President's Message April 30 2014







 Many of you have been involved in a successful 2014 Regional Envirothon competition.  As you know, the State Envirothon will be held May 7-8, 2014, in Crossville, Tennessee. 

Following the State judging on May 8, the TN RC&D Council Board Meeting will be held. 

Although the State Envirothon Contest has been the highlight focus of our annual May gathering, we encourage as many Board members as possible to attend this meeting. 

Yes, the date of May 8, 2014, is early in the month this year.  Kathy has attempted to accommodate regional school activities and include additional teams to compete in the State contest.  She was pleased to announce the addition of the TN Association of Conservation Districts as sponsors of the non-council teams participating across the state.

Many thanks to all who have made this year's Envirothon successful.  Our treasure is the ability to make conservation education available to participating students in the State of Tennessee.


Bill G Williams, President

Tennessee RC&D Council

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE A Council Success Story


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A Council Success Story

During the journey to identify what is the best strategy for an individual council to travel in pursuit of stability and success, one repeated suggestion has been for councils to share the success, or lack thereof, they have experienced.

 When the Executive Committee appointed a TN RC&D Council Communications Director, the concept was not to worry about those things that one has no control over, but to listen to individual councils and help engage in creating success for all councils.  When success comes, recognize the contributing council and pass it on to all RC&D Councils.

 Appalachian RC&D Council has agreed to share their success story.  Attached you will see the celebration newsletter and solicitation.

 From the beginning of the early evening garden party, it was evident that detailed planning had been done.  Guests were greeted, the covered tables were in place and an invitation was issued to visit the historic home on the grounds of the host family.  After brief socializing, the buffet line was formed along the tables of traditional dishes locally grown in a country garden.

 Roy Settle served as Master of Ceremonies when introducing guests and the featured speaker -the Founder of the Quilt Trail Movement

 An original invitation stated the date, location, festivities and admission contribution per person.

 The “closing of the sale” celebration newsletter followed the initial party.  It demonstrates the next step in the sales process of defining how council members, volunteer and private business supporters can help continue the mission of Appalachian RC&D Council.



Roy mentioned the concern of many that RC&D councils would disappear when Congress cut funding.


“But, because of you, we did not disappear,” he added.


Hopefully, many other councils will consider having a celebration affair to exhibit success stories from years of service to their communities. 


Communications Director, Glenda Rickman, is available to help.


Remember the old mountain saying - a setback is your chance to make a comeback.

Tennessee RC & D Annual Meeting 2014

The Tennessee RC & D Annual Meeting for 2014 will be held August 7-8 at the UT Ag Campus.  The meeting is sponsored by the Smoky Mountain RC & D and will be held in the Sequoia Room above the Pendergrass Library (2407 River Dr. Knoxville, TN).  

Arrangements have been made for a “Supper Cruise on the Volunteer Princess Riverboat”. This will be a great time for sharing our successes and challenges while providing the atmosphere and time for a relaxing evening.

Read more: Tennessee RC & D Annual Meeting 2014