NCDEA President Updates
In just a few short years NCDEA will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary. Although the mission of your organization remains the same the goals and actions change to meet the environmental changes that are occurring.
I mention in this report a few of the goals receiving special emphasis by the NCDEA board over the next five years:
§ Continue to build and to serve as the resource for individual districts and for the needs of state employee associations.
§ Work towards every state and territory building a fully functioning partnership.
§ Ensure the NCDEA contributes to the development of the Conservation Delivery System of the Future.
My last quarterly report was filed in September 2013 and since that time NCDEA has addressed many opportunities, issues, and activities:
Federal Shutdown - As you all experienced, the federal government entered into a shutdown from October 1 through October 16, 2013 which curtailed most routine operations after Congress failed to enact legislation approving funds for fiscal year 2014. Previously NCDEA had developed a procedural document that addressed many issues associated with such an occurrence. This document was a valuable tool and check list for many Districts during that time as they worked to continue serving their customers. I have heard from many districts (staff and board members) that have reported on their efforts to continue conservation delivery to their customers during that time. Your comments and feedback from your experiences are an important factor for discussions among the National Conservation Partnership as they work together to provide additional tools to attend to similar situations and disaster preparedness.
National Association of State Conservation Agencies –In October, I participated during the NASCA Annual Meeting in Rogers, Arkansas on behalf of NCDEA. Congratulations to NASCA President Carolyn Hefner (WVa) who has completed two successful terms and I look forward to working with the new president, Mike Thralls (Oklahoma) in the coming year.
Southeast Conservation District Employees Association – The SECDEA met in Tennessee in November.
Their meeting agenda was jam-packed with skill-building activities, networking opportunities, and great communication. A special thank you to SECDEA president Brian Hacker and the southeast team for coordinating such a fantastic meeting!
National Conservation Partnership Meetings – Two such meetings this quarter were held in October and December. The meeting discussions are outlined to provide opportunity for each national leader to offer organizational updates and to give input on improving conservation delivery. Current leaders on the team include: Chief Jason Weller, NRCS; President Earl Garber, NACD; President Carolyn Hefner, NASCA; President Olga Walters, NARC&DC and myself, representing NCDEA. In December, the leaders coordinated a VTC meeting offered to all fifty state partnerships.
Washington Association of Conservation District Employees – December was a busy month as I also attended the WACDE meeting in conjunction with their state association meeting. A thank you goes out to President Kathleen Whalen for inviting me to their annual conference. Great topics and discussions!
Of course, clear and concise communication is vital to the successful strategies that have been developed with input from board members, conservation partners, and NCDEA members. NCDEA is designed and structured SO THAT EACH OF YOU HAVE A VOICE. I encourage you to stay actively in communication with your regional representative. We look forward to hearing from you.
Irene Moore, President
National Conservation District Employees Association
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