Augusta’s River Region Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society
The Augusta’s River Region Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society is currently forming in the Augusta and Central Savannah River area.
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Chapter News & Events
In the April NativeSCAPE newsletter, we talked about the state of chapter development and getting started forming new chapters. We had lots of members reaching out about joining or helping to form new chapters.
In order to help answer any questions around forming new chapters or making connections with others who also want to form a chapter in your area, we’ll be hosting a virtual chapter interest meeting and Q&A on Sunday, April 25th, 2021 at 4:00 PM.
A few things we plan on covering:
- Overview of chapters in the formation stage
- Chapter affiliation status on membership
- Chapter Quick Start Guide
- Resources for Chapters: Hosting meetings, membership lists, social media, document storage, etc
- Chapter liaison to Membership / Chapter Relations committee
- Q & A
So join us virtually for an open discussion and Q&A on chapter formation. Please register by clicking the link below to receive the virtual meeting invitation.
With the change in the governing structure of GNPS, GNPS board leadership is no longer organizing bi-monthly meetings in Atlanta. Members are encouraged to form groups that might become metro Atlanta chapters and host local educational events. This meeting is the first such event. Come meet your fellow members and exchange ideas about more local educational events, and bring a friend!
“The Best Native Plants for Home & Business & How to Use Them” is the topic for this educational presentation and Rick Barnes will be the presenter. While the focus of the talk is on trees and shrubs, some attention will be given to the concepts of provenance, evaluation of the landscape as a plant community, and some interesting facts about pollinators.
The presentation starts at 7 pm, gather for meet and greet at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be in the Community Room in Alpharetta City Hall. Parking is available along the street in front of City Hall and in the parking garage across from the library. The address for City Hall is 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009.
Rick Barnes has been an active horticulturist in Atlanta for over 35 years, working in the interiorscape industry during and after graduation from the University of Georgia, and then as co-owner of Greensphere Landscaping, Inc., an award-winning design-build-maintenance firm. Greensphere was acquired by NatureScapes, Inc. in 1996 and Rick stayed with the company as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing until March of 2016, when he became a part of the team at Downey Trees, Inc. There, he is a Business Developer for the Tree & Plant Health Care division, which provides treatments for the care of living trees and improvement of their growing conditions. Read more
A number of communications have been shared with the membership over the last few months regarding the transition of the GNPS Board to a State Board. This will happen in January 2020 following the approval of new by-laws and the election of the new Board at our Annual Business Meeting on November 12th.
We’ve compiled a page of information to help members understand the background and the changes associated with this transformation. We’ve talked a lot about the goals for improving our impact in the state as a result of this change, but it’s important to realize the change on the members that were never associated with a chapter before in the Atlanta area. Members in the Atlanta area are particularly affected by the change in that these members now need to come together to create one or more new chapters to help keep education and events happening in their communities.
While developing the metro Atlanta chapters will be some work, we hope that it will be an opportunity to elevate existing members to leadership positions, to bring new local ideas to the organization, and to develop educational events closer to our members, especially given the challenges associated with driving in the metro area. A group of folks are already working on an educational event in Alpharetta.
At a chapter formation meeting we held in Dunwoody recently, we emphasized that there are no preconceived notions of where metro Atlanta chapters might form. Members have expressed interest in having chapters in metro-north, metro-east, and metro-south areas. People who step up to lead chapter formation activities are the ones who will determine where these initially form and where future meetings will be held. The Strategic Task Form Team is available to help facilitate the initial communications between members looking to organize. You may reach the Strategic Task Force via email: email@example.com and chapter questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specifically, we can help in the following ways:
- Provide a list of existing members in the chapter area so you can reach out to them for events, board positions, and energy.
- Provide GNPS materials such as brochures for your events.
- Provide introductions to locations for meeting venues that we have worked with; also provide ideas for speakers and event topics.
- Provide publicity for your events through the website, emails, and our social media channels.
- Provide a quick-start chapter guide to help you come up to speed quickly.