Please accept this invitation to attend our Spring Membership & Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 15th, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton.
Our speaker will be author Arthur Melville Pearson, who recently completed Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement. Pearson feels that George Fell is one of the most important but under-appreciated men in the history of American
conservation. He was the driving force behind the establishment of The Nature Conservancy, he championed the passage of the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act, founded the Natural Lands Institute, and protected more natural land in Illinois than anyone else.
Most people don’t know about George because he was not one to call attention to himself. Instead, he put his nose to the grindstone to get things done – things that few, if any, believed were possible. But Fell was also complicated, uncompromising, and on more than one occasion this led him to part ways with the very organizations he did so much to build. In short, George Fell was as fascinating a man as he was a conservationist of staggering success. He was a Force of Nature in the lands he himself protected in perpetuity.
As a biographer of Fell, Arthur Pearson has much to share with us about him, and hopes that his book will inspire the next generation of conservationists. Come join us as we get to know George Fell, and also present the Paul D. Pierotti Memorial Scholarship to two college students looking to follow in his footsteps.
Cost to attend the luncheon is $35/person for members of The Conservation Foundation, and $50 for non-members (includes a one-year complimentary membership). Tables of eight can be purchased for $250/member organization and $375/table for organizations who are not members (includes a one-year complimentary membership).