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!

2017 Annual Fund – Denice Toney

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As the year comes to a close, my family evaluates where we want to spend the remainder of our charitable giving. This involves reviewing what we have already donated to determine how much we still have to give. In this wide range of worthy causes, we always put the Philmont Staff Association (PSA) on the “must give” side of our charity list. For us, it is an important way to give back to a place that has given us so much.

I had hardly heard of Philmont before I showed up at registration for my first summer on staff over 20 years ago. My high school boyfriend at the time, Scott Toney, talked me into going to the middle of nowhere New Mexico before our first year of college. I must say that initially I was not enamored with Philmont when I found myself all alone in a new place, as I watched my boyfriend march into the wilderness for Ranger training; I had little experience being away from home for long periods.

That first week in the Trading Post was rough, but once I was able to come out of my shell a little, I discovered what an inspiring place Philmont really was. It started with meeting all of the wonderful people I was working with and really feeling like I was part of a family. When we started getting days off, I began discovering all of the amazing outdoor opportunities at Philmont. That first summer I was able to visit so many different camps and meet the staff out in the Backcountry. As the memories pour back, I feel so fortunate to have gotten those opportunities.

It was sad to leave all of my newfound friends at the end of that summer, but we knew there would be more summers and more adventures. When I look back, I can really see what a huge impact Philmont had on me and where I am today, and I am so grateful my boyfriend (now my husband) convinced me to spend that first summer at Philmont. Now Scott and I bring our two young daughters out to Philmont, which is possible because of the programs and opportunities offered through the Philmont Staff Association. We smile as we watch their love of Philmont grow too.

I wish every young adult could have the opportunities I had at Philmont, so giving to the PSA in many capacities is my way of facilitating these experiences for future generations. This year I implore you to think about what Philmont has given to you too, and consider giving back through the PSA.

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

Denice Toney, Member and Data Geek

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 – Sarah Burgess

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My journey with the Philmont Staff Association came full circle several years ago. With some encouragement from a good friend, I volunteered for the Scholarship Committee and began reading youth participant scholarship applications for the ROCS program. It was surreal to make an awardee list with my fellow committee team member. As a teenager, my brother convinced me to apply for a new program called Roving Outdoor Conservation School, and assured me that a backpacking trek at Philmont would be a summer camp experience I wouldn’t regret. Thanks to a scholarship awarded by the PSA, I was able to take an unforgettable trek which influenced my life and work in unforgettable ways since. I think this particular full circle is only one of many more to come in my membership with the PSA.

When I was a Ranger for a PSA Trek in the summer of 2005, they gifted me my first PSA membership after the trek was over. Renewing this membership on my own wasn’t hard to do thanks to very affordable seasonal rates and conveniences like a payroll deduction. In one of my final seasons at the Ranch, I was blessed to receive an incredible, gifted PSA Life Membership. Paying this value forward to seasonal staff I worked with up until my last season felt like the least I could contribute back to an organization that has given me so much.

Trekking as a participant at the Ranch established a pathway for me that led to so many momentous occasions in my life. Working as a Philmont Staff member created tremendous opportunities for me to grow professionally and personally. Serving the PSA is a legacy that will continue to thrive for me and so many others after the treks and seasons worked have come to a close. Contributing to this legacy for the former, current, and future staff of Philmont helps me to feel part of something big, something valuable, something that Teddy Roosevelt would refer to as “work worth doing.”

When I reflect on the work done and yet to be done by the PSA, I think of a Waite Phillips quote: “The only things we keep permanently are those we give away.” The Philmont Staff Association gives away much that is tangible such as participant and staff scholarships, and leading fundraising for capital projects like the Silver Sage Staff Activities Center and the new PSA Office and Seton Memorial Library Building HOmE campaign. The intangible work the PSA does is immeasurable, yet it cannot reach the highest potential influence and impact that it does without your help. Give to the PSA’s Annual Fund today, and invite a friend to do the same – any amount is truly making a difference. Reach out to a fellow former staffer who doesn’t yet know about the impactful work that the PSA is doing. I hope you can continue your quest in your first, or next of many, full circle opportunities through the Philmont Staff Association.

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

Sarah Burgess, National Director – Philmont Staff Association
Philmont Staff 2003-2016

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!