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Wildlife Federation to Celebrate 72nd Convention in Alexandria
The Louisiana Wildlife Federation 2011 convention will be held March 18-20 at the Alexander Fulton Hotel & Convention Center in Alexandria, Louisiana. Hosted by LWF Affiliate, Rapides Wildlife Association, the event will celebrate the Federation’s 72nd year of conserving our natural resources and your right to enjoy them.
You can make your room reservations by calling the Alexander Fulton’s Reservations Department at 888-667-8908. The convention room rate is $70 plus tax per night. Please reserve your room(s) by March 4, 2011 to ensure this special room rate.
Convention preregistrations are encouraged. To preregister,print this registration form, fill it out and mail or fax it to the LWF office (fax: 225-344-6707; LWF, P. O. Box 65239, Baton Rouge, LA 70896). We cannot guarantee the security of credit card information until it reaches our office, so you may wish to pay registration/event fees with a check sent via USPS mail to the LWF office.
Theprogram begins with a social event on Friday evening when members, supporters, delegates and guests will enjoy a fish fry and auction to raise funds for the LWF's conservation education and advocacy work. Auction items include hunting and fishing trips, guns and ammo, hunting and fishing gear, art prints, books, jewelry, and more.
Admission to this event is $25, $20 for registered convention guests.
Debate on the resolutions will commence at 8:30 AM on Saturday in five Conservation Committees: Migratory, Forest & Upland Wildlife; Environmental Quality; Boating & Fresh/Saltwater Fisheries; Habitat Conservation & Management; and Conservation Policy, Laws & Enforcement. At the meetings, delegates and directors will discuss and vote on resolutions that have been proposed for adoption by LWF affiliates and directors. The proposed resolutions will soon be available for downloading from the LWF website, so please check back at a later date.
The committee meetings will be followed by the Board of Directors Luncheon at which federation officers will be elected for the new term. In addition, the luncheon will feature remarks from National Wildlife Federation representatives. Tickets to the Luncheon are $20 and the public is welcome to attend.
Those not participating in convention business meetings are invited to take part in the "Spouses Tour." Participants will travel to Natchitoches to visit the Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, and the Grand Ecore Visitors Center featuring an exhibit on the Corps of Engineers. Lunch will be at The Landing Restaurant on the beautiful Cane River. There may even be time for a little shopping. The tour and luncheon fee is $35 and includes convention registration.
From 2:30 – 4:30 PM on Saturday there will be a general session featuring a Coastal Restoration presentation by Chris Macaluso, LWF Coastal Outreach Coordinator, a presentation by LDWF wildlife biologist Carrie Salyers on theReintroduction of Whooping Cranes to the White Lake area, and a presentation byLWF Affiliate Woodlands Conservancy featuring a documentary film on the fight against invasive species and ongoing restoration efforts in the coastal forests of Southeastern Louisiana.
A highlight of the convention will be the Saturday evening presentation of the Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards at a festive banquet honoring recipients for outstanding accomplishments in 2010.
The awards, handsome statuettes representing different wildlife species, are highly regarded as the top symbols of conservation achievement that are presented annually in Louisiana. Bob Thomas, Ph.D, Director of the Center for Environmental Communications at Loyola University, will emcee the banquet. Other special guests include Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, Secretary Robert Barham of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and National Wildlife Federation Chair, Craig Thompson. The banquet begins at 7 PM, and is preceded by a 6 PM reception. Banquet tickets are $40.
The convention will close on Sunday morning after final action by the General Assembly of Delegates on the resolutions adopted by the conservation committees on Saturday.
Please call the LWF office at 225-344-6762 if you have any questions about the convention program or process.
Convention Sponsorship Opportunities
To defray the cost of holding the convention and raise funds for LWF's work, convention sponsorships are welcome. We will acknowledge donors in the printed convention program in these giving categories:
Corporate Eagle: $1,001 - $5,000
Eagle: $501 - $1,000
Whitetail: $251 - $500
Wild Turkey: $101 - $250
Largemouth Bass: $51 - $100
Sunfish: $35 - $50
Donors will also be recognized at the fundraising auction and dinner on Friday evening. The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is a qualified, tax-exempt, charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and therefore the value of any donation made to LWF is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law for charitable contributions.