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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.
Annual Business Meeting, Virtually from Minnesota
All Society members are invited to attend the annual business meeting for the NCD, scheduled virtually from the Midwest F&W Conference. Due to a special sponsorship agreement, you do NOT need to register for the Midwest to login in and zoom with NCD Leadership. Meeting is on Tuesday, 2 February 2021, at 10:45 AM CST.
If you have any New Business items, you need to get those to Joe Conroy ASAP (click his name for the email link).
Agenda is HERE.
Zoom Link is HERE.
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 January 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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