Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Imagine Being an OLT Board Member

Board Outreach Meeting 2016 Board Outreach Meeting 2016 Doug Bishop
by Jim Manley, co-chair of the Governance Committee

Orient Land Trust's current board is doing an awesome job ensuring that the vision and mission of OLT is met. The current and past board members work closely with OLT staff to keep things spinning like a smooth running hydro generator creating energy that electrifies all visitors. I believe OLT's influence join other tribes in being guardians of our world. Perhaps the season of longer nights may lead to your own schemes and dreams for new directions and beginnings that may include the Orient Land Trust.

As the co-chair of the governance committee, it is my honor to encourage interested OLT members to consider serving as a future board member. You can read about being a board member at to learn more.

Current Orient Land Trust Volunteers and Committee Members.... Please consider submitting a letter of interest for serving as an OLT board member. You know the mission and goals of OLT, and have spent time serving in some capacity at OLT. Send your letter of interest to

Oh...and thank you so much for your work/service.

Orient Land Trust Members who may have experience with nonprofits (including volunteer boards), fundraising, finance, committee work, volunteerism, familiarity with OLT may also want to submit a letter of interest. Be sure to share your interests and expertise, and why the board would want you as its newest member. Send your letter of interest to .

The Orient Land Trust Learning Curve can be steep for members who are curious about the scope of OLT (it's sooo much more than soaking pools). Here are some fun ideas for discovering what Orient Land Trust board candidates may recommend as part of an OLT adventure.

  • Enjoy a tour of the farm, gardens, bats or take a hydro tour (my favorite). Questions about the bioregion, wildlife, invertebrates, astronomy, water, mountain biking and hiking trails or running an "off grid" non-profit business begins at the Visitors Center.
  • Spontaneous OLT field trips may enhance your Valley View soaking experiences while learning that OLT is full of subtle surprises. Just ask anyone working in the Visitor Center for field trip ideas.
  • Educate yourself about the many layers of OLT by reading the informative OLT web site.
  • Would you like to join a committee after experiencing a tour or personal field trip? This is an excellent way to serve OLT and learn more about the operations of this non-profit enterprise. Contact a Committee Chair for more information if interested:
    • External Affairs (Outreach and Fundraising). Contact
    • Internal Affiars (Finances & Human Resource). Contact
    • Conservation (Resource and Protection) Contact
    • Site Plan (Focus on Valley View). Contact
    • Long Term Visioning (Future Direction) Contact
  • Observing an Orient Land Trust board meeting is an informative way to learn if you may be interested in becoming a future OLT board member. You can find more specifics of when board meetings occur and expectations of being on the board at the OLT website. The next board meeting is on January 26th, so make sure you make your reservation early, and remember to tell Rosie that you will be attending the board meeting.

All board applications are taken very seriously by the Governance Committee, so please do not let any obstacle (age, gender, disability, ect) keep you from writing a letter of interest.

Writing Your Letter of Interest. Please consider writing a narrative highlighting your experience with nonprofits (including volunteer boards), fundraising, finance, committee work, volunteerism, familiarity with OLT, your interests and expertise, and why the board would want you as its newest member. Please send it to me, Jim Manley. .

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For the education, enjoyment, and well-being of current and future generations, Orient Land Trust: 
promotes a positive clothing-optional experience at all properties including Valley View Hot Springs, Orient Mine and Everson Ranch;
preserves the viewshed, including land acquisition; 
protects natural, wild, agricultural, and historic resources, in the northern San Luis Valley.