SAHC has implemented some changes to our traditional Annual Meeting format in the last three years, incorporating recommendations from a 2009 ad hoc committee process. We intend to make further changes in years to come in order for the Annual Membership Meeting and Jamboree to be as beneficial, enjoyable, and informative as possible for SAHC and our members. We have made the process of changing the Annual Meeting evolutionary rather than abrupt, in order to honor past traditions and long-time SAHC members who are used to the prior format.
We incorporated some changes to the event in 2010 and 2011, and received feedback on the changes from Trustees, prior Trustees, and members.
Since the early 1980’s the SAHC Annual Meeting and Jamboree was held at the Corpening Center in Crossnore, NC. The event consisted of fellowship, a full day of hikes, a reception with a presentation, business meeting, raffle, and plant auction. Quiet a bit to be crammed into one weekend and a bit too far for most folks to travel. So after receiving feedback from members we’ve made some changes.
SAHC will hold it’s Annual Membership Event in the Spring where we will elect new trustees, present the Stan Murray Volunteer Award, recognize outgoing trustees, and celebrate the accomplishments for the year with our members. We’ll enjoy live music, dinner and a raffle. The event will alternate each year between North Carolina and Tennessee in a populous area such as Asheville or Johnson City. The 2012 event is Thursday, May 17 at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC.
The June Jamboree is an opportunity for our members to celebrate our accomplishments by experiencing a day of our land protection and stewardship achievements in our flagship project, the Highlands of Roan. Hikes will vary from yoga on the mountain to birding tours. The 2012 event will be Saturday, June 23. Hikers will have the opportunity to meet at 8:00 am at the Roan Mountain State Park before the hikes begin for a light breakfast and coffee and from 4:00 – 6:00 pm after the hikes for a reception and presentation.
As always, we look forward to seeing familiar faces and new faces at both events. Look for more information about these events in the very near future.