President's Message June 27 2014


For centuries, women have been credited with supporting the structure of arts, education, religion, culture and social institutions.

Women are the necessary element of sustainable life itself.

In the new world that we live today, how do women fill the traditional role of family maker, care giver, culture advocate, spiritual believer and at the same time pursue professional careers?

Does there exist enough energy remaining to take a leadership role as a volunteer in the Resource Conservation and Development movement?


In a recent tribute to professional women honorees, a simple request was made. What is your advice to others?
Answers to this question were given by 27 of the 30 honorees. Three of the honorees are deceased.

An unscientific analysis of answers given has been segmented into 9 areas. The following is the result - ranked by honorees as to advice.

1. Value of hard work, passion, integrity and goal setting.
2. Faith importance - belief in higher power.
3. Opportunities - venture outside of comfort zone.
response to favorable circumstances.
new beginnings after set-back.
4. Personal assessments needed - belief in principles.
5. Flexibility in career.
6. Service to others.
7. People you associate with - smarter, competent.
8. Family and career - importance.
9. Life includes good and bad.

After reviewing the honorees' ranking 1-9, what would be your advice?

Some consider it to be a man's world in many of the objectives of Resource Conservation and Development - the protection and development of our Tennessee land, water, air, forest, recreation, fish, wildlife and human resources.

However, it will take men and women to value the contributions that non-profit organizations, such as Resource Conservation and Development have made toward fostering development of our communities throughout Tennessee.

Women will determine by their participation what they wish to be valued. Many have worked for the protection of our natural resources as well as working for a better community for this generation and beyond.

The fact is that women have a natural ability to multipurpose solutions to the details of time management.
Simply put, they are making the effort to facilitate the goals of Resource Conservation and Development Councils across Tennessee.

For this, we offer a sincere thank you.

Bill G Williams, President
Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council