Texans for State 2018 Annual Conference – McKinney Falls State Park, February. 23 & 24

The 2018 conference at McKinney Falls State Park in southeast Austin will build on that success with topics to
benefit current friend’s groups in their work supporting their parks, and to help interested volunteers form new
groups to benefit parks that don’t yet have a group.

We deeply appreciate the ongoing commitment of an amazing network of
people and organizations who stand up for our Texas State Parks system. With
the generous support of our members, over this past year, we have important
accomplishments to celebrate. The 2017 TfSP conference hosted, in
partnership with the Friends of Cleburne State Park, was a huge success with a
program to help parks in building new groups,
Friends Groups in growing their membership,

and engaging a new generation of park stewards.
If you attended the 2017, conference, let us know what you would like on the
2018 agenda. If you were unable to attend the last conference, we hope you will
make plans to join us in 2018, and let us know what you would like included in the
2018 program.
Distinguished Awards: In 2015, TfSP began the Distinguished Awards Program to recognize Distinguished
Friends Group, Distinguished Ranger and Distinguished Park Volunteer. Anyone, park
staff, volunteer, friend’s group member, or visitor can make a nomination. One award will
be given in each of these three areas.  The winners will be presented at the Annual TfSP
meeting February 24, and the winner of the Ranger Award will also be presented at a
TPWD Commission meeting.
Watch for information about the Nomination forms to vote the Volunteer, Friends Group or
Park Ranger on the TfSP web page, http://texansstateparks.org.
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Seeking Nominations for TfSP Board Vacancies
Texans for State Parks (TfSP) is seeking candidates to serve in two recent vacancies on our Board.  Terms are for
three years beginning January 1, 2018.  Applicants should have experience or qualifications in the following areas:
 Skills in networking through non-profit organizations
 Passion for parks and Texas outdoors
 Team player and contributor to group initiatives
 Fundraising experience
 Bonus skills (social media experience, public speaking, or others)
If you are interested in volunteering for one of these positions, or if you know someone meeting these
qualifications, submit names and biographies for the Nominations Committee to Linda Evans at
leevans@texas.net).  Or, if you have questions please call Linda at 512-444- 8079. Deadline for submission is
December 15, 2017.