NBLCT President's Newsletter 2012

President's Letter 2012

In the last issue of the Totoket Times in 2010, my wife and I read an article by Otto Schaefer titled ‘It’s About The Land’.  I think it was his first in a series of articles whose purpose was to ‘regroup, rebuild the membership and reestablish’ this land trust. 

We showed up at the following meeting in January to a small group in this room.  The land trust had no official board, it had lost its tax exempt status and it had only Otto as acting president and Carl Frattini as treasurer and a handful of members who dutifully hung on through the years  of dormancy.

Today, we have a full board, We have regained our non-profit status and have a web site under construction. We have business cards and a brochure nearing completion and last Saturday, in the rain, we just christened our first trail. There are a whole host of other accomplishments we have made in less than a year and a half, not the least of which includes locating and mapping out where our 52 properties are. 

This couldn’t have been accomplished w/o the help, energy and generosity of so many individuals. 

Some work in the back ground, like Carol Zebb (our Town Planner) who compiled the original list of properties for us and Ted Fretel, who provides needed legal council - and many others that can’t make it to our meetings but have offered their time and talents to get us up and running again.

Others diligently show up to meetings, fill posts, solve problems and volunteer for projects.  We still have a long way to go, but we have come a long way in short time. It is truly a group effort and you all deserve a big thank you!

I feel there is one star that shines brighter than the rest and today would not have happened if it weren’t for him.  Please join me in a round of applause for Otto!

At this moment, I’d like to take the time to have a mini award ceremony.
-The first award goes to Otto
-The second is more of a promise fulfillment.  When we first started marking the boundaries of our properties, there was one individual who showed up w/a broken pair of loppers.  He kept showing up with them on our work details. They were in such poor shape that nobody was willing to borrow them for fear of owing him a new pair.  When the thought of a trail became a real possibility, he jumped right in and volunteered to make it.  It was then that our forester jumped in and said ‘If you make us a trail, we’ll get you a new set of loppers!’  Over time, they affectionately became known as ‘Cindys’.  So for completing a really nice trail, I am happy to present Ken w/a new pair of CINDYS.

David Sargent, President