Vol. 16 No. 1
In this issue...
Reflections from the President
April 19 & 26
from the President
After our long and snowy winter, it seems like spring hasn't come soon enough. Many of us have been antsy to spend more time outdoors, minus the hats, scarves, gloves or mittens. Not that we've been hibernating or sleeping all winter! On the contrary, we've been quite busy planning, organizing and working with our partners to develop another full year of activities and projects in our community.
As I start my second year as president of the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy I want to thank you for your membership in this outstanding organization. I also want to recognize the hard work done by our board of directors, especially our committee chairs who volunteer a significant amount of their free time to lead efforts on so many projects.
Earth Day & Arbor Day
The conservancy will again host an Earth Day Celebration on the afternoon of at the Centennial Farm, rain or shine... or snow. I say that tongue in cheek remembering when we scheduled an outdoor Earth Day program in 2005 and had to postpone it for a few weeks because of snow showers. We have another exciting program planned. Like last year we will start at 1 PM with lots of educational games, prizes, displays, recycling and re-use stations, along with a guided walk along the Centennial Farm trail, weather permitting of course. At 3PM we'll have a BIRDS OF PREY presentation from the Howell Nature Area. Our website will have a detailed list of the activities. Let's hope for a day with sunshine, although it will be tough to beat the gorgeous spring day we enjoyed last year.
This year we will also participate in the Earth Day programs on April 22nd at the two Grosse Ile elementary schools, specifically with the tree planting plans. Onunder the direction of Margarete Hasserodt and Past President Doug Thiel, we will be offering a hands-on tree planting seminar at Centennial Farm. Please join us to learn about the techniques for successful tree planting on Grosse Ile. There is no cost to attend, but please contact the Recreation Department at 675-2364 to register.
Women’s History Month Project
Like many islanders I was delighted to learn of the Women's History Project this past month. When my oldest daughter was in elementary school, in another district, she always had assignments to do book reports or presentations on women of distinction during the month of March, just like they focused on the contributions of African Americans during the month of February. It was different when our family moved to Grosse Ile and I thought maybe "her" story was presented alongside "his" story throughout the school year. Perhaps this was naive. Now I wonder how many of our graduates are familiar with the likes of Rachel Carson, Margaret Meade, Marie Curie or Rosalind Franklin. Hopefully this initiative will encourage our local educators at all grade levels to incorporate more of the accomplishments of women into the curriculum throughout the year. In support of the Project, the conservancy donated two interesting books to the Grosse Ile High School Library for the enrichment of students: Such News of the Land US. Women Nature Writers edited by Thomas S Edwards and Elizabeth A. DeWolfe and At Home on This Earth: Two Centuries of U.S. Women's Nature Writing edited by Lorraine Anderson and Thomas S. Edwards.
BASF Riverview Project
On Wednesday, May 14th all members and the community are invited to Township Hall at 8:OOPM. Mike Delacy of BASF Corporation will explain the remediation work being done at the Riverview shoreline, including the construction of a new fish habitat. This is a $25 million project that should be completed later this year. Come to hear about the details.
Airport Recreation/Commerce Park Trails
We're excited to tell you that several local scouts are interested in working on the trails at the Airport Recreation area along the north side of Commerce Park to make them more accessible year round. This winter, I walked the area several times when the ground was frozen, hopping the stream where necessary. I was impressed with the area since I hadn't realized there was a secluded pond in the woods, along with the beginnings of Frenchman's Creek. What a beautiful and peaceful place to walk! I was especially happy to be protected from the cold wind that seemed to blow everywhere else the island.
If you haven't renewed your membership for 2008, we hope you will take this opportunity to do so with the enclosed envelope. In a few weeks, we will be sending out an all-resident mailing as part of a plan to expand membership and awareness of our island's unique natural wonders. When you receive your packet in the mail please consider making it an opportunity to talk to your neighbors, friends or relatives about joining the conservancy. Or better yet, consider giving someone a membership as a gift. Perhaps you have a child, parent, friend, a former neighbor living "off-island," or maybe a student away at college who might enjoy receiving our newsletters. Currently, the Voyageur travels to members of the conservancy in Switzerland (Viele Gruesse, Marianne!) and Arizona (Hi, Marilyn!) as well as other downriver communities and Canada.
Please look through the newsletter for the reports from our different committees. Contact any of the committee chairs if you are interested in volunteering with any of our projects. Also, feel free to drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time to share any ideas or concerns. Thanks for your continued support & stay well!