Got the below press release recently. We also covered this with our own feature story in Golfdom, which you can read here: http://www.golfdom-digital.com/golfdom/201112?pg=26#pg26
On June 25, 1987, the modernized Articles of Incorporation for The
Audubon Society of New York State, Inc. were filed with the New York
Department of State. On Tuesday, a quarter of a century later, Audubon
International proudly celebrated the 25th anniversary of the “rebirth”
of the organization.
1973, Ronald G. Dodson and his family moved to Henderson, Ky.
Upon crossing the Ohio River, the first sight they witnessed was Audubon
State Park. With a hearty passion for parks, nature and the overall
environment, Ron began volunteering at Audubon, and he was eventually
asked to take over as the park naturalist. Soon, he was elected
President of the Henderson Audubon Society, and for a number of years,
Ron served as the president of the Audubon Society of Kentucky.
“Suffice it to say,” Ron recalls, “Audubon Park and various Audubon
organizations became totally woven into the fabric of everything that
our entire family was involved with.”
In 1982, Ron and his wife, Theresa, took a trip to New York in
pursuit of his dream job -- working for the National Audubon Society. He
interviewed for the position of northeast regional vice president, which
he was offered and accepted on the spot. Over the next five years, Ron
and his associate, Nan Chadwick, worked diligently on several effective
nature programs, including Nestbox Network, Loon Ranger and an
information program supporting the efforts to reintroduce the bald eagle
to New York state.
Ron and Nan had just begun to hit their stride in 1987 when they were
informed that their branch would be shut down due to a budgetary
shortfall. Rather than throw in the towel, Ron decided to take this
opportunity to restart the original Audubon Society of New York State
that was created in 1897, but had been idle since the mid-1930s. On June
25 of that year, the dream was made a reality.
Throughout the past 25 years, the organization, now known as Audubon
International, has been inspiring and educating people to help the
environment where they live, work and play. Their work has served as a
model for improving the environmental standing of golf courses, resorts,
hotels, communities, parks and educational facilities throughout the
United States and abroad.