The HMANA board gathered at the Lake Erie Marshlands Museum in Brownstown, MI for our annual meeting on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The meeting was our annual in-person working session where we report on activities of 2016, and develop plans for 2017 and beyond.

In addition to discussing HMANA’s annual budget, fundraising goals and committee planning sessions, a major focus of the event was preparing for the transition to an executive director led organization. The hiring process for the position is currently underway. We also reelected some current board members as well as welcomed 3 new members to the board. Welcome Raburn Howland, Victor Laubach and Brian Wargo!

As always, it was a jam-packed day but lots of fun to catch up with everyone and chat with the HMANA members that attended.

Midafternoon, the board adjourned and we carpooled to the nearby Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge where we received a tour of the new visitor’s center from refuge manager, John Hartig. HMANA’s new executive director will have an office in the new building which is due to open in spring, 2017. Touring the facility and grounds along the Detroit River and hearing about all the research and education plans, really heightened enthusiasm among board members. We are all so excited for HMANA to have a home base at this beautiful visitors center and for the all the new opportunities that lie ahead!