President’s Report: 2020

COAC president Jackie Augustine reported on the year in review at the 2020 COAC Fall Gathering. A few highlights that Jackie noted were

  • A very quick but successful switch from in-person gatherings to online ones. We started with the 2020 Spring Gathering, which went from the planned in-person version to a Zoom session in just four weeks.
  • Continued monthly membership and COAC board conference calls. These calls featured discussions of chapter questions as well as guest speakers from National Audubon, the Ohio Energy Table Equity Team, the Citizens Climate lobby, and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center.
  • A complete rebuild of the COAC website to improve usability and add new content.
  • Create and adoption of a strategic plan for COAC.
  • Establishment of a COAC Engagement Award.
  • Support for chapter initiatives, including the Dayton Birding Challenge, Indiana Audubon’s anti-balloon release petition, and the Climate presentation jointly sponsored by Columbus Audubon, COAC, and Lake County (IL) Audubon.
  • Continued support for the Plants for Birds initiative.
  • Creation and approval of a sustainable budget.
  • Addition of two Sustaining Chapters and eight Member Chapters.

As you can see, your Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters has been a busy organization!

Plans for the Coming Year

Jackie also mentioned a few items for the coming year.

  • We will hold the 2021 Spring Gathering on Saturday, October 2, 2021, either at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus or virtually via Zoom.
  • COAC needs two new board members to replace outgoing members. According to our bylaws, candidates can come from any chapter other than Audubon Miami Valley, the Audubon Society of Ohio (Cincinnati), Black River Audubon Society, and Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society.