Happy Holiday best wishes

Hello fellow volunteers,

As I write this note I am very thankful for all the great volunteers I am honored to know in our group.  As mentioned at the volunteer appreciation party (sorry if you could not attend) we have a great group.  John Ladley mentioned that the FSVA is the only volunteer group on the forest that does not need to obtain funds from the Forest Service to accomplish its mission.  I am very proud of that.  It is because of the Board of Directors and the great volunteers that this is possible.  Jana does a great job supplying the bookstore with  lots of things the public wants to purchase.  Chip is there to keep the funds in order.

Our group has been very understanding adapting to the new change in wilderness rules about the day use permit.  For the last almost 20 years I have been telling visitors they need a permit and I know it is hard to make the change but hopefully by the next quota period this coming summer the rules will be amended.

As we enter the winter season I hope we get snow and lots of it.  It is possible we will not but we still need to remember to stay safe out there and tell the visitors to do the same.  One slip on a tiny piece of ice can make for a very bad day.  I have slipped on my share of ice but can say I was always able to walk out to my car.  Even in my driveway I made it back to the house!  Our coordinators Rick and Chip will advise you of conditions during the winter.

Norma and I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to seeing you all soon-Refresher training in April if not before.  Thank you for your support and friendship!

Bob Romano President FSVA