Celebrating 30 years: holiday greetings from our president

Dear Foothill Conservancy members and friends,

On behalf of the board of directors, I send our heartfelt holiday greetings. We trust you are navigating the uncharted waters of 2020 with determination and hope, including going outside for fresh air in our beautiful region.

As we reflect on 2020, it is remarkable how resilient our community has become in response to the pandemic. Regular zoom meetings kept the board and committees intact, combined with ongoing call, text, and email communication. Thanks to members and supporters, our successful online auction in the fall and our 30th Anniversary Online Gala and Fundraiser, we have maintained our financial resources, enabling us to continue our advocacy work.

Our 30th year celebration was created to hear from founding members. They shared past Foothill Conservancy accomplishments and visions for our path forward. Adam Gottstein delighted as our master of ceremonies. We enjoyed music from The Wicked Sisters, Adam sang a wandering river song and Laurie Lewis wrapped it up with a beautiful tune. With the backdrop of the Mokelumne River and other beautiful views, they all gave inspirational performances. A villa in Mexico, Ceramics Class for two with a Hotel Leger stay, and Bob Hartmann’s famous shortbread were exciting live auction items. Donors stepped up for a Fund-a-Need segment.

During the online gala, we honored founding members Dr. Bob Hartmann and Mel Welsh. Bob was an early board president. He and Mel have consistently volunteered for Foothill Conservancy and in the community. Their energy helped sustain the organization through the years, along with other dedicated volunteers. They are all an example to all of us who want to make a positive difference to the community through ongoing service. We extend our special thanks to Bob and Mel and all our sponsors, donors and volunteers who made the event a success.

Welcoming new and current volunteers, collaborating with other community organizations and increasing support and coordination among community groups are all part of creating a thriving organization. Foothill Conservancy is planning for the time when live community education programs and outings can take place.  With our new, interactive website, ongoing fundraising events, such as our January 16, 2021 John McCutcheon virtual concert, an online auction in spring, and your valuable support, we look to a positive 2021 as an organization fully engaged in improving the quality of life of our community.

With gratitude,

Marta Johnson
Board President

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Leslie Smith, Sutter Creek, CA: Raised in Washington State, Leslie is a happy California transplant having moved to Sunny Sutter Creek full time in 2020. As a nascent fly fisher and lifelong skier, she is committed to the natural environment and brings extensive organizational and finance experience to the board from a nearly 40 year career in banking.