After the usual pot luck lunch, Friends president Bill Barber held the business meeting which quickly went through the minutes, treasurer’s report, and passing of new by-laws amendments.  New members of the board were voted on and welcomed, including new vice president Alice Berry and new members at large Anne Best, Ruth Cortnell, Jan Evans, and Lois Katanik.

Myles Marcus, Alison Rilling, and President Bill Barber enjoy the potluck

Thanks went out to people for the various jobs done over the year, with special thanks to Myles Marcus for organizing trips and Alison Rilling for all her work on Gardening for Life.

CCMNH Executive Director Bob Dwyer gave the annual state of the museum address

CCMNH executive director Bob Dwyer was introduced and gave an update on the work of the museum over the past year.  He said that he had thought 2016 would be a smooth sailing year after several years of getting things in place. That hope was short lived as the Butterfly House project popped up soon into the new year. Although it required lots of work to get it up and running, the butterfly house and pollinator path have proved a great success and real attraction for the museum.

Nancy Wigley and new vice president Alice Berry read the bylaws

Bob outlined a number of activities – Mud Flat Mania, Owl Eyes, Green Halloween, miniature golf, and others as particularly well attended, with estimated overall attendance at the Museum at almost 50,000 people.  He talked about continuing to explore cooperation with the Audubon and Green Briar organizations for shared resources and grant funding.  The projects associated with biomimicry are dear to his heart and he looked forward to using new technology to enhance the educational offerings at the museum.

Friends Board of Directors, Front row: Julie O’Neill, Bill Barber, George Tyner, Back Row: Fred Bukowski, Myles Marcus, Anne Best, Jan Evans, Ruth Cortnell, Alice Berry, Lois Katanik, Alison Rilling

Bob also hoped that the Friends would be open to fund raising possibilities as well as continuing its programming, social activities and volunteering.  He made a special point of saying how the Museum couldn’t operate without its many volunteers.

Dee Anson helps Friends renew their memberships for 2017