FOLAR HONORS ADVOCATES, FORGES THE FUTURE AT ANNUAL MEETING
Pictured left to right receiving awards from FOLAR's Richard Taylor are: TOP ROW: Brian Mancini and LuAnn Collier of Dinwiddie County; Thomas, John, and Joseph Eliades with Johnny Partin, FOLAR Board Member; BOTTOM ROW: Christian Volk with Virginia American Water Co.; Debbie Newman, FOLAR Treasurer. See more photos on our Facebook page.
At its 2015 Annual Meeting on December 2, 2015, at The Cameron Foundation in Petersburg, FOLAR honored volunteers and partners, highlight the year's accomplishments, and present the future vision for FOLAR. The meeting was attended by the largest group of diverse and influential community members in its 15 year history.
"FOLAR is proud to lead the charge to conserve and protect our river, creating a unique opportunity for collaboration that leads to pride and prosperity in our communities," said FOLAR's Chairman, Wayne Walton.
The meeting began with an inspiring video of FOLAR highlights produced by FOLAR board member, Ken Newman. The keynote address was delivered Edward Stierli, Director of Find Your Voice with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). Ed helps mobilize and engage the next generation of national park advocates. He discussed the challenges and opportunities facing national parks and the upcoming 2016 National Parks Centennial celebrating the achievements of the past 100 years and the kick off of a second century of stewardship for America's national parks. As part of the celebration, he announced the Every Kid in a Park initiative which gives all kids in the fourth grade access to their own Park pass at www.everykidinapark.gov. This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, and national wildlife refuges to the student and their families for a year.
Highlights from the meeting included:
- Steve Thomas was posthumously honored with the first ever, FOLAR Lifetime Achievement Award, to recognize his life-long dedication to the conservation and appreciation of the River and to the mission of FOLAR. His legacy of caring, giving, and volunteering serves as an inspiration to all. Steve's wife, Kathryn Thomas accepted the award. READ MORE.