Date: 7/14/20 5:16 pm From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> Subject: [ia-bird] election of IOU board members
The election of IOU officers and board members normally takes place during the spring meeting. These aren't normal times and the cancellation of the spring meeting has forced us to take a different approach to holding the 2020 IOU election.
Mary Beth Hunt resigned as Treasurer effective July 1st. Her dedication to that office over the years has been invaluable to our organization. Likewise, we owe Doug Hunt and others at Hunt & Associates a huge "thank you" for handling the finances and financial duties for IOU these past years. Sarah Francis is our current liaison and has been great to work with. Tom Dougherty agreed to take over the Treasurer duties until we could hold an election and has worked hard with Hunt & Associates to make this a seamless transition.
Other IOU office terms that ended in May were Secretary Sharon Bauer and Board Members Eric Ollie and Curt Nelson. All agreed to keep serving until the next election.
The board is meeting 7/18 to discuss the fate of the IOU Fall Meeting. As it's hard to imagine how it could be pulled off, we're moving ahead with holding an electronic election for 2020. IOU members are asked to vote on the following slate:
Like most of you I really miss our in-person interaction. The cancellation of the Spring Meeting was necessary but very disappointing. Matt Wetrich and the Carroll CCB were really looking forward to hosting us. Eric Ollie and the Events Committee were putting the finishing touches on an IOU-sponsored trip to Michigan for Kirtland's Warblers and other northern nesters when the pandemic halted that endeavor. Both will be planned for 2021. While activities like these are a big part of what IOU offers there is a lot more going on. Your membership supports our great Iowa Bird Life publication and our electronic presence through our listserve, Twitter and Facebook accounts. IOU has become very active in supporting projects that impact birds and their habitats over the past years and that work continues in earnest. Even during the changes brought about during this pandemic the Iowa Ornithologists' Union continues to provide critical support for birds and birding in the state.