Over 100 friends of conservation turned out at the Clermont County Fairgrounds on September 12th for the 76th Annual Meeting of the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District.
The meeting got underway with the election of a new board supervisor and a tasty meal by Taste of the Good Life Catering.
Several partners were recognized for their achievements in the conservation field. Louise Gartner of Monroe Township was honored as the District’s Conservation Cooperator of the Year.
Meri Johnson was presented with the District’s Outstanding Conservation Teacher of the Year award.
Meri taught at Clermont Northeastern High School for 13 years and Batavia High School for nine years. During that time she taught biology, environmental science, outdoor science, physical science and more. In 1999, Meri was elected to our Board of Supervisors and served the District for 12 years. In 2003 she joined the Education Service Center as the County’s Science Curriculum Specialist. She currently works for Curriculum Engineering Inc. where she has trained hundreds of teachers in Ohio and been actively involved as a science education advisor for Clermont Northeastern schools, the Cincinnati Nature Center, several local universities, the Ohio Department of Education and the National Science Teachers Association.
The Clermont County Commissioners and the Ohio Congress and governor’s office presented the award recipients with proclamations recognizing their accomplishments and dedication to promoting good land stewardship.
Staff members were also recognized for their tenure on staff. Judy Krebs was recognized for 30 years and Becky McClatchey and Jake Hahn were both recognized for 10 years of service to the district.
The district would like to extend a special thank-you to all individuals and businesses who donated funds or door prizes to help make the 2019 conservation banquet a great success.