2020 Annual General Meeting Report

On the sunny, but brisk, afternoon of October 3, 2020, Ingersoll District Nature Club (IDNC) membership took part in our Annual General Meeting at the Lawson Nature Reserve.  Business was conducted, followed by a walk of the nature reserve to enjoy the property and review the current state of our boardwalk system.  Boardwalks are in disrepair and are not suitable for walking.  At the request of Ontario Nature, both boardwalks are closed for the foreseeable future.  You may walk on either side, close to the existing boardwalk, if you wish to traverse the entire pathway.  You will also notice a new sign at the entrance, identifying the property as the Lawson Nature Reserve.  This was designed by Ontario Nature and IDNC was happy to have it printed and installed.

AGM Update Items:

Following the meeting we have a revised executive committee.  Please note the following:

  • President – Peter Krats
  • Past President –  Sheila Fleming
  • Vice President – Rob Alexander
  • Treasurer – Phil Howard
  • Secretary – Meg Walden
  • Member at Large – Terry Parker
  • Membership Outreach – Deb Bomans

NOTE:  During the fall we typically undergo our membership renewals – this year we ask that you forward your membership cheque (we are only able to receive cheques at this time) to Phil Howard, Treasurer, at the following snail mail address.   A tax receipt will be issued and returned via Canada Post.

Phil Howard, 54 Laurel Crescent, Ingersoll  N5C 3S4

As a reminder, Family Memberships continue to be $25; Single Memberships $15.   These funds help with upkeep at the Nature Reserve and with feeding the birds.  Donations above and beyond are also gratefully accepted.  Please note that fundraising is required for all of the upkeep at the Reserve and all maintenance / stewardship activities are volunteer driven.

Activities will continue to the end of the year, and will be followed by outdoor excursions only into 2021.  As a result of COVID-19, any indoor activities are on hold.  We hope to resume our lecture series at the Library in late spring of 2021 if allowed.

2020 Activities:

October 17th – Hickson  Trail – 9:00 a.m. meet at the carpool for directions.  Because of COVID, we will not carpool but drive separately.  Physical distancing will take place on the walk.

October 31 – Lawson Nature Reserve – Salamander Boards – 9:00 a.m. – any member welcome, as Ontario Nature takes us through board set up and monitoring protocols.

November Festive Social – is cancelled at the Seniors Centre.  Date to be announced for a “winter lights walk” through downtown Ingersoll and parks – late November/early December.  To be followed by hot chocolate and short social gathering.

December 28 – Lawson Nature Reserve – Bird Count – 9:00 a.m. at LNR.  We will assemble for our annual bird count.  No experience necessary – always an interesting time!  Dress warmly.

We will be looking for volunteers to help this fall (before the snow flies) to help dismantle our existing boardwalks.  Please contact Sheila Fleming if you are interested in helping – work crews will be assembled.  Call 519-485-2645.

For any further information, please feel free to contact the following:

Peter Krats – 519-425-0429 / pkrats@uwo.ca

Sheila Fleming – 519-485-2645 / galleryongeorge@gmail.com

Phil Howard – 519-572-3968 / philhoward@rogers.com

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