Montana Native Plant Society Elections
MNPS ANNOUNCES RESULTS FOR 2016 ELECTION
Karen Shelly (Clark Fork Chapter) has stepped down as Vice President after serving many terms for MNPS. Thank you Karen for your past dedication! Fortunately, Gretchen Rupp (Valley of Flowers Chapter) has agreed to serve. Gretchen vaguely remembers the initial statewide MNPS meeting that took place at MSU during an April snowstorm. Gretchen has degrees in biology and civil engineering and has worked as an environmental engineer in Montana since 1984. She has been on staff at MSU-Bozeman since 1994 as an extension specialist, instructor, graduate adviser and research administrator. With respect to native plants, she considers herself a pushy amateur. Her priority for MNPS is member recruitment, specifically attracting the participation of younger people to the VoF Chapter.
Patrick Plantenberg has retired from his job as Secretary of MNPS. Patrick served as Secretary for who knows how long. Fortunately, Rachel Potter (Flathead Chapter) has agreed serve in this position. Rachel received her botany degree from UM and began working for Glacier National Park 40 years ago, primarily in Resource Management, including the native plant restoration program. She and her husband now volunteer as backcountry rangers in Glacier and live in Columbia Falls when not off on some adventure. A founding MNPS member, Rachel has found her involvement to be fun and rewarding, and is pleased to step up her activity in the state organization.
Jennifer Lyman (Eastern At-Large), professor of Environmental Science and Studies at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, happily has agreed to continue her service as Eastern Representative-at-Large. Jennifer has a B.A. from Wellesley College, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California-Riverside. She studies plant ecology issues on local and global scales — specifically on islands in the Yellowstone River and in Kazakhstan, Central Asia — and is particularly interested in what plant species are rare in each place and why.
The MNPS Board encourages members to consider running for statewide or local Chapter offices, and is open to people holding co-chair positions as well. If you are interested in participating on the statewide Board, or know someone who is, you may write in your name, your co-chair team names or the name of your nominee on the election ballot in the “write-in candidate” location.
Outgoing Society secretary (for ever and ever) Patrick Plantengerg prepared and submitted this vital election information as he has done for so many years. Members owe him a rich debt of gratitude for his hard work and dedication. Please let him know how much you have appreciated his service. (Unsolicited commentary by your webmaster...)