Wow, another year has gone by and it was a busy one for the Ranch! Happy New Years to all of our Members, on behalf of the board, we hope you all had a great 2023 and are looking forward to 2024.
We started off 2023 installing 2 new board members and passing the budget. The Ranch House Committee looked at the Ranch Managers Residence and provided us with a recommended way ahead for maintenance and long-term options. We had a Town Hall Meeting in March and appreciate those that attended. Installed a Staff Gauge at the Reservoir, a noteworthy accomplishment with kudos to the Water Committee, and conducted the spring release of water from our reservoir. During the summer we finalized the decision and started the transition to a commercial firm for the purpose of performing our accounting and bookkeeping services. Our dues processing for 2024 will be the first real test of this but it appears promising. Our annual meeting/picnic had some unseasonably cool and wet weather but was a success with some interesting topics presented by Park County representatives. We also voted on and installed 2 new board members. In the fall we passed the 2024 budget with no dues increase.
For 2024 we will finalize our transition to Hammersmith for bookkeeping and will be looking at our long-term infrastructure, both from a maintenance standpoint and what do we want in the future moving forward. As said previously, the board has not made any decisions on new infrastructure projects. The online survey was just to help inform the board on membership thoughts concerning future options. Our intent is to have an ad hoc committee assist us in this process, if you would like to be part of this, please let us know. Any new projects will be discussed at our monthly board meetings prior to approval.
A key thing for us is the continued willingness of volunteers to assist the board in numerous ways. There is always a need for assistance, whether it is on a committee or assisting in the burn pit. If you haven’t volunteered yet on the Ranch we would ask that you consider this, many hands make the work light! To all of our current volunteers, thanks for all you do on behalf of all of our members. And to our members, please treat our volunteers with dignity and respect as you interact with them.
In closing, I would ask all of our members to strive for encouraging and constructive dialogue as we enter the New Year, whether that’s in person, at board meetings or on social media. All of us should have a voice and be able to air our opinions. The board is committed to resolve our differences in a respectful, constructive and positive manner. We would ask for the members support and to approach issues similarly. I look forward to seeing you on the Ranch, here’s to a great 2024!