Affiliate Summit

The Conservation Federation’s Inagural Affiliate Summit was August 11th and 12th at the Lake of the Ozarks.

This unique event, which was held at the Inn at Grand Glaize, was an opportunity to discuss how CFM and our 80 affiliated organizations can better work together to further conservation and Missouri’s outdoors.

Additionally, this summit gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about CFM’s work and some of the recent happenings with the organization, hear from renowned conservation speakers, and strengthen relations with CFM and other affiliated organization.

We truly hope you were able to join us for what was an exceptional conservation summit.

Most importantly, thank you for your support of the Conservation Federation of Missouri. It has been a busy year already for CFM, fighting for a variety of conservation measures with considerable victories – none of which would be possible without your support.

Below you will find the tentative schedule of events.

Brandon Butler
Executive Director
Conservation Federation of Missouri

Post Script: If you would like to stay after the summit, Inn at Grand Glaize has some of the best Lake opportunities around. Visit their website for more information:

2014 Conservation Federation of Missouri Affiliate Summit

Accommodations: Inn at Grand Glaize has provided a special discount to summit attendees at a nightly rate of only $74. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-348-4731.

Meals: All meals, with the exception of breakfast on the 12, will be provided by CFM and event sponsors.

Monday, August 11
10 -12 pm: Registration
12-1 pm: Lunch with MDC Director Bob Ziehmer
Director Ziehmer will highlight important issues and initiatives the Department is working on, and will field questions from the audience
1-2 pm: Overview and Update of the Conservation Federation
CFM is in a period of transition and we want to include all of you in shaping the future of our organization. We’ll highlight some of our plans and dialogue with you about your vision of for the future 2-4 pm: – Conservation Issues in Missouri Today, Round Table Discussions
In a state as wonderfully diverse as Missouri, there are bound to be many issues that need addressing. We want to interact with each to openly discuss issues in the state, while figuring out how to support one another as we collectively work to conserve the natural resources of Missouri. We hope foundations of partnerships and collaborations will be developed amongst the affiliates during this session.
4-5 pm: Focus on the CFM Resolution Process
CFM develops resolutions each year at our convention that deal with conservation issues and initiatives. CFM resolutions are taken seriously by government and NGO leaders. We are going to provide a detailed look at our resolution process and how it serves our affiliate members.
5 – 6 pm: Social Hour
6 – 7 pm: Dinner with Rob Keck, Director of Conservation for Bass Pro Shops
Rob Keck is Director of Conservation for Bass Pro Shops. Rob has been a driving force in hunting and conservation for more than three decades, and led the National Wild Turkey Federation for 27 years as its CEO, where he played a major role in the restoration of the wild turkey across the US, Canada, and Mexico. He led the way in outreach programs, breaking down barriers to hunting for youth, women, and those with disabilities. Rob founded the Families Afield Program that has recruited well over three quarters of a million new hunters. Rob knows how to build alliances and create a collaborative environment of conservation advocacy. As our Keynote Speaker, Rob will share his secrets of success and explain how we can all work together for a greater Missouri.
7 pm: Hospitality Suite

Tuesday, August 12
Breakfast on your own
8-10 am – Communication Best Practices, Interactive Discussions
As a group we will hear from communications experts and share best practices for communicating conservation messages to members and the public.
10 -12 pm: Conservation Legislation Discussion
CFM supports conservation in Missouri by serving as an overarching legislative arm of the conservation community. Learn more about how CFM can help support and protect your organization in the Capital. Learn about the Missouri Camo Coalition, and how this interactive digital platform will organize the conservations of Missouri to act on legislative issues.
12-1 pm: Lunch DNR Director Sara Parker Pauley
1-2 pm: Tying it all together, Interactive Discussion
By this time, we will have covered the issues we face, the ways in which to effect change, means of communications, partnership building and more. During our last hour together, we want to have an open discussion to record your thoughts and desires. This session will leave us all with great takeaways and action items.
2 pm: Departure 

If you aren’t already an affiliate of CFM and would like to get more information on how to become one, please contact Micaela Haymaker, CFM’s Office Manager, at or (573) 634-2322.