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News Stream
January 2015
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Georgia River Network News Stream
January 2015

1.    Fundraising New Year’s Resolutions
2.    Paddle Georgia Registration Opens Soon!
3.    Kayak Raffle to Support GRN
4.    Donor Will Match Your Gift to GRN
5.    American Rivers Job Announcement
6.    2015 Hidden Gems Paddles

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
7.    Georgia Water Coalition Capitol Conservation Day—February 18, 2015
8.    Brews, Boats and BBQ Party
9.    Coosa River Basin Initiative Annual Membership Meeting
10.   Altamaha Riverkeeper Duck Day
11.   Adopt-A-Stream Confluence 2015

Nonprofit Resources
12.    Write a Great Recommendation Letter

Fundraising Deadlines
13.    Grants


1.    Fundraising New Year’s Resolutions
Is your board ready for 2015?  This is the time when we all step back and make our resolutions. Here are some great New Year’s Resolutions for your board members!

2.    Paddle Georgia Registration Opens Soon!
Paddle Georgia 2015 registration will open soon.  Paddle Georgia will be held June 20-26 on the Ogeechee River. Visit our website for more information!

Priority Registration: Jan. 27-Feb. 6
Priority registration is for those who raised $300 or more in Canoe-A-Thon donations in 2014. A code is needed from Georgia River Network to complete registration and will be emailed this month.

Regular Registration: Feb. 10 and Feb 19
The remaining spaces will be opened on a first come first served basis. Half of the spaces will be released on Feb 10, and the remaining spaces will be made available on Feb 19. We will open spaces at 8am eastern time on those dates. Both thru and lite spaces will be handled this way.

Thru-Paddler 2015 Registration Fees:
$425 Adults
$230 Children (8-17)
$30 Children (7 & under)

Lite Registration Fees:
$120 Adults
$70 Children (8-17)
$15 Children (7 & under)

3.    Kayak Raffle to Support GRN
Two kayaks donated by one of GRN’s event sponsors, Outside World Outfitters, will be raffled off on February 8. One kayak requires you to be present at our 2nd Annual Brews, Boats & BBQ for Better Rivers fundraiser to win. This kayak is a sit-on-top, Jackson, Riviera. The other kayak to be raffled off does not require you do be at the event. It is a sit-in, tie-dye, Jackson, Rogue, 10’ kayak. Raffle tickets for this kayak can be purchased at The winner will be responsible for picking it up at Outside World Outfitters’ in Dawsonville, GA.

4.    Donor Will Match Your Gift to GRN
Georgia River Network has exciting news to share; thanks to an incredibly generous matching donation, together we can triple your donation and the impact on protecting all of Georgia’s rivers. Here’s how it works: when you sign up for a new monthly recurring donation, a generous anonymous donor will match your initial gift 200%. For example, if you sign up to give $15 a month, our matching donor will give GRN $30 a month for the rest of our fiscal year. We know that healthy rivers throughout Georgia are important to you and we are grateful for your past support. I hope you will consider taking advantage of this great matching opportunity that will make a significant impact for river protection.

It only takes a few minutes to set up a recurring donation. Click here or go to our website ( and click on our large red donate button.  Then select the amount you want to give monthly (or type it in the “other” section) and then select “Monthly” under donation frequency. Provide your payment information and you’re done. One donation, three times the impact!

Thank you for making all of Georgia’s rivers a priority in 2015, and remember, YOUR RIVERS are our #1 priority.

5.    American Rivers Job Announcement
American Rivers is currently recruiting for a Clean Water Supply Associate in their Atlanta office. Find out more about the job here. 

6.    2015 Hidden Gems Paddles
Georgia River Network is planning three paddles on developing water trails in Georgia—Save the Dates!

May 17: Middle Oconee River – Bubbling Shoals, Rocky Outcrops & Historic Mills.  Paddle along one of the Classic city’s secluded gems.

Aug 22: South River – From Urban Wasteland to Wet & Wild Oasis.  Go with the flow and explore this nearly forgotten beauty.

Nov 14: Ochlocknee River – Tea-Stained Waters, Cypress Knees & Rich Wildlife Diversity.  Discover this majestic river in the Red Hills of Southwest Georgia.

7.    Georgia Water Coalition Capitol Conservation Day—February 18, 2015
Save the date and register NOW for the Georgia Water Coalition’s Capitol Conservation Day on February 18, 2015.  While there, you can meet with your state legislators and tell them what you expect them to achieve during the 2015-2016 sessions.  Bring your fellow members and other friends with you to support environmental and conservation causes!  

The day will begin at 8:00 a.m. with complimentary continental breakfast in Central Presbyterian Church’s Tull Hall, located across Washington Street from the Capitol.  During breakfast, there will be a presentation on the most critical conservation bills in the General Assembly. Assistance will be available for identifying and locating your representative and senator.

Following the informational session, the group will go to the Capitol around 9:30 a.m. for a group photograph to be taken at the bottom of the Capitol North stairs.  After the group photograph, you will have time to call upon your legislators.   Lunch will be on your own at either the “Sloppy” Floyd Building across Piedmont Avenue/MLK Drive or in the Capitol snack bar.  Either before or after lunch, you will report to a debriefing room where you can share details of your visit.

Go HERE to register today!

Please contact Tally Sweat with questions: or 678-684-3203. 

8.    Brews, Boats and BBQ Party
When: Sunday, February 8, 2015, 5pm – 8pm
Where: SweetWater Brewing Co., 195 Ottley Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Cost: $25
Join GRN for our 2nd Annual 'Brews, Boats and BBQ for Better Rivers' - a kickoff paddle party and GRN fundraiser! This fundraiser is a pre-season gathering of paddlers from all over Georgia at SweetWater Brewing Company. We invite paddlers of all skill levels and disciplines, as well as those who have never paddled but are interested in this wonderful sport. Come meet GRN staff members and learn about our mission and upcoming events. This is also a great opportunity to meet new paddling friends and renew old friendships! Representatives from several paddling groups across Georgia will be there. We will also be honoring our 14 in 2014 finishers, which are individuals who took on GRN's challenge to participate in 14 water-related events in 2014. So, come on out and mingle with us!

NOTE: All attendees must be 21 years of age or older as of February 8, 2015. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event.

Ticket includes: Live DJ, Complimentary SweetWater Brewery Tours and Tastings, SweetWater Pint Glass, Great Food, Door Prizes AND... one complimentary raffle ticket entry to win a sit-on-top, Jackson, Riviera kayak from our awesome event sponsor Outside World Outfitters.

This fundraiser sold out last year, and tickets are selling quickly again. Go HERE to register today!

9.    Coosa River Basin Initiative Annual Membership Meeting
When:  January 27, 2015,  6pm
Where: Georgia Northwestern Technical College, 1 Maurice Culberson Drive Southwest, Rome, GA
CRBI's annual membership meeting will be held Jan. 27 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College beginning a 6 p.m. The event will include a review of 2014, a look forward into 2015, election of board officers, recognition of CRBI supporters and volunteers and a screening of the movie "DamNation." An award-winning documentary, the film chronicles the devastation wrought by our country's thousands of dams and the growing movement to remove obsolete and environmentally-damaging dams. For more info, go to the CRBI website.

10.    Altamaha Riverkeeper Duck Day
When: Saturday, January 31, 10am – 12pm
Where: Altamaha Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Check Station near Darien

Join Coastkeeper, Jen Hilburn, and Altamaha Wildlife Manager, Robert Horan, for an exciting morning of duck watching behind the scenes at the WMA. You will hopefully see winter Northern Shovelers, Black Ducks, Pintails, Green-winged Teals, and maybe Snipes. After the excursion, you will have a smashing low country boil, get an update on ARK's programs, and learn about the role of a WMA manager. Easy walking. Bring binoculars and dress warm because you will be traveling through the refuge in an open truck. $45/person.

Participants will meet at the Altamaha WMA Check Station located 1.5 miles south of Darien on the west side of Hwy 17, across from the Butler Island dairy barn. Space is limited and reservations are required. To participate, please send a check to ARK, P.O.B. 2642, Darien, GA 31305. Indicate on the check the activity you are paying for and include complete contact information to receive any unforeseen notification of changes such as bad weather.

11.    Adopt-A-Stream Confluence 2015
When: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Where: Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive Buford, GA
Cost: $30 per participant ($20 for students)

Discuss, share, and learn more about the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program! Meet water quality professionals and AAS local coordinators, trainers and volunteers.  Register online at

Registration includes t-shirt, lunch, conference sessions, door prizes and more!
Travel stipends are available for Volunteers! See our website for more details.
•    Hands-on Workshops
•    Networking opportunities
•    Student water research poster competition
•    Volunteer presentations and awards ceremony

12.    Write a Great Recommendation Letter
Lots of us have to write recommendation letters for volunteers and interns from time to time. Find out how to write a great one! 

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

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