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Fall 2018 Newsletter

Friends of Lower Muskingum River

Monthly News Roundup

October 18, 2018

The following is a slightly shortened version of this month’s board meeting minutes, provided to the FLMR membership to keep you up to date with what is going on in FLMR.

In attendance were board members Sam Powell, Ty Williams, Brad Bond, Matt Halfhill and Doug Albaugh; executive director Tiffany Harvey, and guest Di Krivchenia.

Continuing Business:

Marcum conservation easement — Ryan and Jessica Balsley have visited the property again and walked more of it.  They are comfortable with the terms of the conservation easement, as discussed with them on September 20, and reported in the September board meeting minutes.  They would like to have it in writing, and Doug told them that we will provide this when they decide to buy the property.

FLMR Annual Dinner and Auction – So far we have received only ten paid reservations.  Tiffany will ask Brian Vadakin to advertise the dinner on the auction web page, and will see about an op-ed article in the Marietta Times.  Twenty-four items have been donated for the auction. The board helped assign reserve (opening bid) values, which Tiffany will email to Brian so the auction can be set up right away.

River Cleanup at Devols Run – on October 6, the crew team picked up trash and used their boats to haul it.  The boats worked well, but there was a problem with sorting at the Recycle Center because the crew team didn’t know which items are recyclable.  

New Business:

LTA Rally – Tiffany attended the Land Trust Alliance Rally in Pittsburgh last week, and found it to be very beneficial.  Topics included a counter to record trail usage, conservation easement templates, and updated information about land trust accreditation.

Newsletter – the fall newsletter is done and almost ready for distribution.

Future Dates:

Next FLMR board meeting – Thursday, November 15, 3:00 p.m., at Beverly Library.

October 27, 9:00 to 12:00 – pollinator habitat workday at Luke Chute Conservation Area to install benches (donated by K.C. Harvey) along the trails, and to remove tree-of-heaven and other tree seedlings

November 17 – FLMR Annual Dinner and Auction, 5 to 9, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Respectfully submitted,

Doug Albaugh, Secretary

Friends of Lower Muskingum River Dinner and Auction
Festivities begin at 5pm with a wine social, followed by dinner at 6pm, and an Auction at 7PM.
When: Nov 17 from 5 to 9pm
Where: Knights of Columbus Hall at 312 Franklin St, Marietta
Tickets are $35 per person. Please RSVP by Nov. 12th by mailing your check to the FLMR office at 348 Muskingum Dr., Marietta, OH 45750 or RSVP on our facebook event at the FLMR FB page.

Online Auction:You may bid online from 10/20/2018-11/17/2018 at cpa.hibid.com. See www.muskingumriver.org for more information. Items include: antique row boat, triple pygmy kayak, MAC kayak tours, $100 LifeProof gift card, $50 Frogg Toggs gift card, Cincinnati Red’s tickets, drone imaging services, and more!Fall 2018 NewsletterFall 2018 Newsletter

Summer Grant Matching Campaign

June 28 @ 8:00 am – December 31 @ 5:00 pm

A community member has issued a challenge to the rest of us, in the form of a matching donation.  This person has agreed to match dollar for dollar all donations we receive this summer.  This is a great opportunity to have double the impact for your donation – your donation of $200, for example, will result in $400 going towards our mission.  FLMR is a registered 501 (c)3 organization, so your donation is tax deductible, too.  Your donation will help to fund purchase of new properties, educational outreach programs for adults and children, and so much more.  Our generous donor has agreed to match all donations up to $15,000.  Will you help us rise to the donor’s challenge and meet this goal?   Donations can be mailed to our office, dropped off at our table at the Farmers Market, or made through the PayPal link on our website, so it really could not be easier.