1/7/2006 Help OVC reflect about water issues: a reminder
Dear water advocates,

Now is your chance to help make New Year's resolutions for an entire group. The Owens Valley Committee water workshop and retreat, originally scheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2006, is, to put it repetitively, still scheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2006 at White Mountain Research Station, 3000 E. Line Street (about 5 minutes east of Bishop), from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We're looking for help from our members, donors, and well-wishers--and even our nay-sayers--in selecting OVC's goals for the next few years and deciding how to get there.

If this is the first time you've heard about the workshop and you would like to attend (or if this is the second or third time you've heard about the workshop and you haven't told anyone that you're planning to attend), please contact your nearest and dearest OVC officer or e-mail Carla at , Mike at , or Ceal at as soon as possible. We'll be happy to add you to January's most-anticipated water reflection pool.

The agenda:

Planning the Future of Owens Valley Committee
Agenda for Retreat
January 7, 2006
Where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished. Where we’re going next. How you can help shape the future now!
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and Objectives for the retreat (Carla)
Short Introductions (all)
o Why are you involved with Owens Valley Committee?
(Those who’ve been involved)
o Why are you passionate about Owens Valley?
(Those who are new to the organization)

10:30 – 10:50 Brief history of OVC and its accomplishments (Carla)

10:50 – 11:30 Focus on the Future: Discussion of OVC’s goals and priorities
o Overview: review of the mission and four key goals (Carla)
o Discussion and prioritization of key goals

11:30 – 12:00 What are OVC’s short-term / mid-term priorities and goals?
o Focus on: specific priorities/goals for 2006
o Discussion of: mid-term goals/priorities (2007, 2008)

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 1:30 How will OVC attain these 2006 goals?
o Break into small groups to develop Action Plans for each goal

Goal #1:
Action Steps Responsibility Timeline Resources Needed

1:30 – 2:30 Small groups report to the full group and get feedback
Create integrated work plan for 2006

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 3:30 What infrastructure do we need to achieve these goals?
o For example, communications, fund development,
volunteer recruitment/management, board development
o Review and discuss organizational chart
o Identify activity leaders and teams

3:30 – 4:00 Review 2006 OVC work plan and test for feasibility
o Is this a reasonable workload?
o Are there gaps? And how might they be filled?
o What needs to be postponed to the following year(s) due to time or resource constraints?

4:00 – 4:15 How will we monitor our progress and update the plan?

4:15 – 4:30 Wrap-up and next steps

Contacts:  CJK Phone: