GA-TACF Spring 2020 Member meeting via Zoom

Hello Georgia chapter members!

I hope you’re doing well, staying safe, and managing your way through the pandemic.

Please join us via Zoom for the Georgia chapter business meeting June 9, at 7pm.  The meeting will be held via Zoom, and links to various ways of accessing the meeting are included at the end of this message.  If you have not used Zoom before, some links to how to access and use it are also included there.


Agenda items to be covered in this meeting include:

1) Pandemic safety considerations for our chapter (see also the attached document)

2) Budget and chapter activities update

3) Election of three new Board members

a)  Dr. Scott Merkle, UGA professor

b)  Dr. Zachary Felix, Reinhardt professor

c)  Tim Chesnut, Berry College forester

4) Acknowledgement of three outgoing board members

a)  Lynn Womack

b) Nathan Klaus

c) Jimmy Rickard

5) Announcement of the tentative date and location for the annual chapter membership meeting (hopefully an in-person meeting)

I have attached a link to a document, “TACF COVID-19 Field Work Guidelines Spring 2020”, as the basis for our pandemic safety considerations discussion.  I hope you can read through that document prior to the meeting and then feel free to ask questions or share comments on the document during our meeting.

In these times of restricted gatherings, we in the chapter are sacrificing many elements of the important restoration work to which we have dedicated ourselves.  These sacrifices and work stoppages are difficult, and I know many of you want to “get out in the field” and continue the efforts related to restoration.  But, we must keep in mind that, just as these Mighty Giants were brought down due to disease, we cannot afford spreading the COVID-19 disease among our valued volunteers, TACF staff members, friends, and family members — so this delay in field work is necessary.

What can you do to help the trees as we impatiently abide by these restrictions in field work?  You can continue sharing the chestnut story and the importance of restoring this great tree by doing things like:

·         Adding a tag line to your email and messaging signatures about being a member of GA-TACF

·         Including comments and photos of American chestnut-related things to your social media posts

·         Sending me American chestnut stories/photos/remembrances to include on our chapter website and chapter Facebook page

·         Liking and sharing items posted on the chapter Facebook page

·         Wearing your TACF swag/merch with pride!

·         Keeping current with TACF by attending the Friday conference calls every other week

·         Talking to friends, family, and anyone you can about the American chestnut!

·         Attending chapter meetings

Thank you so much for your continued membership and support of our chapter.   We couldn’t have made progress in restoration without folks like you, and we sure can’t move forward without you!  So please stay safe and healthy as we navigate through this historic time, and I’ll hope we can soon be back to in-person meetings and shared field work.  In the meantime, please join us June 9, at 7pm, via Zoom for the important work of handling our chapter business items.



Kathy Patrick

President, Georgia Chapter, The American Chestnut Foundation


Topic: GA-TACF Member Meeting

Time: Jun 9, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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