We had several objectives in creating this program. For one, we wanted to get to know our virtual community of friends and supporters -- and to have a chance for you to get to know us. We also wanted you to meet each other. And, we wanted a chance to show trail friendly businesses in Newton County that trails are a positive economic impact to our community. Mission accomplished on all fronts!
I was excited to share a recap of recent accomplishments, like the Eastside Trail, of course, but also the momentum building in Porterdale around the Yellow River Park and the completion of our new strategic plan. As I said Tuesday night, the near term future is as promising as the signs of spring bursting from the ground around us this time of year. The Eastside Trail is only the beginning of what's to come!
I also reviewed the priorities the Newton Trails board has set for 2013, which are:
- Sustaining our existing trails, by maintaining them and promoting usage;
- Moving forward in Porterdale with the Yellow River Park trails;
- Identifying high-value expansion opportunities for the Eastside Trail
- Building solid plans and foundations for the future.
To move forward with these, we need your active support and involvement as volunteers (your time), contributors (your money), and advocates (your voice). To learn more about how you can contribute and volunteer, please visit the Join Us page on our website. To become and informed advocate, please continue to monitor the research we post regularly to our website on the Benefits page.
Tuesday night, I also introduced Florian Pohl, who will be succeeding me as Chairman. While remaining on the board, I will be stepping down as Chairman effective April 1, 2013. As everyone saw Tuesday night, Florian is poised and ready to lead Newton Trails to even greater days ahead, with the full support of all our board members and our supporters.
Florian reviewed our new committee structure and talked about the places we most need your help. You can sign up for a committee role on the Join Us page..