October brings another fiscal year end for the Friends of Wyalusing State Park. We take this time to look back at what we have done this year as well as forward to the things we can accomplish for the park in FY 2015. Our annual general membership meeting will take place at the Peterson shelter on October 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM. It is appropriate that this is also Columbus day as we chart our course into the unknown waters of the future. I hope to see as many of you as possible at this meeting. The election of board members will will take place at this meeting. This year we have some openings, so it is a great time to let your voice be heard and become move involved in your organization. The new board of directors will meet immediately following the general meeting and appoint officers from their ranks for 2015. You are all welcome to attend.
The FOWSP continued to make strides to improve the park in 2014. With new grills for families to gather for a cookout and programming for all ages like the ever popular Smoky Birthday Bash, Spirits of Wyalusing,hikes, basket weaving cooking demos and much more. We joined the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology in the commemoration of the Passenger Pigeon and the great monument got a needed face lift. We shared our park and our passion with the larger community at events like Bald Eagle days and in partnerships with groups like the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. We worked with school groups to spark a love of nature in the next generation of park visitors. we made made improvements in your organization as well. The By-Laws were updated in 2014 to better meet the needs of the organization and the park.
But we are not stopping now. We anticipate good news any day on a Cabela's Outdoor Fund grant that would help us to provide a new play area. The endowment fund continues to grow and will one day provide sustaining funds for our efforts. We look forward not just to 2015, but ahead to the parks centennial in 2017. There is a lot to do, but with your continued support, we will do great things together.
Again, thank you all for a fabulous 2014. Please mark your calendar and attend if you can, the general meeting on MONDAY OCTOBER 13, 2014, 6:00 PM. There will be treats!!!
Bruce L. Klang
President - Friends of Wyalusing State Park