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Greetings TARTans,
The best thing about April? The spring sunshine, maybe the first smell of dirt or perhaps the birds making their way back? All are pretty excellent. But here at TART we think the best thing about April is that it's National Volunteer Month! We get the whole month to shine a warm spotlight on the hundreds of TARTans who are working to make our region a healthier, happier place to call home. We count on volunteers to ensure the events we all enjoy come off without a hitch, the trails are beautiful and usable, the data are tamed, and ultimately more connections are made between the people and places we love. We are so grateful to get to work alongside such generous and genuine humans. And we love that each year we are seeing more folks joining this group of kindred spirits. Haven't tried it out yet? We'd love you to join us at our upcoming Spring Work Bee or check out our Ambassador Training. To all of our awesome volunteers - thank you and Happy National Volunteer Month!

Julie Clark, Chief Executive Officer

NEWS TO KNOW

Welcome Heather
The freshest face around the boardroom is Heather Jordan. She and her husband, Chad, live on a farm adjacent to the Leelanau Trail near Suttons Bay. They are year-round frequent users of the trail.  A world-wide traveler, she's always seeking walking and biking trails, as Heather believes it's the best way to get to know a new place. She's eager to bring that perspective, along with her focus on customer satisfaction, to the TART Board. As all season outdoor enthusiasts, Heather and Chad enjoy all sorts of biking, hiking, and winter and water sports. Great to have you on the team, Heather!
Speak up!
Grand Traverse County's ARPA advisory committee is seeking public input as part of their effort to most wisely spend the $18.1 million in one-time funding provided by the federal government to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey takes just a few minutes to complete and will help the committee understand the public’s general funding priorities. This survey should take less than five minutes to complete. Take the survey here.
Join Team TART!
We are seeking two applicants to join us in our mission to make every home a trailhead. We're looking for a positive, motivated individual to help run an efficient and effective office. This full-time position works closely with other staff and professional service providers, volunteers and donors. We're also seeking a dynamic, hardworking, and enthusiastic individual passionate about trails, recreation, and active transportation to join our team as a summer intern. The internship will focus on communications, outreach, marketing, events, and special projects. Learn more here.
SPECIAL THANKS



Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate yet another wonderful winter grooming season for our annual Grooming Appreciation Party. For those who could not attend, we missed you but felt your presence there in spirit. The list of people to thank for making another season on snow possible is too long to list here, but special thanks to our sponsor, Short's Brewing Company and event host Timber Ridge Resort for providing the space to celebrate. Additionally, deep gratitude for the delicious food provided by Common Good Bakery and Oryana Natural Foods Community Coop.



Please join us in a big thank you and farewell to this guy. Mike Tarnow has recently retired from the TART Trails Board of Directors after serving 14 years. He's contributed nearly 400 hours as Chair of the Safety, Operations and Maintenance Committee, serving on the Finance Committee, performing field work and helping at events. Through his tenure he experienced a doubling of staff and miles of trail within the TART Trails network. Thanks for always keeping us rolling, Mike!
 



And that's a wrap on this year's Advocate Academy. Thanks to our partners at Norte and Groundwork Center for offering participants the opportunity to better understand how decisions shaping our communities happen and how best to impact them positively. And thanks to the dozen participants who attended virtually from around the state. 

SPONSOR SHOUT OUT



Many, many thanks to our 2022 Ambassador & Volunteer Program sponsors at West Shore Bank! Our friends at West Shore Bank are all about superior customer service and giving back to their local communities. Later this month you’ll see their team helping out on the Boardman Lake Loop Trail for the Spring Work Bee. They’re also hosting our upcoming Ambassador Training to educate volunteer leaders in our community. Thank you for all of your generous support!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Spring Work Bee - Saturday, April 23
Spring is in the air and that means our annual Spring Work Bee is right around the bend. We'll be hosting projects at various locations along the trail network. Get out and enjoy springtime on the trails! More details and sign up here.
Ambassador Training - Saturday, April 30
Are you a current volunteer looking to get more involved? Or maybe you have a section of trail you care for or have a specific skill that could benefit the trails. Join us to learn more about our Ambassador program. More info and sign up here
ACT Groundbreaking Celebration - Tuesday, May 3
You’re invited to join TART Trails, Top of Michigan Trails Council, and community partners for our Acme Connector Trail Groundbreaking celebration – the first official segment of the Nakwema Trailway! More here.
Spring Pumpkin Pedal - Sunday, May 22
FREE organized group ride through beautiful Old Mission Peninsula hosted by our friends at Jolly Pumpkin to benefit TART Trails and Northern Michigan E3! Registration starts at 11:30 am. Ride leaves at noon. More here.

HAPPY VOLUNTEER MONTH!

The talent and tenacity of our volunteers is inspiring. Every week you'll see individuals giving back in their own way to help support healthy, thriving and connected communities. Whether that's supporting and speaking up for better ways to move around, building or maintaining trails, helping out at events or in the office, doing some much needed data crunching, or lending a hand to clean up and care for the trails. During this past year, we had 297 volunteers contribute 8812 hours, with 121 new volunteers coming on board to help make sure everyone could enjoy their time on the trails and found welcoming, comfortable, and convenient ways to access our incredible community assets. Truly we mean it when we say trails are for the community, by the community. 

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