AORE Annual Report 2013 - Page 8

Funding  is  also  a  constant  concern  for  members,  and  sources  ebb  and  flow,  especially  for   members  from  public  institutions.  In  some  years  professional  development  money  is  flush,  and  in   others,  such  as  the  2013  government  furlough,  many  AORE  members  were  not  able  to  renew   membership  or  attend  the  conference  in  Maryland.  It  it  is  a  priority  of  AORE  to  reach  out  more   effectively  to  members  in  new  regions  and  meet  their  needs.    Despite  some  of  these  challenges  in   2013,  membership  numbers  are  on  par  with  previous  years,  and  expanding  member  benefits   continues  to  be  a  top  priority  for  AORE.   In  response  to  the  growth  and  success  of  AORE,  we  were  fortunate  to  hire  the   organization’s  first  full-­‐time  office  manager,  Hannah  Cooley,  to  better  serve  the  membership.   Hannah  has  done  an  astounding  job  at  the  national  office.  This  year  the  national  office  surveyed   members  to  examine  how  they  envision  AORE’s  future.  The  organization  offered  many  new   benefits  to  its  membership  including  educational  webinars,  an  improved  website,  regular  press   releases,  and  improved  communication  and  guidance  for  new  members  and  volunteers.  To  better   serve  young  students,  a  new  tier  of  membership  was  created,  separating  student  supporters  and   student  professionals,  to  reach  students  who  are  exploring  the  field  of  outdoor  recreation  and   education.  Many  student  professionals  will  go  on  to  pursue  careers  in  the  outdoor  industry,  and   others  will  utilize  the  incredible  professional  development  the  AORE  community  and  annual   conference  provide  in  other  careers.  Another  new  development  for  AORE  is  the  merger  with  the   Outdoor  Orientation  Program  Symposium  (OOPS),  a  phenomenal  resource  for  members  who  run   college  and  university  orientation  trips.   AORE  would  not  be  where  it  is  without  the  dedication  of  its  member  volunteers,   especially  those  who  work  on  committees.  The  board  and  national  office  are  working  more  closely   with  committee  chairs  to  align  their  goals  with  the  strategic  plan,  support  and  fund  new   initiatives,  and  improve  overall  communication  so  committees  can  accomplish  tasks  smoothly.   The  board  would  like  to  send  out  its  thanks  and  appreciation  to  all  volunteers  for  their  hard  work!   Most  AORE  members  join  the  organization  because  of  the  amazing  community  they   become  a  part  of.  In  2013,  our  community  lost  a  dear  friend  and  colleague,  Greg  Hawkins.  The   Greg  Hawkins  Memorial  Fund  was  created  in  his  honor,  and  the  “Go $4