Trail Work Saturday October 10th
Please come meet us at 9:00 a.m. at the Selkirk lodge on Saturday October 10. We will be working to clear the trails of obstructions until 3:00 p.m. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch, drinking water and weather appropriate clothing. This work party will include the need for volunteers to help with the splitting of wood for the winter months. If you have an open bed truck and wouldn't mind letting us use it to move firewood to the lodges we would greatly appreciate it. Parking passes are provided for all the volunteers who don't have a current Discover Pass. We ask that you please contact Brian Hawkins at email@example.com or 509-710-5701 to tell him you will be there. Brian is also very happy to answer any questions you may have about this work party.
Welcome Todd Dunfield - SNSA's first Executive Director!
The board is very excited to introduce a new position! We built such great momentum and increased awareness with Brad Thiessen acting as our Marketing and Membership Coordinator, that it became time to hire an Executive Director. Brad Thiessen was with SNSA for four years. During his tenure, he helped raise awareness of Spokane Nordic through his contributions to events and marketing. We extend our heartfelt thanks and well wishes to Brad.
The Executive Director is a full-time position and will be responsible for three main areas of oversight: Fundraising & Development, Membership Coordination & Marketing, and Program Management.
Todd is a graduate of Gonzaga University and Seattle University who has made Spokane home since 2004. After completing his master’s degree at Seattle University, he became the assistant director at the Center for Community Action and Service Learning at his undergraduate alma mater, Gonzaga University. He was named director of the center in 2013 and helped achieve Gonzaga’s decade-long goal of becoming recognized as a Carnegie designated Community Engaged Campus.
Todd has a busy family with three boys under the age of 10. His wife, Sue, is an educator in the Mead School District and also an alumnus of Gonzaga. Since their first son’s arrival in 2005, the Dunfield family has been on the trails, water, and snow enjoying the outdoors together. Their family goal is to get everyone on skis this winter. This summer, Todd involved his oldest son in his passion for volunteer trail maintenance around the Spokane area. Most of Todd’s skiing experience has involved guiding students’ back-country skiing in Canada, as part of the Outdoor Leadership course he once taught at Gonzaga.
Over the past ten years Todd has served on numerous local and statewide trail and recreation non-profit boards including the Spokane Mountaineers, the Centennial Trail Board and the Washington Trails Association. Todd hopes to bring his passion for the outdoors as well as his knowledge of working with land managers, volunteers, and funders to improve upon the great Spokane Nordic legacy. Todd hit the ground running by completing his first grant application and will spend the month meeting coaches and other members of our great organization. Keep an eye out for him at all upcoming events and be sure to introduce yourself and your family.
Todd can be reached via email if you wish to send him a note to welcome him: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the Volunteers who Prepped and Painted the Nova Hut!!
We appreciate the hard work of Brian Hawkins, Alison Weiner, Ann Torigoe-Hawkins, Karen & Chuck Contardo, Tom Frost, Jim Downing, Kate and Bridget Burns, and Jay Wisor! Thanks also go to Jonathan Hawkins for the use of his paint sprayer, and Bill Pierce for the use of his generator. These volunteers put in over 130 hours to take our hut from rough to looking great and ready for snow!!
Trail Work and Nova Hut Painting Days
July 11th for firewood and clearing trails of downed logs - Thanks to everyone!!
> Season-ending newsletter: read about the short but sweet 2014-15 ski season in the April newsletter.
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