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Spring 2004

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President’s Report: ANREP in the Arena

By Scott Reed

Known as the US President who established national forests, parks and monuments, Theodore Roosevelt was a complex blend of attributes that constantly kept him at the center of important social issues. He took the view that the President as a "steward of the people" should take whatever action necessary for the public good unless expressly forbidden by law or the Constitution. His commitment to a “life of strenuous endeavor” fueled his philosophy towards engaging the world around him.

A gift I received for my recent birthday cited part of speech given by Roosevelt illustrates for me how natural resource professionals through ANREP and other means continue this momentum. A portion of Roosevelt’s address from The Man in the Arena (Paris Sorbonne, 1910) follows:

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."

As ANREP members, we’re already at the arena gate. ANREP’s emerging issues committee is currently surveying our membership to learn more about shared concerns and opportunities to syndicate programmatic successes. Many additional ways exist to strenuously engage your professional association’s commitment to serving our public good mission of education. I believe that Roosevelt would have liked ANREP and our mission.

Are you someone with enthusiasm and devotion, willing to spend yourself in ANREP’s worthy causes? The arena awaits.

Membership Update

Submitted by Bill Hubbard, ANREP Executive Secretary

Current membership numbers look positive. As of April 1, 2004, over 60 percent of the membership have returned their 2004 dues. Please take a moment to send in your dues. We have over 400 members from all 50 states and even Canada! If you would like some membership brochures, please contact Bill Hubbard at whubbard@uga.edu. Don't forget to check out http://www.anrep.org for an up-to-date listing of anrep members and their disciplines. Please let me know if you need to change anything in the database.

Spotlight on the Western Region

Submitted by Viviane Simon-Brown
Sustainable Living Educator
Oregon State University Forestry Extension

Better than reality TV? Well, maybe. Janean Creighton and Viviane Simon-Brown will debut Saving Eden Creek, a one-act original play about people and forests, at the upcoming ANREP conference.

You may think of Janean as a Wildlife Extension Coordinator--and our incoming ANREP prez--but do you know that her past includes professional directing and acting gigs in the Northwest? VSB's acting career is more limited: a stint as Archangel Gabriel in 4th grade, and as a bumble bee at a spring fest last year. For the ANREP presentation, the star-studded volunteer cast will include Joe "The Man" Schaefer, "Minnesota Mike" Reichenbach, and Diana "Diva" Rashash.

Designed to engage the public in dialogue about their values and beliefs about forests, the play is professionally written, has minimal set requirements and has an accompanying discussion guide. It's suitable for 4-H and other older youth groups, community theater and high school drama classes, as well as more informal uses. The Saving Eden Creek script and discussion guide is scheduled to be available on-line in June. If you're interested in receiving notification, either email Janean creighton@wsu.edu or Viviane viviane.simon-brown@oregonstate.edu, or catch them at the conference.

Take a look at this! The Sustainable Living Project website has been updated. Besides helpful research-based information on sustainable living and intelligent consumption, it has a new look, new logos and is fully ADA-friendly. With a decreasing revenue stream, providing easily-accessible web information is a good move. Check it out at http://www.cof.orst.edu/cof/extended/sustain/. And tell us how you like it. viviane.simon-brown@oregonstate.edu

2004 National ANREP Conference

4th Natural Resource Extension Professionals Conference, “Extension Outside the Box: Natural Resources Programming Across Landscapes” May 16-19, 2004 in Wheeling, West Virginia. For information, go online to http://anrep.org

ANREP Chapter Formation Guidelines & Bylaws

Submitted by Ken Gioeli, Immediate Past President of Florida ANREP Chapter

I recently had the honor of serving on an ANREP Ad Hoc Committee tasked with clarifying the structure and function of ANREP State and/or Regional Chapters. Robert Kent, NY ANREP President, and Janean Creighton, ANREP President Elect, also served on this committee. This process enabled us to define what an ANREP Chapter is, its function and how a chapter can be formed. If you and your colleagues are thinking about forming an ANREP chapter, please take a look at these recommendations online at http://anrep.org/news/news-403f9a772a04d.pdf In addition, generic chapter bylaws have been developed and are available to assist those ANREP members as they undertake the task of forming chapters. These generic bylaws are based on the Florida ANREP Chapter bylaws and can be viewed online at http://anrep.org/news/news-4002da1d1f500.pdf A great deal of credit goes to Will Sheftall, Florida ANREP Chapter President, who served as Chair of the Florida ANREP Bylaws Committee.

 

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