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Here’s How a Thank You Goes a Long Way

Published by Christina on September 24, 2014, in Career Advice, Case Studies, Charitable Giving, General

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:

Hello Everyone,

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,

Shannon

Nevada 150 Official Event

Nevada 150 Official Event, Monday, September 22 @ 4:30 Coffeebar Reno

 

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!

With gratitude,

Shannon

 

Coffeebar Supports the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge

 

KOLO 8 News Now Took the Reigns for the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge on Saturday, Aug. 23

Published by Christina on August 22, 2014, in Case Studies, Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects

KOLO 8 NEWS NOW ON THE TAHOE RIM TRAIL

Where’s McLeod? Giveaway Day

Your favorite news team hits the trail with you!

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s next, Where’s McLeod? Giveaway Day” made headlines with KOLO 8 News Now!

Doug Tepe, KOLO Eight News Now and "Red" Petra Keller's Tahoe Rim Trail Token Horse

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.

2014 TAHOE RIM TRAIL CHALLENGE
There’s still time to join the 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge. Participants have until December 31, 2014 to explore six pristine locations selected as part of the 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge. Upon registration, Trail Challenge members will receive direct access to 6 downloadable maps and hike descriptions as well as a one-year membership to the TRTA. Members will also receive a Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge tech T-shirt which will help spread awareness about the Tahoe Rim Trail. Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge membership is $55 for individuals, $85 for families. Discounted team rates are also available. Existing TRTA members can enroll for just $20. To begin the challenge and to register visit: www.tahoerimtrail.org.
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, KOLO8 News Now, Wells Fargo, Hometown Health, Sunshine Tahoe, NC Communications, Squeeze In, Tahoe Trail Bar, Coffeebar, North American Embroidery, YESCO Outdoor Media, Spin Games and Tahoe Mountain Sports.

 

Squeeze In Hosts Successful Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge Giveaway Day

Published by Christina on July 7, 2014, in Career Advice, Case Studies, Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects

On Saturday, July 12 Squeeze In Hosted the Tahoe Rim Trail Assn.

Trail Challenge @ Tahoe Rim Trail Carson Pass / Showers Lake

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.

  • Saturday, July 19 – –Site #1
  • Saturday, August 9 – Site #3
  • Saturday, August 23 – Site #5
  • Saturday, September 13- Site #2
  • Saturday, September 27 – Site #1

    Please Practice Leave No Trace

    • Plan Ahead and Prepare
    • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
    • Dispose of Waste Properly

    Trailhead & Parking

    • $5 Parking Fee per vehicle
    • Trailhead kiosk
    • Restroom Facilities
    • Bear safe trash receptacles

    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.

    Seasons Accessible

    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

    • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
    • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
    • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
    • Take breaks to the side of trail and allow other visitors to pass
    • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
    • Leave What You Find
    • Minimize Campfire Impacts
    • Respect Wildlife
    • 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.

     

     

     

    Historic Pony Express Celebration Giveaway Day

    Published by Christina on July 31, 2013, in Charitable Giving, Recent Projects

    ON TAHOE RIM TRAIL

    Meet Pony Express re-ride riders and their horses in the Tahoe Meadows

    off of Mt. Rose Highway on Friday, Aug. 9

    By Nicole Cheslock, NC Communications.

    The National Pony Express Association conducted a re-ride of the Pony Express Trail just last month. The ride, including a portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail, was a non-stop event including more than 600 riders and horses. On Friday, Aug. 9, Lake Tahoe and Reno visitors and residents can meet Pony Express re-ride participants, Petra Keller and her horse Tiara Nevada (“T”), among others, on the Tahoe Rim Trail as part of the inaugural Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge, a self guided adventure open to the public.

    “Adults are keen to meet our equestrian friends and learn more on the Tahoe Rim Trail, and kids love feeding carrots to our horses,” shares Keller, a member of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) Board of Directors. “Come out to meet us on the trail on Friday, Aug. 9. This is such a fun photo opportunity and recreation event with a historic twist for friends and families.”

    Ranked among the most remarkable feats of the American West, the Pony Express was in service from April 1860 to November 1861. Its primary mission was to deliver mail and news between St. Joseph, MO and San Francisco, CA. Telegrams and letters were carried in a “mochila,” the Spanish word for knapsack. Keller and her friends from the National Pony Express Association will have a mochila used in the Pone Express re-ride on the trail. While other riders carried mail by horseback, it was the mochila, easily transferrable from one horse to another, that made the Pony Express unique. Since the riders had just two minutes to exchange horses, the mochila design allowed for easy and quick removal and placement on a fresh horse at remount stations, was used. The rider’s weight kept the mochila in place during the rugged rides. In addition to a mochila, T’s mother, a Nevada Mustang named Charlie, will be on site from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 9. Everyone donning a Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge T-shirt is eligible for giveaways on Aug. 9.

    TAHOE RIM TRAIL CHALLENGE

    The inaugural Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge is a self-guided program designed to encourage people to enjoy the great outdoors and support the TRTA, the non-profit organization expressly dedicated to stewardship of the trail. The 2013 Trail Challenge features six extremely scenic and accessible locations that vary in length from two to six miles roundtrip. The Challenge is open to the public and new members are encouraged to join. Upon registration, members receive access to a special members-only webpage with interesting hike descriptions and colorful pictures, a tech T-shirt plus annual membership to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and invitations to members-only events. Membership costs $55 for individuals and $85 for families. Custom corporate packages are also available.

    The Trail Challenge is excited to announce the Historic Pony Express Celebration Giveaway Day on Aug. 9 as part of the “Where’s McLeod? Giveaway Days.” Representatives will be staged at various vista points to cheer on participants and provide a free giveaway from presenting Trail Challenge sponsors in addition to photo opportunities with trail mascot, McLeod the Marmot. Everyone who is wearing their Trail Challenge T-shirt or joins on-site will receive gifts including cold water provided by Spin Games. Giveaways include gift certificates, whistles, bandanas and more from corporate sponsors including CA Technologies, Redemption Sports and Squeeze In. Additional Trail Challenge Giveaway Days will take place on Aug. 24 and Sept. 21. Visit www.trailchallenge.tahoerimtrail.org to register.

    The 2013 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge is made possible from generous sponsorship support from NV Energy, Spin Games, REI, Desert Research Institute, International Game Technology, The Weekly, 101.5, KOLO 8, Reno Gazette Journal and Capital Public Radio as well as Sunshine Tahoe, Squeeze In, KristineMitchell.com, KPS|3, North American Embroidery, and NC Communications.

    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.

    Attached image:

    Petra Keller, a member of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association Board of Directors, and Tiara Nevada riding a portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail during the June 2013 Historic Pony Express Re-Ride.

    Credit:  Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA)

     

    Tahoe Rim Trail Association Trail Challenge

    Published by Christina on July 2, 2013, in Charitable Giving, Recent Projects

    Offering incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada, the 165-mile long Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the world’s most scenic trails. Established in Tahoe in 1981, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association is a membership-supported organization that maintains and enhances the Tahoe Rim Trail.

    “Our new program highlights alpine lakes and creeks, wildflower meadows, waterfalls, amazing vista points, and unique  geologic features. We’re still in the early phase of the first-ever Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge, so now is the time to round up your friends and coworkers to start an incredible summer adventure,” said Kristine Mitchell, TRTA’s Vice President of Trail Use. “Depending upon the trail and season, you can bike, hike, ride horseback, ski or snowshoe to the Trail Challenge destinations. It’s all about fun – get out there and go!”

    The Trail Challenge is a self guided outdoor recreation program offered by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA). Everyone who registers becomes eligible for many on-the-trail giveaways. Coming up soon, Squeeze In, a favorite restaurant that is consistently voted Best Breakfast in North Tahoe, Truckee and Reno and home of “The Best Omelettes on the Planet,” is offering up to 300 EggHead Gifs on Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. exclusively for Trail Challenge participants.

    Squeeze In President, Shila Morris exclaimed, “We live here too! This is our community and our trail. The Squeeze has been a favorite with hikers and outdoor enthusiasts for decades. We love the opportunity to support the Tahoe Rim Trail. We’d like to help you get egg on your face with a free breakfast!”

    Additional surprise giveaways are planned throughout the summer and fall. Registration also includes access to a special members-only web page where participants share pictures and trail experiences, a trail tech T-shirt and a full year TRTA membership. The website offers descriptions of the six Trail Challenge locations, photo and story sharing capability, and electronic tracking of individual achievements.

    Wondering which places along the Tahoe Rim Trail have been selected for 2013? Part of the fun of joining the challenge is discovering the absolutely stunning sites.  Here’s a peak – one journey takes you 2.5 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 700 feet and culminates with a spectacular waterfall and stunning Lake Tahoe vistas. Another site is 3.5 miles roundtrip and features wild flowers blooming in a lush meadow. Register online to learn more about these amazing sites and begin your adventure on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

    Join the Trail Challenge to get started in 2013. Trail Challenge membership costs $55 for individuals, $85 for couples and there are custom corporate packages. Existing TRTA members can enroll for just $20. For details and registration visit www.tahoerimtrail.org.

    Support for the 2013 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge comes from individuals and companies including NV Energy, Spin GamesREI, Desert Research Institute (DRI), The Weekly, 101.5 Tahoe Truckee RadioKOLO 8, Reno Gazette-JournalCapital Public Radio as well as Sunshine Tahoe, Squeeze InKristineMitchell.comKPS|3, North American Embroidery and NC Communications.

     

    Read a little about what a few of our incredible sponsors have to say:

    Kristine Mitchell, TRTA Vice President of Trail Use

    “Our new program highlights alpine lakes and creeks, wildflower meadows, waterfalls, amazing vista points, and unique geologic features. We’re still in the early phase of the first-ever Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge, so now is the time to round up your friends and coworkers to start an incredible summer adventure,” said Kristine Mitchell, TRTA’s Vice President of Trail Use. “Depending upon the trail and season, you can bike, hike, ride horseback, ski or snowshoe to the Trail Challenge destinations. It’s all about fun – get out there and go!”

    Desert Research Institute – DRI

    “The Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge presents our faculty, students and staff with a unique motivation to get outside and explore a region we sincerely treasure,” said Dr. Stephen Wells, President of the Desert Research Institute (DRI). “For several decades DRI scientists have produced an array of comprehensive scientific studies to better understand the region’s complex ecology. This work, combined with the environmental stewardship efforts lead by community organizations like the TRTA is providing the road map to a healthier future for the entire Tahoe basin.” DRI joins Spin Games, NV Energy and REI among other corporate participants in support of the 2013 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge.

    Squeeze In

    “The Tahoe Rim Trail is the perfect way to highlight the majestic beauty that makes our little slice of heaven world famous. For nearly four decades, the Squeeze In has been a local favorite and we are thrilled to be partnering with the TRTA to reward the hikers who take on the challenge. Whether you’re an avid outdoor enthusiast, or you just like a good hike, you will love experiencing these amazing trails, and you’ll certainly love having a free breakfast at Squeeze In afterwards.”
    “We live here too, this is our community and our trail. The Squeeze has been a favorite with hikers and outdoor enthusiasts for decades. We love the opportunity to support the Tahoe Rim Trail. We’d like to help you get egg on your face with a free breakfast!”