Discover Life in America

Frank Harris - 17 November, 1999

1999 DLIA Conference/ Board Meeting

Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 10:07:46 -0500
Subject: 1999 DLIA Conference/ Board Meeting

It is almost time for the third annual meeting of Discover Life in America
and we request your presence, expertise and creativity. The meeting will
take place in Gatlinburg, Tennessee from Wednesday afternoon December 8
through Thursday evening, with the Board Meeting on the morning of Friday
the 10th. 
We have made substantial progress in our efforts with the All Taxa
Biodiversity Inventory of Great Smoky Mountains National Park since last
December.  We need your input to plan for the future and ensure the success
of the project.

Here is some information to help you plan for this meeting. Updates and
details will be posted as they become available under "Events" at

Wednesday, December 8-

1 PM-- Convene Meeting
     Welcome-- Phil Francis/Frank Harris
     Outline meeting activities and objectives-- Frank Harris

1:15-- 2:15 1999 Status of Major Activities

     Incorporation of DLIA--Mary Williams
     Public Relations-- logo/stationery --Mary Williams
     MOU with NPS-- Frank Harris/Phil Francis
     MOU with GSMNP
     Publicity-- Jody Flemming

2:15-3:15  1999 View from The Park

     Sorting Center--Becky Nichols
     Status of Park Proposals-- Kieth Langdon, Chuck Parker, Karen
     How are things going/-- Kieth langdon/Phil Francis

3:15-3:30  Break- Snacks and beverages provided

3:30-4:30  Science Plan

     Overview of Plan-- How is it evolving?-- Peter White
     Seed Grants-- Process and Feedback-- John morse

4:30-5:30  ATBI Information system

     Overview of NSF Project-- Norm Johnson
     ATBI Data protocol


Dinner on your own

7:30--  General Discussion of Strategic Goals and Objectives (2000-2003)

Thursday, December 9-

7:30-8:30  Continental Breakfast Poolside

8:30-10:00  Reports by TWIG Leader/Representatives

     Each report
     What has been done?
     What are near term goals?
     What are the immediate and 3-year needs? (Realistically speaking)

10:00-10:30  Break- Snacks and beverages provided

10:30- Noon  Continued TWIG Reports

Noon-1:30 Lunch on your own

1:30- 3:00 Continued TWIG Reports

3:00-3:30  Break- Snacks and beverages provided

3:30- 4:30  Report from Education Activities-- Susan Riechert/ Glen Bogart

4:30-5:30  Wrap Discussion

     What we have heard (Listing of needs)
     Further proposal development
     Strategic goals


6:00-- Poolside Reception- Dinner provided

Friday -- Our planning meeting will be followed on Friday by Discover Life
in America's Board of Directors' meeting.

8:30  Call to Order
     Determination of a Quorum
     Approval of Minutes

Old Business
     Logo-- whether to trademark?
     MOU's-- what actions do we need to do?
     Treasurer's Report
     DLIA Board Nominees

10:00-10:15 Break- Snacks and beverages provided

New Business
     Strategic Plan-- adopt goals; task preparation
     Business Plan-- is May budget still realistic; task incorporation into
business plan format
     2000 Fund Raising
          Need for a "white knight"
     Education grant to NSF

12:00-12:30  Adjourn

The meeting held the Glenstone Lodge/Days Inn in on Airport Road in
We ask that you MAKE YOUR OWN reservations by calling the Glenstone
800-362-9522 or 423-436-9361. We have reserved a block of rooms at a
discounted rate of $45 per night, for those of you who are able to
contribute your own funds. Please tell them that you are with Discover
Life in America. Please contact Jody Flemming <>
(423.430.4752) if you need help making travel arrangements.

Please R.S.V.P. to Jody Flemming by Friday, November 26th.  Let him know
when you will arrive and leave so that we can better plan our logistic needs.
Also be sure to include contact information for those attending and TWIG
affiliation.  He can be reached via email at <>
(423.430.4752). For those of you who are able to pay, we intend to charge a registration fee of $25 to cover the cost of food and beverages.

We have limited funds to cover the costs of this meeting and are asking
those of you who have grants, travel budgets, and who can otherwise afford
it to cover your own costs. For those on limited budgets, we have some
funds to cover your lodging, travel and food as well as two housing
facilities that can accommodate 12  people in all. These spaces will
be filled on a first come, first served basis by contacting Jody Flemming.
If you are a member of a TWIG and need some financial assistance, please
let your TWIG leader know. TWIG leaders should coordinate the distribution
of funds with Jody. 

If enough people contribute to the cost of the meeting by covering their
own expenses, we should be able to assist all those in need
of help. Our goal is to enable everyone who wishes to attend to do so.
What we save on this meeting we will use to support science and educational
projects next spring and summer.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Frank Harris- Chairman, Discover Life in America

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