The mission of Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River is to strengthen appreciation of the Greenbrier River as essential to the quality of life for all who live, work and visit in the Greenbrier Valley. We will be a voice for community awareness and active environmental stewardship and will work to restore, preserve, protect and promote the health, the natural beauty and the economic, historic, and cultural significance of the Greenbrier River watershed.
Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River began in 1990 when an ad hoc group of citizens organized to protect the river and the safety of local drinking water from a newly built CAA pressure-treated wood plant within the flood plain of the River at Alderson, WV. Their efforts resulted in the enforcement of state environmental laws requiring the property owner to comply with permitting regulations. The group was chartered as a 501(c) 3 in 1991 and was renamed the Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River (FOLGR) in 1999. The 1999 name change reflected a broadening of the geographical scope of the group’s activities to include the entire lower Greenbrier River watershed and expansion of the group’s mission to include other issues affecting the River and its tributaries. The lower Greenbrier River watershed is located in southeast West Virginia, covering the town of Caldwell to the mouth at Hinton where it flows into the New River.
With a Masters degree in Ecology, I have taught biology and environmental science for many years. Currently, I work for the WV Department of Agriculture in biological pest control. I joined the FOLGR board in 2012 and enjoy being a part of such an upbeat, conservation-minded, community-building group.
Grew up in Syracuse, NY; always loved the water. Raced sailboats in grad school, took up white water kayaking during post-doc when I lived in Kentucky; when I moved to Iowa to take a job at Iowa State Univ., lack of topography got me into canoeing and I took up sea kayaking there...believe it or not! Did a lot of sea kayaking on Lake Superior, and more recently, the Florida coast. Moved here for the environment and quality of life the job at the O School and area offered.
I was born in Norfolk, Virginia 3 score and 7 years ago and have lived all over the United States. My majors in college were electronic engineering and computer science. I served 6 years as a reservist in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from the National Park Service after more than 20 years of service. After retiring, my wife and I moved to Summers County, West Virginia because we fell in love with the area. I have since been actively involved in the environment, adult education and the humane treatment of animals. I have been a board member of FOLGR for 8 years, taught math in Summers County Adult Education "LAMP" Program for 10 years and have served as a board member of the ACWP/Summers County Humane Society for 12 years. In my spare time I maintain "Tazewell Hollow" as a sanctuary for wildlife.
Ben grew up enjoying the superb lakes, streams, and rivers in his home state of Kentucky. He received a degree in environmental policy from the University of Kentucky and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR. He now works as a Clean Water Act lawyer for Appalachian Mountain Advocates in Lewisburg, WV. When not working to protect the Appalachia's stream from coal mining pollution, Ben loves to get out and enjoy the abundant natural beauty and fresh water resources of southeastern West Virginia.
I. The name of the organization shall be Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River with the acronym FOLGR. The mission of the Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River is to strengthen appreciation of the Greenbrier River as essential to the quality of life for all who live, work and visit in the Greenbrier Valley. We will be a voice for community awareness and active environmental stewardship and will work to restore, preserve, protect and promote the health, the natural beauty and the economic, historic and cultural significance of the Greenbrier River watershed.
A. Definition This Corporation is a membership organization and shall be operated on a not-for-profit basis within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal tax code and to exercise such powers as are permitted to corporations under the provisions of Chapter 31E, Article 3, Section 302 of the Code of West Virginia.
B. Procedure There shall be an Annual Meeting of Members called by the Board of Directors to which all members shall be invited. Other meetings of the members may be called by the Board as it deems necessary. The Annual Meeting of Members shall elect a Board of Directors and Officers by majority vote. An attendance of ten people shall constitute a minimum quorum at an annual meeting.
III. The Board of Directors
A. The Board of Directors shall consist of no more than 15 members whose terms shall continue until the next Annual Meeting of Members. By majority vote the Board may appoint members to fill Board vacancies until the next Annual Meeting of Members. Failure of a Board member to attend three successive meetings may be considered by the Board as a resignation. For purposes of this provision attendance by proxy shall not constitute attendance at the meeting.
B. The President shall call meetings of the Board of Directors no less than quarterly and more frequently as agreed upon by the Board. The President shall provide notice and an agenda at least five days in advance of a meeting. The meetings shall be conducted according a modified Roberts Rules of Order. A majority of the Board’s members or a minimum of five, whichever is greater, shall constitute a quorum. Board member may be present by written proxy naming another Board member to vote on the absent member’s behalf. However, no more than two Board members may be present by proxy for purposes of constituting a quorum. The Board will not vote on any item not included in the current meeting's agenda. If there is an urgent need for a vote, it may be done by email in between board meetings.
IV. The Officers
A. The President shall call meetings and chair them or designate any other Board member to chair. The President shall sign checks, contracts, and other instruments the Board has authorized.
B. The Vice-President shall assist the President when called upon to do so. In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall call and preside at meetings and assume the duties and powers of the President.
C. The Secretary shall prepare and distribute at the direction of the President the notice, agenda, and minutes of the meetings, shall have general charge of the records of the FOLGR, and maintain names and addresses of the general and Board memberships.
D. The Treasurer shall maintain all financial records including receipts and disbursements, shall keep a record of all accounts and dispositions, shall prepare an annual budget for approval by the Board of Directors and shall present periodic financial statements for the Board and the Annual Meeting of Members.
V. Approval and change of these bylaws
A. These bylaws shall be adopted by a unanimous vote of the existing Board of Directors.
B. These bylaws may be altered by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors followed by a majority vote at the next Annual Meeting of Members.
A. This Corporation shall not be used for the promotion of any political party or faction, or the candidacy of any person seeking public office.
B. The Corporation is not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings will inure to the benefit of any private shareholder, individual, or member.
C. No officer or director of the Corporation shall receive, directly or indirectly, any remuneration or compensation for services rendered in their capacity as an officer or director or in any other capacity with the Corporation, unless authorized by the Bylaws of the Corporation or the Board of Directors. However, the Officers or Director may be reimbursed for all reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as an officer or director upon approval of the Board of Directors.
In the case of dissolution of the Corporation and liquidation of its affairs none of the property of the Corporation, nor any proceeds thereof, nor any other assets of the Corporation, shall be distributed or shall inure to the benefit of any member, officer or director or any other private individual. Any money or other assets remaining after the payment of all obligations shall be distributed only to an organization which would meet the requirements for exemptions under the provisions of Section 501 (c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code as now in affect or as may hereafter be amended or corresponding provisions of future law as the Board of Directors may determine or direct unless the Board of Directors votes to merge with another Corporation or Corporations together with a merger of the Corporation's funds; and in every case the decision and the determination of the Board of Directors shall be final and conclusive upon all persons in any way interested.