Thursday, Dec 1, 7pm
December Program: Winter Birding
Urbana Free Library Auditorium
Winter is a great time to get to know our cold-season residents including some unlikely sojourners. Learn about the birds you can encounter and tips on how to bring them to your backyard. Brian Stearns will lead our presentation. We’ll also share about the Christmas Bird Count and how to be part of this fun-filled tradition.
The December program meeting is also the annual CCAS meeting when the membership elects officers and members‑at‑large. The Nominating Committee respectfully submits the following candidates to fill board positions. Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to serve on the board!
- Co-Presidents: Sara Johnson and Cheryl Pettus
- Vice President: John Dunkelberger
- Secretary: Charlene Anchor
- Treasurer: Allan Penwell
- Members-at-Large (2 year terms): Beth Chato, Brody Dunn, and Carie Nixon
CCAS Newsletter to go (Mostly) Paperless in 2017!
Our biggest expense at CCAS is paper newsletters. Right now all new members (through NAS and CCAS) automatically receive a paper newsletter. We send approximately 450 newsletters out for nine months of the year, which has a high cost with printing and bulk mail. We're also concerned about the environment; being good stewards probably doesn't include printing almost 10,000 sheets of paper a year!
Instead, starting February 2017 we're switching our "default" enrollment. All members who provide an e-mail address will be sent the e-newsletter.
But fear not! If you strongly prefer the paper copy we will send it upon request to those who have paid the $15 annual membership dues for CCAS. This is in addition to any dues paid to NAS and directly funds our local programs, research and conservation efforts. We will be sending out CCAS renewal notices beginning in November and you can let us know then that you would like to continue receiving the paper copy.
Thank you for your understanding as we move to a greener solution!
Membership Form Changes
National Audubon Society has recently changed their process for how local chapters forward membership dues to them. It is much more time intensive for our treasurers to manage this system, and in researching the issue we’ve found that NAS encourages all members to join and renew online. They also offer an extensive renewal program for all NAS members and ask chapters to refrain from offering renewal services to any member in order to avoid confusion and the creation of multiple memberships.
Because of the switches at NAS, CCAS has decided that we will no longer accept membership dues on behalf of the National Audubon Society for 2017 memberships. Instead, we encourage you to follow the links to online membership forms and the phone number for NAS Member Services department on our forms and membership webpage. NAS will also continue to mail renewal forms to members.
CCAS will continue to accept dues and donations intended for Champaign County Audubon Society. We are available to answer any questions you may have about your memberships with Champaign County Audubon Society and National Audubon Society.
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