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Georgia River Network Calendar
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 – Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Time zone: (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
(Adjusted for Daylight Saving Time)

 

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... To December 2014

 

 

 

POLAR BEAR PADDLE AND SHIVERING SWING (CRBI)
Grizzard Park to Heirtage Park in Rome, GA

Sat, Jan 11

     

 

4th Annual Roast on the River (SRK)
Hogan's Marina, Wilmington Island, Savannah, GA

Sat, Jan 11

   

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

Workshop (Adopt-A-Stream/Satilla Riverkeeper)
DNR Wildlife Resources Division, Brunswick, Sapelo Island, GA, United States

Sun, Jan 12

   

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Paddle - Florida Keys Challenge (Paddle FL)
from Key Largo's John Pennekamp State Park to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

Wed, Jan 15

to

Wed, Jan 22

 

 

GPTV Georgia Outdoors Premiere (CRBI)
Mellow Mushroom, 238 Broad St. in Rome, Georgia

Fri, Jan 17

   

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

 

Hike - Ranger Rendezvous (SRWA)
Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve

Sat, Jan 18

   

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Annual Membership Meeting (CRBI)
Rome-Floyd ECO River Center, 393 Riverside Pkwy NE, Rome, GA 30161

Mon, Jan 27

   

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

 

Work Day - Panola Mountain (SRWA)
Davidson Arabia Nature Preserve

Sat, Feb 1

   

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Oyster Roast (SRK)
Dover Bluff

Sat, Feb 8

     

 

Tire RoundUp - Arabia Mtn Heritage Area (SRWA)
Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve

Sat, Feb 8

     

 

Paddle - Withlahoochee (Paddle FL)
from Lake Panasoffkee to Gulf of Mexico (Florida)

Sun, Feb 16

to

Fri, Feb 21

 

 

Lake University - Winter Workshop (Georgia Lakes Society)
650 Phoenix Rd, Athens,Georgia 30605

Sat, Feb 22

   

7:45 AM – 4:30 PM

 

Paddle - Satilla River (Satilla Riverkeeper)
between Douglas and Waycross

Sat, Mar 1

     

 

2nd Annual Roast on the River (SRK)

Sat, Mar 8

     

 

Paddle - Ochlockonee River (Paddle FL)
From Dam to the Bay via the Panhandle's Ochlockonee River (Florida)

Sat, Mar 15

to

Fri, Mar 21

 

 

UERA Annual Meeting
Funk Heritage Center, 7300 Reinhardt College Cir Waleska, GA 30183

Sat, Mar 15

   

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

EcoFocus Film Festival
Athens, GA

Thu, Mar 20

to

Sat, Mar 29

 

 

Adopt A Stream Confluence Conference
Gwinnett Heritage Center, Buford, GA

Sat, Mar 22

     

 

Paddle - Where the Water Goes (SRWA)
East Point and Southeast Atlanta Neighborhoods

Sat, Mar 22

   

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 

23rd Annual Conference (N. American Lake Management Society)
115 Hendersonville Road Asheville, North Carolina 28803 USA

Wed, Mar 26

to

Fri, Mar 28

 

 

Meeting - Golden Triangle RC&D Quarterly Meeting & Spring Creek Watershed Partnership Meeting
Moby Dick Restaurant in Colquitt, Georgia

Fri, Mar 28

   

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

 

Weekend for Rivers (GRN)
Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA 30075

Sat, Apr 5

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4th Annual Sweep the Hooch Cleanup (CRK)

Sat, Apr 12

     

 

Ogeechee River Hidden Gem (GRN)
Ogeechee River

Sat, May 10

     

 

River Rally 2014
Pittsburgh, PA

Fri, May 30

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Mon, Jun 2

 

 

12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival (CRK)

Sat, Jun 14

     

 

Paddle Georgia (GRN)
Chattahoochee River

Sat, Jun 21

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Fri, Jun 27

 

 

8th Annual Paddlefest (SRK)

Sat, Aug 2

     

 

MountainFilm on Tour ATL (CRK)

Fri, Aug 22

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Sat, Aug 23

 

 

Oconee River Hidden Gem (GRN)
Oconee River, Athens, GA, United States

Sat, Aug 23

     

 

Columbus Whitewater Hidden Gem (GRN)
Columbus, GA, United States

Sat, Sep 13

     

 

Paddle Georgia Fall Ramble (GRN)
Flint River, United States

Fri, Oct 10

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Mon, Oct 13

 

 

Satilla Hidden Gem (GRN)
Satilla River, GA, United States

Sat, Nov 15

     

 

 

 

  Details

 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

 

 

Time

 

All Day

 

Subject

 

POLAR BEAR PADDLE AND SHIVERING SWING (CRBI)

 

Location

 

Grizzard Park to Heirtage Park in Rome, GA

 

 

 

Join CRBI, Keep Rome Beautiful and the Rome-Floyd ECO River Center for the annual Polar Bear Paddle on the Etowah River. This is a FREE event. Complimentary canoe and kayaks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reserve your boat at www.coosa.org/events/paddle-trips The trip runs six miles from Grizzard Park to Heirtage Park in Rome.

When you join us for the Polar Bear Paddle, you'll get the chance to see CRBI staffers Joe Cook and Amos Tuck swing into the Etowah at 2nd Avenue in Rome if...if CRBI supporters donate $1000 or more before Jan. 11. MAKE YOUR DONATION NOW AT OUR POLAR BEAR FIRSTGIVING.COM SITE AND MAKE JOE AND AMOS TAKE THE POLAR PLUNGE!

This is the first of many special events this year designed to raise $150,000 and match a challenge grant that CRBI will receive this year!

 

Time

 

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

Subject

 

4th Annual Roast on the River (SRK)

 

Location

 

Hogan's Marina, Wilmington Island, Savannah, GA

 

 

 

more details to come

 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

 

 

Time

 

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Subject

 

Workshop (Adopt-A-Stream/Satilla Riverkeeper)

 

Location

 

DNR Wildlife Resources Division, Brunswick, Sapelo Island, GA, United States

 

 

 

Adopt-A-Stream or Wetland Workshop

Help protect our precious Satilla waters by adopting a site on one of her blackwater streams! Monthly water chemistry monitoring enables us to keep a watchful eye on the health of our watershed, and provides important data to EPD. Must RSVP by this 1/10/14.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

 

 

Time

 

1/15/2014 12:00 AM – 1/23/2014 12:00 AM

 

Subject

 

Paddle - Florida Keys Challenge (Paddle FL)

 

Location

 

from Key Largo's John Pennekamp State Park to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

 

 

 

115-mile adventure! Paddle alongside sea turtles and railroad visionary Heynry Flagler's "Eighth Wonder of the World". Sign up for any group of days or the entire trip.

$800 (includes meals and shuttles)

https://www.paddleflorida.org/register.htm

 

Friday, January 17, 2014

 

 

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7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

 

Subject

 

GPTV Georgia Outdoors Premiere (CRBI)

 

Location

 

Mellow Mushroom, 238 Broad St. in Rome, Georgia

 

 

 

GPTV GEORGIA OUTDOORS PREMIERE FEATURING AMOS TUCK AND THE CONASAUGA RIVER

Join us Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Mellow Mushroom special events space (238 Broad St. in Rome, Georgia) to watch the premiere of Georgia Public Television's "Three Rivers in Three Days" special that features Amos Tuck, CRBI's Riverkeeper, showing off the Conasauga's native fish. THIS IS A FREE EVENT. Enjoy some Mellow Mushroom pizza or sandwiches and then watch the show that airs at 8:30. Door prizes will be awarded! The show also features pieces on the Broad and Flint rivers.

 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

 

 

Time

 

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Subject

 

Hike - Ranger Rendezvous (SRWA)

 

Location

 

Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve

 

 

 

Ranger Rendezvous at Davidson Arabia Nature Preserve - January 18, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Join Ranger Robby for a rugged and adventurous hike through the Nature Preserve. This hike will be moderate to difficult and cover 4 to 5 miles. Registration by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is required to receive trailhead instructions and rendezvous location.

 

Monday, January 27, 2014

 

 

Time

 

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

 

Subject

 

Annual Membership Meeting (CRBI)

 

Location

 

Rome-Floyd ECO River Center, 393 Riverside Pkwy NE, Rome, GA 30161

 

 

 

JAN. 27 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
2013 was a great year for CRBI! On Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rome-Floyd ECO River Center will review it, present our volunteer and supporter awards and look ahead to the remainder of 2014.

 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

 

 

Time

 

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Subject

 

Work Day - Panola Mountain (SRWA)

 

Location

 

Davidson Arabia Nature Preserve

 

 

 

Panola Mountain Stewardship Saturday

Join Panola Mountain rangers and volunteers for a once-a-month work day to help maintain this unique National Natural Landmark. Each month will be a different service project. Please call the Nature Center at 770-389-7801 to register and get your parking fees waived for the day of the event.

 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

 

 

Time

 

All Day

 

Subject

 

Oyster Roast (SRK)

 

Location

 

Dover Bluff

 

 

 

Satilla Riverkeeper will host its winter oyster roast on the banks of Dover Bluff! Look forward to food, friends, music and exquisite views of the Satilla River!

More information to come.

 

Time

 

All Day

 

Subject

 

Tire RoundUp - Arabia Mtn Heritage Area (SRWA)

 

Location

 

Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve

 

 

 

Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance - Community Tire Roundup, February 8. The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance and Georgia Conservancy are sponsoring a Heritage Area Tire Roundup, Saturday, February 8. Community members can bring tires to the Arabia Mountain Nature Center, 3787 Klondike Road, to be recycled. This is a great time to throw that annoying tire you've noticed on your way to work or during your daily walk into your truck or car trunk and bring it to the Nature Center. If you are aware of an area where numerous tires have been dumped and there are too many for you to transport, a special pickup may be arranged. More details to come. In the meantime, if you have questions or need more information, contact Kimberly Estep, Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, Public Outreach Coordinator at (770) 542-7131.

 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

 

 

Time

 

2/16/2014 12:00 AM – 2/22/2014 12:00 AM

 

Subject

 

Paddle - Withlahoochee (Paddle FL)

 

Location

 

from Lake Panasoffkee to Gulf of Mexico (Florida)

 

 

 

Wild, Wonderful Withlacoochee... paddlers will thread their way through hardwood swamps and clear spring-fed streams on a 60-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico

https://www.paddleflorida.org/register.htm


Adult Paddlers: $275/adult
Senior Paddlers (65+): $250/sr
College Student Paddlers: $250/student
Youth Paddlers (8-17): $225/youth
Children (7 and under): Free

 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

 

 

Time

 

7:45 AM – 4:30 PM

 

Subject

 

Lake University - Winter Workshop (Georgia Lakes Society)

 

Location

 

650 Phoenix Rd, Athens,Georgia 30605

 

 

 

Lake University - Winter Workshop
February 22, 2014, in Athens, Georgia
Our Winter Workshop is being held in Athens, Georgia in cooperation with the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources.

Presentations will illustrate the identification of aquatic plants and management strategies. The afternoon sessions will include “hands on” opportunities to see and touch the various plants/algae commonly encountered in Georgia lakes. Microscopes and identification guides will be used to help participants learn to ID some common native and invasive aquatic plants and animals.

This Georgia Lake University Workshop is designed to educate lake and pond owners to help them improve their management and enhance all water uses: recreational, water supply or as aquatic habitat for fish and wildlife. Continuing Education credits may also be available for some of our professional attendees.

To register -- https://georgialakes.org/?page_id=192

 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

 

 

Time

 

All Day

 

Subject

 

Paddle - Satilla River (Satilla Riverkeeper)

 

Location

 

between Douglas and Waycross

 

 

 

Free event!

Join us for a wonderful day on the river! We will be paddling in the upper portions of the river between Douglas and Waycross. It is sure to be a blast exploring this smaller, more intimate stretch of the river, so mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info to come! Please let us know if you are interested in joining and if you may need to borrow a kayak or canoe.

912-510-9500

 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

 

 

Time

 

All Day

 

Subject

 

2nd Annual Roast on the River (SRK)

 

 

 

More details to come!

 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

 

 

Time

 

3/15/2014 12:00 AM – 3/22/2014 12:00 AM

 

Subject

 

Paddle - Ochlockonee River (Paddle FL)

 

Location

 

From Dam to the Bay via the Panhandle's Ochlockonee River (Florida)

 

 

 

From wild Tupelo honey to fresh Gulf oysters, experience the Panhandle's Ochlockonee River which winds through state and national forest lands on 76 miles of Florida's most remote wilderness river trail.

For registration details - https://www.paddleflorida.org/register.htm

 

Time

 

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

Subject

 

UERA Annual Meeting

 

Location

 

Funk Heritage Center, 7300 Reinhardt College Cir Waleska, GA 30183

 

 

 

watch their Facebook page for info.

silent auction, great food, great speakers

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

 

 

Time

 

3/20/2014 12:00 AM – 3/30/2014 12:00 AM

 

Subject

 

EcoFocus Film Festival

 

Location

 

Athens, GA

 

 

 

The sixth EcoFocus Film Festival will be held March 20-29, 2014! Each year since 2008, EcoFocus has brought quality films and meaningful discussions to Athens audiences to inform and inspire our community about important environmental issues. EcoFocus is an initiative of the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, in partnership with the UGA Office of Sustainability, the UGA Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Athens Ciné, and many partners and participants from the Athens community.

We rely primarily upon contributions from foundations, individual donors, and companies/organizations who support our mission. Opportunities to support the 2014 festival are now available. By making a financial contribution, you have the unique opportunity to directly support a homegrown, local event that supports environmental stewardship. If your support is a business or organizational sponsorship, you can gain increased exposure for your company or organization through our website, social media, and print media campaigns.

Several sponsorship levels are available and all contributions are tax-deductible. Donating to EcoFocus is a great way for individuals to buy a festival pass, and a great gift for a friend or loved one!

Donations can be made via check or on-line.

Donate page...
https://www.ecofocusfilmfest.org/donate
More info and sponsorship forms... https://ecofocusfilmfest.org/uploads/files/files/36 /EcoFocussponsorship2014.pdf

 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

 

 

Time

 

All Day

 

Subject

 

Adopt A Stream Confluence Conference

 

Location

 

Gwinnett Heritage Center, Buford, GA

 

 

 

https://georgiaadoptastream.org/db/C2013WhatIs.asp

 

Attendees

 

Name <E-mail>

Attendance

Debra Tate <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
 

Organizer
 

Georgia River Network <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. google.com>
 

Required
 

 

Time

 

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 

Subject

 

Paddle - Where the Water Goes (SRWA)

 

Location

 

East Point and Southeast Atlanta Neighborhoods

 

 

 

What: Where the Water Goes - The Headwaters
When: Saturday, March 22 - 9:00 - 2:00 pm (BYO Lunch)
Where: East Point and Southeast Atlanta Neighborhoods

We will begin this very special outing at the headwaters of the South River in East Point, then follow it's traces through neighborhoods and Atlanta's South Bend Park, with our final walk along the path and boardwalk at one of DeKalb County's hidden gems - Constitution Lakes, which was an old clay quarry that is now a rich network of lakes and wetlands adjacent to the South River corridor. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch at the lakes, and SRWA president Jackie Echols will join us to share the history and importance of this significant river. This outing will involve visiting several locations with light walking, not more than 1.5 miles total. Van transportation will be available from the meeting location or bring your own vehicle.

Go here to register... https://www.ecoaddendum.org/services-and-programs/classes/registration-form/

Meet up directions will be sent to registered participants. SRWA, EcoAddendum and Keeping It Wild partnership event.

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

 

 

Time

 

3/26/2014 12:00 AM – 3/29/2014 12:00 AM

 

Subject

 

23rd Annual Conference (N. American Lake Management Society)

 

Location

 

115 Hendersonville Road Asheville, North Carolina 28803 USA

 

 

 

North American Lake Management Society:
23rd Annual Southeastern Lake Management Conference
Lakes and Reservoirs: Today’s Investment = Tomorrow’s Reward
March 26-28, 2014 Workshops and Sessions
_______________________________________________
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Suggested Major Tracks
•Education
•Water Quality
•Water Quantity
•Lake Restoration
•Ordinances, Rules & Regulations
•Watershed Management

Abstracts Deadline: November 15, 2013
Send Abstracts to:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please submit abstracts in Microsoft Word. Abstracts should be limited to 250 words. SPEAKERS MAY REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE AFTER ACCEPTANCE OF THEIR ABSTRACT.
_______________________________________________
Rates, registration and updates will be posted at: www.nclakemanagement.org

 

Friday, March 28, 2014

 

 

Time

 

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

 

Subject

 

Meeting - Golden Triangle RC&D Quarterly Meeting & Spring Creek Watershed Partnership Meeting

 

Location

 

Moby Dick Restaurant in Colquitt, Georgia

 

 

 

The Golden Triangle RC&D and the Spring Creek Watershed Partnership Meeting

We will meet on Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Moby Dick Restaurant in Colquitt, Georgia. Dinner will be included. Please mark your calendar and save the date!! The Golden Triangle Executive Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 p.m . More information will follow later this month. We hope to see you all there!

 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

 

 

Time

 

4/5/2014 12:00 AM – 4/7/2014 12:00 AM

 

Subject

 

Weekend for Rivers (GRN)

 

Location

 

Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA 30075

 

 

 

Weekend for Rivers is GRN’s Annual Conference and River Celebration event that gives us all a chance to celebrate Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers through storytelling, partying and paddling!

Cost: $70 for adults, $55 adult early registration (before Friday, February 28th). $20 for kids, $40 for speakers, students or for those who have never participated in Weekend for Rivers before. Ticket prices include Saturday presentations and party, Saturday night camping, shuttles for Sunday natural history paddle on the Bull Sluice Lake on the Chattahoochee River, and all meals from Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast. Participants will need to pack their own lunch for the river on Sunday. No daily rate will be offered, but tickets to the party for those who are not registered for the weekend can be purchased for $25/ticket.

Registration will open in mid-January, 2014. Check back here for updates!

To view more details, though, go here --> https://garivers.org/events/weekend-for-rivers.html

 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

 

 

Time

 

All Day

 

Subject

 

4th Annual Sweep the Hooch Cleanup (CRK)

 

 

 

Join more than 500 volunteers to pull trash out of the river from Buford Dam to West Point Lake!

Details: https://www.chattahoochee.org/sweep-the-hooch.php

 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

 

 

Time

 

All Day

 

Subject

 

Ogeechee River Hidden Gem (GRN)

 

Location

 

Ogeechee River

 

 

 

More details to come!

https://garivers.org/gwtc/

 

Friday, May 30, 2014

 

 

Time

 

5/30/2014 12:00 AM – 6/3/2014 12:00 AM

 

Subject

 

River Rally 2014

 

Location

 

Pittsburgh, PA

 

 

 

www.riverrally.org

 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

 

 

Time

 

All Day

 

Subject

 

12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival (CRK)

 

 

 

Register early to race and enjoy a SweetWater brew — we will sell out again this year. More details to come...

 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

 

 

Time

 

6/21/2014 12:00 AM – 6/28/2014 12:00 AM

 

Subject

 

Paddle Georgia (GRN)

 

Location

 

Chattahoochee River

 

 

 

Each June Georgia River Network chooses a different river in Georgia to paddle for 7 days with 350 other folks. During the trip you will experience the river, community with others, and education about the river like never before.

For more info, go here --> https://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/index.html

 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

 

 

Time

 

All Day

 

Subject

 

8th Annual Paddlefest (SRK)

 

 

 

More details to come!

 

Friday, August 22, 2014

 

 

Time

 

8/22/2014 12:00 AM – 8/24/2014 12:00 AM

 

Subject

 

MountainFilm on Tour ATL (CRK)

 

 

 

https://atlantafilmfestival.com/mountainfilm/

 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

 

 

Time

 

All Day

 

Subject

 

Oconee River Hidden Gem (GRN)

 

Location

 

Oconee River, Athens, GA, United States

 

 

 

More details to come!

https://garivers.org/gwtc/

 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

 

 

Time

 

All Day

 

Subject

 

Columbus Whitewater Hidden Gem (GRN)

 

Location

 

Columbus, GA, United States

 

 

 

More details to come!

https://garivers.org/gwtc/

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

 

 

Time

 

10/10/2014 12:00 AM – 10/14/2014 12:00 AM

 

Subject

 

Paddle Georgia Fall Ramble (GRN)

 

Location

 

Flint River, United States

 

 

 

More details to come!

https://garivers.org/gwtc/

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

 

 

Time

 

All Day

 

Subject

 

Satilla Hidden Gem (GRN)

 

Location

 

Satilla River, GA, United States

 

 

 

More details to come!

https://garivers.org/gwtc/

 

 

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•    Affinity: Your information has a higher likelihood of showing up in a feed if your organization and an individual have a history of interaction: commenting, liking, mentioning each other in posts, etc.
•    Weight: Specific information has a higher likelihood of showing up on their feed if they’ve interacted with that specific KIND of information in the past.  For instance, if you’ve put up a link to your newsletter, and they’ve “liked” it before.
•    Recency: One of your posts has a higher likelihood of being seen if you’ve posted it really recently.  You might have noticed from your own Facebook page that the content of your news feed changes pretty rapidly.  As a result, information might pop up and then disappear into the vacuum of Facebook’s outerspace.

So, how do we use this information?

•     “Like” Facebook’s Non-Profit Resource Center: It seems Facebook changes things up every few months or so, and the non-Profit Resource Center is sure to notify you if something has changed. Plus, they regularly post good tips for getting your information seen.
•    A Picture’s Worth 1000 Words: Photos and video with 150-200 characters of text get you posted to people’s Facebook Feed a lot more than a lot of straight text with no visuals.  And since Facebook now owns the social media photo-sharing site Instagram, your posts will be weighted more heavily if your posts come in the form of pictures shared from the Instagram platform.  Also, Facebook is more likely to promote a video that was uploaded directly to Facebook, rather than linked to via an article or another video sharing site like YouTube.
•    Timing is Everything: Your posts will have a higher likelihood of showing up on your followers’ News Feeds if you post them at the following times: on Saturdays (with Sunday being second best day), or at 8 AM (or 6 PM, a close second).  Your info will also show up in Feeds more often if you post every other day, as opposed to once a week or several times a day.
•    Get to Know Your Audience: Do some experiments: see what kinds of posts your audience responds to.  In general, research has found that, because people use Facebook for recreation,  fun stuff gets likes, sad stuff doesn’t.  So, your challenge will be spinning your story!

There is, of course, a lot more to getting your stuff seen on Facebook, but these tips should get you off to a good start!  Good luck!
 

New Year’s Resolutions for River Groups


For this month’s FAQ, the Georgia River Network staff is answering a question we get asked a lot from river group boards and staff:


What’s the one thing our organization could do this year to make us even more successful next year?


It’s a great question—every organization should have a New Year’s resolution!  But the answer depends a lot on who you ask.  This month the staff of Georgia River Network shares what each thinks is an important resolution an organization could make in 2014.

April Ingle, Executive Director: Hold a weekly staff meeting. Set aside 30 minutes each week for everyone on your staff to sit down together to update each other on the projects they are working on and get feedback or input on topics of interest to your entire team. No need to make it complicated, schedule 30 minutes on the calendar when most/all of the staff will be in the office. When the meeting starts ask everyone for agenda items they want to discuss. If you work remotely, schedule a check-in call instead. Weekly staff meetings are a great way for everyone to be connected to the work of the entire organization, to generate great ideas, and troubleshoot issues.

Gwyneth Moody, Community Programs Coordinator: Don’t reinvent the wheel! Reach out to the community and other organizations for resources before spending time, money, and energy on a project/program.  Many times key components  of your proposed project/ program have been researched and carried out  before and since we all have the same fundamental  water protection objectives, most watershed groups are happy to share.  This is also a great way to build relationships.  When another group is in need- the sharing of resources and knowledge can be reciprocated.  

Dana Skelton, Director of Administration and Outreach: Get out your strategic plan. Get ready for the year by checking in on your strategic plan and annual work plan.  Inventory your office equipment and merchandise.  Update and change your list of online passwords.  Write down any new processes you used for bookkeeping or office tasks so you or anyone after you can easily figure out how to do it next time. Go back and analyze your direct mail and online fundraising asks to see what was successful or what you might do differently in the coming year.

Debra Tate, Adminstrative Assistant: Organize your work space. Everyone knows it’s just more pleasant to work at the office when you feel organized and there isn’t a lot of clutter all around. You work more efficiently, too! So, here are a few simple tips to help you get more done with less stress in 2014.

De-clutter: Stay on top of reading emails. Delete or file emails immediately upon reading them. File physical documents weekly, at least. Do an office purge at least every 6 months.

Go digital: The more you can do and store digitally, the better. It’s more efficient and creates less clutter.

Get organized: Develop a good filing system that works well for you. This goes for both physical and digital folders. Always have a “pending” folder. Color coded and neatly labeled folders are great, too.

Clean up: Straighten your work space before leaving the office so you have a clean start the next day.

Stay on task: Keep a running to-do list that is broken down by priorities and time sensitivities.

Make a home for things: Have a place for everything so you always know where to find it.

Chris Manganiello, Policy Director: Keep track of what’s going on in your watershed.!  Check-in on Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and the Corps of Engineers every month.!  Reviewing these websites at least once a month will help you stay on top of announcements, permit activity (water withdrawals, landfills, LAS, NPDES, etc.) and enforcement actions that affect Georgia’s clean water.  

Search for Events, Notices and Announcements https://www.gaepd.org/Documents/events_notices.html
Monitor EPD’s Proposed Rule Changes https://www.gaepd.org/Documents/rules_proposed.html
Browse EPD “Enforcement Orders” https://www.gaepd.org/Documents/enforcement.html
Cruise EPD News Releases https://www.gaepd.org/Documents/enforcement.html
Check Army Corps of Engineers Joint Public Notices https://www.sas.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx

Davin Welter, Development Director: Do an End-of-the-Year Appeal. I know it seems eons away, but make resolve to schedule an end-of-the-year appeal in 2014! About 30 percent of online giving happens at the end of the calendar year. If you are not asking in December you may be missing out! Here are several tips to remember when asking for those end-of-year gifts:

Cover all the bases: Send a direct mail piece, use social media (like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube), and send a healthy amount of email. Coordinate these different communication vehicles with messages that share a theme or reference.

Repeat the link: In your emails provide multiple links to your donation page. Hyperlink a phrase in each paragraph (beginning, middle, end) and put a donate button in the email. One fundraising professional has said that you should give folks seven opportunities to click to donate.

Create urgency: Set a deadline to give which can be as simple as: “It’s the end of the year, make a gift by December 31” or “this is your last chance to get a 2014 tax deduction.”

Express appreciation: Show that you are grateful for their giving in your communication and ALWAYS follow up with a thank you note.

Hit it hard the last three days of the year: If you are only going to send three emails, send them on December 29, 30, and 31. These are the most active days for year-end giving.

Name and contact info: Always have someone from your organization (Executive Director, Board Chair, etc) sign the appeal which makes it personal. Provide as many ways to donate as possible. Don’t make a donor have to search for your info.

Jesslyn Shields, Watershed Support Coordinator: Interact with your community! Sure—we love rivers, which is why we do what we do. But we can’t do this work without other people joining with us.  I’ve noticed the most successful river protection happens when groups spend time figuring out what resonates with their community.  In some parts of our great state, a fishing tournament would go over really well as a fundraiser, and in some others - a paddling event, and in others - a fancy soiree.  Spend some time this year asking around about what interests people in order to plant the seeds for your next event or program!
 

Paddle Georgia 2013
 

Georgia River Network takes great pride in Paddle Georgia being for people of all walks of life. It has become a tradition for many, and we understand why. On Paddle Georgia, you don't just paddle 100+ miles down a different Georgia river each year. You become part of a special community, develop life-long friendships, learn about the river you're paddling and the surrounding communities it supports, get a good workout, relax in some of Georgia's most beautiful and untouched areas, and - best of all - have fun! If you don't believe us, just read and watch what the participants of Paddle Georgia 2013 themselves say! Last year we paddled South Georgia's Flint River from Warwick to Bainbridge.

Paddle Georgia 2013 video by Joe Cook

 


Gordon Rogers, Flint Riverkeeper

 

Paddle Georgia is great for families!

"I am 20 years old now, and one thing I am grateful for is that my mother, when I was 11, made me go canoeing with her. At the time I was not over joyous about it, but now I am so happy I went. I have met so many nice people from all different backgrounds while paddling on the river. Farmers, politicians, doctors, scientists, and teachers. People getting together to do something they love is an amazing experience. The sense of community on a river is different than any community I have experienced on dry land. I have been going on this 100 mile paddle trip for the last 9 years, and I hope in the future I can keep finding a free week in my summer to keep going on  Paddle Georgia."            
- Daniel McNavish, Paddle Georgia participant

   

 Grandfather & Grandson          Father & Daughter                   Father & Son

 
 
 
Father & Daughter                    Family of Four

It's also great for teachers!

  

 Teacher blogs about PG for     Teachers share how they have 
 her students!                            used what they've learned on
                                                  Paddle Georgia in their classrooms!

And environmental professionals!



American Rivers employee,      Community Foundation of      
former GRN employee,            South Georgia employee   
 enjoys the Flint River on           talks about the importance   

 Paddle Georgia's                      of organizations like  
 Professionals Day                     Georgia River Network     

And politicians!

 

 State Representative shares why
 he chose to join us on Paddle Georgia!


And all other walks of life!

   

 Fish jumps out of water!           Particpant tells her story of       Kids enjoy a fun roll down 
                                                  how, after losing 50 lbs, she     a sand bank!
                                                  rewarded herself by doing  
                                                  Paddle Georgia!


 

PG participants talk about         College student speaks out
how important nature is and      about how college students 
the valuable education they      can make a difference. 
receive during the trip.

 

NOTE: A few Paddle GA Participants independently shared their experience via video on YouTube. Just google "Paddle Georgia 2013" to view them.

 

 

 

 

 

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