As 2020 comes to a close, we reflect on the memories of our time this year. Dedicating time to “education, restoration and preservation” of our precious Blackland Prairie is time well spent. Our wonderful diverse BPTMN membership keeps our chapter going year after year when members join the ranks to provide oversight in leadership roles for projects and our board. We have five board members who have graciously served their terms and our chapter will forever be a stronger organization because of their dedication.
Deborah Canterbury with her friendly smile and listening ear will make you feel right at home at any chapter meeting or event. Working with others to find out our skillsets and interests to start us on our journey as a BPTMN member. Deborah has been selflessly serving our chapter as President, Immediate Past President, Membership and recently State Representative.
Valerie Dalton with her knowledge and organization has kept our meeting minutes, chapter documents and executive board communications for two years as our Secretary. Valerie is always willing to support her fellow members. Valerie will be serving as the 2021 NPSOT President of the Collin County Chapter.
Susan Smith served as the Membership Director while still updating our online calendar with BPTMN events. Happy to answer any questions and working with others for the benefit of our chapter. (She also sent out hand written notes with our pin awards during the Covid-19 pandemic, this little detail felt amazing to be on the receiving end.)
Susan Abernethy served as our Outreach Director. Her easy going style of communication made every event educational and fun. Susan’s hard work helped our chapter reach many Collin & Hunt county residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rick Travis brings his energy for preservation to our chapter and lights the fire in us all to do what we can to make a difference. As Vice President, he has scheduled some of the most amazing Chapter meetings/ Deep Dive Sessions topics and entertaining speakers. Along with his board responsibilities and his additional BPTMN activities, Rick serves as a Board Member on the Frisco Urban Forestry Board. Him and his wife Lisa have enriched our educational programs with their presentations on Trees.
Thank you ladies and gentleman for opening your heart and time to the Blackland Prairie Chapter. Your commitments to the Texas Master Naturalist mission allows the next curious Collin or Hunt county resident the same opportunity to become new BPTMN members.