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By Betty Vanderwielen

One-Year-Old Organization Celebrates 20th Anniversary


December 14, 2017

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Swan Valley Connections staff and board members and the founders and Ad Hoc members of its parent organizations celebrate 20 years of collaboration, conservation and education in the Swan Valley. Back row (L-R): Neil Meyer, Scott Tomson, Mark Schiltz, Helene Michael, Luke Lamar, Mike Mayernik, Caitlin Mitchell, Tom Parker, Steve Ellis. Jon Ingebretson, Russ Abolt, Gary Lazarowski, Bill Moore. Standing second row (L-R): Susan Novosel, Pam Hamilton, Anne Dahl, Leanna Grubaugh and Uwe Schaefer. Front row (L-R): Dan Stone, Kari Gunderson, Maria Mantas, Sharon Lamar, Camas (dog), Barb Raible, Sara Halm, Sue Cushman, Jonathan Bowler, Laura Cannon, Kirsten Holland, Rebecca Ramsey.

SWAN VALLEY – Though scarcely one year old, Swan Valley Connections (SVC) hosted a grand 20-year celebration Dec. 6 at the Swan Valley Community Hall. In January 2016, Swan Ecosystem Center (SEC) and Northwest Connections (NWC) merged into SVC, hence the one-year status. Those parent organizations have roots reaching back two decades, hence the cause for celebration. The evening consisted of an on-going slide show, short films highlighting SEC and NWC and a number of people sharing memories and expressing gratitude.

SVC Executive Director Rebecca Ramsey began by referencing the early pio...

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