The Virtual TOGA Annual Membership Meeting was held January 22, 2022, 2 PM to 4 PM

 

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At the December TOGA Board meeting, the Board and our VIMS Advisor decided to hold the meeting virtually on Zoom as in 2021. This is due to the resurgence of the pandemic. We thought that an in-person indoor meeting of 80+ participants, including the youth writers, could be risky.

Thanks to those who registered and attended the meeting.

The following items were covered:

  • the winning 2021 Youth Writing Contest papers; 

  • TOGA business meeting including election of Board members for 2022 and voting on potential changes to the TOGA bylaws;

  • summary of 2021 accomplishments and current projects;

  • update on the TOGA/VIMS Student Scholarship Endowment;

  • introduction and a brief talk by a current Endowment VIMS graduate student;

  • and the keynote talk described herein.


The keynote talk featured Dr. Bill Walton, Acuff Professor of Marine Science and Coordinator of the Shellfish Aquaculture Program at VIMS. While the potential beneficial effects of shellfish aquaculture on water quality have been addressed, there is less recognition of other potential benefits of shellfish aquaculture to the public. Bill discussed the potential creation of habitat, shoreline protection, cultural values and jobs in rural coastal communities. He also discussed possible future directions for Virginia shellfish aquaculture.

 

 

VIMS' Susan Maples Introduces the Current Recipients of the TOGA/VIMS Fellowship Endowment

The Tidewater Oyster Gardeners (TOGA) Fellowship, established to support students researching shellfish and Chesapeake Bay ecological restoration at William & Mary’s School of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), is providing support for three Ph. D. students this year.

 

Alexandria (Alex) Marquardt’s research focuses on molluscs, shellfisheries, fisheries management, science communication, and life-history traits. Alex shared her research in a presentation at last year’s annual meeting.

 

Fei Da is researching the impact of nutrients on hypoxia in the Chesapeake, human impacts on the Bay, and translating research into usable and actionable information.

 

Anna Poslednik is in the new class of students that joined VIMS in September and has research interests in marine ecology, parasitology, disease ecology, and population genetics. She is scheduled to give a presentation at TOGA’s annual meeting in January.

 

Fei Da and advisor Marjy Friedrichs will introduce water-quality forecasting on February 15th as part of the happy hour seminar series hosted by VIMS/Virginia Sea Grant and TOGA.

-Susan Maples, VIMS Director of Development

 

Annual Meeting By-Law changes approved by the TOGA membership

 

Following proposal by the 2021 Board of Directors to amend the bylaws:

TIDEWATER OYSTER GARDENERS’ ASSOCIATION BY-LAWS AMENDMENT ARTICLE III: ORGANIZATION, ELECTION AND DUTIES

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Section 4: The Executive Board shall consist of the elected officers of the Association, the Past President of the Association, the President Emeritus, the President Emeritus/Engineer, the President Emeritus/Education, and four members-at-large. All of these positions will have full voting privileges.

 

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Section 4: The Executive Board shall consist of the elected officers of the Association, the Past President of the Association, the President Emeritus, the President Emeritus/Engineer, the President Emeritus/Education, the President Emeritus/Youth Participation, and six members-at-large. All of these positions will have full voting privileges.

 

The proposed TOGA Slate of Officers and Board Members for 2022:
Officers were voted in.

President - Doug Schaefer
Vice President - Sue Borra
Treasurer - Brian Ingram
Secretary - Carl Zulick
Past President - Terry Lewis

Members at Large:
Ken Hammond
Sue Stiff
Lou Castagnola
Russell Mait

Mark Besore

Richard Siciliano

 

The following Presidents Emeriti were voted in by TOGA’s membership at previous Annual Meetings:

 

President Emeritus—Jackie Partin, TOGA Founder

President Emeritus/ Education—Brian Wood

President Emeritus/ Engineer—Vic Spain

President Emeritus/ Youth Participation—Mike Sanders

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Thanks to Karen Hudson, VIMS Advisor, for managing the program, teaching and all that she does for TOGA.
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Keynote Speaker- Dr. Bill Walton, Acuff Professor of Marine Science and Coordinator of the Shellfish Aquaculture Program at VIMS.
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Thanks to Celia Cackowski, Vims Marine Education Specialist, friend and mentor to TOGA.
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Susan Maples,
VIMS Director of Development
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Anna Poslednik, Endowment recipient and speaker