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August 1, 2015
Even though we glean a lot of our information from our State Website, we also have our State newsletter The Arkansas Traveler, which is published twice yearly. Our next edition will come out in late October. I encourage you to use our newsletter to share the news of your chapter with your statewide fellow members. If you don’t already it would be helpful to have a communications person who can be the liaison between your chapter and our website administrator and the Trav’ler editor. I love reading about what other chapters are doing in their community and among the membership. If you don’t write it, I can’t read it. And of course pictures make an article complete. The new Trav’ler editor is long time Quester member, Sandra Pearson from Clara B. Eno. The submissions deadline for the Fall Trav’ler edition is October 1. You may find her contact information under our password protected members only section of our website.
A time and place for Fall Council has been finalized. Our meeting will be held on Saturday October 17, 2015 at La Quinta Inn in Russellville. Pencil this in on your calendars and look for more details in September.
We have a very active convention core committee that is working diligently to arrange a very special Annual Spring Convention for us in April. That date is April 15 and 16, 2016. This year the meeting will be held in Bentonville and hosted by our four northwest Arkansas chapters, Blowing Springs, Butterfield Trails, Happy Rackensackers and Trail of Tears. I will have a lot more information to share with you in the next few months.
Finally, I want to remind you that it is time to think about Questers Grants. The International Grant application deadline is November 2015 for a 2016 Grant. Our State Grant application deadline is January 15, 2016. Because Grants are awarded only in even numbered years it is time to consider your P&R project goals to see if some state assistance would be helpful. Our State Board recently revised and updated the criteria identifying guidelines of that which a Grant may fund. Please go to the Grants Program under the member’s only tab on our webpage to read about these changes, and how to proceed with your application. Additionally, the Grant award limit has been raised from $1000.00 to $2000.00, if State funds are available.
Stay happy, stay healthy and quest on . . .