Cathy Griffin named Volunteer of the Year

San Isabel Land Protection Trust named Cathy Griffin its Alice Proctor Outstanding Volunteer of the Year at the land trust’s annual member and volunteer appreciation event Aug. 18 at Mile 66 Ranch near Westcliffe.

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Cathy receives the Alice Proctor Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award from development director Janet Smith at our Beer & Brats event, held this year at Mile 66 Ranch.  Photos ©2019 Greg Smith/imediaSmith.com

The event brought together about 110 people from around the region to celebrate the land trust’s 25 years of conservation work. Mile 66 Ranch has been protected by a conservation easement since 2005, and the Proctor-Shearn-McIntosh family has been instrumental in San Isabel’s development. The Alice Proctor award is given annually in memory of San Isabel founder Alice Proctor, who contributed immeasurably to the formation of the land trust and helped build and strengthen the organization until her death in 2012.

Griffin was a tour de force in seeking sponsors for the 2019 Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run. The variety and number of prizes offered for the post-race drawings – a key component of the trail run’s fundraising efforts and a popular part of the day’s activities – were outstanding, said Linda Poole, San Isabel’s executive director.

“Cathy was tireless in her zeal to find new and different sponsors for the race,” Poole said, “logging hundreds of miles in and around Westcliffe and Silver Cliff and to Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Salida, all in her quest to help put on the best event possible. Her hard work provided much-needed support for our staff and helped highlight San Isabel’s work to people and businesses across the region.”

In addition to San Isabel, Griffin, a three-year resident of Custer County, has contributed to the community through a variety of volunteer activities. She is an early and key contributor to the success of Trails for All, an all-volunteer effort to improve peoples’ well-being through the care, creation, use and promotion of trails in and around Custer County. She helped install the Dundee Memorial Dog Park in Silver Cliff, and she put her tremendous organizational skills to work for All Aboard Westcliffe, cataloging all of its books for a library to be set up in its Heritage Center. She also helps High Country Recycling.

Larry Vickerman, San Isabel’s board president, noted the role volunteers play in the land trust’s success.

“Volunteers have been the driving force of our organization since our start in 1995,” Vickerman said. “In the past year alone, 76 people from all walks of life contributed nearly 2,000 hours to our mission to keep this region wild and beautiful, with abundant wildlife, productive agriculture, flowing water and thriving rural communities. We couldn’t do this important work without them.”

 

Janet Smith

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  • “We are situated along the Gold Belt National Scenic Byway, where several land trust organizations are involved with protection of lands. San Isabel was extremely well informed. We, and our neighbors, are very pleased with the end result, and the annual monitoring process is unobtrusive. I wish more folks would take the time to learn about the benefits San Isabel offers.”

    – Curt Sorenson, PhD, Fremont County