Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas Libby Price, Editor Ellen Red, Assistant Editor
VOLUME XVI, No. 6-7
Monday, Aug. 3: Deadline for Spoonbill and Clearing
Thursday, Aug. 6: Ornithology Group meeting at
Bayou Manor, 4141 S. Braeswood at 7:30 PM.
Marilyn Crane will present a program about
her birding trip to Kenya.
Saturday, Aug. 22: Ornithology Group field trip to
Brazoria and San Bernard NWR's, led by Tom
Taroni. The trip offers a good chance to see
Wood Storks and migrant shorebirds. Meet at
7:30 AM in the Park & Ride lot on the east
side of Hwy 288 at its intersection with FM
2004, just north of Lake Jackson. We will go
first to Brazoria, then San Bernard. Afterwards
the hardy souls will go to the Freeport
marshes and San Luis Pass. Bring lunch and
don't forget insect repellent.
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
by Rob Thacker
We need to improve our relationship with the
provider of our meeting place, Bayou Manor, and
our sponsor at the Manor, Marion Taylor. If you
attended our May meeting I'm sure you well remember that it was quite long. It was an important
meeting, since the question of raising dues was discussed. I felt it was necessary to allow everyone
who wanted to discuss this issue ample time to be
heard. Although in this case a longer than usual
meeting was justified, it brought to my attention
some of the strain we put on the Manor and on
In order to expedite our meetings I am making
the following changes in our meeting format. The
evening's speaker will be heard first instead of last.
This will get the applause over with earlier, thus
avoiding the loud noise at a later hour. The business meeting will be after the speaker, enabling us
to stop before 9:30. Since we are having the speaker first, it will be even more important to settle
down and start the meeting on time.
Also at our last meeting, several bags of aluminum were left at the front door of the Manor.
Several residents complained, wondering why all the
"trash" was at the front entrance. In order to correct this problem, I ask that everyone bringing aluminum please hold it in the car until after the
meeting and then deposit it in Ed Rosenburg's car.
This way we won't have all the bags sitting around
For those of you who missed the May meeting
I would like to summarize why we raised the dues.
Basically, our expenses have been greater than what
we took in for at least the last two years. We had
been dipping into our "nest egg" of $5000.00 to balance the budget. Our club expenses have increased
over the years. The Spoonbill has been improved
and expanded, and also the printing and mailing
costs have increased. The main issue discussed was
whether to cut back on The Spoonbill's quality or
maintain The Spoonbill's quality and raise the dues.
The $5000.00 "nest egg" will be needed for publishing a new checklist and other projects. It just did
not make sense to dip into our savings each year.
The membership voted overwhelmingly to raise dues.
I am confident that we made the right decision.
Our outgoing treasurer, Peter Vennema, has done a
fine job in getting us on a firm financial footing.
I thank each of you who filled out an Interest
Questionaire. They have been quite useful in planning next year's activities.
I have enjoyed being chairman this past year.
It has meant a lot to me to be chairman of this
fine organization. I am looking forward to serving
as chairman this coming year, and to all of the
OG's planned activities. Our first meeting will be
on August 6th, when Marilyn Crane will speak
about her trip to Kenya. I'll see you there. Please
come on time, because Marilyn's talk will begin the