Dear Friends of Hemlock Gorge:
2019 was a year of transition and renewal and accomplishment for the Friends.
In September Erica announced that the DCR was beginning the design process.
The Friends’ new leadership team undertook some long-deferred actions:
We applied for and were granted status as a Massachusetts non-profit charity.
We applied for and were approved as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. This means that any contributions to the Friends will be tax-deductible. It is our hope that this will facilitate fundraising for some of our future projects.
In September we decided that our future picnics and regular
meetings in warm weather will be held at the Stone Building to increase
its usage and visibility to the community.
In September we decided that our future picnics and regular meetings in warm weather will be held at the Stone Building to increase its usage and visibility to the community.
We also want to recognize another special accomplishment in 2019. Under the leadership of Lee Fisher, working with Erica and the DCR, new signage was created and installed at both the northern and southern entrances to the park. It is far more informative and inviting to visitors than the old signs that were replaced.
In 2020, the Friends of Hemlock Gorge will continue our past activities, maintain our partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation and others and develop new ones to preserve and enhance Hemlock Gorge. Major goals that need your support include:
To do all of this and more, we need your help to build on our success.
Attend our monthly meetings, usually on the first Tuesday of the month, at the Emerson Community Center on Pettee Street in Newton Upper Falls.
We hope that you will send in your membership form and financial support in the accompanying stamped envelope.
Next year, to reduce expenses and paper use, we would like to offer the options of receiving this Annual Report by email and of paying dues at our website. If this option works for you, please tell us by checking the box at the top of the accompanying membership/contribution form.
Thank you for all you have done for Hemlock Gorge Reservation in 2019 and for all you will help the Friends do in 2020. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings and events.
John Mordes, MD Evan Weststrate
This page last modified December 11, 2019
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