Tiny desert rodents

A Capstone Project written by PCMN Marlene

Target Audience: elementary school children.

Silky Pocket Mouse (Perognathus flavus)

The Silky Pocket Mouse is so small it can fit inside your pocket! It’s about the size of your pinky finger (2 ½ – 3 ½”).  One of the smallest mice in North America, it has grayish brown fur on its back and white fur on its belly and legs. You’ll know it’s a Silky Pocket Mouse if you see a tan spot of fur behind each ear. It has a short tail, for a rodent, and amazingly soft fur: that’s where it gets its name, the Silky Pocket Mouse. And this amazingly soft fur is also on its back feet.

What is so incredible about the Silky Pocket Mouse is the way in which it has adapted to our desert environment.  Think for a minute about what is in short supply here in the desert: water. Well, the Silky Pocket Mouse NEVER has to drink water! It gets all the water it needs from the food it eats.  Just as some of the food we eat is juicy, it’s the juice in the food that the
Silky Pocket Mouse eats that keeps it going without ever having to drink water. Isn’t that amazing!

Now let’s examine what the Silky Pocket Mouse eats.  Like most other mice, it eats plant parts like seeds and berries. And it likes to collect the seeds and berries and take them to its burrow to store them in storage chambers for later use. But how do they get the food back to their burrow? They have pouches, or storage bags, in their cheeks to carry things in.  Some mice have cheek pouches with the opening on the inside of their mouths, but every time they open their mouths to put something in the pouch they lose a little bit of moisture into the air. But our little Silky Pocket Mouse has its cheek pouch openings on the outside of its cheeks so it doesn’t have to open its mouths to fill them and therefore doesn’t lose any water.  And if you don’t ever drink water you don’t want to lose any unnecessarily, right?
So, the little Silky Pocket Mouse never has to drink water and has external cheek pouches as ways of adapting to the harsh desert environment.  If you are out in the desert and you see 2 or 3 small holes under a cactus or shrub, you might be looking at the entrance to the burrow of a
Silky Pocket Mouse.  All entrances to the burrow lead to a central room. From this room tunnels radiate out in all directions leading to storage chambers and nesting chambers. So keep your eyes open when you are out in the desert for the tiny Silky Pocket Mouse.

Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys merriami)

The Kangaroo Rat is not really a rat, but a strange looking rodent in the same family as the pocket mouse. It has a large head, short front arms, very long back legs and feet, a long tail with fur on the end, large eyes and small ears.

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The most amazing thing about the Kangaroo Rat is it’s ability to jump up to 9’ in a singe jump! That’s all the way across a medium sized bedroom. And that’s how it got its name; it can jump like a kangaroo! And it prefers to hop to get around rather than run.

The Kangaroo Rat is 4+”; about the size of the palm of your hand, with sandy brown fur and a white belly and white markings on its face. Its long tail, 5-7”, helps to balance the rodent when it hops.

The Kangaroo Rat, like the pocket mouse, is almost perfectly adapted to the desert, and like the Silky Pocket Mouse it never has to drink water.  All the water it needs is provided in the seeds and mesquite pods that it eats. And it has those outside cheek pouches so it doesn’t have to open its mouth and lose precious moisture from inside its mouth when it fills them.

They have a maze of underground burrows that have several entrances to better escape predators. If a predator comes in one burrow, The Kangaroo Rat can escape out another.

Predators include rattlesnakes, coyotes, weasels, owls and other birds of prey, foxes and bobcats.

Kangaroo Rats have another unique quality they use on predators: they kick sand in their faces with their very long feet, or jump up and down to frighten them.

A Kangaroo Rat can live anywhere from 2-5 years.  They live alone in their burrows.

Grasshopper Mouse (Onychomys torridus)

The Grasshopper Mouse is a robust little rodent of southern and western Arizona. It’s about the size of your index finger (3 1/2 – 5 inches long).  It’s small but very ferocious, as we shall learn.

Grasshopper Mouse consuming Darkling beetle.

Let’s start by examining what most mice eat: plant parts, like seeds and berries. But unlike other mice, the grasshopper mouse eats MEAT.  In other words, they eat other animals. So what other animals do you think the Grasshopper Mouse eats?  Judging by its name, it must eat grasshoppers. It also eats spiders, beetles, lizards and even other mice.  But, its diet consists mainly of SCORPIONS!

But how can it eat scorpions without getting stung by them? Well, the answer is it does get stung, but it’s immune to the scorpion’s venom so it doesn’t get sick.  Not only does it not get sick, it changes the venom into a pain killer for itself!

There is another unique fact about the little Grasshopper Mouse. After it kills a meal, it stands on its hind legs and howls into the night air: a very high-pitched scream. Some say it’s howling at the moon and for this reason it is sometimes called the Werewolf Mouse.

There are other interesting things about the Grasshopper Mouse besides killing scorpions and howling at the moon.  Like other mice it lives in burrows in the ground but instead of just one burrow it has four burrows: one for sleeping, one for storage, one for raising the babies, and one is a bathroom. And when a male and female Grasshopper Mouse get together to raise a family they stay together for their entire lives and raise their families together.

Bibliography for photos

Beatson, R. Russell. “Perognathus Flavus (Silky Pocket Mouse).” Flickr, 16 June 2012, flic.kr/p/cfR53d.

Harrison, George. “Kangeroo Rat.” USFWS National Digital Librry, Kangeroo Rat, 18 Apr. 2008, digitalmedia.fws.gov/digital/collection/natdiglib/id/645/rec/1.

“HD.16.027.” Flickr, U.S. Department of Energy, 15 Aug. 2014, flic.kr/p/osHoKq.

A statement about inclusion in the outdoors

We believe that the outdoors should be inclusive and accessible to everyone. 

We believe in not only making the outdoor spaces we all enjoy accessible, but safe for everyone. 

We work to change the culture of outdoor recreation as designed for enjoyment only by white, straight, and able people. 

It is not enough to locate your program in an “underserved” neighborhood and make it affordable to all – rather we need to do better by designing programs that are reflective of a variety of cultural perspectives. The culture of the training course must be inviting to those from other cultures.

We ensure that our white volunteers who participate in our training course and lead public programs check their privilege, stand up, speak out, and take action when they see something not right. 

Many people don’t participate in lots of programs because they are perceived as unsafe for persons of color or other marginalized audiences, not because it is not something they enjoy doing. That is not ok. We can do better.

We will not work with or support organizations that practice discrimination on any level, and need to strive to make all programs a place where participants can feel safe. 

Arizona Master Naturalist Association Equal Opportunity Statement:

All AZMNA activities are conducted in a manner that assures equal opportunity for all, based solely on individual merit and fitness of applicants and employees, related to specific jobs and without regard race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, or pregnancy or other basis protected by law.


Friends, it has taken me almost a week to put these thoughts on paper. As I continue to be outraged by the events in the news I know that we need to listen more, and listen carefully. 

Our organization is founded on natural history AND cultural history. We must consider both of these things together, and each are unextractable from the other. We may have arrived at this point by taking separate paths but your understanding of natural history cannot exclude the unfairness that has been in place for 100s of years at the hands of white colonization. We are suffering from systemic racism and because of that many of our outdoor spaces are unsafe for marginalized communities. 

Together with the Arizona Association for Environmental Education and the USA National Phenology Network we are working on a research project designed to ensure that education, stewardship, and citizen science programs we deliver and spaces we occupy are safe and welcoming for ALL people. We embrace differences and need to listen and learn. We are doing our homework and reading a lot. We want to amplify voices of marginalized communities by supporting cultural affinity groups, and donate to their organizations.

If you wish to join our training program and become a volunteer leader interested in working for natural and cultural history, know that our curriculum is designed to call out racism, teach about multiple ways of knowing the natural world, and inspires you to think beyond what you think you might know about environmental history and education. It is not simply a program that teaches you about the biome in which you live in Arizona. We ask our volunteers, especially those of privilege, to stand up when they see injustice, take the lead by getting out of the way, and ensure that every hike they take, every program they share, and every bird walk they enjoy is done with empathy, compassion, and consideration for others who may not have the luxury of enjoying the outdoors safely as you do.

This is not a political issue, it is a human rights and cultural history issue as much as it is a natural history issue. Each year as part of our curriculum for the course we’ve been honing in on content designed to ensure that the places we go and the classroom space we hold is welcoming and accessible to EVERYONE. Not just white, middle class, straight, able, sometimes retired people.

As you are out in the field or online in this time of social distancing, I encourage you to think deeply about how you are enjoying your space and how others are not afforded the same opportunity because of the systemic racism in this country. If we would like to make our programs and training course more diverse, the awareness of this marginalization must be called out so others will feel welcome to join us.

There is much to learn about how we can do better. And most importantly we need to call attention to the groups like Diversify OutdoorsOutdoor AfroLatino OutdoorsNatives OutdoorsBlack Girls Trekkin’The Venture Out Project, and support them physically and monetarily as we can. 

For further reading:

NOTE: if you cannot access any of these resources email lorianne@azmasternaturalist.org and I will send you a copy of the article. The books are available in our public library systems. There are plenty more out there – just take the time to search.

Articles

A Glossary for Understanding the Dismantling Structural Racism/Promoting Racial Equity Analysis, The Aspen Institute.

How to be an anti-racist educator, Dena Simmons – ACSD (October 2019)

A threat to justice everywhere – National Park Conservation Association (May 29, 2020)

9 Rules for the Black Bird Watcher, J. Drew Lanham – Orion Magazine (Oct. 2013)

Nine new revelations for the Black Bird Watcher, J. Drew Lanham – Vanity Fair (May 27, 2020)

How am I going to be perceived as a Black Man with Binoculars, J. Drew Lanham – Vanity Fair (May 27, 2020)

Five ways to make the outdoors more inclusive – An action plan for change, The Atlantic (2018)

Nature Therapy is a Privilege, Jule Beck – The Atlantic (June 23, 2017) 

The woods are my safe haven but that’s not true for everyone, Jason Ward – Audubon (May 31, 2018)

The realities of being a black birdwatcher – Eric Levenson, CNN (May 27, 2020) NOTE: Trigger warning, there is a link to the Amy Cooper video on this page.

Bad things happen in the woods: The anxiety of hiking while black, Candice Pires – The Guardian (July 13, 2018)

We’re here, you just don’t see us, Latria Graham, Outside Online (May 21, 2018)

Black Communities are Reclaiming Space Outdoors, Carla Bell – Yes Magazine (May 9, 2019)

How one national park is attracting Latino Visitors, Amanda Merck – Salud America (July 19, 2018)

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, Peggy McIntosh – National Seed Project (2010)

Environmentalist doesn’t just mean white and wealthy, Linda Poon – CityLab (November 2, 2018)

Celebrating Cultures of the Grand Canyon Before National Park Designation, An interview with Sergio Avila, Steve Shadley, KNAU/NPR (June 21, 2019) 

Let’s talk about people of color’s trauma in the Environmental Sector, Rasheena Fountain – Medium (June 10, 2019)

After thousands of years western science is slowly catching up to indigenous knowledge, George Nicholas – Yes Magazine (February 26, 2018)

What decolonization is and what it means to me, Tina Curiel-Allen – Teen Vogue (March 4, 2018)

The environmental movement needs to reckon with its racist history, Julian Brave NoiseCat – Vice (Sept 13, 2019)

Why a wildlife biologist became a social justice advocate, Jessica Kutz – High Country News (Jan 16, 2020)

Books

Ten books about race to read instead of asking a POC to explain it to you, Sadie Trombetta – Bustle Magazine (March 20, 2018)

Black Faces, White Spaces, Carolyn Finney 

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

An African American and Latinx History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY), Paul Ortiz

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall-Kimmerer

How to be an Anti-racist, Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility, Robin D’Angelo

Birding for Everyone, John C. Robinson

Black and Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places, Dudley Edmondson

Even more resources

An essential reading guide for fighting racism, Arianna Rebolini – BuzzFeed News (May 29, 2020)

Anti-racist resources

Whitewater Draw Field Trip

Submitted by Deb Petrich, Cohort 1

On Sunday March 8, 2020, nine (9) PCMN members from Cohorts 1-4 participated in an Advanced Training Skills-Based Field Trip with noted Pima County Natural Resources & Parks and Recreation, Wildlife Viewing Program Specialist, Jeff Babson, to Whitewater Draw in the Sulphur Springs Valley, located east of Tucson and South of Willcox.  We were all there to view the memorable sights and sounds of the Sandhill Cranes and other wildlife.  More than 20,000 cranes winter here from October through the end of March.  The cranes are grayish with black feet and legs and you’ll never forget the sound of hundreds of them flying in and landing.  There are several subspecies of Sandhill cranes that visit this area – 1) a Rocky Mountain population that come down from nesting areas in Idaho, Wyoming and Southern Canada and 2) a Mid-Continent population from Northern Canada and Alaska.  Other bird-life spotted were Red Tailed Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Eastern Meadowlark, Great Horned Owls, Green Winged and Cinnamon Teals, Pintails, Songbird sparrow, Snow geese, Long-billed Dowitchers and, after further research on my photos, a Bald Eagle.  Bobcat tracks and scat by a big old Cottonwood South of the main birding area were spotted as well. A great learning and viewing experience was had by all.

 

[Photos by Deb Petrich]

Community Science Research Along I-10

On April 12th Pima County Master Naturalists Josh Skattum (Cohort 3) and Sam Wilber (Cohort 4) spent a day volunteering for the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection doing field work by checking wildlife cameras. 

Sam and I have been volunteering for CSDP for over a year and a half now! Our first project involved checking wildlife cameras located near the wildlife overpass along Oracle Road. Starting this past February we have began working on a new project along I-10 near Cienega Creek and Davidson Canyon. This highway has minimal wildlife exclusion fence lines and bisects wildlife corridors between wildlife preserves and possible migration routes between the Rincons and the Santa Ritas. Helping with this project has been a fun learning experience! We have had the opportunity to explore new sites for setting up cameras and we’ve helped with brainstorming methods and ideas for camera placement and attachment! This study will give us a better understanding on wildlife navigating near highways while using the man-made structures put into place. This has included bridges and drainage pipes! 

This last outing on April 12th was exciting since it was the first time in which we got to follow up with our camera placements and settings! Cool in-person finds included spotting two horned lizards and master blister beetles!

Each time we check our cameras there’s anticipation for what might be captured! Some exciting shots included coyotes, fox, skunk, javelina, deer, a friendly dog, and bats! We’re excited to see how our sites change as we head into our dry summer months followed by monsoon season!

 Despite the Covid-19 outbreak Sam and I felt comfortable checking cameras while social distancing from each other and other hikers. We also picked up this camera check outing since we are a lower risk in comparison to some of our other volunteers. We both maintained 6 feet distance between each other and sanitized between touching all equipment! 

Sonoran Desert HOA Stewardship Project

Stewardship – From Dream to Reality
By Andrea Hoerr, Cohort 3

Ever since we bought our townhouse in the Foothills, I’ve dreamed about adding native flowers to the common property. With the support and challenge of the Capstone project, I knew that I had a chance to transform vague ideas into reality.

Using the project framework we learned, I put together a plan and a presentation for our HOA Board. The approach I took was to look at from a ‘what’s in it for me’ perspective of the homeowner. Why should the average non-Master Naturalist care? Several factors were identified: aesthetic improvement, butterfly habitat, reduction in fire risk by managing our common property more intentionally, and improving community cohesiveness.

Over the months of the Master Naturalist training, I continued to hone the message. Once I was able to get in front of the Board in late May 2019, the presentation and message were significantly improved from the original. By the end of October, the Board’s concerns were addressed, the scope was slightly modified, and I had full consensus from all parties.

The next goal was to get support from my neighbors. I put flyers inviting neighbors to two ‘Enthusiasm Parties’ at our house in November. Out of 137 homes, I had 20 people interested. These formed my core team, and donated $260 which was enough to get the project started. A mix of 13 different flowers were identified and ordered from Borderlands Restoration Network.

In early December, we spent a lovely morning at the Native Plant Nursery making seed balls. It was a joyful, fun experience that was enhanced by Jessie Byrd’s enthusiasm and support. When’s the last time you saw adults playing in the mud?


By Dec 15 the seed balls were dry, and a group of 10 scattered the marble sized seed balls in 5 different locations. We talked about the vision, and the challenges of not being in control of the weather, the germination rate, and all the factors that go into stewardship.


This was a wet winter so I had high hopes for a Super Bloom in our community.  So far, I have found 1 flowering plant – a mighty Penstemon!

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What constitutes success in this case? I consider this to be a successful project and one that I will continue to press forward with. The community was engaged, the HOA board was supportive, and we got people talking about the possibilities! Many of our native plants take 2+ years to flower, so perhaps we will see the Super Bloom in 2021! For 2020, I will continue to look for donations and repeat the seed ordering, seed ball making and scattering activities.

I invite you to consider joining the Local Stewardship project team! It is an approved volunteer job, and there are so many possibilities to engage with our neighborhoods in a similar fashion. And it has been a BLAST!

Tap & Bottle Fun(d)raiser for PCMN

AZMN-Pima County Chapter had our first fun(d)raiser @ Tap&Bottle on S. 6th Ave on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 5-8PM. It was attended by members of all 4 MN Tucson cohorts and many of their family and guests. Rebecca, owner of the venue, donated $350 worth of proceeds and items for the raffle generated another $500. A big shout out to the following folks for their generosity: Pete Pfeiffer, Carrie Barcom, Native Plant Nursery and Jessie Byrd (Nursery Manager), Kathy Mclin and Reid Park Zoo. The evening was both successful and fun! Kudos to the fundraising team (Josh Skattum, Peggy Ollerhead, Kathe Sudano and Jenna Marvin) and all who attended.

Submitted by Kathe Sudano with photos by Josh Skattum

 

 

Saguaro Census 2020

Blog Post by Andrea Hoerr, Cohort 3

On Feb 18 2020, several Pima County Master Naturalists volunteered for the 2020 Saguaro Census. This survey was coordinated by the National Park Service and held at Saguaro National Park West (SAGU) with Don Swann, SAGU Wildlife Biologist, leading the way.

The Saguaro Census is held every 10 years, in concordance with the Federal census. The goal is to survey saguaros in the measurement plot and has been held since 1990. It is a large effort, with an estimated 500 Citizen Scientists participating in the survey. This day, we had 12 Pima County Master Naturalists representing various cohorts. We met at the Visitor Center at 7:45am and carpooled to the location. The participants were broken into groups of 4 and set out to methodically count and measure saguaros.

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What did we do?

  • There was some slow walking involved over the course of 4.5 hours. We took a lunch break around 11
  • The National Park Service staff marked the survey plot before we arrived. Don Swann, Kara O’Brien and Martha were our leaders and knew how to make tromping through the desert fun!
  • Each cactus had a temporary flag attached with a number that was recorded. The names ranged from numbers+letters to names like “Yoda” and “Pretty”
  • The metrics collected were:
    • UTM location – UTM is similar to GPS, but provides more accuracy
    • Height of the cactus. For cactus 6’ and shorter, we used measuring sticks. For taller cactus we learned how to use a tool called the clinometer. The clinometer demanded patience and a certain amount of skill to use effectively. It uses trigonometry to determine the height using a point 10 meters from the cactus, then measuring 2 points on the cactus – the top and bottom. Because it is somewhat fiddley, 2 people measured the height and then averaged the results
    • Number of arms
    • Number of bird holes
    • Any constriction noted which could have been caused by an injury or frost sometime in the history of the saguaro
    • In some cases, the cactus had a permanent tag that was recorded as well as the UTM location
  • Each team of 4 did 3 passes for their section. This was to ensure that no saguaro was missed
  • Laughed and told plant-geek appropriate stories

Overall, it was an excellent volunteer experience which was amazing to share with our fellow Master Naturalists! We each got a 2020 Saguaro Census Survey sticker and bandana which is a fantastic way to acknowledge our contribution.

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Some facts that we learned:

  • Saguaro National Park is around 140 square miles
  • The National Park Service estimates that there are upwards of 20,000 latex balloons littering Saguaro National Park! There’s a scientific journal that was published about this topic. Extract and full article here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2012.10.004
  • Weddellite is a mineral found in dead saguaro skeletons. It is comprised largely of calcite and is a key ingredient of caliche. Fascinating U of A article linked here: https://rruff-2.geo.arizona.edu/uploads/AM88_1879.pdf
  • We saw a large amount of Merriams kangaroo rat burrows centered around creosote. Sand is blown into creosote and collects into mounds. This provides an excellent opportunity for the kangaroo rat to form burrows. https://www.desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/long-fact-sheets/krat.php

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Catalina State Park Remote Wildlife Camera

CATALINA STATE PARK REMOTE WILDLIFE CAMERA

Submitted by Diana Holmes, Pima County Certified Master Naturalist, Cohort 2

Shortly after moving to Oro Valley from Sonoita in 2012, my husband and I volunteered to monitor a remote wildlife camera in Catalina State Park.  The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection sponsors an opportunity for citizen (community) scientists to be involved in a valuable effort to record animal (and human) activity in the park.  A Coalition staff member guided us to predetermined coordinates in a small wash not far from the equestrian center in the park where we set up the camera. A month later, we were excited to see what was captured on film.  We’ve seen coyotes, bobcats, skunks, foxes, javelinas, many bird species, and lots of rabbits and deer.  One especially interesting photo was a badger and coyote encounter.  People hiking and on horseback appear now and then.  Neighbors (now good friends) became involved and as a team, we began monthly visits to check the equipment, replace batteries, change the memory card, and to note any unusual activities (one camera was stolen). An added benefit is the opportunity to hike in the park and observe seasonal changes, plant life, and other animals (two close calls with rattlesnakes).  One time we found a small shredded parachute and weather capsule that we sent back to NOAA.

The Oracle Road wildlife bridge and underpass were completed in March 2016 with the goal to ensure connectivity and unimpeded wildlife passage between the Catalina and Tortolita mountains. The project has been a success with over 4,400 animals documented using the bridge and underpass in the first two years.

Over the years we’ve learned about the purpose and goals of the Coalition. As they state:
The Coalition works to create a community where: ecosystem health is protected; nature and healthy wild animal populations are valued; and residents, visitors and future generations can all drink clean water, breathe clean air, and find wild places to roam.”

If interested in joining this effort, you can contact the Coalition at https://www.sonorandesert.org/

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PCMN 2019 General Membership Meeting

December 18, 2019

The Pima County – Master Naturalist Association (PCMN) bylaws require a general membership meeting in December of each year.  “The acts of the majority of the voting members present at each duly called and convened meeting shall be the acts of the General Membership” (5-E-Vlll).

Voting members include those individuals ‘in good standing” who meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Member in Training: Participating in a current PCMN class.
  2. Member Intern: Completed class but not yet completed service hours for full certification.
  3. Certified Member: Completed official class of (60) hours and have accumulated (60) hours of volunteer service and (20) hours of advanced training, (5) of which are skills based, on an annual basis.
  4. General Member: Previously certified but not current on required annual service hours.

The meeting this year was held on December 8, at the group campsite of the Molino Basin Campground in the Santa Catalina Mountains.  Members enjoyed the option of camping the evening before the meeting and a potluck picnic lunch afterwards.

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Picnic under the Molina Basin campsite Ramada, Photo: F. Lane

The meeting was convened by 2019 Chapter President Cameron Becker (Cohort2).  In 2020, as Past President, Cameron will serve the second year of his term in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors and chair the nominating committee for next year’s election cycle.  Cameron and an ad hoc committee (TBD) will solicit nominees for 2021 President Elect as well as Chapter Treasurer and Secretary.  Jean Boris (C2) and Carrie Barcom (C2) were unanimously re-elected to serve a second year.

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Cameron Becker (C2) holding forth around the fire, Photo: K. Sudano

Dr. Jessie Rack (C3) was selected by the membership as President elect for 2020.  She, in turn, will succeed new Chapter President Franklin Lane (C1) at next year’s membership meeting.  It was generally agreed that the outdoor venue/potluck protocol was both inexpensive and appropriate.  Jessie will be looking for a similar situation for next year, perhaps central or on the West side of town.  Suggestions are welcomed. There was also enthusiasm expressed for inviting a keynote speaker in the future.  Perhaps add some gravitas and ‘advanced training’ to the occasion!  Not too early to pencil in the weekend of 12/6/2020.

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President Elect Jessie rack at Molina Falls earlier in the day. Photo: F. Lane

In addition to the Executive elections, other agenda items included approval of Kathe Sudano (C3) as a Board of Directors, Member at Large.  The only position left to fill on the 2020 Board is that of Curriculum Committee Chair.  This position is currently being filled “by committee” for Cohort 4, which begins in January 2020.  Ideally, we can identify a person to learn the process this year and assume oversight for 2021.  All members should consider this opportunity, LoriAnne has truly refined it to a “Cut And Paste!”

LoriAnne and Meck Slagle (C3) also successfully applied for a UofA Green Fund grant of $1600.  This is an incredible gift to the Chapter.  It is the intention to use a portion of the monies to purchase a Chapter computer (for official classes) and dedicate the remainder toward scholarships.  Well done amigas!

The following members were awarded service pins:
– 250 hours:  Deb Petrich (C1), Kathy Mclin Carter (C3), Dan Collins (C2), Jean Boris (C2), Michelle Kostuk (C1) and Don Eagle (C1)
– 500 hours:  Janel Feierabend (C1) and Hank Verbais (C1)
– 1,000 hours:  Hank Verbais (C1)

Finally, a note from Josh Skattum (C3) and Jenna Marvin (C3) on future Chapter fund raisers. Please consider joining us at:

Tap & Bottle on Saturday, 1/25/2020, Time: 5-8pm
403 N. 6th Ave.
3 % sales to Chapter

Borderlands Brewing, Friday, 3/13/20, Time: 5-8pm
119 E. Toole
X % sales to Chapter

Other photos from Deb Petrich:

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New Executive Team: Franklin Lane and Jessie Rack

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Dre Hoerr (C3) and Jessie Rack (C3) with Queen and Luna

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Picking our PCMN t-shirt to sell for fundraisers. Kathe Sudano is presenting 1 option.

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What a nice location!

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2019 President Cameron Becker (C2) with new 2020 President Franklin Lane (C1)