February 19th, 2008
It was 11 years ago that Trey Jones bought his first kayak from Don Wright. Now Don is leading the way to honor Trey’s memory by sponsoring the Trey Jones Gearhead Expo on March 1 through his store: Village Outdoor, at Reynolda Village.
Trey was an outstanding young man, an Eagle Scout, a Director of ROCS, and a senior at N.C. State University when he died in an automobile accident near his home on Christmas Eve, 2005.
Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high adventure base in New Mexico, was home to Trey. In 1997 he made his first trek to Philmont, which has 34 staffed camps and 55 trail camps in high country along hundreds of miles of rugged trails.
Over the years Trey completed two more treks, the Roving Outdoor Conservation School (ROCS) and a Philbreak session. He was a crew member in 2003, a trail crew chief in 2004 and Assistant Director of Conservation/Director of ROCS in the summer of 2005.
To honor Trey’s memory, his staff friends established a scholarship for the ROCS program. This summer the first scholarship was awarded. In addition, Trey’s family established the Trey Jones Philmont Scholarship to assist a deserving scout from the Old Hickory Council to have the same incredible adventure Trey experienced in the rugged New Mexico wilderness.
In order to increase the endowment of these scholarships, family and friends of Trey’s created the first Trey Jones Gearhead Expo, to be held on March 1, 2008, to truly honor the spirit of Trey, the ultimate Gearhead. Village Outdoor Shop at Reynolda Village, owned by Don and Glenna Wright, will bring in many of their vendors exhibiting their latest gear.
Exhibitors are also providing items for the raffles that will take place during the Expo, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on March 1st. at Reynolda Village’s former cow barn. Village Outdoor Shop is donating 25% of any sales at Village Outdoor that day to the two scholarships in Trey’s name.
Come see the latest in outdoor apparel, footwear, cooking equipment, camping gear and more. Information on Philmont and boy and girl scouting will be available. Take a chance on a raffle.
Admission is free.
Those unable to attend the Expo but wanting to contribute to endowing Trey’s Scholarship can do so at the PSA Memorials and Honorariums page.
January 11th, 2008
We “Zipped It Up” – and then some…
Thank you! Thank You, thank you for your support of the PSA’s Annual Fund and ALL of our Annual Giving Opportunities.
We zipped it up–and blew past our total annual giving goals by a few thousand dollars (that’s real money!)–all because of your support.
The numbers are incredible:
- The President’s Circle – our goal early in 2007 was $30,000. We actually raised $34,020
- Silent Auctions (at two reunions) – our goal was $6,000. We raised $8,243
- Annual Fund – our “revised” goal $75,000. Our total is now $71,469.92!
We’re still getting a few stragglers in the mail at the PSA Office, but this means our grand total for Annual Giving to the PSA is $113,732.92. This is the first time in our history that we’ve raised over $100,000 in annual support for the PSA. Thank you! We did it while finishing a million dollar Capital Campaign – a year early! Thank you, again.
Zipper pulls will be in the mail shortly.
Best wishes to you all in the New Year!
December 11th, 2007
WE DID IT!
Because of your support – and the gifts of more than 600 PSA members and friends – we presented a check for $1 Million to Philmont Scout Ranch and ceremonially broke ground for the Silver Sage Staff Activity Center during our annual meeting on October 13th in Dallas, Texas. We did this a year ahead of schedule. The ink on the floor-plans was barely dry. At Philmont the earth-moving, re-bar and concrete work has already begun.
Our actual fundraising total – cash and pledges – stands at just over $1 million. You, and more than 600 others, have been very generous.
But we are not done yet…
At the Ranger Department’s 50th Anniversary this summer the group launched a special campaign to give a legacy gift from the Rangers to Philmont: a special fireplace for the Staff Activity Center. Rangers from the full history of the department have been asked to participate and donations are still being accepted.
We also still have a ways to go, because several donors have stepped forward to help remodel the staff area at PTC. Still others are pledging their support to help maintain these new facilities by adding to the Chuck and Judy Walneck maintenance fund so that future repairs to the staff center will not be a burden to the Ranch.
If you made a pledge, but have not completed it yet, please continue to help with your regular payments (we are sending reminders). If you have not had the opportunity to give yet, please pledge your support today – we’re wrapping this campaign up on December 31st and our new PSA President, Jim “Cuda” Lynch is looking for new ways we can help Philmont!
Thank you for all you do for Philmont and have a Wonderful Holiday Season and Blessed New Year!
December 6th, 2007
We are closing in on the half-way mark for our Annual Fund goal of $75,000. We’ve received a special challenge from a long-time Philmont friend to match each gift received, dollar for dollar, if we can add another $15,000 to our total by December 15th!
With your support we can meet this challenge and go on to meet our fundraising goal for the year so we can continue doing great things for Philmont.
Your past support to the Philmont Staff Association has helped us do a lot this year:
- Sponsor Philbreak for the fifth year in a row
- Coordinate hundreds of hours of service to Philmont on the Urraca Trail
- Hold a dozen reunions across the country – and are helping Philmont recruit new staff
- Host the Ranger’s 50th Anniversary with over 300 attendees and close to 600 people at the campfire at PTC
- High Country was recognized with a prestigious award
We have done a lot. With your help to meet this challenge we are going to do a lot more.
August 19th, 2007
What will the Ranger legacy be?
For fifty years, the Ranger Department has made an impact on participants, and Philmont as a whole. As we celebrate this historic milestone, we have been given a challenge to leave a tangible commemoration of that impact.
The Philmont Staff Association, in conjunction with Ranch Management, is in the process of finalizing the plans for the new Staff Center, to be built adjacent to Tent City. As part of the planning for the 50th Anniversary Ranger Reunion, our committee decided that we wanted to leave a physical legacy at the Ranch. We chose to fund the centerpiece of the Staff Center: the grand fireplace.
To do so, we’ve accepted the challenge to raise $50,000 for the 50th anniversary.
The fireplace is being built using stone hauled off Baldy Mountain by the 2007 Rangers. Our legacy is to fund this enduring memorial to past and future Philmont Rangers and staff.
Chief Ranger 2002-2005
50th Anniversary Ranger Reunion Chairman
June 14th, 2007
Thanks to you we’re oh so close to being able to accept the match from the Mabee Foundation. To date we have over $760,000 of cash in hand and enough pledges coming in by the end of the year to put us on the peak of success in our million dollar capital campaign. Thank you!
There’s still time for you to get involved. You can help by making a gift online today.
Thanks for your support!
April 2nd, 2007
We are oh, so close…
As the April issue of HIGH COUNTRY goes to press, Philmont Director of Program Mark Anderson and Property and Facilities Superintendant Jim Kutz are meeting with architects to iron out the details for the new Staff Activity Center. Preliminary drawings should be on their desks this month. And why are they having those meetings now? Because the PSA stands on the verge of success at what many thought we could never do—raise $1 MILLION for Philmont! And in November, if we are successful in our efforts, construction will begin on this much-needed and long overdue facility—an astoundingly great gift from the Philmont Staff Association of today to the Philmont staff members of tomorrow.
We are oh, so close, but we aren’t there yet.
As of mid-March, we stand just about $80,000 short of our fundraising goal. Less than ten percent of our original target of $1 million remains to be pledged. Here are some of the benefactors who have gotten us this far:
An anonymous donor contributed $200,000 to name the building the “Silver Sage Center” in honor of the inaugural class of PSA award recipients: Chope and Virginia Phillips, Joe Davis, and Boss Sanchez. Subsequent award recipients will be recognized with plaques inside the center.
Three supporters, H.L. Hembree, Jim MacGillivray and John F. Murphy, each contributed at the Black Mountain Level, naming the Great Room and some of the other features in the center. Five donated funds at the Bear Mountain Level. The Taylor Family will name the building’s wrap-around porch. Hugh R. Brewer’s support will dedicate the computer room; Dwight Stein’s donation names the TV room. The OATC staff honors long-time staffers Gene Schnell and Steve Willis with the Activities Office, and memorial gifts in honor of late Ranch Committee member and Scouter Bruce Walcutt will name the training and conference room.
David Cope, Lee Huckstep, Frank Koranda, William Lockwood, Ed Pease, Chris Rautman, Alan Rolley, and Wink Sharpe have given their support at the Baldy Mountain level to name tables and benches on the porch. Other significant contributors include Frank Arnold, Scott Beckett, Ned Gold, Jr., Daniel Miller, Roy Murphy, Bill and Sandra Spice, and Scott and Denise Toney.
And there are many, many more to whom we say: thank you! More than 500 donors—about 20% of our membership—have pledged or made contributions to this project to date.
There is also time for YOU to get your name in the building: on a room, on a table or a bench, or on a paver. Gifts of any and every amount are needed—and appreciated. There are still many opportunities for sponsorships within the center. Please visit the PSA “Capital Campaign” to pledge your support in 2007 and learn the latest about this important way to give back to Philmont.
Your final chance to help with this project is coming up soon. Watch for a pledge card in the mail.
And be ready to celebrate at our annual meeting in Dallas in October, when we present Ranch managers with our check —from the Philmont Staff Association—for a cool ONE MILLION DOLLARS!
We are oh, so close…
–Joe Leisz, Vice President for Development
December 31st, 2006
Thank you all so very much for your incredible response and generosity!
With the snow falling at Philmont (over a foot in Cimarron Canyon) and many roads closed (our fearless leader, Ed Pease, and his OA crew had to cancel their New Year’s plans, and our treasurer, John Nichols, got stopped by closed roads after making it on a drive through the night to Amarillo) we have made it past our goal!
At this moment Michele Allen has opened e-mails and envelopes from 388 of our donors with a total of $66,201 for our annual fund! We know that more is in the mail (with the roads like they are; Raton Pass is barely open – travel is discouraged – and I-25 was closed this morning but moving slow now) and it will all go towards our goal for this year.
We have big plans for 2007, and want to offer more in terms of programs… So if you haven’t had the chance to donate yet, you still have time! You can drop a check in the mail or donate online through www.philstaff.com to help us blow (like the blizzard that has the Kanik folks camped no further than Rocky Mountain Scout Camp) way past our goal. With your support we can do so much more for Philmont!
Thank you again and have a wonderful New Year!
Yours in Snowy Mountains,
Joe Leisz, “The Schmoe”, PSA - VP Development
Update: 391 donors giving $67,201
December 18th, 2006
With just two weeks remaining in the year, we’re getting oh-so-close, but it will still take a bit of a “push” to get to the summit of this mountain!
As of the end of the day Thursday, we had received $54,045 from 320 donors. You may recall that on Monday, the beginning of the week, we had $50,721 in donations and pledges from 306 donors. That means that we added more than $1000 per day this week. That’s outstanding – and exactly what we needed to do to stay on track and meet our $65,000 goal for the year. Let’s keep it up!
Also, I want to clarify something that may have been misinterpreted from my previous e-mails. I often share with you the AVERAGE sized gift per donor. That number is usually in the $150 to $180 range. (This week, that average number is $169.) You might be looking at that number and saying, “I can only afford $10 or $25. That really doesn’t make a difference.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, the reason the AVERAGE number is so high is because we have a few VERY generous givers who drive up the average. Those large gifts are wonderful. Without them we likely wouldn’t make our goal. But the smaller gifts are vital, too. Without them we wouldn’t make our goal either. And I’m sure the large givers would agree with me when I say this: Those who make the bigger gifts to the PSA do so in part because they have grown confident in the organization’s ability to mobilize people from all across the country when we need to do something to support the Ranch. They know that the PSA’s impact has not been because of the power of an elite few but because of the enthusiastic support of many. In other words, the small giver – whether a giver or time, money, or talent — inspires the big giver as much as the big giver inspires the small giver.
So if you can afford only $10, don’t let that deter you. Your contribution matters – more than you know. They encourage the leadership of the PSA and inspire those with more significant ability to do even more than they otherwise would have.
Don’t forget that in order for your donation to be deductible in the 2006 tax year, it must be RECEIVED by Dec. 31. That means that if you are going to use the traditional mail route, please keep in mind that the mail tends to run a bit slower during the holidays, due to the increased volume. If you are going to use the U.S. Mail, please get your check in the mail THIS WEEK. Here’s the address:
Philmont Staff Assocation
17 Deer Run Road
Cimarron, NM 87714
If you prefer electronic means, we have an EASY and SAFE for you to make a donation on-line. Just go to this link and follow the directions.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Graphic courtesy of Fundraising Know How
December 29th, 2005
Many of you may be thinking of contributing favorite organizations or deserving charities at this time of year. We’d like you to be aware of useful charitable giving tax information.