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Posted by Darrell Senneke on October 19, 1998 at 21:58:37:
Two months ago, the Tortoise Trust USA announced a restructuring necessitated by circumstances at the time. In the interim the Tortoise Trust in the UK assumed responsibility for the function of the American effort while our organization was reworked. We determined that no announcement would be made until such time as we were confident that we could fully meet the needs of the membership. That time is now.
We've not been idle during this quiet period. We have added extremely qualified and motivated people to the Board and put mechanisms into motion that will ensure the future smooth running of the Tortoise Trust USA; duties have been assumed and priorities set that guarantee continued service, without interruption, of the TT-USA in the interest of chelonia.
We are actively pursuing partnerships with herpetological societies and turtle clubs across the United States, offering our expertise and support in the ongoing effort to protect and succor chelonians. We will continue to forge alliances in the area of turtle and tortoise rehabilitation, seeking qualified groups and individuals in the interest of a joint effort. TT-USA is working with these people as a networking facilitator, knowledge resource, and, in some circumstances, sponsor.
In the area of education we will offer our experience and materials to further the care of chelonia in captivity, and the preservation of wild populations.
The Tortoise Trust Newsletter will continue to be one of our tools for communication and education, with US-focused articles included.
Concurrent with this announcement we are launching the new completely redesigned combined Tortoise Trust web site. The new site has a fresh new look, many new articles, new care sheets and new content, all supplemented with photographs of subject species and aimed at improving the lives of chelonia the world over. We are, I believe, justifiably proud of this joint effort between the Tortoise Trust UK/International and the Tortoise Trust USA. To those who wish to become members of the Tortoise Trust USA or the Tortoise Trust UK/International, depending upon location, membership forms may be downloaded from this new site at:
The new address for correspondence is:
Tortoise Trust USA
204 North Oak Avenue #292
We see a bright future of cooperation ahead and wish to encourage contacts from all interested parties. Plans are in the works for many exciting opportunities, including husbandry seminars, field trips and workshops.
Once again, I am most pleased to announce the Tortoise Trust USA. As always, we will continue to put turtles first.
Darrell Senneke, Director, TT-USA
Glen Jacobsen - Treasurer
Martha Ann Messinger
Paula Elis. Morris