MUCC’s 2012 Annual Convention Recap
MUCC’s membership establishes MUCC’s policies and priorities for the upcoming year at the Annual Convention. Held at the end of June, MUCC’s Annual Convention was attended this year by 99 voting delegates with more than 325 votes to represent MUCC’s 250+ affiliated clubs and 42,000 members. Many other MUCC and agency staff, members, and guests were also in attendance throughout the three-day event.
This summer, MUCC’s Annual Convention was held in Lansing, where we also celebrated our 75th Anniversary.
You can find more information about the three Conservation Awards that were given out at the 75th Anniversary Celebration on June 21st here:
- MUCC Inducts Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Into Conservation Hall of Fame
- Bob’s Gun and Tackle Shop Named MUCC Outstanding Conservationist
- Ken Kelly of Mag-na-port Earns MUCC Outstanding Conservationist Award
At the Annual Convention (June 22-23) at the Lansing Center, the voting delegates are charged with reviewing and voting on resolutions (proposed policy) brought forward by MUCC members, clubs, regions, or by MUCC’s Committees. This year’s delegation approved 13 of the 19 policy resolutions proposed by members. The summaries and full text of the resolutions can be found here.
In addition to the policy process, the 2012 Annual Convention also hosted exciting speakers and panels designed to spark thought and encourage dialogue about how members can become more effective stewards of our natural resources. The “Quality of Life” Executive Group leaders in the Snyder Administration joined us for the Directors luncheon, where attendees heard from DEQ Director Dan Wyant, DNR Director Rodney Stokes, and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Legislative Liaison Derek Bajema, who each explained their role in conservation in Michigan. Director Stokes also formally announced his departure from the DNR, but encouraged members to stay tuned to the urban initiatives he will be working on in his new position in the Administration.
Informational panelists, including Former Lt. Gov. John Cherry, multi-client lobbyist Bill Zaagman, and three of MUCC’s statewide affiliated club leaders, discussed their work in Lansing and offered tools and tips for effective advocacy. In addition, DNR Wildlife Chief Russ Mason, DNR Fisheries Chief Jim Dexter; and three more affiliated club leaders talked about agency and volunteer partnerships in wildlife and fisheries habitat, including the volunteer led Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative, the Upper Black River Council watershed restorations, and the federal cormorant harassment program in Michigan.