We hope you’ll join us on Thursday November 15, 2018 for the OACD Area V meeting. The OACD Area Meetings are one of the few times a year when you can get together with directors and employees from other districts to share ideas and challenges. The meetings are also a chance to learn about state level efforts and to learn about what partners and other conservation districts are doing. As a fellow director, I want to strongly encourage you to attend your area meeting.
Please invite your locally elected officials to attend. It is especially important this year with so many newly elected state representatives and senators. To keep up our momentum from last year’s legislative session, we need to build relationships with these new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships.
The Area V meeting will be hosted by the Little River Conservation District at the Museum of the Red River located at 812 E Lincoln Rd. Idabel, OK 74745. Meeting registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will conclude by 3:00 p.m.
Registration: The registration fee will be $38.00 per person and includes lunch. NRCS employees must sign in at the meeting, but will not pay the registration fee. The NRCS State Office will be billed directly for all NRCS employees who attend. Guests, spouses and speech contestants must pay a $15.00 luncheon fee. These individuals will not be charged to attend. We must know in advance how many will be attending the luncheon. Please get a count of all from your district and indicate the number on the pre-registration form. If a cancellation notice is not given to the host district 72 hours in advance, you will be charged for the full cost of the registration.
Youth Contests will be coordinated by the District Employees Association. Send all posters and essays, along with entry forms and speech contestants’ entry forms to your OACDE Area Director, Frank Acker by October 15th. Please, do not send these entries to OCC or OACD. If you have questions concerning the youth contests, please contact either Frank Acker at Little River CD at 580-286-7645or Patty Underhill at the Caney Valley Conservation District 918-331-9800. Please try to register the children attending the youth luncheon on your form. If you get late registrations and you know they will be present at the awards, please let Patty or your OACDE representative know.
Conservation Awards are due two weeks prior to your area meeting. All submissions for outstanding director and cooperator must be completed using the online forms. Outstanding district awards will be decided using annual reports that are submitted to the Conservation Commission. No additional application is required. As a reminder, the prizes for state level winners of the awards are $2,500 for Outstanding District, $1,000 for Outstanding Director and $1,000 for Outstanding Cooperator.
Contact Sarah Blaney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517.763.8609 if you have questions.