It’s with gratitude and a heavy heart that we say thank you and goodbye to the outgoing members of the LHT’s amazing all-volunteer board. Read a bit about their favorite memories and what advice they have for the new class.

Bruce Gilbertson

What was the highlight of your time working on the board of the LHT?
A highlight of serving on the board was meeting other people who are passionate about the mission of the LHT.

Any words of wisdom for the new class of board members?
Do not miss the fun of “being on the ground” for a trail event, a dedication, or a promotional table at a community or company affair.

LHT exiting Board Member Bruce Gilbertson

Bruce Gilbertson, standing far right, at a Lawrence Hopewell Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Kurt Vollherbst

What was the highlight of your time working on the board of the LHT?
The highlight of my time on the board would have been working with the volunteers installing and maintaining the trail signs and general maintenance on the trail.

LHT exiting Board Member Kurt Vollherbst

Kurt Vollherbst

Lindsey Bohra

What was the highlight of your time working on the board of the LHT?
So many moments over ten years to choose from including starting and maintaining the LHT Facebook page for many years; participating in ribbon cuttings that charted our progress; attending award ceremonies for all the board’s hard work; and working (and riding) our Full Moon Ride each year. But my favorite memory has to be helping to develop and execute the annual children’s Trail and Treat. An opportunity that came about after the first Full Moon Ride when I realized that families with children under 12 could not participate due to safety concerns. Running the Facebook page, I got many messages applauding the ride but also noting the gap for young families. I, along with my longstanding cochair of the board’s marketing and PR committee Jill Young, brainstormed a safe way for children to have a fun bike ride event just for them. Various ideas were tossed about, including having a Full Moon Ride earlier in the day, before deciding on making it a fully separate event for children. I am proud to have coined the phrase Trail and Treat, and so glad the event will go on after my tenure on the board has ended.

Any words of wisdom for the new class of board members?
Do not worry about getting all the lingo down straight away … You eventually will get it! And look for a way to get involved that is meaningful to you. Being engaged is key to staying engaged. Join a committee that speaks to you and find a role in which to participate.