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CONSERVATION LAB MINUTES OF 12-7-2019
1. The WCAS Conservation Lab met at 1:00 p.m. on December 7, 2019 at Bethany Church to plan our activities for 2020. Attending were Kurt Miske, Pat McGuigan, Amanda Sebrosky, Karen Czerniawski, Jess Bibbo, Julie West, Joe Reardon, Monica Marshall, Paula Miller, Betsey O'Hagan, Janelle Reardon, Bruce Missig, Tom Romito, Mary Romito, and Kaoru Tsubone. Kurt opened the Lab and Tom facilitated the conservation.
2. AGENDA. Tom presented the following agenda:
3. GOAL. Tom said that the lab developed the following goal statement at its November 7, 2019 meeting: The goal of Urban Birding Cleveland is to increase the diversity and number of guardians of nature in Cleveland.
4. MISSION. Tom said that the Lab developed the following mission statement at its November 7, 2019 meeting: The mission of Urban Birding Cleveland is to engage and educate people about birding and improve our neighborhoods.
5. VISION. Then worked on a vision statement for UB Cleveland. Tom explained that in strategic planning for non-profit organizations, a goal is the “what” that an organization does, the mission is “how” the organization does it, and the vision is “why” the organization does it, or what Cleveland would look like if we accomplished our goal by performing our mission. We brainstormed some ideas of what the vision is. Here are those ideas:
-There would be more native plantings, which would attract more birds.
-Cleveland would reduce its crime rate by redirecting positive energy toward its citizens.
-The networking and cross-fertilization of people would break down barriers.
-Workforce development would expand people’s horizons and increase civic pride.
Tom later blended these ideas together and drafted the following vision statement:
The vision of Urban Birding Cleveland is to build a citizen-friendly city that redirects energy toward crime rate reduction, growing of native plants, attraction of birds, networking that removes barriers among citizens, and workforce development that puts people to work and increases their civic pride in our city.
6. AFTER-ACTION REVIEW. We then reviewed the results of the UB Cleveland Festival after-action meeting, which took place at 4310 Bush Ave. on November 24, 2019. Tom presented the following output from that meeting, along with critiques that Lab members made:
7. NATIVE PLANT SALE. Lastly, we laid down some basic ideas about renewing our native plant sale project in 2020. Here are those ideas:
8. NEXT LAB. Kurt led the group in deciding when the Lab should meet again. We agreed to meet on Saturday, January 4, 2019 at Bethany Church.
9. ADJOURNMENT. Kurt adjourned the Lab at 3:30 p.m.
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