Pennsylvania Volunteer News January 2015 Pennsylvania Volunteer Program 2014 Annual Report Volunteers give us a bigger vision. Knowing that we have their resources to help us accomplish our mission gives us confidence that if we set ambitious goals we can (and will) reach them! Each year, the Pennsylvania Program employs hundreds of volunteers to carry out the mission of The Nature Conservancy across the state and beyond. This was yet another most successful year for the Pennsylvania Volunteer Program. Although contributions made by volunteers go well beyond just how many hours we tally, it is a way to measure our success. With that, it is a pleasure to report that a total of 211 volunteers contributed 5,220 hours to our efforts in Pennsylvania for 2014. This equates to 3 full-time employees with an estimated value of approximately $120K. We wish to acknowledge the volunteers listed below who reached special milestones for this year: 25+ Hours Ron Ashton Trebbe Johnson Mike Bertram David Ross Andy Gardner Don Roten Bob Gray Jerry Skinner Sam Griffin Mike Waltz Anna Hull Henry Whitesel 50+ Hours Peter Appel Barb Baer Jennifer Esch Gene Katapski Bob Snyder Kent Wagner 100+ Hours Elisa Barbis Rob Gregory 250+ Hours Cathy McAuliffe 2014 Pennsylvania Volunteer Contributions by Program Habitat & Preserve Maintenance/Management Operations (Admistrative/Philanthropy) Outreach Conservation Programs Preserve Committee Meetings Government Relations Board of Trustees LEAF Besides the individual volunteers who work independently to support our efforts near their homes and throughout the state, there are also several groups who dedicate their time as well. And their many contributions can’t always be counted in hours. We wish to also thank the following groups in acknowledgement for all that they do in support of our conservation efforts in Pennsylvania and around the world. Pennsylvania Board of Trustees Chair, Dennis M. Wint, Ph.D. The Franklin Institute Peter C. Hearn Willis Re Inc. Christina M. Schmidlapp Parks Advocate Treasurer, Katherine J. Bishop Lebanon Seaboard Corporation Elizabeth C. Hucker Superior Family Office, Inc. William M. Whetzel Mitchell, Sinkler & Starr Edward B. Daeschler, Ph.D. Academy of Natural Sciences Mark E. Konen Lincoln Financial Group Frank A. Wickes, Jr. Cabin Creek Farms Billie R. DeWalt Ph.D. Arts Consulting Group Douglas A. Neidich GreenWorks & Solarity, LLC Susan M. Doering Philadelphia Insurance Co. Kimberly C. Oxholm Leader in nonprofit, grantmaking & political communities Emeritus H. Boyce Budd Thomas Dolan, IV V. Richard Eales Harry C. Groome Donald W. Hamer Hugh G. Moulton Carol Steinour Young John D. Ehinger CardioReady Edwin G. Robb Kurtz-Hastings (retired) Leonard P. Friender, III Gentex Corporation David W. Schlendorf Alcoa Building & Construction Systems (retired) James R. Grace, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University Florence Shelly Preserve Stewardship Committee Kathy (Shelly) Cameron Dave Clemens Andy Gardner, President Trebbe Johnson Hank Hartman, Treasurer Jim Sanderson Stuart Slocum Mike Solomon Janet Tedesco, Secretary Tim Tedesco Friends of the State-Line Serpentine Barrens Bob Gray, Chair Anna Hull, Vice Chair David Ross, Secretary Rose Chase, Treasurer Mike Bertram, Research/Advisory Henry Whitesel, Volunteer Workday Coordinator Kay Davies, Member/Advisory Ruth Galantino, Member Advisory Kent Wagner, Member/Advisory Mike Waltz, Member/Advisory Tannersville Cranberry Bog Committee & Friends Amy Albert Joe Bedrick Jim Hannon Ann Harmon Al Kagan Ellen Kagan Ray Milewski Don Miller Candace Roper Ray Roper Roger Spotts, MCCD Laurinda Rubin Sue Young Lorraine Anderson David Buck Bob Demarest Pam Finkbeiner Tim Grover Ken Sandri Woodbourne Stewardship Committee Jearalyn Adams Bill Aileo Pat Bidlake Charlie Denkenberger Ken Ely Paula Giorgio, Secretary Jim Kessler Rich Mackey Bill Walker Ed Schirra, Treasurer Jerry Skinner, Resident Naturalist Henry Spering Mary Spering Joyce Stone, Chair Tim Woolcock Nancy Wottrich, Vice Chair In memoriam It is with great sadness that I report to you on the recent death of a remarkable woman & conservationist, Cathy McAuliffe. As some of you may know, Cathy made such a tremendous impact on everything she touched and to all who knew her. She first blessed our lives as a volunteer in March of 2013 and was hired on June 30, 2014 as Administrative Assistant for Hauser Nature Center. Cathy also volunteered at the Delaware Water Gap and she retired from St Paul’s School, Brooklandville, Maryland in 2010 where she was the Executive Assistant to the Headmaster and Board of Trustees from 1984-2010. She is survived by her husband Larry and son Sean. Cathy once wrote; “For as long as I can remember, I have been in awe of our beautiful blue planet. I’m totally in love with Mother Earth. Nature grounds me. It’s what I’m all about.” In lieu of flowers, donations in Cathy’s memory may be sent to The Nature Conservancy/Pennsylvania Chapter or to St. Paul’s School/McAuliffe Memorial, PO Box 8100, Brooklandville, MD 21022 where all memorial donations will be directed to the Catherine McAuliffe Environmental Stewardship Endowment Fund. Other Opportunities Outreach Opportunities: Vernal Pool Hike Leaders: Volunteers are needed to lead our Vernal Pool Hikes at our Forest Pools Preserve @ Kings Gap (Carlisle, PA in Cumberland County) as well as our Minsi Lake Preserve (Bangor, PA in Northampton County) in March. Training will be provided. 2014 Hike Leaders: TNC-PA is looking for volunteers interested in leading hikes across the state, throughout the year. Suggestions for great places to hike are also greatly appreciated. For more information about these and other opportunities, please contact Molly Anderson at [email protected] or (717) 418-9518. More News Welcome The Nature Conservancy We wish to extend a very warm welcome and many thanks to our new volunteers who have recently registered to join our great team through the new online tool. 2014 Conservation Highlights Please join me in welcoming Gwen Johnson, Carolyn Shaner, Kathleen Smith, Greg Navarro, Sandi Bush, Tim McCullough, John Carbone, Kevin Erb, Sarah Maxwell, Andrea Fernandez, Kara Schoch, Taylor Rycroft, Nicole Metas, Lorelle Sherman, Stephen Ailes, Jessica Carlson, and Carol Weisl. We look forward to working with you all this year! From California to Kosrae, thank you for everything you did over the past year to help protect lands and waters around the globe. It’s safe to say that The Nature Conservancy has never been stronger. 2014 was our best fundraising year ever, in large part because it was also our most collaborative and innovative. Thanks to your support, we enter 2015 well-positioned to protect important places, transform the way people value and use nature, and inspire greater investment in conservation. Preserving Pennsylvania Penn’s Woods Interesting facts, figures and statistics, teaching old dams new tricks, science and values in the Eastern Forest, to read all of these stories and more please take a moment to download the latest Fall/Winter edition of the Penn’s Woods newsletter. Please enjoy this short video that highlights our successes by clicking the link below: Visit our website at www.nature.org/explorepa http://www.nature.org/photos-and-video/video/oursuccesses/index.htm Wish List Nature Trivia We are currently seeking donations of the following items: The first to respond with the correct answer to this month’s trivia question will win a prize. Please contact Molly Anderson with your answer at (717) 418-9518 or [email protected] Wood chipper (In good, working condition) Pickup Truck (In good, working condition) Personal Protection Equipment (helmets & chaps) If you have these or other items you would like to donate, please contact Molly Anderson at (717) 418-9518 or [email protected] January 2015 Question: What is the hottest temperature ever recorded in Pennsylvania? Answer for December Trivia: The coldest temperature ever recorded in Pennsylvania is -42 ºF in Smethport, PA (the county seat of McKean County) on January 5, 1904. Pennsylvania Volunteer News is produced monthly. If you have any questions, comments or would like to include an update or announcement in next month’s edition, please contact Molly Anderson at [email protected] or (717) 418-9518 before the 1st of the month.
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