Cover of the Fall 2013 issue of Currents magazine, which was the last published printed issue. Photo caption: An Ogeechee tupelo photographed by Carlton Ward Jr. spreads its branches over a shallow sandbar colored orange by tannin-stained water flowing from the Okefenokee Swamp.
While flipping through old NANPA printed publications
recently, it hit me that I’ve been contributing to our communications for
nearly 25 years, so it seemed timely for NANPA’s 25th birthday year,
that I share a bit of NANPA’s communication’s history. I started writing for NANPA immediately after
the 1994 Forum in Ft Myers, Florida and volunteered in some capacity –committee
member, committee chair, advisor, editor/proofreader, project manager, etc.
since. I can’t count how many articles I
wrote, researched, interviewed for, ghost-wrote, assigned or edited through the
years. In the early years, all
communications were printed and mailed to members; and I saved sample copies of
almost every issue.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” I thought about that proverb a lot during the NANPA High School Scholarship Program in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where I was one of the instructors. A month ago, ten high school students from around the country spent a week learning about photography, conservation, ethics, biodiversity and a whole lot more through this annual program, made possible by your donations to the NANPA Foundation.
Susan Day on a foggy morning in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo by Richard Day
June 30 is the last day for Gordon Illg’s term as NANPA’s 25th president and when the board terms for Sean Fitzgerald and Ted Moreno end.
If there was a prize for the most meetings presided over, Gordon definitely qualifies! In the last twelve months, Gordon led twelve teleconference board meetings, three teleconference executive committee meetings, two in-person multi-day board meetings, and the NANPA Business meeting held at the 2019 Summit in Las Vegas. Not to mention, he participated in almost weekly meetings with me plus dozens of committee and planning meetings in the past year. Gordon has been great to work with, and even though he travels a lot for his workshop business, he was always available to answer questions and kept in regular contact with me. Gordon will continue his board service to NANPA as Past President for another year—where he’ll still get to attend plenty of meetings (but won’t have to lead them!)