AORE Annual Report 2014 - Page 23

We, AORE, currently has close to 600 members who employ over 8,000 staff, who in turn serve over 1.5 million participants each year. We reflect and impact the needs of the outdoor recreation and education profession, and we want to do that better each year! We, the Board of Directors, have heard members speak through the years about establishing sustainable ways for the AORE's continued success. We are writing this letter to share with you the way to do just that, and to take this time to recognize and thank all of our Vendor members for supporting AORE.

Our organization's financial strength relies entirely on income from memberships and conferences. Progress rests heavily on volunteer work efforts and value from sweat equity of committee members and chairs, Board of Directors, conference presenters, and conference hosts. Through this model, we all have gained by giving, and many individuals stand and serve the AORE tirelessly - because they believe in the power of outdoor recreation and education. AORE needs to maintain this sense of volunteerism, but it also needs to increase opportunities for growth and development for the membership with independent fundraising.

With a pledge of 100% Board of Directors giving, and a goal of raising $5,000 in 2015 for the Fund for Student and Professional Development, we are asking you to help further the profession of outdoor recreation and education with your financial gift.

We would like to take this time to recognize and thank all of our Vendor members for supporting AORE. Vendor support is critical for advancing the profession of outdoor recreation and education. A special thanks is extended to all of our Vendor members who participated at the 2014 AORE Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon.

We encourage all of our members to consider AORE Vendors when making purchasing decisions. By considering AORE Vendor Members first, you can help advance the industry by supporting Vendors who exemplify AORE values, and are committed to advancing the profession of outdoor recreation and education.

We wish to thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

AORE Board of Directors

Dear AORE Supporter,

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