Friends Annual Meeting
Thank you for joining us at our Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Meeting on February 8, 2020!
Friends of Bosque del Apache Board and staff welcomed over ninety people to the Friends Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 8, 2020 in the Lannan Room of Bosque del Apache’s Visitor Center. In the past, we’ve held our annual meeting in autumn, but as our fiscal year (FY) runs April 1 of one year through March 31 of the next, we moved our meeting such that we could more easily report the final results of our FY 2019 projects and finances, as well as sharing news of our current year to date. The day started with a taco bar buffet lunch catered by the San Antonio Crane, accompanied by live music from Jen Exten. Friends Board President Jack Lockridge welcomed our guests and later opened the business portion of the meeting.
Attendees were excited to meet our new refuge manager, Deb Williams, and to hear about her USFWS history, Bosque del Apache 2019 progress and future refuge plans. See the video below.
During the business meeting, members reelected Jim Lommen as Vice President and elected four new board members: Linda Barker, Jon d’Alessio, Cathy Eells, and Forest Graber. For biographies on each board member, please see the 2021-2021 Board Member Biographies link below. After the business meeting and the introduction of Deb Williams, keynote speaker Geoffrey Haskett of National Wildlife Refuge Association (Washington, DC) presented and then led a lively discussion about the importance of advocacy and how each< voice makes a difference in protecting wild places and wildlife.
For your convenience, we recorded the keynote speaker and the discussion that followed. Please watch the videos below the slides. The meeting ended with everyone enjoying cake in honor of Bosque del Apache’s 80th birthday. Note that there are links below to see the highlights from 2019, 2018 and 2017 meetings. And remember, none of this would be possible without you! Thank you for being a Friend of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge!