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Executive Membership Meeting

This is a unique opportunity to be involved in something extremely positive for our own future generations in Massachusetts and its wildlife.  The challenges ahead are great, but the rewards will last our lifetime and beyond. 

Theodore Roosevelt said it best,

 “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly..." - let us be those men.


Interested groups or individuals who might consider becoming actively involved should seriously consider attending this meeting. 

Please email or call 617-301-8380 and let us know you would like to attend.


$10.00 collected at event to cover minor expenses

Hot Coffee and cold lunch meat sandwiches with beverages

 DRAFT AGENDA (subject to change) for CRWM meeting.

Location: The Norcross Center - 89 Maple Street, East Longmeadow MA 01208  (directions here)

DATE: Sunday, October 5th 2008

10:00 AM - 4:00PM

 I. Welcome Introduction

bullet Meeting comes to Order 10:00 am
bulletAcknowledgements of Contributions and Appreciation for interest.
bulletThis is a meeting for “Flow if Ideas” and to generate enthusiasm about what we are doing this for!


II.  Executive Director Update on Organization’s State and Federal Status

bulletDiscussion on 501(c)* Non profit classification – Federal Application
bulletIssues with political restraints with various 501(c)* classifications


III.  Treasurer’s Report

bulletStatus of CRWM funds
bulletIdentifying Expenses for Organization
bulletIdentifying Income (private donors, business donations and grants) talked in more detail later)
bulletNAFA Grant Application


 IV.  Mission and Direction of Organization


 Discuss Mission Statement


 PowerPoint presentation – the Message


Discussion on PowerPoint – should there be changes?

1.      What audience can we target with this?

2.   Anything missing, should it be shorter?

3.  General Feedback



Mission and Strategy Discussion

1.      Will the Mission obtain our immediate objective?

2.      Is a 2 or 4 year time-table reasonable?

3.      Is Strategy to obtain the objective feasible?

4.      Is the strategy approach doable    

5.      What message will resonate with larger public sector?

6.      Will this approach stimulate enough people to help out Organization?

7.      Are there alternatives to this Strategy


V.  Legislative Advocacy Approach


 Accumulate support, positive relationships and credibility from legislators

bulletReview of Approach –the RAS (Rapid Assessment System) 1,2,3 approach:

1.      Email representative with organization introduction, Provide Survey access information

2.      Follow up with postal CRWM letter.  Intro to Organization and ask to fill out survey

3.      Follow up with phone call and set up brief phone conference or meeting


bulletLook at Website and Review Strategy – Serious component to fulfilling our mission
  1.  Representative Survey (Is it worth pursuing?)

  2. Should be look at the legislative component differently?

bulletCreating a Citizen Network
  1. Obtain local contacts through districts – Information Conduit to Legislators
  2. How can we do this? Boards of Health – Conservation Commissions – Sport Club Members, informed citizens, former and current trappers

Approaches and steps taken to Educate

bulletInternet Presence - Up to data information
bulletone on one meetings with legislators
bulletPresence at public hearings and meetings concerning wildlife management
bulletOnline Interactive Mapper - Users input point locations and information about the incident (quick demo)
bulletPresentations and Exhibitions
bulletDistributions of DVD's and hardcopy materials
bulletLocal Cable Television
  1. Taped presentations for distribution to other cable stations
  2. Round table discussions with legislators, wildlife managers, problem animal control and trapping community


VI.  Membership and Funding

bulletRecognition of new Members and donations– Hand out membership certificates
bulletGenerating new Membership and Donors –what approach should be used?
bulletPotential Funding Opportunities
  1. Individual Major Donors
  2. Sponsorships by Businesses - Sporting Goods Stores (Cabela’s, Dick’s Local Sporting goods), Owners who want to use their business for sponsorship
  3. National Organizations – NTA, U.S. , Sportsmen’s Alliance, DU,
  4. Conservation Organizations
bulletAvenues to explore

1.   Sports Clubs

2.      Land Trusts (Mass Land Trust Alliance)

3.      Local/Regional Conservation Organizations

4.      Business’s (Mink Farm in Western Mass., Berkshire Disposable Stake Co., etc (others?)

5.      Identifying Potential Major Donors (Individual)

6.      Ideas for generating Future Donors

7.      Who are the potential targets for future members (organizations and individuals)


VII.  Determination of Organizational Positions and filling them

bulletIdentify Critical Positions (Membership & Funding Raising Committee, Outreach & Education(events), Finance, Advocacy Committee
bulletThink about who would be interested in these positions and talk to them.
bulletLegal representation
bulletAccept nominations and vote


VIII.  Executive Committee Members

bulletCurrent Member List – Identify new members to join Executive Committee
bulletVote new members in if applicable


Review and Editing Organization Bylaws and vote on bylaws

bullet Must be done for Legal purposes (possible legal review.  Are they good for this type of organization )


X.  Discussion on Training Sessions for Presenters

bulletMay be formal or accompany a presenter to meeting for observation and participation


XI.  Presence at events


The BIG MOE (Massachusetts Outdoor Exposition - Sturbridge)


The Big E Outdoor Sportsmen’s Show (Springfield)


County Sports Club Events


Mass. Health Officers Assoc. conference




County Fairs

XI.  Establishing Credibility with Media


Do we have contacts


Establish the CRWM as the source for newspapers and the media for factual information for furbearer Wildlife Management Issues.


XII.  Meeting Wrap-up


 Items not covered, issues not resolved.       

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