2015 was a Year of Changes, Progress, and Great Fun

(12/08/15) Are you a member of the Friends in good standing? If so, you should have received your copy of the latest edition of The River View in the mail last week.  If you're a member and didn't receive yours, please get in touch with us so we can correct the oversight.

We have much to celebrate as we reflect back on the many accomplishments of 2015 and the tremendous opportunities ahead of us in 2016. The Fall 2015 edition of The River View shares the good news and extends our hearty and heart felt thanks to all of our Friends, donors, sponsors and partners. We couldn't do any of this without each one of you.

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In 2021, when the Friends celebrate our 25th Anniversary, 2015 may be the year that stands out. We built foundations this past year: more Stream Teams in more places, more relationships with old and new Friends, and the realization of several goals from our strategic plan that have made us financially stronger, more organized, and better able to work with communities throughout the watershed. This has us all looking forward to great things in 2016.

The Friends continue to host impactful events, like our 18th River Cleanup this year and annual Wine-Tasting celebration. We have gotten better at raising funds, and held our first very successful kayak raffle. And we received grants to restore the river at old dam sites, to support Stream Team volunteers, and do other good work. But this year, we also worked on building what we need to be successful in the long run: an engaged board, committed donors, and a clear plan.

We were fortunate this past year to have two great staff leaders. Devin Gill completed two years of service with the Friends leaving a legacy of an active program of volunteer water quality monitoring (our Stream Teams). We wish her well on her new graduate school adventure. In September, Lauri Elbing became our new Executive Director, bringing deep experience, vibrant commitment, and new ideas to the Friends.

We can’t wait for the coming year as we work to get more people to care, share, and enjoy the Shiawassee River.Please join us, again or anew.

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