Board Minutes

Iowa Master Naturalists Board of Directors 

Minutes of the September 22, 2021 Board Meeting 

12:30 p.m., via Zoom 


1) Roll Call 


Justin Voss, Chair (present) 

Sue Travis, Secretary (present) 

Anita Hutton, Treasurer (present) 

Ben Rowold (present) 

Ginny Paulson (present) 

Peter Ault  

Executive Director: Elisabeth Swain (present) 

Advisors: Jean Prior (present), Lynette Seigley (present), Alida Selim, Letia Blanco, John Pearson

2) Minutes from the previous meeting – The most recent minutes are on our website: 

Older minutes are archived on the google drive in the folder called Board of Directors Meetings.  

3) Treasurer Reports – Anita reviewed our bank balances: $510.08 in savings, $324.52 in checking, $971.18 in PayPal, for a total of $1805.78. Elizabeth said that ~$3000 in tuition will be added soon. 

4) Chair and Executive Director Reports and Other Discussion 

   – The Fall 2021 class is underway! The classes are a hybrid of online and in-person instruction, and run from Saturday, Sept 11 and through Dec 4. A more complete description is at The backlog of interested people has been cleared, the class of 15 was easily filled with little advertising, and the students are a fine mix of different ages and interests.  The Tallgrass Prairie Center at UNI is letting us use “Botany for Beginners” and we are making a donation to them in thanks. Also new this year is a prairie restoration field trip in which the class will visit the Ashton Reconstruction Project with Mike Fallon from UI. 

   – One of the current students is an artist who is interested in creating an Instagram page for us! 

   – Ginny expressed an interest in creating posts for the Facebook page, and Justin will add her as an admin. She discussed possibly having Volunteer Spotlight posts, and posts about students’ Capstone projects, and there was much enthusiasm for these ideas. 

   – Elisabeth is upgrading our Vimeo subscription, and will look into discounts for non-profits. 

   – We need a new Vice Chair, and Ginny Paulson graciously accepted the position.  

   – We were hoping to include Story and Dubuque counties in the fall class, but because of the pandemic it seemed advisable to delay this until spring. Elisabeth will continue to work with them for the Spring 2022 class. The locations would be the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park in Ames, and the Swiss Valley Nature Center near Dubuque. 

   – The fall Amana roadside cleanup will be announced after Justin reviews football schedules, etc. It will probably be on a Sunday. 

   – Because large gatherings are discouraged because of the continuing pandemic, there will be no  winter party this year.  The Board is invited to attend the Capstone Project presentations at Kent Park on Saturday December 4, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

5) Round Table Nature Sharing – Elisabeth came across a dead milksnake in the woods, even though they prefer rocky hillsides – this goes to show that there are more of them around than you might think! Sue found a large larva in the yard that looks like a tomato hornworm but was brown with yellow stripes; she shared some of what she learned about braconid wasp parasitism of hornworms. Justin has enjoyed the nice weather and noticed migrating birds and butterflies, and Jean has seen hummingbirds and black-and-white warblers in her yard that are likely migrating also. Ben participated in some bird banding outings, first at Wickiup Hill with Mark Bowman and Rob Bradley, and later at Kent Park. Ginny saw her first tiger moth larva of the year, the white form, identified with the iNaturalist app. Elisabeth spoke of the usefulness of Jim Durbin’s website which is especially good for moths and butterflies. Anita has been noticing the moon and clouds recently, and several agreed that they have been amazing together recently. 

6) Next Board Meeting – The next Board of Directors meeting will be Friday December 10, 2021 at the Groundswell Café, 201 3rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids. 


Respectfully submitted,  

Sue M. Travis, Secretary  

IMN Board of Directors  

5464 Lackender Ave SW  

Riverside IA 52327