AORE Annual Report 2012 - Page 4

Letter from the ED Dear Friend of the AORE, In 2012 our Association celebrated Wayne Taylor and Houston Taylor by awarding the father and son for their outstanding contributions to the AORE and their outdoor recreation programs: the Jim Rennie Leadership Award and the Bill March Student Achievement Award. Wayne Taylor exemplifies the kind of volunteer who has grown this association from idea to action and his son Houston has followed his example by applying the same dedication to his own school outdoor program. This kind of leadership by example is what founded the AORE and continues to be the way our association grows. As we recognize the changing face of leadership in outdoor recreation and education, we see that the lessons passed on by our long-time members have informed our actions today. Now, as the AORE is experiencing a time of rapid change and growth, volunteers like the Taylor family are tackling the big questions of the Association’s direction. Among these are the Board of Directors, who made strides on the questions of governance structure and technological infrastructure in 2012. The people on and off the board who have shown volunteer dedication over the years have managed to create something bigger than themselves for the outdoor profession, while simultaneously enriching their personal and professional growth. The first national conference was all-volunteer run 26 years ago and though it has doubled in size, continues to be primarily a volunteer effort. The continued leadership from our Board of Directors combined with the newly added efforts of the National Office, gives this volunteer base inspiration and direction. As the Association focuses on navigating its own growth, we continue to rely on the lessons learned by our predecessors. The AORE mission: “To provide opportunities for professionals and students in the field of outdoor recreation and education to exchange information, promote the preservation and conservation of the natural environment, and address issues common to college, university, community, military and other not-for-profit outdoor recreation and education programs,” reminds us that this is our purpo ͔