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January 2013
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Georgia River Network News Stream
January 2013

News
1.    13 River Resolutions for 2013!
2.    View Georgia River Network’s 2012 Annual Report
3.    Weekend for Rivers Registration Opens February 1st
4.    Paddle Georgia Registration Opens February 14th!
5.    GRN's 2013 Photo Showcase
6.    Top Tip Tuesdays
7.    Announcing the Georgia River Network Guidebooks Series

8.    GRN Presents the 2013 Georgia River Challenge
9.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Job Announcement
10.   Savannah Riverkeeper Job Announcement
11.   Soque River Watershed Association Job Announcement
12.   Update Your Organization’s Entry in GRN’s Watershed Directory

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items

13.   Coosa River Basin Initiative Annual Membership Meeting
14.   Al Gore Book Signing - The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change
15.   Lake University Workshop
16.   Keeping It Wild Full Moon Hike
17.   1st Annual North GA Winter Bluegrass Jam
18.   Save the Date: River Rally 2013

Nonprofit Resources
19.   FAQ: How to Write a Job Description
20.   Wanna Know What That Critter Is?
21.   Conflict of Interest or Conflict of Loyalty?

Fundraising Deadlines
22.  New Grant Opportunities

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1.    13 River Resolutions for 2013!
From the River Network, here are 13 great ways that you can give back to the river you love in 2013! Please feel free to share ideas with friends and colleagues, and Happy New Year!

2.    View Georgia River Network’s 2012 Annual Report
We accomplished a lot together in 2012 and had a great time, too. Check out GRN’s successes and watch our 2012 Annual Report video here.

3.    Weekend for Rivers Registration Opens February 1st
It’s almost time to secure your place at Weekend for Rivers, GRN’s  annual Conference and River Celebration! This year’s 2-day storytelling, partying and paddling event will take place April 6-7 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia.

Weekend for Rivers gives us all a chance each year to get together and celebrate Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers as a community of aficionados and advocates. Saturday, April 6th will be a day of inspiration, education and connections with folks who are as passionate about Georgia’s rivers as you are.  The day will include a series of short presentations and interactive forums that will paint a broad picture of the state of Georgia’s rivers and the people who work every day to protect and honor them, and this year we’re including a track focused on river issues and policies as well.

And to top off a day of inspiring presentations, join us for our annual River Celebration Party—you can come whether or not you can attend the rest of the weekend! That night, there will be an opportunity to camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, wake up the next morning and paddle a stretch of the beautiful Chattahoochee River!  So, put Weekend for Rivers on your calendar and look for registration to open HERE on February 1st!

4.  
Paddle Georgia Registration Opens February 14th
As our special Valentine to you, you can register for Paddle Georgia starting February 14th! There will be 350 spaces available for thru-paddlers this year, and
registration will remain open until all the spaces are filled.  Last year, we sold out in just two weeks, so please put February 14 on your calendar and plan ahead to make sure you register early before all the spots sell out.

We will also have a limited number of Paddle Georgia Lite 2013 spaces that will be available by invitation only to our supporters, special guests, and by lottery. Paddle Georgia Lite is our abbreviated trip for just the first two days of Paddle Georgia, June 15-16. If you would like to be considered for a Paddle Georgia Lite invitation this year please fill out the request form at this link by April 1, 2013 and we’ll put you in the pool. Invitations will be extended by April 12.

AND, A VERY EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! Canoe-A-Thon 2013 participants will be eligible for a very special reward for helping us accomplish two important goals of Paddle Georgia: introducing more people to our beautiful rivers and raising more money to protect these precious resources. Canoe-A-Thon 2013 participants who raise at least $200 will be GUARANTEED A SPOT ON PADDLE GEORGIA 2014* by being eligible to register during a special PRIORITY REGISTRATION period before regular open registration begins in February 2014 for Paddle Georgia 2014,  our 10 Year Anniversary Trip and return to the Chattahoochee River where it all began. Click here to learn more about Canoe-A-Thon and sign up for Canoe-A-Thon 2013. *Be sure to click here and read all the specific rules and policies for Paddle Georgia 2014 Priority Registration. As always, there will be additional fabulous prizes for our top fundraisers.


5. GRN' 2013 Photo Showcase
GRN is excited to announce our ‘2013 Monthly Photo Showcase and GRN Staff Pick of the Month’. Each month we will have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the topic of the month.We will accept photo entries up until the third week of each month and announce the GRN staff pick and showcase all photo submissions the last week of each month. January's theme is: Favorite photo of 2012

So get those cameras poised and creative photo juices flowing and submit your January photo entry NOW to Gwyneth@garivers.org

Here is a sneak peek of the 2013 Monthly Themes:

  •     January- Favorite photo of 2012
  •     February- The love boat paddlers photo
  •     March- Photo of a river problem that needs to be fixed
  •     April- Best ‘Weekend For Rivers’ photo
  •     May- Photo of creative way(s) of conserving tires 5 (2)water/How do you conserve water?
  •     June- River wildlife photo
  •     July- Favorite 2013 Paddle Georgia photo
  •     August- Funniest paddling photo
  •     September- Summer water fun with pet(s) photo
  •     October- Protecting and cleaning up rivers photo
  •     November- Fabulous fall colors photo
  •     December- The gift of water photo

6. Top Tip Tuesdays
Introducing Tip Top Tuesdays! We will post a new Tip of the Week on our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, GA River News Blog) every Tuesday on topics ranging from GA paddling destinations and kayak camping tips to water conservation and ways to get involved in river restoration.


7. Announcing the Georgia River Network Guidebooks Series
The Etowah River User’s Guide is the first in a series of books to be published in partnership with Georgia River Network, a nonprofit organization working to ensure a clean water legacy in Georgia. The guidebooks, printed on waterproof paper and ready to go from car seat to canoe seat, will help fulfill this mission by encouraging Georgians to explore and appreciate their rivers and will support efforts to create and sustain water trails in the state. Designed to educate river users, enhance their on-river experiences, and allow them to safely explore the river, each guide will include:

  • an introduction and overview of the river
  • chapters describing each river section with detailed maps and notes on river access and points of interest
  • a compact natural history guide featuring species of interest found along Georgia’s rivers
  • notes on safety and boating etiquette
  • a fishing primer
  • notes on organizations working to protect the river
The Etowah River User’s Guide is due out in May. Click here for more information about the book!

8. GRN Presents the 2013 Georgia River Challenge
Georgia River Network is encouraging river lovers to celebrate Georgia’s rivers –-from wild places to urban waterways--by taking 13 people paddling in 2013 who might not otherwise go on their own. Set your New Year’s resolution to get outside, get active and get to know your home state with friends and family. Georgia’s rivers offer a variety of experiences including family friendly afternoon paddles, riverside hikes, exciting whitewater and blackwater experiences.

The goal of this year’s ‘Take 13 People Paddling in 2013’ challenge is to promote Georgia’s growing water trail movement and send more people to the Georgia Water Trails Website to identify water trails to paddle, locate outfitters, find organized paddling trips or plan their own trip with friends and family who have little to know paddling experience.

To join the list of paddlers participating, just send an email to gwyneth@garivers.org with your name and address to sign up.

Also, congratulations to the 12 in 2012 Challenge Finishers! Click here for more information on the 2013 challenge and a list of the folks who completed the challenge!


9.   Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Job Announcement
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper has an opening for a Headwaters Outreach Director position based in Gainesville, GA. One primary responsibility will be to expand river monitoring, education, restoration, and advocacy programs in the headwaters region. To view more CRK job responsibilities and required qualifications, click here.

10.    Savannah Riverkeeper Seeking Development Director
Savannah Riverkeeper (SavRK) seeks a full‐time Development Director as part of their growing team working to protect and restore the Savannah River basin in Georgia and South Carolina. Candidate must have a bachelor degree, two or more years’ experience in fundraising, and proven event planning. For the complete SRK job description, click here.

11.    Soque River Watershed Association Job Announcement
The SRWA is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant. This is a new posting from the Outreach Coordinator job. For details on the SRWA position and how to apply read the description here. Closing date is January 18th.

12.    Update Your Organization’s Entry in GRN’s Watershed Directory
Did you know that Georgia River Network maintains a thorough directory of all the river protection groups in Georgia?  We do! Click here to browse the directory. If you would like to update your organization’s information, please contact Debra at debra@garivers.org. If your organization doesn’t currently have a listing in our directory, you can fill one out here and email it to Debra or mail it in to us at 126 S. Milledge Ave, Ste E3, Athens, GA 30605.

13.  Coosa River Basin Initiative Annual Membership Meeting
When:  Jan 28, 2013 from 6:30-09:00 PM
Where:  Rome Floyd County ECO River Education Center
Description: CRBI's 2013 Annual Membership Meeting will feature a look back at 20 years of protecting the upper Coosa River basin with special guests from CRBI's past. Click here for more information about CRBI’s membership meeting.

14.    Al Gore Book Signing--The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change
When:  Fri, February 1, 7pm – 8pm
Where: Carter Center (Atlanta, GA)
Description: Green Law is co-hosting this event along with A Cappella Books and the Sierra club. Al Gore will discuss the key forces that are shaping the world, including globalization, digital communications and depletion of the planet's natural resources. To buy tickets, go to http://www.acappellabooks.com/event/al-gore-book-signing. Tickets are $30 per person and includes a signed 1st edition book.


15. Georgia Lake Society Winter Lake University Workshop
When: Sat, January 26, 10am – 2pm
Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center (Roswell, GA)
Description: Learn the latest on current topics in lake management.
Who should come? Anyone who wants to know about the hot topics in lakes, or those who are responsible for the upkeep of their lake.  
Workshop includes lunch.  $20 registration for non GLS members and $15 for current GLS members.  For more information, contact gls@georgialakes.org.

16.  Keeping it Wild Full Moon Hike

Where:  Panola Mountain State Park
When: Saturday, Jan 26. at 5 p.m.
Cost: $7 plus $5 parking

Description: Join Keeping It Wild for a "Full Moon Hike" at Panola Mountain State Park, sponsored by Get Outdoors Georgia and Tons of Fun.  Listen to whippoorwills and owls as the sun slowly sets and the moon begins to rise. Panola Mountain is one of the best places to see the wildlife of the night. Bring flashlights and hiking boots. The hike is less than 2 miles, approximately 2 hours at a slow pace, rated easy with beautiful views of the Atlanta skyline.

Register in advance by calling Panola Mountain State Park and mention you are with Keeping It Wild: 770-389-7801.

17.    Save the Date: Soque River Watershed Alliance 1st Annual North GA Winter Bluegrass Jam
When:  Feb 22 – 23, 2013
Where: TBD
Description: Mark your calendars for a great new collaboration between the Grant Street Music Hall at Clarkesville Mill and the SRWA. More details will be made available as the event approaches. However if you or your business are bluegrass fans and would like to consider being a sponsor for the event please contact Paul Rampulla: 706.318.7530 or prampulla@yahoo.com.  More details to follow on the SRWA website!

18.    Save the Date: River Rally 2013
Date: May 17th-20th, 2013
City: St. Louis, Missouri
Visit the River Rally Website for more information about the annual National River Rally and mark your calendar for River Rally 2013 (May 17th-20th) in St. Louis, MO. Here’s the brochure!

19.    FAQ: How to Write a Job Description

Each month Jesslyn Shields, Georgia River Network’s Watershed Support Coordinator, answers questions she gets asked all the time:

Question: Our organization is starting the process of hiring another employee.  Any tips for hiring the right person for the job?

Read Jesslyn’s response here.


20.    Wanna Know What That Critter Is?
Georgia River Network’s website can help!  If you’ve been wondering about an animal you’ve seen hanging around a river or stream, we’ve got resources to help you identify it!

21.    Conflict of Interest or Conflict of Loyalty?
"Conflict of loyalty" is a useful concept and term that describes another dimension to board service than simply conflict of interest. 

22.    Grant Opportunities
To view grant makers that give throughout the year, visit the grants page of our website HERE.

Georgia Sea Grant Program
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and implemented through university-based programs incoastal states. Sea Grant provides essential research­‐based tools and expertise to address complex coastal issues. The program identifies and addresses these critical challenges through research, education and outreach.

Pre-proposal Due Date: 5 PM EST, February 28,2013
Full Proposal DueDate:5 PM EDT May 17, 2013
Panel Review for Full Proposals: August 2013

For more information, view the Georgia Sea Grant website and RFP here.


TechBridge Technology Innovation Award Program
The TechBridge Technology Innovation Award Program, sponsored by Accenture, recognizes deserving nonprofit organizations in Georgia that have innovative concepts for using technology to better serve the community. The award provides up to $25,000 in TechBridge consulting services and a cash grant of $5,000 to the nonprofit with the most compelling innovative concept for using technology to better serve the community. The winner also receives thousands of dollars in donated software. Two finalists also each receive a TechBridge technology assessment and a $1,000 cash grant. The application deadline is February 4, 2013. Visit the TechBridge website for program details and application information

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