Friends of Panthertown
Annual Membership Meeting & Social Event
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
6 – 8 PM
Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center
355 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC 28717
All are welcome!
There will be door prizes and other fun surprises at this free event, plus an opportunity to socialize with others who care for Panthertown. We will give updates on current and future conservation projects, and recognize the outstanding contributions of our volunteers, partners, and members. There will be time for questions, comments, and discussion.
Dr. Dan Pittillo, A.B., M.S., Ph.D., Biology and Botany, a member of the Friends of Panthertown Board of Trustees and resident expert on Panthertown Valley’s ecology, will give a short presentation on Panthertown’s plants and flowers. Dan is a retired Professor of Biology who taught plant science and ecology at Western Carolina University for four decades (1966-2004), and directed the Western Carolina University Herbarium from 1970 to his retirement in 2005. He served as the Editor of the Chinquapin newsletter for the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society from 1993 to 2012 and is one of the co-founders of Friends of Panthertown.
Board member Burt Kornegay, adventure guide and author of A Guide’s Guide to Panthertown Valley, will be on hand to answer questions about his newly revised map, and to swap stories about favorite hikes in Panthertown. Burt is a veteran of the US Marine Corps (1972-74). He has a B.A. in history from the University of Oregon (1976) and an M.A. in English from the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill (1980). He was president of the NC Bartram Trail Society for 12 years, and he is co-author of the NC Bartram Trail series of maps. Burt is a freelance writer with numerous published articles about wilderness skills, backwoods safety, and natural history. Burt has been written about in such magazines as National Geographic, Backpacker, Blue Ridge Country, Southern Living, Cooking Light, American Hiker, Southeastern Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife In North Carolina, and Our State. He is also one of the co-founding members of Friends of Panthertown.
Photographer Todd Ransom, creator of Waterfalls of Western North Carolina, and member of Friends of Panthertown, will be on hand to answer questions about his recently released book, Waterfalls of Panthertown Valley.
Please join us on Tuesday, August 19 for what is sure to be an enjoyable evening.
Our next Trail Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 23. Check back on our website for more details.
Our interns work directly with our Executive Director and Board of Trustees to gain valuable organizational training and outdoor leadership skills, help lead work days, develop conservation projects, plan outreach events, assist with coordination of volunteers, learn about grant funding, and share enriching experiences with others who care deeply for Panthertown. Please contact us as soon as possible if you wish to be considered for this position. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (828) 269-HIKE (4453) for more information.
We are an equal opportunity organization. All are welcome to participate.