ByÂ Whitey Markle
NEW SSJ STRUCTURE UP AND RUNNING
The Working Group structure is up and running. I am getting a lot of positive comments about the new structure. The Working Groups (North Florida, Tricounty, and Central) are able to flex with the issues at hand and the issues in these three areas are diversified in many regards, butÂ all three groups share a lot of similar Â issues as well. We are all concerned about legislative issues that are forming as the legislatureÂ moves toward the session that begins on March 7,Â Issues regardingÂ ourÂ water are shared, and our outreach programs are commonly important.Â Of course, any actions that may be taken by the Working Groups will be monitored and approved by the Executive Committee at our monthly meetings.
We are always seeking help from willing member volunteers, so please donâ€™t hesitate to lend us a hand if you feel you can be of assistance.
BUDGET DEVELOPMENT UNDER WAY
We are nearing completion of our projected budget for the next year. Priorities and goals are being set and we should have the budget completed by the next Executive Committee meeting. Our budget is based on past spending and future projections.Â Day-to-day administration, equipment, and services fees , assistance to other organizations, andÂ litigation and research costs are some of the expenditures that most likely willÂ be necessary this year.
We will likely implement a fundraising campaign this year that will be of great value in accomplishing our goals.Â We implore all members to help on this campaign if and when it transpires. A lot of fundraising work is done by footwork, not just by making donations. We will keep you all appraised as we move along.