NBLCT President's Report July 15, 2014

At last year’s Annual Meeting, I mentioned that ‘maybe’ 2 of our neighboring LT’s even knew we existed.  We have come a long way in a year and made many new friends.  We had our first mass mailing this past Thanksgiving reaching nearly 6500 households in NB.  Our membership has increased from about 25 to over 70 and includes members from out neighboring LT’s.  It is a baby step considering the population of our town, but it is in the right direction.

We’ve encountered many challenges over this past year and made many accomplishments…. here is where I’d go on and on about them, but I’ll let you read them for yourselves.  Among a zillion other things - Our illustrious Secretary, Otto Schaefer has created a list of these accomplishments.  He will update the list as we move along and it will go out w/each new membership and renewal as ‘our’ News Letter.  This is another first for us and so new, that isn’t even on his list of accomplishments!  Thank you Otto for all you do, we’d be lost w/o you!

Our website – or lack of one- has been a thorn in my side for a few years now.  I was beginning to think by the time we got it up and running, it would be obsolete.  The website is there, it is just not gussied up and turned on to the public.  Our problem has been finding someone willing to run it.  I am very happy to announce that we now, finally, have a Webmaster!  Ted Groom will get us up and running.  Ted is the Technology director of the THS and runs their website.

People always ask me ‘What do you get for being a member?’  (We don’t even have bumper stickers yet).  The best answer I can offer (besides a tax deduction and getting Otto’s newsletter) is “the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference in our town”.  We are all volunteers, so every dollar or hour donated to the NBLCT goes directly to protecting the character of NB and maintaining our properties.  It’s something you can be proud of.

I’d also like to thank our board,  officer and those of you who selflessly participated in helping to create who we are today.  We still have too few wearing too many hats and we need more participation both physically and financially from the rest of the community.

One last note.  National & CT Trails day is this weekend. Our little state holds the honor of hosting more events than any other state in the country!  There are 258 events statewide Sat. & Sun..  If you can’t make our event, try and make another one.  It’s a good opportunity to explore somewhere new.

We are meeting in the Cul De sac of Ciro Rd off Rt 80 @10:00 am to walk our ‘Red Trail’ on our NHB property. Our trail leaders this year are - our land steward and forester Mike Ferrucci, owner-operator of ‘the Branford Walkers’ Geoff Smith (who by the way is leading an afternoon walk as well) and the trail’s creator Ken Albin.  It’s really a nice walk and a hidden gem and it is supposed to be great weather!  

Thank you,

David Sargent, President