Would you like to be a gracious recipient of funds, support and camaraderie? Take a tip from Shannon Skarrit, Director of Membership & Outreach for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.
After a great celebration at Coffeebar on Monday, Sept. 22 (see prior post) – I, along with a few others, received the following notes the following day:
I can’t say THANK YOU enough for all of your help yesterday as we hosted the 33 Year Celebration event at Coffeebar. Working with you all made the event go so smooth, fun and successful! I’ve received some great emails from people who attended last night expressing their thanks for such a great event! I have YOU to thank! You all had great attitudes and came ready to pitch in and help wherever you were needed. Special events can often times be stressful, but I must say that yesterday I didn’t feel any stress because I knew I could count on each one of you. No matter the challenge, you stepped up to it! So, thank you for all you do and WHO you are!
I hope you all had a fun night as well and were able to catch up with old and new friends! I hope to see many of you at our Annual Meeting on October 8 where we’ll celebrate together again!
My deepest gratitude & thanks,
Greg & Christina,
Thank you again for a wonderful evening last night. Greg, your staff were delightful to work with and were such gracious hosts! We had over 60 of our top volunteers, donors and partners join us for this fun celebration and your venue was ideal for such an occasion.Thank you as well for the donated gift cards and coffee for our thank you bags!
And thank you Christina for helping us expand our presence in the Reno area! I think this event was perfect for our Reno donors, partners and sponsors-right in their neighborhood. I was blown away by the 60 people who came and enjoyed a fun evening with us who were also so enthusiastic about the TRTA. This event truly brought old and new friends/partners together. Thank you!
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s next, “Where’s McLeod? Giveaway Day” made headlines with KOLO 8 News Now!
Reno’s regional news station has stepped up to this year’s challenge and enjoyed the trail with their news crew and Trail Challengers alike! On Saturday, Aug 23 KOLO 8 News Now was on the trail ready to catch Trail Challengers in action!
Those that found McLeod on the trail and received a cool Tahoe Rim Trail Trail Challenge tech hat from KOLO 8.
I’m pleased to announced Squeeze In celebrated their second annual Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) Trail Challenge Giveaway. Three generations of the Squeeze In family were on the trail Saturday, July 12 as part of “Where’s McLeod Giveaway Day?”. Did you attend? If so, load up those photos. If you weren’t on the trail that day and eager to know what you missed? A generous complimentary breakfast certificate for each and every one of our Trail Challengers.
Not yet a member? Not to worry. Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge membership is $55 for individuals, $85 for families. Team rates are also available. Existing TRTA members can enroll for just $20. To begin the challenge and to register visit: www.tahoerimtrail.org. My two cents, register now and don’t miss out on our next giveaway day.
As per usual, the trail always provides a surprise. From a hunt for McLeod to a beautiful horse and a who lot of smiles – who wouldn’t want to miss out on so much fun?
The 2nd Annual Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge continues to build momentum as over 350 hikers, bikers and equestrians and five large Reno-Tahoe base corporations engage their employees in the 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge. The program, now in its second year, has inspired both novice and seasoned trail users from the Reno-Tahoe, Sacramento and Bay areas to begin tackling small sections of the Tahoe Rim Trails through six single day hikes along the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail. Participants socialize by sharing their on-the-trail experiences, trail stories, pictures and blogging on the interactive, Tahoe Rim Trail Community; an online social media platform which is part of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s (TRTA) website.
Can’t make it to this giveaway day, don’t worry – there’s more. Along with quite a few special surprises from our fantastic sponsors.
Please Practice Leave No Trace
Trailhead & Parking
Pet Friendly Notes
Please keep your dog on a leash within the developed facilities, including the day use areas and trailheads. Please pickup or bury your pet’s waste as you would your own.
Trail and parking lot are open all year. Note that the facilities are seasonal.
For Current Trail Conditions please visit: http://tahoerimtrail.org and click on the icon.
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is a proud Non-Profit Organization Member of Leave No Trace.
The 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge is made possible from individual and corporate sponsorship support including: NV Energy, CA Technologies, REI, Desert Research Institute, KPS3, KOLO 8, Reno Gazette Journal, Wells Fargo, Hometown Health, Sunshine Tahoe, NC Communications, Squeeze In, Tahoe Trail Bar, Coffeebar, North American Embroidery, YESCO Outdoor Media and Tahoe Mountain Sports.
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ABOUT THE TAHOE RIM TRAIL ASSOCIATION (TRTA)
Established in 1981, TRTA is a membership-supported organization that maintains and enhances the Tahoe Rim Trail, a trail like no other™. TRTA exists to practice and inspire stewardship, promote access to the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region and sustain the Tahoe Rim Trail system. This mission is accomplished through two overarching programs: Trail Operations and Trail Use. Both programs offer in-depth trainings and rewarding volunteer opportunities. TRTA recruits, trains and manages approximately 1,000 volunteers who contribute more than 17,000 hours annually to support TRTA’s mission. Volunteer efforts, individual and corporate donations and grant funding make TRTA’s annual stewardship work and more than one hundred free public offerings possible. Visit http://www.tahoerimtrail.org.
For the past seven years I have had the absolute pleasure of attending a very special event, Trails & Vistas. As an experienced marketer, I still have difficulty explaining the event. Those of you that have attended Trails & Vistas often say the same when you leave the trail, all you know is that you are encouraged to “let go” of daily life and “check-in” to nature.
This year’s journey included a special devotion to heart stones. Every attendee was invited to open a vessel, look at the heart shaped stone inside that’s settled in the sand. Then everyone looked even further as each heart had a very small colored stone inside. We were asked to remember the color of this tiny stone, close our eyes and hold the heart stone close to our own heart.
We all received different colors and for different reasons, none of which I can explain. As we closed our eyes and held our individual stone to our heart, the definition of the color of the stone was read aloud – the silence was deafening.
Purple means protection and purification, blue means mood uplifting, orange means courage and vitality, yellow means optimism, green means prosperity, pink means love and gentleness. As the colors continued to be read, I was surrounded by tears, smiles and a whirlwind of emotion. When my color was read aloud, I immediately knew it WAS the right stone for me and I’m confident I wasn’t alone.
As we proceeded, I was excited and exhilarated and I couldn’t wait to share the color of my stone to my husband. When we shared our different colors and their individual meaning, they each made perfect sense in our life as it is today.
I wouldn’t say it changed me or even made me a different person, quite honestly, it was the contrary. The experience reminded me of exactly who I am, and I intend to stay like this.
Please remember, all well-intended efforts start from the heart… so why not allow them to end with your heart as well?
edited by: Maura Connor
Trails and Vistas is incredibly dear to my heart. I hold the Marketing Chair on the Board of Directors. Executive Director Nancy Lopez passionately leads the organization, with strong support from InnerRhythms Dance Theatre, Truckee Donner Land Trust and Arts for the Schools.
I began working with the Nancy in spring of 2008. The event had already experienced four successful years, with the 2007 art hike celebrating a complete sell-out. Our goals, at that time, were to produce another sell-out event, enhance overall marketing, conduct research on event attendees and build a “working” event plan and cultivate additional sponsors and donors.