President's Letter

As the dog days of summer are closing in, things in Borrego Springs are slowing down. It’s a time for reflecting on the past and a time for planning for the future. There were a lot of successful events in the last few months, and the future looks bright for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Anza-Borrego Foundation.

During the past year we have acquired, with the help of all of our benefactors, over 791 acres. While all of the parcels have significant importance to ABDSP, there was one acquisition that is particularly noteworthy. The purchase by ABF of the 174-acre Lundberg property provided, for the first time, permanent legal access through that area to Coyote Canyon. In addition to adding a vital gateway to Coyote Canyon for ABDSP, the purchase also protects land on the Juan Bautista de Anza National Trail.

The Lundberg acquisition was shepherded by our Vice-President of Acquisitions, Delores Lukina, in conjunction with the members of our Land Committee. The work involved in land acquisition is handled, for the most part, by ABF volunteers. The labor entailed is technical, detailed and time-consuming. I thank all of our dedicated volunteers, whether they’re devoting their time and energy to land acquisition, fundraising, program development or any of the many other projects that we are involved with.

We had two very significant social events as the Borrego Springs season wound down. On the evening of March 29, at the recently reopened La Casa del Zorro, ABF hosted a party for Diana Lindsay, who retired from the Board after many, many years serving as either a trustee or an officer. Diana was recognized for her numerous contributions to ABF and the park. From State Parks, Diana received the Medallion Award, which is the highest award possible for a State Park volunteer.

On the following night, March 30, ABF held the Opening of The Desert Club gala at the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. This was an extremely successful event, both from the standpoint of enjoyment by the attendees, as well as the fundraising that occurred.

On May 25, Paige Rogowski became our third-ever Executive Director. Paige has had many years of experience in the nonprofit field and worked with Linda Tandle as Development Director. Paige received several months of on-the-job training under the supervision of Chuck Bennett, who acted as interim ED. We are excited to have Paige’s energy and knowledge working for, and with, ABF.

Finally, nothing ever happens without the ongoing help and contributions from all of you: our members, friends and benefactors. Again, our heartfelt thanks for all you do and all you have given!

 

Ralph Singer
President of the Board