The Official Newsletter of the River Reach Foundation
The River Reach Foundation
February 2, 2023 – 6:00pm
Farmington Civic Center
The River Reach Foundation will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 6:00 pm at the Farmington Civic Center. All members of the River Reach Foundation along with anyone interested in joining or learning more about the Foundation are encouraged to attend this meeting. Annual dues are due so please either plan on making that payment at the meetings, or online here on our website. Your annual dues will need to be paid prior to the ability to vote for any directors or officers whose terms are expiring. To pay your dues online, click here: Membership Levels.
One of the main events at the meeting will be voting in our new officers and directors. The proposed slate is as follows – however, nominations can also be made from the floor.
Directors – 3-year terms:
- Director: Doug Abe
- Director: Bob Lehmer
- Director: Monica Smith
- Director: Jim Luther
- Director: Brian Turner
- Director: Bernadette Allred
Officers – 1-year term:
- Vice President: Gary Hanson
- Treasurer: Evan Noel
- Secretary: Chris Troyer
Officer – 2-year term:
- President: D-Ann Waters
May 26, 27, & 28, 2023
Mark your calendars and plan to attend a fun-filled Riverfest!
It may be just the beginning of February, but the Riverfest committee is already hard at work. Marketing has already come up with a theme for Riverfest 2023. It is Splash Back to Flower Power! We think this will be a fun theme as we look back to the 60s and early 70s with tie-die t-shirts, headbands, and classic rock. We will be asking people to flow with the theme and are asking vendors to decorate their booths and food trucks.
Las year, Riverfest raised over $114,000 that helped finance not only Riverfest, but also Riverglo and the Animas River Jam. It also helped fund our ongoing project to provide educational, instructional, and warning signage at various put-ins and bridges along both the Animas and San Juan Rivers. This year, we hope to raise $150,000 to help pay for many of our planned activities this year. See the “2023 River Reach Foundation Projects” section of this newsletter.
The President’s Corner
Welcome to 2023! Here’s hoping we all have a very happy and prosperous year filled with fun and excitement! The River Reach Foundation’s annual meeting will be held on Thursday, February 2 at 6:00 pm at the Civic Center. I hope you all can make it to the meeting as we will be voting in our new officers and directors at that time. We have some new members and are looking forward to getting to know them better, and helping them get involved in some of our upcoming projects. Your annual dues are due. Remember, we have a variety of ways you can join so check that out. The dues structure is on the Become a Member page of our website.
We have already started to work on Riverfest 2023, and would love to have you become involved in both the planning and production of Riverfest. Our Riverfest Facebook page is up and running, so be sure to follow it and share it with your friends and acquaintances. The Facebook page is Riverfest New Mexico, and the website is riverfestnewmexico.com.
2023 RIVER REACH FOUNDATION PROJECTS
The River Reach Foundation has scheduled several new projects for this year. Some of our projects are the same as in the past, such as trail clean-up and maintenance. The Foundation plans to hold at least two park and trail clean-up events. One will be held on May 13 (two weekends before Riverfest) and will include the Animas floating river clean-up. The second one will be held in the fall, possibly in late September or early October.
Other projects planned include the removal of dangerous concrete debris and old tires in both the Animas and San Juan Rivers, tree stump carvings along the trails in the park, a tree wrapping event to combat beaver damage to the trails, a fishing derby for children, and the production of a calendar showing photos of life and activity along the trails. The tree wrapping event will be held around Arbor or Earth Day. Stay tuned through the River Reach Foundation website and Facebook page for more information on the fishing derby and tree stump carvings.
2023 RIVER REACH FOUNDATION CALENDAR
Board member, Earleen Dudley, will be heading up the calendar project. She will be asking the public to submit photos they have taken this past year and in 2023 of people, animals, or scenery along the trails. Rafting trips, family outings, graduation pictures, encounters with the wildlife, seasonal scenery, and pictures taken at events are requested. The only thing you have to remember is that the pictures need to be along the river trail between Animas Park off Browning Parkway and the Among the Waters Trail at the Bisti Highway.
Pictures taken while rafting along the San Juan River between McGee Park and Kirtland are also allowed. Recognition of the photographer will be included on the calendar. More information will be available through both the website and Facebook page – and future Ripples newsletters. You can also contact Earleen at (909) 520-5887 or at email@example.com for more information.
RIVER REACH FOUNDATION DUES STRUCTURE
Individual Annual Membership: $25/year
Family Annual Membership: $35/year
Corporate Annual Membership: $100/year
Individual 5-Year Membership: $110
Family 5-Year Membership: $125
Full-time High School and College Student Membership: Free
All members are welcome to attend our monthly meetings, receive the quarterly electronic newsletters, and have one voting right at our Annual General Meeting. Corporate memberships also receive recognition and their logo in the newsletters.
Getting to Know our Board Members
D'Ann Waters joined the River Reach Foundation in 2017. She was the vice-president last year and is the newly elected president. D'Ann is a retired Travel Consultant and Real Estate Broker. She is a firm believer in continual learning and has recently completed two courses in accounting and is looking forward to finding another less complicated course to take.
Karen serves as the Immediate Past President of the River Reach Foundation. She enjoys looking for ways to connect people with the beautiful rivers here in Farmington and working to put on events that bring people down to the river!
Monica serves as the current vice president of the foundation. Monica was born and raised in Farmington. And has served on the foundation for the past three years. Monica enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and fishing.
Debbie Braff joined the River Reach Foundation in 2003 and currently serves as the Treasurer. She is a retired Farmington school principal. Her hobbies include photography, landscape gardening, and walking or hiking her golden retrievers at the River or up on Hood Mesa.
Chris Troyer, River Reach Member since 2017. Moved to Farmington in 2013 with ConocoPhillips. Currently retired. I enjoy walking my dog Chester, hiking, playing Pickle ball, traveling to see my grandchildren in Texas and Washington and volunteering. Currently board member at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Volunteered with the City to inventory all items in the museum collection.
Co Chairman of the PRCA Riverine Task Force in 1984. Became a founding member of the River Reach Foundation in 1986 and its first President. Has continued since as a member of the Board of Directors. Started the first Riverfest (1987)and Riverglo (1998).
Gloria Lehmer has been participating in the events and trails on our Rivers since she moved back from College in the late 80’s. She’s been a River Reach Foundation Board Member for a number of years, and currently serves as the Goal Team #1.
Cody Dudgeon is a teacher at Piedra Vista High School who grew up in Flora Vista beside the Animas River. He and his wife have been whitewater raft guides in Montana and Idaho and appreciate the beauty and quality of life that rivers provide the communities on their banks. After moving back to New Mexico in 2015 Cody joined the River Reach foundation to help promote the protection, and advocate for the sustainable use, of our local rivers. Beginning this spring Cody and his wife's new venture Desert River Guides will be offering river raft trips on the Animas and San Juan rivers. As a community member who walks the trails with his daughter and a small business owner starting a company based on river recreation, Cody believes that the River Reach Foundation is an essential part of the future of Farmington.
Gary Hanson is a retired lawyer. He and his wife, Jeanne, moved to Farmington in 2018 as an "adventure" destination and love their new home. Gary's interests include hiking, biking, exploring the Four Corners, and spending time with good friends (both two and four-legged).
I joined the Board in the mid 90’s as near as I can remember, no one I’ve talked to has any specific records. I was both Board president and Riverfest chairman in 2003 and 2004. My hobbies include my grandkids, rafting, hiking, camping, fishing and cooking. During my time one the Board, I’ve been involved in numerous river projects including boat launches, Animas / San Juan river guide, bank stabilization projects, Penny Lane Dam reconstruction, Rocky Reach rapid construction and reconstruction modification.
Born In Farmington. Graduated From FHS 2001. BA in business administration UNM. Former ABO Certified Optician in Albuquerque/Santa Fe area. Moved back to Farmington to worked for the Family business, Noel’s Inc. for 14 years. Secretary, Rotary Club of Farmington. Commissioner Farmington PRCA. Board Member San Juan big Brothers Big Sisters. 4-time Fantasy Football Champion. Yoga enthusiast. Father of Two wonderful Boys.
My wife and I moved to Farmington in 1996 in no small part because of the River Walk and community spirit. I joined the River Reach Foundation board in 2021. Now about four years retired, I enjoy family, farming, fishing, reading, gardening, and horses.
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