The 2014 year has come to an end and so has my term as PWV Board Chair. We’ve achieved many accomplishments and gained experiences along the way. In addition to our normal patrolling and trail maintenance efforts, we expended many hours and resources to restoration of some of our most popular trails affected by the 2013 flooding in the Big Thompson area. Many thanks to Mike Corbin, Mark Snyder, Fred Allen, and their committee for organizing the many work day events that occurred during the spring/summer/ fall and for the hours spent by not only PWV members, but other community organizations and public volunteers as well.
PWV received recognition from the US Forest Service as its Volunteer Organization of the Year for 2013, and also awarded us a Certificate of Appreciation for 2014. Job well done by everyone!!
How the Hours and Numbers Counted UP: we contributed 25,515 volunteer hours to the USFS, which equates to $575,371 in value; 178 people completed 6 or more patrols; NO accidents; 702 trees were logged out.
A highlight of the year was to be part of a group of PWV members who 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.
Those attending the Annual Year-End Event at the Elks Club enjoyed excellent food and camaraderie, as well as our keynote speaker, Alan Arnette, a local resident who shared his climbing experiences of scaling (amazingly in one year’s time) the highest peak on each of the seven continents, with the last feat being K2 just this past summer. Alan’s energies also are spent in his activities as an Alzheimer’s advocate.
Special recognition was given to the following members for their outstanding service to PWV during the past year: Mike Corbin, Fred Allen, Joan Kauth, Jeanne Corbin, and Margaret Shaklee.
Financially, PWV is sitting well, thanks to very good 50th Wilderness Act poster sales initiated by Alan Meyer, which contributed greatly to our Operating Fund, and the tireless efforts of Fred Allen to bring in grant monies for the restoration events. A Fund Raising Committee has been formed 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.
Interest from prospective recruits remains strong, 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.
Thanks and recognition to the 2014 BOD members who are retiring: Bob Manuel (Past Chair), Archy Archuleta, Sandy Erskine, Martha Shepard, and Cathy Trout. Each has contributed countless hours to various activities, committees, events, and the smooth running of our organization.
Finally, I personally invite everyone to welcome Mike Corbin 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!
Jerry Hanley, PWV Past Chair
(This article is an excerpt from Poudre Trails year end 2014 newsletter)