FOJ is pleased to announce that we will be offering the Dr. John Richter Memorial Scholarship again this year!
Dr. John Richter founded the Jordan
Valley Animal Clinic in 1984 and served the East Jordan community for 30 years.
He was instrumental in the formation of Friends of the Jordan River Watershed,
where he worked tirelessly to protect the Jordan River and its watershed for 22
years. Dr. Richter believed in the value of education and of being a lifelong
The Friends of the Jordan River Watershed is honored to offer this $1000 scholarship opportunity in memory of Dr. Richter. This scholarship is available to a student graduating from a public high school within the Lake Charlevoix watershed – East Jordan, Boyne City, Boyne Falls, and Charlevoix – who will be pursuing an advanced education in environmental studies. As Dr. Richter was passionate about the environment, it makes sense that his scholarship should go to someone equally as passionate about nature and the environment. After his passing, his family decided to start a fundraiser to create a scholarship in his name. This was one of the best ways of keeping his legacy going, so his family decided to ask around for donations. However, these days, people can create their own scholarships in honour of their loved ones by creating a GoFundMe to raise money for the scholarship. This is a lovely way to honour someone’s life. Hopefully, the person who wins the Dr. Richter scholarship will be extremely happy.
Dear Friends, FOJ
is excited to invite you to a special board meeting next week on
October 18th, at 6:30pm. During this meeting, we will be voting on an
amendment to our Articles of Incorporation that will allow us to become a
different, and more appropriate for us, nonprofit governance structure
called a “directorship” versus our current “membership” based
governance style. If you are a current paid member of FOJ, you will have
voting rights for this decision. During the meeting Board President,
David Peterson, will further discuss the meaning and impact of this
change and will allow time for any questions from the membership. This
has been an important discussion of the board of directors this year,
and we feel that this model will best ensure the sustainability of our
organization. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have regarding this vote.
We hope to see you there. Friends of the Jordan River Watershed Board of Directors
A Book by Anne Teesdale (Zukowski), longtime board member and former president of Friends of the Jordan
Lucy’s Misadventures is a collection of life stories written from the perspective of a redbone coonhound with much personality and sass. Readers will commiserate with Anne and John as they try to manage Lucy and Trixie, a black Lab who also shares their home.
Dog lovers will especially enjoy these tales, but truly anyone who likes pets will laugh and cry as Lucy lives her life – and reminds us how we should also live ours.
“A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Friends of the Jordan River Watershed, a nonprofit group whose mission is to “conserve the natural resources and protect the environmental quality of the Jordan River and its watershed.” Home to diverse plant and animal communities, the Jordan River Watershed includes some of the last remaining wilderness areas in Northern Michigan.”
Help us celebrate the release of the 2019 Friends of the Jordan’s Calendar “Visions of the Jordan: Wonders of the Watershed”. We will celebrate the winners of this years photo competition, will have all the photo entries on display, and will appetizers and refreshments available.
UPDATE! Great news photographers! Deadline extended to August 10th!
Do you marvel at the wonders of the Jordan River Watershed? Show us in a photograph what’s wonderful to you and it could appear as a month in the Friends of the Jordan River Watershed’s annual ‘Visions of the Valley Calendar’. This year the FOJ invites photographers of all ages and skills to look for the “Wonders of the Watershed.”
More than $1200 and 14 awards will be presented, including Grand Prize, Youth, President’s Choice and Viewers’ Choice.
The rules are simple. All photographs must be taken in the Jordan River Watershed. Open to all. Simply enter an unmatted 8” x 10” horizontal print, a $5 per photo entry fee and entry form, available online at friendsofthejordan.org, where you’ll also find complete contest details. Photographers may enter as many times as they want. Youth 18 and under may enter two photos for free. Submission deadline is Friday, August 10.
Awards will be presented at the FOJ’s annual Photography Contest Celebration and Exhibit, with the release of the 2019 “Visions of the Valley” calendar, on Saturday, September 22, 1-4 pm at the Jordan River Watershed Center in East Jordan. Proceeds from calendar sales support FOJ activities.