Some Headwaters Chapter news for you!
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Trying Something New

We are trying out new communication platforms!

milkweedFor one, the Virginia Master Naturalists Headwaters Chapter Board of Directors 2013 thought you'd be interested in a regular "digest" of chapter news so this is a first effort. Thanks to RoxAnna for giving it a name!

Secondly, we have a new website that needs your help to make it representative of all we do!  Here's hoping our address,  ... will be easy enough for everyone to remember :)

Please share information and photos on projects and training you are involved with for posting to the website by emailing our new Outreach Committee Chairperson Adrie at Also let her know of anything else you would like to see on the sight to make it useful and informative to members and nonmembers alike.

Help Wanted!

Friends of Shenandoah River have an urgent need for two or more volunteers to commit to collecting water samples two Friday mornings a month year round at two different sites. The current volunteers for these sites are no longer able to continue doing this.

Please contact Bruce Wiggins, or 540-568-6196 if you can help.

A Geology Day

Details are still being worked out but watch your email boxes for information from RoxAnna for an advanced training opportunity with two of our favorite geologists, Callan Bentley and Eric Pyle. It will be held on either Wednesday, December 18 or Thursday, December 19 from 9am to 1pm in Fort Valley.

We'll be treated to presentations on:
  • the Wilson Cycle
  • Snowball Earth and
  • Sticky Rocks
Hopefully your curiosity is piqued and you'll be able to attend!

Congratulations to all those in our chapter achieving certified master naturalist status this year:
Chip Brown
Carl Droms
Tom Long
Dwayne Martin
Pat Martin
Ann Murray
Judy Tammi
Art Vasy

Welcome to our newly elected Board Members for 2013-2015:

President: Tom Long (pictured)
Vice President: Ann Murray
Secretary: Gretchen Achenbach
Treasurer: Kathy Romig

Stephanie Gardner (elected by the board on November 21!)

Standing Committee Chairs:
Training Committee: RoxAnna Theiss
Membership Committee: Pat Martin and Dwayne Martin
Volunteer Service Projects Committee: Sandy Greene
Advanced Training Committee: RoxAnna Theiss
Program Committee is chaired by the Vice President: Ann Murray
Outreach Committee: Adrie Voors
Host Committee: Teresa Townsend and Sophia Cliffe

The board is rounded out by our ever faithful Chapter Advisor Paul Bugas of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and our energetic Past President Sophia Cliffe who has picked up an additional role on the board with the Hosting Committee.

Please don't hesitate to contact any of our board members with any of your questions, concerns, comments...  Contact information is available to members through the Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer Management System.

Next Board Meeting:

Thursday, January 16, 12:00 noon
Paul Bugas' Office
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF)
517 Lee Hwy, Verona

Please come ... all members welcome!

For 2014, board meetings will be alternating venues between the DGIF office in Verona and the North River Library in Bridgewater.


Save the Dates!

  • Saturday, March 8, 2014: Micro-Habitat Demo Garden Chapter Focus Project work day to install plants, infrastructures, art, water feature, and signs. Rain date is Saturday, March 15.
  • Saturday May 10, 2014: Wildflower Tournament. The Headwaters Chapter hopes to make this an annual, signature event to get everyone into the national forest on Shenandoah Mountain and see firsthand the natural treasures in our backyard.
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