The Sewanee Mountain Grotto would like to invite Cavers to attend the 2015 SERA Winter Business Meeting on Saturday February 21, 2015. As you may already know, the Southeastern Regional Association of the NSS (SERA) has its annual meeting each year in late winter. Each grotto within the region is encouraged to attend the meeting and give an update on the activities that have occurred within their grotto over the last year. Following the meeting, there is a banquet dinner which includes giving out the SERA Awards and a guest speaker. The 2015 speaker will be Larry Matthews and he will be presenting on the Caves in Grassy Cove and his new book.
Traditionally, the day following the Winter Business Meeting, the SERA Karst Task Force (SKTF) will also host a clean-up at the hosting grottos request. The 2015 clean up will be in the Russell Cave Watershed. Members of the Sewanee Mountain Grotto and the SKTF have worked for over five years in cleaning and maintaining the Russell Cave Watershed. Their work in this watershed has been recognized not only on a local level but also on a National level from the National Speleological Society. The cleanup will be on Sunday, February 22, 2015.
Please note there are a lot of new and exciting changes for the2015 meeting. To encourage more cavers to attend, the Sewanee Mountain Grotto has decided to waive the normal $5 fee to attend the meeting. There is only a $15 charge to attend the banquet, which includes a buffet style meal with beer provided by the TAG Brewery.
The Sewanee Community Center will open at 11am central on 02/21/15 for those interested in bringing photos, art, or maps for the salons. The Sewanee Mountain Grotto will host a Salon Reception and serve a finger food luncheon from 11am-12:45pm.
The Business Meeting will begin at 1pm followed by the Banquet at 6pm.
If you wish to register online for the meeting and banquet please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-sera- ... iness-meet
To download a printable copy of the registration form go to: https://www.dropbox.com/
…/2015%20SERA%20Winter%20Business%2…. Make all checks or money orders payable to the Sewanee Mountain Grotto.
Camping will be available all weekend at nearby Caver’s Paradise. There is a $5 fee per night/person. For more information contact Maureen Handler or visit http://www.caversparadise.com
Dont' forget to also nominate Cavers & Landowners for the SERA Awards which will be given out during the banquet. The deadline to submit nominations for the SERA Awards is January 22, 2015. For more information on the awards or to dowlonad a nomination form, go to: http://caves.org/region/sera/SERAAwrd.htm
We look forward to seeing you in February,
Sewanee Mountain Grotto
Schedule of Events (all times are CENTRAL)
Saturday February 21, 2015
Salons set up, and sign in: 11am-12:45pm
*Salons Reception hosted by the SMG 11am-12:45pm
Business Meeting 1pm-5:00pm
*The Community Center will open at 11am for those interested in bringing photos, art & maps for the salons. Join the Sewanee Mountain Grotto in welcoming everyone with a special Salons Reception which will include finger foods fit for lunch!