NOLS recently completed our annual meeting, on a
beautiful fall weekend in the Rockies. It was
an opportunity to review the recently completed
fiscal year and look forward to our future in
wilderness and leadership education. I’m
pleased to report that last year was an excellent
year for NOLS.
We educated a record number of
students during the ’04 fiscal year, crossing
the 10,000 milestone for the first time. Students
were very pleased with the lessons they learned
in leadership, wilderness skills, wilderness
medicine, conservation and expedition behavior.
We set a record for fundraising support at NOLS,
which helped bring the renovation of the Noble
Hotel closer on our horizon and also provided
the support to continue our scholarship program.
We explored new classrooms and developed new
Key to our successful year
was the work and support of our alumni. As you
know, we count on you to spread word of NOLS
and our educational opportunities. You were also
instrumental in raising record support for our
annual fund and providing ideas that will insure
our position as the leader in wilderness education.
I’m excited in this edition of the Leader
to welcome and recognize our new Alumni Relations
Manager, Rich Brame. Many of you will already
recognize that name, as Rich has previously served
as the Director of NOLS Yukon, LNT Director and
past president of the NOLS Instructors Association.
Rich also has worked a wide variety of courses
over a couple of decades. He will be a great
asset to NOLS in his new role, as he has been
in his first 20 years at the school!