Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Board Musings

A deer visits the Meadow Pond A deer visits the Meadow Pond Doug Bates

 

"Renewal"

April 2021 Board Meeting
Board Chair Report

I am starting my report exactly one year since closing OLT due to this on-going plague. I remember this date - March 13th - because it is my birthday. (thank you) This year I'm 75. This has been a difficult/strange/odd/bizarre year for all of us. But we do seem to be getting through it gingerly. The vaccines are helping tremendously to move us forward towards some semblance of normalcy. I know that I am very thankful.

Our members have been wonderfully accommodating all of the changes that have been asked of them. Mask wearing, social distancing, pool population and time limits and restricted entrance times have been trials for the best of us. OLT perseveres. The Everson Ranch has mostly been quiet although the gardening, the watering of fields and the collecting of eggs continues. The land is renewing itself.

Just look around the Village. More birds, mammals, bugs. More flowering plants. More quiet. Fewer cars. This year of less use has allowed our unique place to breath a sigh of relief and to stretch its natural tendencies to the limit. All of this is due to the diligence of our Staff, and our Member's donations and continued support.

Spring is always such a spectacular time to visit. New growth, new greens, blues, reds and yellows. New friends, old acquaintances and certainly that unmistakable feeling of rejuvenation. We fully expect to be back to "normal" later this year. It is going to be a slow process, dependent upon many variables which we cannot control. The ones we can control will ensure the health and safety of all our visitors. Bear with us a bit longer. Undoubtedly the best is yet to come.

So here we are, thirteen months into this pandemic. Thanks to all of you who have been able to visit. Thanks to those of you who have already planned your next stay. My sincerest gratitude to those hundreds of you who have so obviously pledged to maintain and preserve this place of sublime solitude for all of us to share.

Respectfully Submitted,
Martin Jolley
Peace

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