additional info is available HERE.
Underappreciated Fishes Tech Committee
North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society
Draft Strategic Plan 2016–2019
Updated plan is available for review HERE.
The American Fisheries Society requests applications for the Emerging Leader Mentorship Award (ELMA) Program. The purpose of the ELMA Program is to develop future leaders of the Society, and the fisheries profession as a whole, by providing selected candidates an opportunity to participate for one year in activities of the Society Governing Board. Participants in the Program are selected based on their level of involvement in AFS, as well as their potential for assuming leadership of Society units in the future. Click HERE for more information.
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
NCD is now offering a new Jobs Board for our membership (see link above in Top Menu). NCD will post FT and PT positions related to something aquatic / fisheries / habitat / etc. NCD reserves the right to not post your position if it does not line up with AFS’ mission statement. Send postings to NCD Website Manager. For those looking for a job, link is above on the top menu.
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