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					                             General Assembly
                Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative (MoBCI)
                 Minutes of the General Assembly Meeting
                              August 20, 2011
                          Days Inn, Columbia, MO

The MoBCI General Assembly met August 20, 2011, in conjunction with the 9th
Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative Conference held at the Peachtree Catering
and Banquet Center, Columbia, Missouri (August 19-20, 2011). The theme for
the Conference was “Bird Habitat: Does A River Run Through It?”

Highlights/actions of the General Assembly are summarized below.

1. Welcome and Opening Remarks

   Charlie Burwick, MoBCI Steering Committee Chair, opened the meeting.
   After welcoming the group and conducting some housekeeping, he gave
   some highlights about MoBCI activities over the past year. With the
   Conference theme being centered around water, Charlie talked about water
   quality and quantity and human issues regarding this precious resource. He
   also mentioned the trying times of decreasing federal funding through the
   State Wildlife Grant (SWG) Federal FY11 budget, but said the Missouri
   Teaming With Wildlife coalition played an important part of getting at least
   some funding. In recognition that the MoBCI grant program receives its
   funding from SWG, he said MoBCI will continue strong and will rise to meet
   the challenge. He then recognized the MoBCI Steering Committee for their
   service the past year.
   Chair Burwick also reported that again, in 2011, several members of the
   MoBCI Steering Committee convened with First Lady Georganne Wheeler
   Nixon to deliver the Governor’s Proclamation declaring May 14, 2011, as Bird
   Conservation Day in Missouri. This year’s proclamation focused on the wood
   duck and the prothonotary warbler.


   2. Roll Call of Member Organizations by Chair.

          a. The roll call of organizations indicated that 23 of the 62
             organizations that make up the MoBCI partnership were present at
             the General Assembly meeting. Several new organizations joined
             MoBCI during 2011.
          b. Charlie also recognized John Burk as the Conference Chair and his
             conference committee members and John, in turn, also recognized
             his members and thanked them.
3. Minutes of 2009 General Assembly Meeting.

      a. MoBCI Secretary Gene Gardner prepared minutes of the August
         28, 2010 General Assembly meeting and made them available for
         review. The 2010 minutes were approved with one minor revision
         noted.

4. Financial Report.

      a. MoBCI Foundation Treasurer Jerry Wade gave a verbal financial
         statement. The Foundation had about $4,000 in checking prior to
         Conference expenditures. He also mentioned potential income
         from Conference registration.
      b. Jerry commented that it takes about $500-600/yr expenses for
         MoBCI operation.
      c. Chair Burwick accepted a motion to approve the MoBCI Foundation
         Treasurer’s report, which was seconded and passed by the
         General Assembly.

5. Election of Steering Committee Representatives

    Chair Charlie Burwick presented a slate of candidates that had agreed to
    continue serving on the MoBCI Steering Committee as their
    organizations’ representative. A list of the following candidates was read
    by Charlie, including Amy Buechler (CFM), Denny Donnell (Columbia
    Audubon Soc.), Gene Gardner (MDC),Dave Graber (DU), Steve Heying
    (Missouri Falconers Assoc.), Alan Leary (MoDOT), and Linda Tossing
    (St. Louis Audubon Soc.). Chair Burwick then opened up the floor for
    additional nominations. Hearing none, a motion was made and seconded
    to adopt the slate of nominations as read (above names) and it was
    unanimously approved.

6. Old Business

       a. Chair Burwick recognized the MoBCI subcommittees for their
           service the past year and gave the subcommittee chairs an
           opportunity to speak.
       b. MoBCI Grants Subcommittee Chair Kelly Srigley Werner
           announced that $82,700 in MoBCI Grant Program funds, provided
           by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the USFWS Private
           Lands Program, NWTF, and some donations had been awarded to
           six (6) grantees through approvals from the MoBCI Steering
           Committee. Originally, $112,200 in grant funds were awarded to
           eight (8) projects, but due to reduced allocations to Missouri from
           the SWG Federal FY2011 budget, and some grantees cancelling
              their projects, MoBCI was unable to fund an additional $90,000 of
              on-the ground habitat restoration projects that were proposed.
          c. Membership – Gene Gardner briefly mentioned that the addition of
              two more partners during the MoBCI Conference put the number
              of organizations that belonged to MoBCI at 62 partners.
          d. Conference committee – John Burk made mention only of the silent
              auction

   7. New Business.
        Amy Buechler reported that she was working with Mike Currier and
        Susan Hazelwood to revamp the MoBCI website to make it easier to
        make changes and be more dynamic. In the coming months, they will
        be updating projects and other information and she welcomed any
        suggestions that people might have to put things on the website.

   8. General Assembly Meeting Adjourned.

         A motion to adjourn was approved by members present.


Respectfully Submitted,
Gene Gardner, Secretary (2007-2012)

				
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