Bringing Community Together
On Wednesday, November 5, BACT hosted its Annual Members & Friends Gathering to celebrate the Trust’s progress in 2014, share a strategic plan for the next 5 years, and roll out Conservation@Work.
Progress in 2014
Among the year’s top stories included expanded partnerships with local businesses, some new and engaging events, and positive additions to the staff and board.
Whiskey, Wine & Oaks, Great Oaks of Barrington Contest, Dinner with Teddy Roosevelt, and BACT | Concert for Conservation brought members and friends together to connect with each other and the heart of conservation. For those who wanted to roll up their sleeves, Earth Day and Matt Parson’s Eagle Scout Project supporting Family Planting Day offered intergenerational opportunities to restore the natural beauty of Pederson Preserve bit by bit.
Lisa Woolford became BACT’s executive director and Lisa Cote was added to serve as development director. John Pappas, Meghan Norton, and Ben Brown joined the Board of Trustees. A 5-year strategic plan focused on expanding capacity and improving service to support local conservation was the highlight of the evening.
BACT’s newest program, Conservation@Work was introduced by the owners of newly certified businesses in the Barrington communities. (Photo L to R: Mary & Steve Schweinsberger, Mike & Jennifer Kainz, and Jim Kennedy)
Mike Kainz of Onion Pub & Brewery shared how his family’s restaurant and brewery is working to conserve water and energy, Steve Schweinsberger of PrairieLand Disposal & Recycling discussed his company’s commitment to recycling and efficient transportation, and Brandon Losey & Erik Ringstrand of Ringer’s Landscaping talked about their businesses’ compost-based alternatives to chemical fertilizers.
Everyone enjoyed food and fellowship before and after the meeting at Onion Pub & Brewery. See you at the Annual Gathering next year!