Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Notes from the Chair

I am honored to welcome three new members to the OLT board. Many of you may recognize John Lorenz. John lived at Valley View and was on the staff from 2005 to 2010. John brings an intimate experience with various spheres of Valley View. Myron Hulen, a retired professor from Colorado State University, has extensive experience with nonprofits. He has worked to raise funds and served as Treasurer for Larimer County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children for several years. John Standish has been contributing to the Valley View community since 1986. When not busy attending board meetings he might be found at the Oak House connecting with fellow musicians or anyone inspired to join in. Everyone's full bio is available on OLT's website.

Mark Jacobi has stepped in as Interim Executive Director. Mark brings continuity to the position as well as great integrity. I am honored to be working with him. Terry Seitz is continuing to work with Mark and doing a wonderful job managing accounting and bringing her stabilizing energy to the organization.
Our focus moving forward is the completion of the Waste Water Treatment Plant. We have a gifted staff to ensure completion of the job when the plans finally get state approval. The organization is faced with taking out a loan to build this State-mandated facility. A major benefit will be the new facility's quiet and odorless operation. This update will help us manage our waste for many decades to come. We are still seeking donations for our "Let's Potty" fundraiser campaign....
Many of you know that opinions abound at OLT! I love that OLT inspires all of us. We care whether we are first timers or old timers, staff or director. Opinions need to be heard, weighed, and balanced with our mission, our human resources, and our budgetary realities. As we move forward we must be mindful of the gift and intent of our founders. If OLT thrives it is because you share our belief in the OLT mission and are willing to share your time and energy with us. We are currently seeking volunteers to serve on our Grant Writing Committee, our Resource Development Committee, and our Conservation Committee. OLT's continued existence depends on you. Please share your ideas. I value your input. We could not exist without your membership.

I'm always happy to hear from you –
- Geneva Mixon, Board of Directors, Chairperson

Last modified on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 17:45

Orient Land Trust is a nonprofit land trust
dedicated to the preservation of Valley View Hot Springs (VVHS) and its viewshed—
including natural and biologic resources, agricultural lands, wildlife habitat,
open space, and historic and geologic features of the northern San Luis Valley—
for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.