Thanks so much to all of you who supported your PSA this year with a gift to the annual fund. I know we switched our tactics from pinpoint to carpet bombing at the end of the year to get the drive in—but it is crucially important to your association. Unlike many organizations, the PSA has to raise almost its entire yearly operating budget each and every year. And we designed it that way on purpose. Crazy? Foolish? Maybe so, maybe so. But the PSA Board structured our fund raising that way to make your association more responsible to its membership. You vote every year with your checkbooks on how you feel the PSA is doing with its mission. Our goal this year was $84,000 and we raised a little over $87,000. Great work—work that supports the people, place and programs that ARE Philmont.

Some of the things we did with our funds over the last year that benefited the Ranch are:

  • Seasonal Staff Scholarships: $34,000
  • Program Scholarships (Rayado, ROCs, etc): $5,100
  • Philmont Staff Recruiting, Etc: $4,500
  • Publishing High Country: $27,000

We also supported a dozen regional reunions across the country, compiled and published a bi-annual report, the annual reunion, produced PSA merchandise, published the Philmont Ranger Book, and many other functions that keep our organization vibrant and growing.

Thanks so much for your support—the good news for 2012 is that the PSA Annual Fund goal is much lower only $72,000 –we are always looking for ways to support the ranch and at the same time running as lean an association as possible. Again, your PSA can only do what its membership supports—thanks for your dedication and generosity in supporting the people place and programs that are Philmont!


Jim Lynch, President

Photo courtesy Santiago Nicolau.