By Bill Hopkins
Most of us now have access to cameras and smartphones with the capability of taking video. Take advantage of this and use your creative abilities to make a short video expressing the beauty and importance of Texas native plants.
This year the Native Plant Society of Texas is sponsoring a contest for short videos organized around a choice of one the following three themes.
- Native Plants = Healthy Habitats – The relationship and interdependence of native plants and wildlife.
- Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas – The Monarch butterfly migration in Texas and its dependent on native plants such as milkweed and nectar plants.
- My Native Plant Project – Show and tell about a project you or your chapter is doing to promote or conserve native plants or habitats.
To enter the contest send an .mp4 or YouTube ready video file to email@example.com by September 15, 2016. A judging period will take place from September 16th through September 30th, 2016. The winning video in each category will be recognized during the 2016 Fall Symposium in October.
Videos should be at least 45 seconds in length and no more than 5 minutes maximum.
All videos will be posted on the Native Plant Society of Texas Playlist on YouTube. They may also be posted on the Society website and social media pages.
To subscribe to a mailing list and receive continuing updates and and reminders of deadlines about the contest send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Bill Hopkins
The State Board met on January 16 and renewed contracts and adopted a budget for 2016. The board voted to pursue additional funding in order to expand the Bring Back the Monarch program, and also approved a theme of “Conservation and Climate Change” for the Fall Symposium to be held at an undetermined site in the North Texas area the weekend of October 15.
The board met at the Gillespie County Historical Society building in Fredericksburg. Pictured above are Linda Knowles, president; Bill Hopkins, past president; Cecil Carter, president-elect; Stephen Breuggerhoff, VP communications; Deedy Wright, VP education; Theresa Thomas, VP administration; Martha Peet, VP finance; and Kay Jenkins, chapter liaison. Not shown are Kathy Trizna and Kevin Janni. Photo courtesy of Cindy Stone.
By Bill Hopkins
Chapters with the highest percentage increase and highest numerical increase in memberships in the first quarter of 2016 will be recognized at the State Board meeting in April.
This is the third year for the contest. Rules are the same as in previous years. We”ll make a record of the number of memberships at each chapter on the morning of January 1. Then on the morning of April 1, we’ll check the number of memberships again and calculate the percentage of increase.
In the fall of 2014 the Membership Committee decided on a friendly competition among chapters to call attention to the need for new members and to make chapters and members both aware of all the tools that are available to them to help with attracting and retaining members. Membership has steadily increased since the first year of the contest after remaining steady for many years.
Members can find many ideas to help their chapter on our website and in the Chapter Leader Handbook. A tool that many chapters have found useful is these Ten Tips for Increasing Membership.