July 21, 2017 Uncategorized 2 Comments

ACRES Annual Member Meeting & Picnic
Sunday, October 20, 1 – 4 pm
Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, Dustin Barn and ACRES Office
Click to see ACRES Annual Member Meeting & Picnic Agenda

Picnic, $10*/person. Register here to attend.
*Tickets for picnic only. All members welcome to member meeting at no charge. 


Why are members voting to amend the Articles of Incorporation?

In 1996 ACRES, through its Board of Directors and Members, approved Restated Articles of Incorporation for the organization, and the document received approval from the Indiana Secretary of State in January 1997.  Now, twenty years later, the Board has passed a Resolution to amend the Articles of Incorporation as follows:

Delete Sections 4.2 and 4.6, which provided for three (3) directors to be appointed by the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Park and Recreation Association, and the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  These groups no longer appoint persons to ACRES, Inc., so we have no class of directors called Appointed Directors.  There are other conforming changes, such as the deletion of the word “Elected” and the renumbering of paragraphs in Article IV.

Delete Section 5.6(b), which provided a substantial obstacle to modification of these Articles of Incorporation. This is the section that requires at least one-third (1/3) of the voting members to approve any change to Articles IV or V in two consecutive annual membership meetings.  The Board determined to eliminate this “two-annual-vote” requirement so that any further changes (such as those needed in Article IV) will not be so difficult.

– David Van Gilder
Chair of ACRES’ Governance Committee

Review the Restated Articles of Incorporation for 2019 (PDF)

2020 – 2022 Board of Directors Ballot

ACRES’ Board of Directors is comprised of 18 members. Board members serve three-year terms. The Nominating Committee has selected the six nominees below to serve as board members for the 2020–2022 term.

There are six positions and six candidates. You are voting for or against each candidate.

Daniel Ernst
Roanoke, Indiana
Dan is a Partner and Vice President of Earth Source Incorporated and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture and an Associate degree in Agriculture from Purdue University in 1990. Dan is a registered landscape architect and member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He also serves on the Fort Wayne Downtown Design Review Committee, is a member of Allen County Friends of the Parks and chairman of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Dan and his wife Margo have two adult children. Dan’s interests include fishing, camping, woodworking and collecting antique farm tractors.

Joe Conrad
Huntertown, Indiana
After 35 years as Chief Executive of BrightPoint and acquiring a reputation as a community development and social service entrepreneur, Joe is now enjoying his retirement by hiking, kayaking, and traveling to wild places. He gardens, works wood, and dabbles in bad art. He and his wife Nancy live just down the road from the Dustin Preserve and have been active ACRES volunteers for the past decade.

Mark Maffey
Fort Wayn
e, Indiana
Mark moved from Cincinnati to Fort Wayne with his wife and three children in 1985. He retired in 2017 after 45 years holding various engineering and managerial positions with companies that designed and manufactured military and commercial communication as well as aerospace electronics products. He became an Indiana Master Naturalist in 2012, a program administered by the Indiana DNR, and is an active volunteer with a number of local nature preservation organizations. Mark and his wife are life members of ACRES Land Trust. They enjoy the wonders of nature and spending time with their grandchildren.

Ben Hess
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Ben graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Landscape and Horticulture Design in 2002. Ben’s past work experience include Nursery Manager of Heartland Restoration Services and as the East Central Ecologist for DNR Nature Preserves. Ben is currently the Landscape Manager for the City of Fort Wayne Public Works-Right of Way.  He currently assists with review of landscape design, landscape management, plant selection, and is responsible for snow removal of various sections of greenway trail throughout Fort Wayne. Ben was recognized by the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association as an Accredited Horticulturalist. He is a licensed herbicide applicator, certified wildland firefighter, and has been involved with prescribed burns for the past 15 years. Ben has regularly taught wildflower identification for the Indiana Master Naturalist Program, and in the past wetland ecology.  He has been married to Amanda for 16 years and has 4 children, three boys and one girl; ages range from 5 months old to 13 years old. Most of Ben’s time is spent coaching baseball at Georgetown Little League. When baseball season is over he enjoys hiking, fishing, kayaking and walking the family dog.

ACRES Annual Member Meeting & Picnic details 

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