Our fiscal year ends March 31st; it is always a challenge to report at an October AGM on a year that ended six months earlier!
It is in the summer months that MSA carries out most activities that are of interest to members and the public. The fiscal year of course is when we provide our financial results.
What a difference between those two reporting periods! For a time last year we dropped to just three active directors, but we diligently canvassed our members and local community to rebuild our Board to full strength. With the additional manpower, we have expanded our committee work, and thus lightening the burden of our all-volunteer Board. Certainly this approach has enabled the President to captain the ship, providing direction and guidance, rather than scramble about as chief, cook and bottle-washer!
In accordance with current trends, the Association has entered fully into the digital world of communication. This newsletter is the third issue to present interactive and colourful news to our members. As well as our informative and intuitive Website, we have now a Facebook presence and are reaching out to the public as a whole. We have recently placed a webcam on the river to give real time water conditions to members and the public.
Membership however, remains too low. With your help in the coming months we will begin a drive to encourage greater support for the Association and for the Margaree River.
Financially, MSA is sound and continues to attract sponsorship support. At the AGM we will share with you the exciting news of an endowment that has been provided to the Association and will be a great resource for several years to come. On the other hand, we still need new ideas and projects for successful fundraising.
For 2016 the Board approved the hiring of a Co-ordinator for a six month period. This step is an experiment but has worked well. We have an office presence, and such solid administrative and organizational assistance that we have raised our level of professionalism.
The Co-ordinator provided considerable assistance to all watershed activities as well as fundraising and the commencement of the development of a sponsorship data base.
On the watershed, the Adopt-A-Stream Program was again approved and funded, providing summer employment to four Margaree area residents. The Watershed Study is on-going and we conducted a workshop that brought together input from government and third party representatives, along with our members. A CABIN project is currently underway along with other watershed projects. Be sure to see all our presentations at the Annual General Meeting, Friday October 7th at 7pm, in St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, NE Margaree. As I approach the end of the term to which I was appointed, I am grateful for all the support that I have received.
President - Lester Wood (in year three of three)
Vice President - Bill Haley (in year two of three)
Vice President - Leonard Forsyth (in year one of three)
Secretary - John Stinson (in year two of three)
Treasurer (open) - and eargerly wanted!
MSA Directors & Officers: Leonard Forsyth, Eugene Leblanc, Wayne Cleveland, Paul MacNeil, Bill Haley, John Stinson, Lester Wood, Greg Lovely, Jack Aikens. Mike Allen (Newsletter) Missing: Bert Hart
MSA Directors at Large:
“In accordance with Article 25 of the bylaws, proxy voting is allowed at any Annual , Special Meeting or Board Meeting”.
Should you wish to cast a proxy vote including for the election of members to the board of Directors please e-mail your vote to: President Lester Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will vote in accordance to your direction or failing direction being given then in accordance to their judgment during the AGM for resolutions brought to the floor and for the election of board members.
Margaree Salmon Association