Our patrolling season is now over, and what a patrolling season it was. The Fall floods of 2013 closed several of our most popular trails, particularly in the Big Thompson Canyon area. Many trail restoration events were held throughout the summer. Many thanks to Mike Corbin, Mark Snyder, Fred Allen, their committee, and many volunteers for organizing these events and contributing many hours.
We received two awards this summer: USFS National Volunteer Organization of the Year for 2013, and a USFS Certificate of Appreciation for 2014. Job well done by everyone!!
Some statistics: we contributed 28,134 volunteer hours to the USFS, which equates to $634,422 in value; 178 people completed 6 or more patrols; NO accidents; 702 trees were logged out.
A group of us participated in the 50th Wilderness Act conference in Albuquerque in October. Thanks to Alan Meyer for coordinating this effort. It became clear at the conference that PWV is well recognized nationally, and that many folks and other wilderness organizations would like to know more about what and how we do things.
Our Year-End Celebration on Oct 26 at the Ft Collins Elks Club was a success. Alan Arnette, an experienced mountain climber and Alzheimer’s advocate was our keynote speaker. He has scaled the highest peak on each of the 7 continents, all in one year, and also scaled K2 just this last summer. The comradery and food was “most excellent”! The following people were recognized for outstanding service to PWV during the last year: Mike Corbin, Fred Allen, Joan Kauth, Jeanne Corbin, and Margaret Shaklee.
We are sitting well financially, thanks to very good 50th Wilderness Act poster sales and the tireless efforts of Fred Allen to bring in grant monies for the restoration events. We have many posters still available for sale. We have organized a Fund Raising Committee which will be taking a comprehensive look at raising funds from various sources throughout the year. Thanks to Judy Jacks for taking on the chair position. We are looking for a co-chair to help Judy with this effort. Please contact Judy or me if you are interested.
Our new member get-together at Odells in July was well attended, and a good time had by all. Special thanks to Odells for their continuing support of PWV.
We continue to get a lot of interest from prospective recruits, so there is no doubt that we will see a very robust recruiting class next Spring, and continue to see significant growth as an organization.
I would like to recognize and thank the following 2014 BOD members who are retiring: Bob Manuel - past chair, Archy Archuleta, Sandy Erskine, Martha Shepard, Cathy Trout. They have contributed countless hours to various activities, committees, events, and the smooth running of our organization.
Our 2015 Board:
- Transitioning: Mike Corbin – Chair, Jerry Hanley - Past Chair, Alan Meyer - Chair-Elect
- New: Gerry Cashman, Judy Jacks, Bob Meyer, Wendy Nicastle, Mike Smith
- Continuing Roles: Meg Parmer – Secretary, Judy Christensen, Richard Clopper, David Fanning, Kevin Cannon – USFS, Margaret Shaklee – interim Treasurer, Daryl Smith, Jennifer Watson.
I would like everyone to welcome Mike as the new BOD chair, and thank everyone for their support during my one-year tenure. It was an honor serving you. See you on the trails!