President's Message June 2016


After many years of facing life's challenges, we have an intuitive instinct to apply what some consider the first rule of a scientific investigation - NEVER OVERLOOK THE OBVIOUS!

When this rule is applied in a calm, quiet environment, a person's creative instincts will often surface.

But how would you describe this natural aptitude to your children, grandchildren, friends or even fellow council members?


It is as simple as being curious about what you've seen or heard? This characteristic can often be seen in a person with years of experience and a refined ability to look at an issue or problem as a careful observant.

Can we teach new volunteers in our organization to apply this first rule of a scientific investigation? If this is possible, then in doing so, we have a chance to encourage the next generation to join in the mission of our Resource Conservation and Development Councils.

Briefly, what are the objectives of RC&D programs that will serve Tennessee residents?

1. Achieve proper growth, protection and development of the land, water, air, forests, recreation, fish, wildlife and human resources.

2. Improve standard of living through community improvement.

3. Coordinate and promote RC&D interests and activities in Tennessee.

4. Cooperate with all private and public entities concerned with the conservation and development of Tennessee.

When the Federal Government withdrew funding for RC&D in April, 2011, the required elements of an RC&D area plans administered by NRCS was no more.

What followed was each individual council became free to adopt a sustainable strategy within their business plan that identified the services that were worthy to be marketed. Each plan had to include making a profit in a non-profit organization.

Partnerships with TACD, local city/county governments, banks, State of Tennessee, National Forest and others take on a new meaning in which all partners could be advantaged. This approach often identifies new volunteer members to councils and brings individuals who are free to explore, create, and not be afraid to fail.

Appalachian RC&D Council, host of the August 10, 2016, annual meeting, has adopted the partnership model. A joint National Quilt Trail and Tennessee RC&D program has the promise of a great adventure. Detailed plans will be coming to your Council soon. You must plan to attend.

Roy Settle, Emily Bidgood and members of the Appalachian Council absolutely understand the benefits in being creative and never overlooking the obvious!