2017 Annual Fund – Reached Then Passed Our Goal!

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Nothing worthwhile was ever accomplished without the will to start, the enthusiasm to continue and, regardless of temporary obstacles, the persistence to complete.

–Waite Phillips

Just imagine…

You’re sitting on a log around a campfire, the flames illuminating the faces of treasured friends. The sound of guitars, fiddles, and voices fill the night air. Thousands of stars stretch across the sky, winking at you through the branches of whispering pines.

Now you’re hiking up a trail, the laughter and encouragement of your traveling companions in the air as you reach the top. You turn in circles and take in the beauty surrounding you, and then join your friends for a picture to capture a moment you never want to forget.

Next, you’re gathering for a reunion in Denver, in Washington D.C., in Boston, in Dallas – name a city and it has probably been the site of Philmont alumni getting together to celebrate friendships forged under the New Mexican sun.

It is indeed that time of year when we look back wistfully on the happiest memories of our past. But guess what? Those images aren’t just memories – they’re also the future of Philmont Staff Association members who will take part in the treks and reunions offered throughout the coming year.

Our Annual Fund goal this year was $75,000. I’m so pleased to report that we not only met that goal, we surpassed it, raising a total of $80,820!

Because of your generous donations, the PSA will be able to create more opportunities for you to stay connected in 2018. High Country magazine will continue to share interesting stories, photography, news, and updates about the country we love and the people who love it. Scholarships and outreach efforts by the PSA will further strengthen our relationship with Philmont Scout Ranch.

To make this new year even more promising, we’ll be moving into our very own PSA office where we can better serve our current membership, reach out to new staff, and continue to vigorously support Philmont Scout Ranch in its mission to enrich the lives of all those who walk its trails.

On behalf of all the members of the PSA board, thank you so much for supporting the 2018 Annual Fund. We sure hope you’ll come by the new PSA office for a visit real soon!

Mariah Hughes, VP of Development – Philmont Staff Association

 

Annual Fund Stories So Far

Alex Ave | Sarah Burgess | Mariah Hughes | Denice Toney | Tom Munch | Tom Guigni | Mary Steuver | John Murphy

In 2017 we exceeded our $75,000 goal by $5,820.

Thanks!

2017 Annual Fund – John Murphy

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Return to the Brand

It is the end of another year and I hope you were able to come out to Philmont to rekindle old memories, see friends from years past and visit the places that continue to stay fresh in your mind. The brand of Philmont is special and is there to remind us just how meaningful our time on staff was. As members of the PSA, we are so lucky to have two important things: a strong connection to the Ranch and a wonderful group of members. You are the reason why the PSA works hard year after year to publish the incredible magazine, High Country, offer treks, create events across the country, and keep the connection going.

When each of you worked at Philmont, whether in the backcountry, Camping Headquarters or PTC, you no doubt made friends that have enriched your life. I am always amazed when I see how strong the friendship bonds are between current and former staff.
It is all about relationships!

Thank you for being loyal members of the Philmont Staff Association, for supporting the organization with your gifts of friendship, service and money. It makes all the difference! I am proud to be associated with the PSA. It is a treasured part of my life. I hope each of you will return to the brand and keep the connection strong in 2018.

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

John Murphy
President – Philmont Staff Association

Annual Fund Stories So Far

Alex Ave | Sarah Burgess | Mariah Hughes | Denice Toney | Tom Munch | Tom Guigni | Mary Steuver | John Murphy

In 2017 we exceeded our $75,000 goal by $5,820.

Thanks!

2017 Annual Fund – Tom Guigni

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I am a member of the PSA and I choose to support PSA efforts via the 1973 Club!

Unlike many members, I did not attend or staff Philmont when I was young. I participated in a 7-day trek with my oldest son in 1997 and was bit by the Philmont bug. I returned for two more treks with both of my sons. In 2007, I was invited to serve as faculty for NAYLE (National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience.) As a volunteer faculty member, I became eligible to join the PSA. As a member, I learned of all of the ways the PSA supports the Philmont Scout Ranch and seasonal staff members; some examples include the staff dining hall, Silver Sage Staff Activity Center, the new museum and PSA office building, and scholarships for seasonal staff.

I retired from a career in Law Enforcement in 2008. After serving as faculty for NAYLE, I was looking for a way to return to Philmont. In 2011, I applied to work in Logistics during the summer. Since then, I have returned every summer and presently serve as the seasonal manager of Logistics.

I looked for a way to support the PSA and our efforts to support the Philmont Scout Ranch. I chose to donate via the 1973 club; every month, $19.73 is automatically deducted from my checking account. What an easy and painless way to support the PSA and Philmont Scout Ranch!

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

Tom Giugni
NAYLE adult faculty 2007–2010
Logistics Trip Planner 2011 and 2012
Logistics Manager 2013-present

Annual Fund Stories So Far

Alex Ave | Sarah Burgess | Mariah Hughes | Denice Toney | Tom Munch | Tom Guigni | Mary Steuver | John Murphy

In 2017 we exceeded our $75,000 goal by $5,820.

Thanks!

2017 Annual Fund – Tom Munch

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Philmont and the PSA has influenced my music and my career in ways that I couldn’t have guessed when I first trekked on a Rayado crew in 1977. I had visited Philmont many times because I had a brother who began to work there in the late 1960s.

Even before that though, I had spent many summers with my family in the Moreno Valley to the west of Philmont. In the late 1920s my grandfolks, who were teachers in Oklahoma, bought land in the valley and spent their summers off there.

I had begun to play and write music before I went to Philmont, but when I trekked and worked there, I was exposed to many great musicians on staff and in the area. I also heard all kinds of new music and fantastic songs from all over the country.

I began to play with these folks and learn the songs that they brought with them. I hiked with my guitar strapped on my pack as a Ranger in 1978 and 1979, so I was playing music everywhere I went.

Then when I was hired at Beaubien in 1980, I dived into history in a big way and learned cowboy songs from the old cattle drives and early ranches. This big injection of music shaped where I went with my writing and the songs I chose to learn as I went forward.

My friends from Philmont remained friends as the years passed. When I didn’t come back to work at Philmont in the early and mid-1980s, I played in Red River and Taos and visited friends at Philmont often – even playing concerts at Philmont from time to time. By the mid-1990s, the Philmont Staff Association (PSA) was really starting to heat up, and in 1995, I played at Philmont for the first time in several years.

I’ve maintained my connection to the PSA over the years and have been honored to play at several reunions. It always brings me back to my experience there and the years that helped influence my musical direction.

Like so many of you, I can truly say that Philmont has been a big part of who I became in life and in my career. Both my music and my character were shape by the confidence and self-reliance that I learned there.

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

Tom Munch, Musician and PSA Member

Annual Fund Stories So Far

Alex Ave | Sarah Burgess | Mariah Hughes | Denice Toney | Tom Munch | Tom Guigni | Mary Steuver | John Murphy

In 2017 we exceeded our $75,000 goal by $5,820.

Thanks!