The 7th Annual STA Trace Conference and Member Meeting is scheduled for October 1, 2016 in London Kentucky. We are meeting for the first time in London at the Heritage Hills Banquet Hall from 8:30 to 4. The conference is open to members and nonmembers, the general public. So why take up a beautiful Saturday to attend a conference? Good question.
7 years ago this week, the STA was founded. At that first organizational meeting over 30 interested individuals and staff from the DBNF came together with the new Forest Supervisor to discuss issues related to the STNRT. From that beginning the STA was formed and today we celebrate 7 years as a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and promotion the Trace.
Each fall, the STA holds an Annual Trace Conference and Membership Meeting. As a 501(c)3 our rules place the responsibility of electing the leadership on the members. We also feel its important that those who have invested volunteer time, financial gifts, and participated in our adventure programs to have an opportunity to give us feedback on how they feel the STA is functioning.
It is the sole role of the membership to elect the members of the Board of Director's . The board has oversight responsibility for the work of the STA under the leadership of the Executive Director. You must be present to vote and membership on the board is open to all members in good standing.
In addition to the business of the STA, we offer select workshops, forum, classes on subjects of value to those who are using the Trace. Visit our Facebook page, the Conference Facebook page (STA Trail Conference Oct 1st, 2016) or webpage for more details on the day's schedule.
Orndorff's Trail Assistant Our Honored Guest at Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
Over 35 years ago, Verne Orndorff mapped out the course of the Sheltowee Trace NRT. It was a daunting task as the maps were limited, there was no GPS. His vision to connect existing trails in the Daniel Boone National Forest and local roads became a reality in 1979.
Step-by-step with Verne was a young Doug Billips aged 29, a graduate of UK with a background in physical education who was serving at the trails coordinator with Kentucky State Parks. Together they completed the Trace and for the next 37 years they remained life-long friends.
We are honored to have Doug with us as our guest speaker for the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Reserve your seat by and your meal by registering today for the annual conference.
Annual Friday Campout
Each year we try to designate a campsite where participants from out of town can come in on Friday night, maybe do some hiking and then attend the Conference on Saturday and do some more hiking before heading home on Sunday. This year we are inviting our out of town members and friends to come in on Friday, September 30 and gather at the Bee Rock Campground on the Laurel River side.
You are responsible for the fee for your site. Cost is $8.00 for single $12.00 for double. You pay at the kiosks by filling out the envelope with exact change.
The STA Camp Headquarters will be up by 4 pm on Friday. Look for the event sign. We will attempt to hold a site for you if you let us know you are coming. Up to 6 folks and two vehicles on each site. Drop us a text at 6063863636 with your name and when you are arriving and we'll attempt to get everyone together. It will be fall and perfect time to sit by the fire, take a few hikes before the conference and after.