Annual Fund – One Vivid Memory

  • 2017 Annual Fund 29.68%

Note: In the early 1980’s, Julie Huiras served as a PTC Group Leader, Services Manager, and News & Information Service Manager (the office now known as Marketing and Photo Service). From 1975-1981, Jason “Mort” Mascitti was a Ranger, Backcountry PC and CD, and NIS manager. They married in 1988 and live in Madison, WI. Their two sons, Evan and Marco, have known Colfax County since childhood and hiked Philmont at reunions and as Scouts. Marco was a Philmont Ranger in 2013 and Bear Researcher during these recent two summers. Two of their Golden Retrievers were named Cimarron and Springer.

Like many of you, I think about Philmont every day.

One vivid memory is of an early PSA summer reunion held at the Ranch. It was in August, after Gather. Dawn Chandler, then PSA Executive Director, arranged for participants to descend on Ponil Camp for a couple days of camping and day hiking, then wrap it up with the South Ponil Trout Restoration project. Families welcome. Though school would start the day after returning to Madison, our little foursome signed up.

Youngsters were happy crossing log bridges, playing in the unexpected hailstorm, climbing boulders, observing trout close up, and learning about smellables while hanging the bear bag (Jim Thomas heeded that anyone under two years-old could be a smellable). At the campfire, kids sang along since they already knew most of the PhilSongs.

Adults were happy too. There was catching up and trail talk, crisscrossing decades, and the river’s nighttime lullaby. It was Angela’s birthday (she of the Foster-Hadaway dynasty) and though Angela and Bear were happily married and expecting a baby, she quietly mentioned a childhood dream of a Run With the Wind serenade by Doc Walker and the Philly Boys. Done.

My family’s love of the people and the place inspires us to invest in its future. Whether you choose the $19.73 Club (named for the founding year of the PSA) or make a one-time donation in any amount, your gift allows the PSA to keep all of us connected to God’s Country.

…or call Dollie in the PSA Office at 575-376-1138.

Julie Huiras Mascitti, Longtime Avid PSA Life Member

Annual Fund – Near and Dear

  • 2017 Annual Fund 29.68%

Philmont has been a part of my life since I was in the 5th grade in 1985. My grandparents took me and my siblings to the Training Center for a week. I hiked and camped and made so many friends. I am not sure if I truly knew it yet, but that summer a seed was planted in my heart! I returned in 1996 to be on staff. I worked at the Training Center as a Group Leader. Again, I hiked and camped and made so many friends. So many friends that are still near and dear to me today!

Philmont is life changing! To say this to a former staffer seems silly. But it is so very true! I support the PSA and give whenever possible. I feel great knowing that my funds help support Philmont Scout Ranch. The PSA also depends on these funds to continue operating and offering many opportunities to former staffers to return to Philmont through treks, reunions and service projects.

Would you consider donating to the PSA Annual Fund? With just two months to go, we are hoping to raise a much needed $87,000. If you have already given, thank you!

Please help us reach our goal. You can donate online…

…or you can call Dollie, the Executive Director of the PSA, at 575-376-1138 and tell her you are ready to donate and help the PSA and Philmont.

Thank you!

Amy Hall
Southern Regional Director

Annual Fund – Difficult to Truly Describe

  • 2017 Annual Fund 29.68%

Give to the 2016 Annual Fund today.

wilson_picIt’s that time of year when we see the seasonal changes taking place all around us. We also have the opportunity to take some time and give thanks for all of the blessings and wonderful gifts of life, friends, and (of course) the joy of being a Phil-Staffer).

As we all know, we have been given so much through our experiences working in God’s Country. For me I love it when I get the opportunity to talk with fellow Phil-Staffers and anyone else about the wonder of Philmont and the love I have for it. At times I find it difficult to truly describe it and there are so many great memories and wonderful places scattered all around the ranch. Until someone has the chance to enjoy the cool mountain air (yes even in the heat of the summer it’s there for all), to see the wildlife frolic in the meadows (I’m talking about those ever loving mini bears), and to truly see history first hand, they just won’t get “that feeling” that we have all experienced. It’s a magical place for all of us.

As former staff members we know how special this place is and our hearts are touched whenever we take time to recall how our lives were changed. Mine was. And the lives of my family as well as my extended family have also been touched through the stories I have been able to share, as well as their own experiences coming to the Ranch. That is why I support the PSA and give of my time whenever possible. I’m truly trying to “pay-it-forward” and give back in whatever small way I can. It just feels good to stay involved and continue the traditions of Philmont Scout Ranch. Each of you as you read this short message needs to know that the PSA is dependent on your contributions in order to operate throughout the year and offer former staff opportunities to come back HOmE – Treks, reunions, service projects, and much more. No matter what you have to offer, it all is important and it truly helps us give back.

wilson2_picSo yes, I’m asking for your continued financial assistance. I won’t be subtle. We need your continued support. Won’t you join me and make your donation to the Annual Fund now? For those you have already given thank you! This year we need to raise $87,000 and with a little less than two months to go we are working hard to reach our goal. Please help us close the gap! You don’t know how much to give (I could say give until it hurts, but that’s not fair). Look at what Philmont has given you, and then give whatever you feel you can give. As a religious person I’m used to the concept of tithing — I like to tell people to look at giving a tithe (10%) of “whatever” knowing that it will be used to benefit the rising generation of leaders who get to experience the beauty and wonder of Philmont. Yes, it truly is God’s County.

…or call Dollie in the PSA Office at 575-376-1138.

Thank you and have a great rest of the year!

[IWTGBTP]

David A. Wilson, National Director – Philmont Staff Association

Annual Fund – Someone New

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Give to the 2016 Annual Fund today.

I always like it when someone new gets a chance to see Philmont. You can try to describe it, but until they walk among the pines, enjoy the cool mountain air and see the history first hand, they won’t get “that feeling”. Last year my two daughters came to the Ranch for the first time. You can tell by the smile on their faces that they were enjoying everything about the backcountry, in this case Beaubien.

As former staff members we know how special this place is. That is why I support the PSA and give of my time whenever possible. It just feels good to stay involved and continue the traditions of Philmont Scout Ranch. PSA is dependent on your contributions in order to operate throughout the year and offer former staff opportunities to come back HOmE – Treks, reunions, service projects, and much more.

Won’t you join me and make your donation to the Annual Fund now? For those you have already given thank you! This year we need to raise $87,000 and with just two months to go we are working hard to reach our goal. Please help us close the gap!

…or call Dollie in the PSA Office at 575-376-1138.

Thank you and have a great rest of the year!!

John F. Murphy
President – Philmont Staff Association