2014 Annual Meeting

 Texas Master Naturalist 15th Annual Meeting

October 24-26, 2014

Mo Ranch, Hunt, TX

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 Annual Meeting. The dates for the 2015 Annual Meeting are October 23-25, 2015. Keep checking back for more updates.

The dates and location for the 15th Annual  Meeting are October 24-26, 2014 at Mo Ranch in the heart of the Texas Hill Country on the Guadalupe River near Hunt, Texas.

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Keynote Presentation:
Award Ceremonies:
TMN Saturday Award Ceremony PDF
TMN Sunday Award Ceremony PDF

The Annual Meeting Agenda and Advanced Training descriptions can be found by clicking below
2014 TMN Annual Meeting Agenda Descriptions

Congratulations to the North Texas Chapter and to Dawn Hatch for winning 1st and 2nd place in the Video Contest! Both videos can be found on our YouTube channel, Texas Master Naturalist Program, or by clicking on the links below.

2014 Annual Meeting Project Fair:

The Texas Master Naturalist Program holds this competition during our Annual Meeting and Advanced Traning to share and award the premier projects of the TMN Program. Members continually list this method as a favorite way to learn about projects other chapters are doing and how they may be able to replicate such projects in their areas.Chapters entering a display into the contest will need to provide a short paragraph describing the project no later than Friday, October 17 to Michelle Haggerty at mhaggerty@ag.tamu.edu.Full details can be found here: TMN Project Fair 2014.

Enter the Photo and/or Art Contest:
The Photo & Art contest at the annual meeting has seven categories. Contest rules are below. If no one from your chapter will be attending the annual meeting, yet you would like to still enter an item into the popular vote contests please send the chapter item to Michelle Haggerty. Entries must be submitted by the time designated on the schedule on Friday, the opening day of the meeting, at the area designated for art and photos. The entries must be labeled with the owners name, chapter, category and title of the work.

    •  All entries must be the original work of and submitted by a Master Naturalist volunteer.
    • Photos must be Texas-specific (i.e. taken in Texas).
    • Entries are limited to one per category per individual.
    • Photographs should be 8×10 and mounted on a stiff backing for display purposes.
    • The photos must be unmated, unframed and have no digital enhancements.
    • Categories: (1) Plants, (2) Wildlife, (3) Scenic and (4) Master Naturalist at Work/Play.
    • Art categories: (1) drawings & paintings, (2) sculpture & Carvings and (3) sewing and stitchery.
    • The scrapbooks, chapter newsletters and chapter brochures compete in separate categories.
    • Judging will be done by: (1) by a panel of judges and (2) popular vote of the attendees. Awards will be for both judging types. Ballots for the popular vote are found in your registration packet. Winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on Sunday morning. If there are less than five entries in a given photo or art category, a placement ribbon may not be awarded.
Silent Auction Fundraiser:
This year we are asking for wide-spread assistance in seeking donations for the silent auction planned for the Annual Meeting.  Master Naturalists not planning to attend the Annual Meeting are encouraged to contribute to this effort also, by donating an item and having a member who is attending the meeting deliver it for you.   Money raised by the silent auction is used for TMN project grants, scholarships to the annual meeting and to bring in big name speakers/presenters and trainers for future annual meetings.  Popular items from past silent auctions include items, or gift baskets of items, unique to your region; naturalist guides and books, autographed books or artwork, limited edition items, outdoor gear for the nature enthusiast, overnight stays at Bed & Breakfasts,  and wildlife training classes, workshops and guided tours.  If it’s something you’d like then someone else will like it too!  Please notify the Lindheimer Chapter silent auction coordinators of the items you are donating in advance.  By downloading and filling out the header of a Silent Auction Bid Sheet and emailing it to LindheimerMN.Auction@gmail.com, your donation will be pre-registered.

To help with the overwhelming requests for single rooms and hotel style accommodations, a list of commuter options including hotels, inns, bed & breakfasts, and cabin share options that are within a short drive of Mo Ranch has been put together. The list can be found below.
TMN Annual Meeting Commuter Options (WORD)
TMN Annual Meeting Commuter Options (PDF)


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