A Letter from the President

A Letter from Bill Williams, Tennessee RC&D Council President

This past year, your Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council has been caught, in Matthew Arnold’s famous words, “between two worlds; one dead, the other powerless to be born.”

On the one hand, we had four Councils that were declared graduated and, on the other hand, two who were awaiting funding. 


Our outgoing President Charlene Shelton, the Executive Committee and dedicated Council members are to be commended for their overtime efforts in addressing this crisis. 

We can now look forward to the coming year as we work together to contribute to the growth and prosperity of our Councils.  This will take a forceful and energetic action on the part of the Tennessee Council’s new leadership.

Let’s start with each Council’s qualifying for the Circle of Diamonds by January 1, 2006. 

Donna Hunter, Communications Director with the National Association of RC&D Councils, has given us the great news – - the application fee for the program has been waived for all Tennessee Councils.

 As a member of the Circle of Diamonds, your Council will have shown and promises to continue to show your Council’s unique ability to reach and attain the specific benchmarks set forth in the application.

Today, we begin the journey!

Bill G. Williams