It has been a very busy summer for Umpqua Watersheds and I am proud and very grateful to everyone who spent many hours volunteering to make our events successful. On July 1st, approximately 70 of the Umpqua Watersheds faithful gathered to celebrate the donation of our building from John Stadter. It was the largest donation UW has ever had and we continue to marvel at John’s generosity. In addition to being a great landlord over the years, John and his company, FCR, has been the title sponsor of the Umpqua Brew Fest. Umpqua Watersheds will be recognizing John at the Brew Fest with a plague and awarding him a lifetime membership with Umpqua Watersheds. We have big plans for the building but our immediate priorities are to fix the roof over the kitchen, repair and refurbish the kitchen. If you are interested in being our building maintenance committee please let us know!
On Saturday, July 15th, UW celebrated River Appreciation Day at Whistlers Bend County Park. It was a splendidly beautiful day and it was wonderful to see so many people attend. Many thanks to our WOW Committee who took the lead in making it happen. Special thanks to Ken Carloni who, once again, worked all day as sound guy for the four bands that played at RAD including the Sons of the Soil, Alice DiNicele, the Antonucci Collective and A Strange Attractor.
Twin Lakes Campout
On the weekend of July 22nd Umpqua Watersheds held its annual Twin Lakes Youth Wilderness Campout. The opportunity to spend time with young people at this beautiful location and to teach them about nature is something very special. Bailey Stein and Alan Bunce did a great job organizing the campout. Janice Reid did a presentation on spotted owls, Chad Roose told Native American stories, Ken Carloni led a botany hike up to the overlook and I did an astronomy under the stars on the rock where we were dazzled by a surprise visit by the international space station. No Al, we still don’t believe you called that one in!
On the weekend of July 29th Umpqua Watersheds celebrated our second annual AmeriCorps campout entitled Kamp Bailey. We occupied 9 campsites at Hemlock Lake Campground in the Umpqua National Forest. Approximately 16 AmeriCorps joined Kamp Bailey and several Umpqua Watersheds members joined in the festivities. We hiked, sat around the campfire and took time to say thanks to Bailey for her service to Umpqua Watersheds over the last year. She did an amazing job from organizing trips to Crater Lake for 5th graders in Douglas County to teaching environmental lessons at local schools as well as the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center. She was truly inspirational with several kids at the Casa de Belen home for homeless youth and left her mark in our community in countless ways I like to call “planting seeds”. We also got to know many of the other AmeriCorps who served this past year and it was great having the opportunity to say express our appreciation for their work. A special thanks to Patrick Schneider for going up early to get the group site, to Janice Reid for buying and preparing most of the food and to Umpqua Watersheds for paying for all of the campsites.