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by Mary Davey
Wonderful Committee for Green Foothills members!
Today CGF includes more than 1300 families living throughout the greater
Bay Area, and even a few as far away as Washington, Connecticut and Hawaii.
Regardless of where you live, each and every one of you has a connection
to the beauty and irreplaceable resources of open space in Santa Clara
and San Mateo Counties, plus a commitment to maintaining high environmental
standards in our communities.
Our members' shared dedication to our work has been a mainstay for the
Committee during this year of accomplishment, growth and - inevitably
- change. In 2003, your support allowed us to bring on additional staff
in order to grow our core programs. Now, in both Santa
Clara and San Mateo Counties
our Legislative Advocates are
working hard to defend local lands from poorly planned (and, in some cases,
illegal) development, from Morgan Hill to Half Moon Bay.
We are also pressing forward with visionary work to protect open space
over the long haul: supporting
of the Midpeninsula Regional
Open Space District, working on a proposed
ordinance to protect streams in Santa Clara County, and several other
projects that take a proactive approach to land use.
The growth in the Committee's programs has brought with it other changes.
This summer, Zoe Kersteen-Tucker made the difficult decision to step down
from her position as our Executive Director so that she could spend more
time with her family. Zoe's service, first as CGF's President and later
as our Executive Director, has been a high point in the Committee's growth
and effectiveness. It is a tribute to Zoe's exceptional leadership that
this position has become far more than the part-time job it was when she
started. We thank Zoe for her remarkable vision, professionalism and leadership,
and welcome her back to our volunteer ranks.
The Committee's Board
of Directors has formed an active Search Committee to find
a new, full-time Executive Director to lead the Committee -- and the
Green Foothills Foundation -- into the future. We are extremely fortunate
to be working closely with the INNW Fund, which over the last several
years has contributed invaluable professional guidance, wisdom, imagination
and financial support to both our organizations. We are also fortunate
to have Board member Peter LaTourrette working closely with our dedicated
professional staff to ensure that our programs continue uninterrupted.
The Board is also examining how the Committee can become even more effective.
We are researching ways to strengthen our programs, involve our membership
even more in our work and become more streamlined. I know that the strong
leadership of our entire Board of Directors, together with the enthusiastic
and loyal support of our members, will bring us through this change and
help the Committee to become even stronger.
Technological change has already dramatically improved our ability to
protect open space. Less than a decade ago, all of the Committee's communications
with our members were via mail - expensive, resource-intensive and sometimes
woefully slow. Today, we are able to send up-to-the-minute email
action alerts to nearly 1,000 people each week. We also regularly
update our website with news items, action
alerts and a number of valuable resources
These cost-effective electronic tools let us get the word out almost immediately
when we need your help on an open space issue - and more and more of you
are speaking up. Best of all, we hear from County Supervisors, Planning
Commissioners, City Councils and other decisionmakers that your voices
are being heard, and they are making a difference.
We all know that the most constant force in life
is change. The environment teaches us this lesson daily. Fortunately,
the constant is the Committee's great strength: its membership and our
grassroots commitment to the local environment.
beginnings in 1962, Committee for Green Foothills has depended upon
our members to be our community advocates, advisors and support system.
You have always risen to the occasion with spirit, enthusiasm and effectiveness.
Thank you for being part of our passion for
open space, our citizen activism and our legacy
of environmental protection throughout the Peninsula, Coast and South
Published October 2003 in Green
Page last updated
September 13, 2010