- 2017 Annual Fund 54.8%
Annual Fund – Difficult to Truly Describe
It’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.
So 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!
David A. Wilson, National Director – Philmont Staff Association