And then there were three…

On May 7, 2017, in Uncategorized, by admin

The considerably diminished Waterville Valley Foundation Board of Directors met this morning, dodging showers to enjoy the hospitality at the Waterville Valley Golf Course.  Treasurer Mike Furgal, Vice President Bill Powell and I sat down at at round table in the pleasant screened deck of the Clubhouse and talked about old and new business.  We considered our contributions over the past couple of years — continued support of the things that make Waterville Valley unique, including perennial favorite Shakespeare in the Valley, the rejuvenated Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports program, a new spring rite, the Casting for Kirby fishing derby, and something we’re particularly proud of, scholarships for area children to join the fabulous JETS ski program.  We also supported the forthcoming documentary film about Waterville Valley legends H.A. and Margret Rey and are looking forward to its coming debut. This combination of culture, history, and athletics with a unique mountain twist remains our sweet-spot, and we hope you’re pleased with the choices we’ve made.

Over the course of the last couple of years, we’ve gone from a robust, sometimes contentious, but always thoughtful group of eight down to the three of us, by attrition and retirement and the inevitable move-aways that accompany the rhythms of life in the mountains.  The last departure from our team was Secretary (and sharp legal mind) Pat Sullivan, who moved with his wife Deb and daughter Kaitlin to be closer to Kaitlin’s high school and Pat’s job, upon son Jack’s high school graduation in 2016.  With all the comings and goings, to be frank, the WVF board has been quiet… too quiet.

As we thought about it together over coffee, we realized that there might have been something else afoot, subliminal but just as important.  Like the rest of the town and the region, I think at some level, we were waiting for something to happen.  Change that we all felt in the wind a few years back seemed stalled, no closer, some days even farther away.  We kept the lights on and supported good things, but to a person, we were hoping for something new and bigger, that would also suggest new challenges for the Foundation, too.

Well, with the advent of Green Peak this winter — I think we all feel like the levee is finally breaking, and positive change is coming to the valley once again.  I hope you had a chance to ski the new terrain this winter.  We got lucky and had a great snow year, and that was enough to allow us to sample the goods, and they were good indeed: interesting lines with pleasant surprises around each bend and a nice step up from Valley Run for novices — with plenty to keep experts entertained, too.

If you’ve talked with one of us about interest in the Waterville Valley Foundation board, you’re likely going to be hearing from us soon (you might just, even if you haven’t expressed interest; we’re funny like that).  We need some new energy and ideas, and want to make sure we’re representing the interests of all of those who love the Valley.  And we have some good ideas of our own, too.  

As I walked Mike back to his car, I noticed a somewhat faded and tattered Waterville Valley LOVE sticker in the back window.  Love can be like that — whether love of a person, a place, or an idea — time and weather can wear at it, but if it’s true love, it somehow sticks with you, and can be refreshed anew by the currents of spring and the hope that possibility brings.


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