Our President Karen Slevinsky provided an overview of our 2022 activities, which included our Annual Expo at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, Great Alberta Mushroom Foray (GAMF) at Pigeon Lake, AB, our various forays, our board retreat, media communications with our membership and the public, and more!
Hugh Costello delivered our membership report on behalf of Christine Costello, our Membership Coordinator. We reviewed our life members, individuals who have made monumental contributions to our society, our family, individual, and student memberships. Together the AMS has grown to 817 individual members, compared to 625 in 2022, and 463 in 2021.
Melanie Fjoser, our Director-at-Large and Expo Leader, gave important details about our revamped Corporate Membership! You can check out more information about it on our Join our Corporate Membership page.
Treasurer’s Report & Budget
Our Treasurer, Robert Simpson, who is also a foray leader veteran, provided our Treasurer’s Report. We are in the process of auditing these financial statements, so please stay tuned for final information.
Karen Slevinsky also presented our 2023 budget, which sets aside funds for exciting events in this year!
AMS Graduate Award
This year our AMS Graduate Award was granted to Nicole Lau in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences by the University of Alberta. We are on our way to reaching our $50,000 target (over 5 years), which puts the endowment into a position of perpetuity!
We now have our own Fungarium, which is kindly stored securely at Portage College in Lac La Biche, AB. We have procured essential supplies, like archiving boxes, a special printer, and are currently working on collection protocols. We will be allowing collections submitted from BC, AB, SK, as well as the territories! You can find out more information on our Projects page.
We held a whopping 49 forays in 2022 across Alberta between May and October, including our Stewardship forays to Poplar Creek. Check out our foray reports for information about each one. We look forward to seeing you at our 2023 forays.
During our AGM, we open the floor to nominations and vote in new board members or vote in board members standing in for re-election. Our board members maintain their position for 2 years before standing for re-election. No candidates were nominated for board positions during this AGM. The board members elected in were:
President – Karen Slevinsky
Vice President – Mike Schulz
Treasurer – Melanie Fjoser
Director at Large – Christine Costello
Director at Large – Robert Simpson
Director at Large – Liz Watts
Director at Large – Erica To
Our two most active social media platforms are Facebook and TikTok. Check them out to stay up to date with events. We look forward to hearing from you!
We released 3 Spore Prints in 2022. You can check them out on our Spore Print page.