Sent: 2/18/2008 2:02:31 P.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: Special Confluence - Open House!
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Everyone is invited to ourOpen House
Thursday February 28, 2008
4:30 pm to 7 pm
Foyer of Historic Federal Building
720 West St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN 56301
~ Meet our new Executive Director, Marian Bender
~ Bid farewell to Angie Becker-Kudelka and Bruce Johnson
~ Meet MW staff and board
~ Tour our new office in Suite 143
~ Learn more about our mission
~ Enjoy food and refreshments
~ Have fun!
MW Open House Will Introduce New Executive Director
The Open House will introduce the work of Minnesota Waters, and its new Executive Director, Marian Bender, to the St. Cloud region, and also provide an opportunity to honor former Executive Director, Bruce Johnson, and Program Director, Angie Becker-Kudelka.
Bender, who started February 4, 2008, recently moved back to the St. Cloud area after working in water conservation at Friends of the River in Sacramento, California. She brings a strong background in non-profit management, marketing, and communications in water conservation. Bender said "Minnesota hosts the headwaters of the nation’s second longest river, is home to more than 15,000 lakes, and contains more shoreline property than any other state. Given those incredible natural assets, and Minnesota Waters’ work to inform and engage Minnesota citizens and policymakers, I believe our state can become a leader in sustainable water management practices."
Moving Minnesota Waters head office to St. Cloud in November 2007, from Brainerd, MN, was a strategic decision to serve its growing membership from a central location. With over 3,000 members statewide, Minnesota Waters engages citizens, resource managers, policy makers and other partners to protect and improve the quality of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Funded by memberships and foundation grants, Minnesota Waters’ programs aim to give people the tools to clean up the rivers, watersheds and lakes in their communities; organize and train volunteers to monitor and test their water for pollutants, invasive species, and sedimentation; educate people to understand the problems lakes and streams are facing and show them how they can change behavior; inspire state leaders through grassroots pressure to invest in preventing and managing aquatic invasive species; and, ensure shorelands continue to provide the habitat, water quality and aesthetic functions critical to lake and stream health. For further information contact:
Marian Bender, Executive Director, 320-257-6630Minnesota Waters has a New Address720 West St. Germain, Suite 143 , St. Cloud , MN 56301For questions regarding the Web site or Hosted Web sites please contact: Dick Lacher, Telephone: 218-659-4511 or rgla...@paulbunyan.net
The mission of Minnesota Waters is to promote responsible stewardship of our water resources by engaging citizens, local and state policymakers, and other partners in the protection and restoration of Minnesota ’s lakes and rivers.****JOIN MINNESOTA WATERS TODAY! ****
As you probably know, Minnesota Waters (Rivers Council) is the
organization that help organize the Friends of the Sauk River.
I don't know where Bruce Johnson is going but thought he did a great
job. Angie Becker-Kudelka was the staff person we saw and delt with
most often. I see she is leaving as well. Best of luck to them.
I remember how surprised I was to learn there was an organization in
Sauk Rapids named the Rivers Council. I'm glad they're back as
I see the new directors name is Marian Bender. I hadn't heard from
Mitch lately but all sorts of idea ran through my mind when I read
this. I wondered if he had a sister, gotten married or perhaps had a
gender reorientation. I am starting to realize there may be no
relationship here at all, just a coincidence.
I was planning on attending. Hope to see some of you there.