The first real, in-person meeting of the OSFR board of directors since Covid coincided with the 2021 Annual Membership meeting and took place May 26 where we lost our beloved Mike as president but wow we gained a new MADAM PRESIDENT named Kristin Rubin.
OSFR has had such phenomenal luck with their presidents during the time I have spent with them — the incomparable Merrillee who knows everybody and everything and who put us on the slate with all the agencies of the state, Pam the diplomat who organized us and made us strong, and Mike the cool, laid back intellectual who writes letters like nobody else. I think Kristin is also up in that elite class — she is a bundle of energy who has volunteered everywhere, reads everything, and nobody knows what will happen now.
I apologize for the poor photography, but it’s all I got. My camera was on the blink and the lighting was horrible with it dark inside and light in the background but that is no excuse as mostly I just did not do a good job.
Here are the pics. I tried to get everyone, but Eric, who hung out in the margins, escaped me. Sorry Eric. Welcome to David Vaina, new board member whom I met and who has much to offer. Also no pic of K. (no, not Karma) who didn’t want one, but we appreciate her support.
This is our out-going president, Mike Roth, who led us through many battles, in his last moments as president. He seemed usually happy all evening.
This is Kristin Rubin, moments before being elected president. This is Kristin after learning the non-paying job description of President of OSFR
The food at our annual meetings is always an attraction, and this year was the best ever. Board member Cindy Noel provided astonishing veggies from her garden, different types of tomatoes, cucumbers, etc., all very delicious and beautiful to behold. There were tons of shrimp, wings, grapes, cheeses, cookies and on and on.
Master Gardener and board member Cindy Noel Vice president and board member Terry Phelan
Board member Travis Smith who cleans the river Newly elected board member David Vaina
Out-going President, now Secretary/Treasurer Mike Roth Board member Bill Basta
Board member writing minutes Patty Street New First Husband Dr. Jack Rubin
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson is and always has been the driver behind OSFR. A tireless worker who has national and international contacts, she is a resource for advocates and water agencies alike, and an unparalleled inspiration for all.
Trini Johannesen of Parknership Program Botanist and OSFR supporter/volunteer Dr. Colette Jacono
Dr. Karen Lanese and Rick Lanese, life-time members of OSFR
Member Angela Wolfe Member Katy Evans
Kristin and Merrillee discuss Kayaktivism