Annual Meeting: Preserving our Paradise for 60 years

January 17, 2024

On January 11, we held our Annual Meeting at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. This was the first in-person Annual Meeting since 2020 and it was bittersweet to invite our members and donors back to engage and learn about our past year of environmental conservation efforts.

Our new and improved logo for our 60th anniversary was announced.

The meeting included keynote speakers, presentations, preview video of our 60th anniversary and additional award ceremonies.

Chairman John Walter began the presentation with a warm welcome, thanked our sponsors, and honored the Conservancy by announcing our 4 Star Charity Navigator Award.

Treasurer Tom Watkins highlighted our total revenue, income by source, total spending, expense by program and thanked our volunteers for their many hours of hard work.

The Goverance Report was presented by Board Member, Stefan Bothe. He thanked the outgoing board members, announced who was taking a second term and highlighted the rest of the board.

Rob Moher, President and CEO of the Conservancy, reviewed our 2023 year of mission work and introduced this year as our 60th anniversary.

60th anniversary preview video

This 2 minute trailer is the kick off to our upcoming 12 minute long organizational video which will highlight the past 60 years of mission work and our plan for the future. Stay tuned for the launch of our new video at our Earth Day Festival scheduled for Saturday, April 20th.

We also highlighted this year’s Eagle Award winners with a discussion panel. The Eagle Award is given to a person who has exhibited immense contributions to our conservation work over the years. This year, we awarded three gentlemen who have transformed and contributed to the Conservancy and SWFL as a whole for decades.