We had a wonderful annual dinner meeting. Thank you to all who helped and participated.
At the meeting Jill volunteered to resume the position of walks leader and will call upon you to volunteer to host or lead walks. We plan to have our 2016 calendar out at the beginning of the year.
Thank you to our wonderful webmaster, Ted Shemella who was not at the meeting for me to thank personally. Our website has a lot of “hits” and visibility. We can keep this up by maintaining an interesting website. Remember to send Ted your mycology related articles/writing, photos. As always, I encourage you to write about any MHMA event that you attend.
Winter lectures:Winter is a wonderful time to focus on academics as well as experiential education. MHMA has a rich history of enriching our knowledge of fungi through combined winter meetings and lectures. Last year, in response to the interests stated by members, the club provided the following educational events:
A tree ID walk at Margaret-Norrie Park, as well as the following lectures:
Bill Bakaitis on the role of fungi in the ecosystem,
Lisa Resnick and Alice Barner: macroscopic and Microscopic identification of fungi,
Gary Lincoff. Mushrooms and Ecosystems-Connecting the Dots
Gerry McDonald- log inoculation
MARK YOUR CALENDARS.Our lecture/meetings this year are:
Tues 1-3-16 Bill Bakaitis, Boletes of the Northeast
Mid winter meeting/lecture TBA
Tues 3-1-16 John Michelotti, The Evolution of Mushroom Cultivation in the Northeast
MHMA Logo Contest: Attention artists-Please submit your designs to be used for a logo for our club. The design may be used on cards, banners etc.
1-The club is in need of an audio-visual manager- who can set up and run equipment at events as needed. Please let us know if you could fulfill this role.
2-Each of our club officers have continued to volunteer past the term of their duties and would appreciate replacements. Please think about assuming the responsibilities for membership chair, secretary, vice president and president and contact us to let us know if are interested in helping out in any of these positions.
I continue to encourage our members to let us know about and share their expertise as well as hosting and leading walks . Thank you to John Michelotti who will share his expertise on 3-1-16. John also hosted a walk and assisted at the log inoculation workshop given by Gerry MacDonald in the Spring. Thank you Gerry and Carol for hosting this. Here is an attachment with Gerry’s article about the workshop. It may also be viewed on our website with workshop photos.
We would like to see more education of our youth. I encourage members to think about setting up family-oriented workshops geared toward young people (and their families)-our future. We will work on reserving the space. We have also provided education at fairs and other sites. Let us know about your events or opportunities to educate.
Thank you all for your support and participation in club activities promoting education about mycology for all, Lisa