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President's Report - An Excellent May Banquet

The 2018 Appalachian Audubon Banquet was an enjoyable evening shared with our birding and conservation friends.

Program speaker Bob Mulvihill worked all morning at the National Aviary, drove from Pittsburgh, and then presented the evening's program with excitement and enthusiasm. His program described the work of the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, where they connect people with birds through exhibits, programs, and conservation projects

Master of Ceremonies Paul Zeph kept us on schedule and made the evening fun. He also stood beside me for the business meeting, ostensibly to help with projecting the slides, but mostly because I needed the moral support.

The chapter thanked board members who served this year, highlighting those completing their terms: Tracey Ash, Karen Atwood, and Ian Gardner.

Eli DePaulis was given an award for Outstanding Service to the Chapter. His volunteer work, especially with the Trout Run Project, has furthered the conservation and education mission of the chapter

New officers were elected. Serving the chapter for 2018/19:

President - Jane Webster
Vice President - Chris Kemmerer
Secretary - Sarah Klunk
Treasurer - Dan Kemmerer

Board:
Ann DePaulis
Dale Rupert
Tony Arnold
Kevin Shannon
Mary Brenner
John Latsha


Many people pitched in to make the event a success. We send out our thanks to the following:

Thanks to Paul Zeph for preparing the Year in Review and for being a gracious host who makes this challenging job look easy.

Susan Miller has been the moving force behind the Silent Auction for more years than anyone can remember. She works for months rounding up many amazing donations, stores them at her house, and transports them to the banquet. Thanks to the committee members Sue Strassner, Kathy Kuchwara, Mary Brenner, and Lorrie Preston for their help collecting and setting up and to Tracey Ash for handling the cash box. The Silent Auction is the chapter's most successful fundraiser in support of scholarships and a lot of work happens behind the scenes to make it possible. And thanks to all our friends and members for their contributions to the auction.

Photographers Mary Brenner and Rick Price contributed pictures for the Year in Review slide show.

The wonderful cupcakes were donated through an arrangement made by Sarah Klunk.

Beautiful table decorations came from Stauffers by way of Lorrie Preston.

We encourage you to visit the businesses listed below that have supported Appalachian Audubon Society and share your appreciation on behalf of AAS when you make a purchase:

Cupcakes
Kyrsten's Sweet Designs

Certificates or Cards
Bass Pro Shops, Harrisburg
Black N Bleu Restaurant, Mechanicsburg
Bonefish Grille, Camp Hill
Caffe 101, Boiling Springs
Field & Stream/Dick's Sporting Goods
Giant Food Stores
Isaac's Restaurants
Karns Quality Food Stores
Millworks Restaurant, Harrisburg
Olive Garden, Mechanicsburg
Pizza Grille, Camp Hill
Royer's Flowers & Gifts
Stauffer's of Kissel Hill
TCO Outfitters, Boiling Springs
Wegman's, Mechanicsburg
Weis Markets

Merchandise
Ashcombe
Bluebird Society of PA
Davis Country Living Agway
Hanoverdale Agway
Highland Gardens
Noggle's Sweet Meadow Greenhouse
Notes with Nature in Mind
Sarah's Floral Designs