2017 Annual Meeting Recap

Well, the 2017 Annual Meeting is in the books. Despite the weather, the attendance was much better than anticipated. Thank you to all those who braved the weather to attend.

The following officers were selected to represent NCASWCD for 2017:
President: Chris Hogan – Orange SWCD
1st VP: Dietrich Kilpatrick – Craven SWCD
2nd VP: Myles Payne – Alexander SWCD
Past President: Ben Knox – Rowan SWCD
Secretary: Nancy Carter – Mecklenburg SWCD
Treasurer: Bill Yarborough – Haywood SWCD
Assist Treasurer: Ben Knox – Rowan SWCD
NACD Board Member: Franklin Williams – Duplin SWCD
Alt NACD Board Member: John Finch – Nash SWCD
Chaplain: Marvin Cavanaugh – Stokes SWCD
Assist Chaplain: Matt Overby – Wake SWCD

Moutain Region Commission Member: Mike Willis
TRC Rep: Billy Kilpatrick

Thank you for serving the Association!

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2017 Annual Meeting ‘Catch the Vision’

Register for the 2017 Annual Meeting being
held at the University Hilton in Charlotte, NC. Early registration ends December 1, 2016. Plan to attend to get valuable information to strengthen your District and enhance your knowledge of what Soil and Water Conservation Districts contribute to the natural resources of our State. Visit our News page for more information.

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Deadline is July 1 for NACD SE Region Meeting Pre-Registration Savings

Harrahs-Cherokee-Hotel_web1The deadline is drawing near to take advantage of pre-registration savings for the 2016 National Association of Conservation Districts Southeast Region Annual Meeting, which will be held at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort, July 31 – August 2, in Cherokee, North Carolina. The deadline for pre-registration rates and for the hotel room block pricing is Friday, July 1. After this date, you can still register and book a hotel room but pricing will go up. Click here for meeting and hotel reservation information. Be sure to use code S07NACD to receive the meeting hotel rate.

The North Carolina meeting planning team has arranged robust educational programs, a slate of interesting and motivational speakers, area tours, and fun entertainment that attendees are sure to enjoy. To see the complete line up of speakers and meeting events, click here.

We look forward to seeing you in Cherokee this summer!

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General Registration, Room Block open for 2016 SE NACD Meeting

General registration and room block information is open for the 2016 Southeast National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting, July 31-Aug. 2, at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

To complete your hotel and general registration, click here. To avoid a late fee for general registration, please complete your information by July 1. A indianpreliminary agenda to assist you in planning your travel is also located at the above link and will be continuously updated as program information finalized.

Soil and water conservation leaders from the North Carolina delegation are finalizing terrific educational programs and conservation tours for the event. We are look forward to having a great event and hope to you see you in Cherokee this summer!

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NC Envirothon coming up in April; volunteers still needed

NC envirothon logoNorth Carolina has one of the strongest Envirothon programs in the United States for youth that are interested in environmental and natural resources education. The NC Envirothon will take place April 29-30, 2016, in Cedarock Park in Burlington, NC.cedar rock park logo

We expect over 500 middle and high school students to be involved in this year’s program. If you would like to serve as a volunteer for the event, there are still few vacancies to be filled. For this size of an event, we need a large group of volunteers. Register to volunteer by clicking here.

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Hotel block now open for 2017 NCASWCD Annual Meeting, Charlotte

University Hilton

Hilton Charlotte University Place

If you plan to attend the 2017 North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Annual Meeting in Charlotte, January 8-10, 2017, you can now reserve your hotel accommodations. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel. The room rate is $110.00 per night (not including tax).

Click here for hotel reservation information. The group code is NCSWC.

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UNC School of Government Supervisor Training Agenda Now Available

SogIf you are planning to attend the UNC School of Government Basic Training for Soil and Water Supervisors, February 9-10, 2016, an updated agenda is now posted on the website. Click the links below for more information.


Registration Information 

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NCASWCD President encourages members to ‘Catch the Vision’

A Message from the 2016 NCASWCD President…

Ben Knox H&S outdoorI don’t know about you, but I am charged up with enthusiasm as our association went through some exciting new changes and a lot of business items last year to help keep us progressing into the future of conservation. I want to thank everyone who participated in meetings and brought input to the table. It takes all of us to have a successful organization and your participation is appreciated.

The theme I would like for us to focus on this year during my presidency is “Catch the Vision!” North Carolina is a national leader in soil and water conservation, and we should never get complacent over this status. We should always be looking at ways do things better. This will be increasingly important as our state’s population continues to grow.

We have gotten to where we are as a leader because our founding soil and water conservationists had “vision” to go above and beyond what had never been done before.  This year we’ll be looking at opportunities on how we can organize new district training programs to continue strengthening our supervisors’ leadership capacities.  Additionally, I look forward to working with our new executive director to implement new marketing tools to help us better communicate who we are as an association and our vision for the future. It is time to stop being the “best kept secret” and let others know that our conservation work is vitally important to their livelihood.

I would like to challenge you about your vision in soil and water conservation. Ask yourself these questions: What do you want for your district? How can I become a better leader, district supervisor or employee? What can I do to provide ideas that will make a positive difference in conservation improvement? How can I help our association tell the amazing story about conservation?

A big thank you goes out to those of you that have stepped up to take on a leadership role. You don’t have to be on the executive committee to be considered a leader in our organization. We have a lot of great things going on where we need leaders and contributors to help us take our organization to the next level and run smoothly. We encourage strong participation at all levels.

If I can be of assistance to you this year, please contact me. I look forward to working with all of you this year as we “Catch the Vision!”

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NC Conservation Groups Sign Memorandum of Agreement

moa3 Last year at the National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting in New Orleans, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by the National Conservation Partnership, which included several national conservation agencies. Following the signing, state-level associations were encouraged to follow suit. At the recent 2016 NCASWCD Annual Meeting, leadership from our core conservation partnerships came together to sign a MOA for North Carolina, which will encourage strong partnerships that will help lead us to increased productivity and advancement of our state’s natural resources.

Although our state association is involved with numerous organizations that work with conservation initiatives at varying levels, the core agencies represented at the signing have a strong goal to establish conservation efforts together that address local, state, and national natural resource priorities at the highest levels.

In November of last year, leadership from each of the core North Carolina conservation agency partners collaborated to help finalize the partnership agreement.

The following agency partner representatives signed the official MOA at the annual meeting:

Manly West, President, North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

John Langdon, Chairman, North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Commission

Rick McSwain, President, North Carolina Conservation District Employees Association

Jimmy Gentry, President, North Carolina Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation

Robert Watts, President, North Carolina Resource Conservation and Development Association

Pat Harris, Director, North Carolina Division of Soil and Water Conservation

Timothy Beard, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service

We look forward to continuing this strong conservation partnership into the future.

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2016 Raffle Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following raffle winners who won terrific prizes — including a John Deere Gator —  at the 2016 NCASWCD Annual Meeting banquet held at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham, NC, Jan. 3-5.

1st Prize – John Deere Gator: John Vining, Polk County

2nd Prize – Holland Grill: Sandra Reid, Polk County

3rd Prize – $500: A.W. Stapler, Camden County

4th Prize – $250: Alton Brady, Halifax County

5th Prize – $100: Debby Eckert, Haywood County

Thank you to all of those individuals who purchased raffle tickets and to the sponsors who made this raffle possible. Proceeds will benefit soil and water conservation initiatives and education.

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