(Editor’s Note: This post is based on the content of an email sent 8/4/13 to AN members.)
Allegany Nordic is now about 6 years old and has grown steadily in the last few years. We’ve accomplished a great deal in the way of X-C advocacy and fundraising to the point that it is necessary to take some steps toward ensuring a strong and energetic future. The by-hook-or-by-crook operating procedures used in our formative years suited us well and accomplished much. However, our group and our trails will be better served with more skiers steering the ship.
To this end we held an annual meeting on 5/11with a core group of skiers- Jack Luzier, Chuck Walker, Rob Walk and Jim Whalen. Larry Scherer was with us in spirit. A primary objective of getting the group together was to noodle some better governance and operating procedures and affect a leadership transition. I’m pleased to report that Larry Scherer has agreed to assume the leadership role for Allegany Nordic. He is a truly dedicated skier and very thoughtful person who you have all passed on the trail, whether you recognized him or not. He is a lockport, NY resident and a financial and spiritual contributor to AN. While his distance from the trials may handicap him in his ability to attend meetings with the park, he has excellent organizational skills and can serve well in the visioning and organizing role. Rob Walk agreed to handle donor relations. The summit envelope contribution system that we implemented this year was very successful, so successful that it swamped my administrative responsibilities at the time I wanted to be on the trails. Thankfully, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation has impeccable records and had passed along names and email addresses of donors for us to add to our records. Jack Luzier has agreed to lead trail work activities. Finally, we agreed to establish bylaws and take our governance and communications up a notch. I will stay involved with the website and equipment.
Here’s a summary of our fundraising activities since we began soliciting contributions in April 2011:
Total contributions* $9,740
Equipment purchases** $4,161
CRCF account balance*** $5,378
* $1,690 raised this winter through trail-side contribution envelopes
** Roller and 2 grooming implements
*** Net of gains/losses and CRCF fees
I’m extremely gratified by the success of our fundraising and the generosity expressed by skiers and others who recognize the Art Roscoe Trails as a wonderful resource worth preserving. In particular, I’m impressed with the level of our success given the relatively low level of development work. I have no doubt there remains tremendous opportunities for additional support of equipment purchases for the trails. Fundraising is a primary reason that Allegany Nordic needs to transition to greater levels of organization and volunteerism.
BALANCE SHEET a/o 8/4/13
Checking account $743.51
Shirts & hats $480.00
Liabilities- 5 yr. URL renewal $120.00
We have very little overhead (internet) and money in the checking account but need to sell hats/shirts.
The website continues to show increased visitation with a peak of 2,337 unique visitors in January ’13. I’m going to try to do a better job giving skiers the ability to post images and videos. I also need to get social media ramped up.
We had a much better season than the previous year. Skiing began around Christmas and went through early April with the last groom on 3/28. We had our usual late January thaw that decimated the base but the Art Roscoe Loppet was still able to take place the next week on the upper loops. Despite very limited resources and Chad’s bad leg break, park personnel were able to groom on a regular basis with few missed opportunities. I hope to debrief with park personnel in the days ahead, as well as look at equipment needs for the upcoming season.
At the Allegany State Park Historical Society in January I met Hugh Dunne, retired Park Superintendent, who built much of the trail system with the help of Daniel Pihlbald. He is a current park advisory board member and Salamanca resident. I hope to videotape an interview of Hugh for archival purposes sometime in the next year. If anyone has the equipment and production skills to make this happen, I’d be grateful for your help.
We need to get out on the trail for reconnaissance and light work. We expect the park will be finishing work begun last year on culverts and renovations. The wet spring undoubtedly was a challenge for completing the work and hopefully did not damage the trails.
Widening our volunteer base is imperative. Here’s a list of some specific areas where we need help:
Grant-research and writing
Summit hats/shirts sales fundraising & development
Social and event organization
Steering committee/board members
Last, but not least…. grooming equipment is barely adequate and our resources very thin… fundraising will be an important thrust for Allegany Nordic going forward.
Photography & videography
Please email if you can help in any of these areas of ones I haven’t mentioned.
We have accomplished much since we organized. Many people have stepped forward with financial contributions, trail work and other support. We have 160 individuals in our email list. We’ve realized improvements in grooming and trail conditions and the park has stepped up its attention to the trails. There’s more to be done but cross-country skiing is something we all love. Let’s make it all it can be.
Thanks for your continued support. Stay well and I look forward to seeing you all on the trails.
Visit the Trail History page learn all the details about the trail construction and download a PDF file containing the scanned document.
Allegany Nordic’s first capital campaign has passed the 2-year mark and we have received contributions totaling more than most of us thought was possible. We’ve received well over $10,000 in contributions and we have contributed three pieces of grooming equipment for the park and refurbished a couple more. This is no small accomplishment and we can all be proud of this success.Please visit the CONTRIBUTE page to see the list of donors who have given generously.
77 generous contributions got us to this point. 10% of the dollar total came from Canada. 40% came from the greater Buffalo area. Diminishing financial resources and aging equipment remain significant challenges facing the cross country ski program at Allegany State Park.
Ten contributors have made compelling statements about why they have donated to the campaign. Click here to view their statements.
Thanks to all those who have led the campaign to its early success. And to those who have yet to contribute, please come forward with your financial support. Visit the CONTRIBUTE page to learn more about the equipment we hope to purchase and how to make a tax-deductible donation.