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Yampatika seeks volunteers

Environmental group looking for 'gung-ho' board members

Susan Cunningham

Yampatika has two to four open spots on its board of directors, and Executive Director Deborah Fuller is searching for “gung-ho” people who believe in the group’s mission.

“We need some folks who are willing to step up to the plate,” Fuller said.

The board of directors has a key role in the environmental education organization’s goal of inspiring people to preserve the natural and cultural resources of Northwest Colorado, Fuller said.

The board gives input and expertise to drive the organization forward and help it succeed. As a nonprofit, the organization relies on donations from local, state and federal groups, and board members have a role in securing those funds.

“They’re the cornerstone, they’re the foundation of the organization,” Fuller said.

Anyone who has a passion for the Yampa Valley’s environment is encouraged to apply for a position on the board; people with fund-raising and financial skills would be especially helpful, Fuller said.

Although the list of board duties may seem lengthy, Fuller said the time commitment is minimal.

Shari Fryer recently was appointed to the board, bringing the number of members to five. Adding at least two more members is vital, Fuller said, as it ensures that the group has a quorum to vote at its meetings.

Fryer has been an asset to the group because of her background in marketing and business management, Fuller said. With her recent marketing of the organization’s free community educational programs, participation has increased by about 10 percent.

“Our numbers definitely are the best they’ve ever been,” Fuller said.

The organization provides various educational programs to residents and visitors of various ages. There are workshops, field seminars and more, with a focus on teaching outdoors.

“We think the natural environment is the best classroom to teach in,” Fuller said.

Full-time or part-time Steamboat Springs residents who are interested in becoming a member of the Yampatika Board of Directors should contact president Lindarose Berkley at Yampatika

@springsips.com.

— To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com


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