Photos & Recap: 2019 Member Picnic and Annual Meeting

Photos & Recap: 2019 Member Picnic and Annual Meeting and recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our 41st annual meeting and picnic. It was a beautiful, bright day at the Rogue River Preserve, next to the rambling river, and amongst lush spring vegetation, butterflies, and nesting raptors.

Members participated in hikes guided by enthusiastic naturalists and listened to songs by the talented Tish McFadden and the animated Thomas Doty relaying Native American stories. Some members even worked up a sweat pulling invasive Scotch broom. We are grateful to our many event volunteers for helping make the day so special.

A highlight of the day was the presentation of the Conservation Award to former SOLC board member (and current Lands & Development Committees member), Pat Acklin. The length of Pat’s employment, service resume, and list of previously received awards, recognition and accolades for her dedication to the environment and surrounding community rivals that of the Dead Sea Scrolls and would give anyone a bad case of carpel tunnel to list here. So, suffice it to say, she was well deserving of this award. At SOLC alone, Pat has served on the board for 13 years (four of those as President of the Board), various committees and as a presenter on pertinent topics. Pat’s leadership and continued guidance and support is a treasure to SOLC.

In her own words, "I was drawn to our organization [SOLC] because it is playing an essential role in the conservation of the region by assisting private landowners to implement their conservation values in perpetuity."

We are always humbled by, and grateful for, your involvement, passion and support for protecting and enhancing precious land in the Rogue River. You make all the difference to the work we do. It is reassuring to know that the special places we value so much, such as the Preserve, are important to you too. WHY each of us is connected to the work may vary but the fact that we are unified in SOLC’s primary purpose creates an enduring strength.

It was a brilliant day, filled with nature, friends, and fun. We’ll be back at it in 2020, but in the meantime, we hope you enjoy the photo gallery.