Our fiscal year begins on April 1st, and the new year brought a new Methow Conservnacy Board President. David Schooler is in his third year of service on our Board and his visionary thinking, authentic passion for the Methow Valley, and experience leading organizations combines for an auspicious start to his term. He replaces Mary Johnston, who led the organization so thoughtfully for two years as President. Mary served out her six-year term on the Board and we already miss her (thank you, Mary!).
We offered David a chance to share a few quick reflections as he takes on the President role.
What’s your Methow Love Story – when did you know this Valley had your heart?
Twenty-five years ago we took a family vacation to the Valley after Christmas. Our son was three. One day we skied at Brown’s Farm. It was snowing hard. Even though we were skiing on Christmas week, nobody else was on the trail. We stopped at a hay barn to take a break and have lunch. The weather cleared and suddenly the day was beautiful. Love at first sight.
What do you appreciate the most about the Methow Conservancy?
The mission, the staff and the other board members. This mission is critical. The staff and other board members are creative, resourceful, responsible and great to work with.
What has you especially excited about the year ahead at the Methow Conservancy?
We now own two significant pieces of land in Winthrop and Mazama. This year we are working out how to make these available to the public; everyone in the Valley will have access to trails in Winthrop with stunning views and will have access to the river at the front door to Mazama.