Blessed Beavers

The Blessed Beavers are anyone who volunteers to help Ardantane.

At our last board meeting, we determined that Ardantane would function better if members of the Board were dedicated to several key tasks. In appreciation for her or his services, a Board member may attend all Ardantane classes and other events at no charge. She or he may do this on an occasional basis, or is welcome to sign up for a Certificate program in any of the schools.

Do you have the skills to fill any of these positions? If you are interested, contact the Director at 505-469-7777, or better yet, e-mail her at registration@ardantane.com.

PUBLICITY COORDINATOR

November, 2015

The Ardantane Publicity Coordinator is a volunteer position, under the direct supervision of the Executive Director and responsible to the Ardantane Board of Directors. Though the position receives no wages or salary, the incumbent may attend any Ardantane class or retreat without charge.  The term is open-ended, and either the incumbent or the Board may terminate the appointment at any time.

The Publicity Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Maintaining a publicity resource book with information on major media through which Ardantane might publicize its programs:
    • Local and area newspapers;
    • Local and area radion stations;
    • Local and area free papers/publications;
    • Online websites, blogs, and other resources;
    • Postering locations and opportunities.
  • Consulting with the Board and the Executive Director on planned publicity campaigns for the Ardantane programs;
  • Recruiting individual volunteers to help with specific aspects of publicity, and supervising their efforts;
  • Seeing that the Ardantane programs are publicized through online, print, and radio media, by sending out press releases and posters, arranging interviews, etc.;
  • Coordinating publicity with the Executive Director, the Ardantane Herald Editor, and the Social Media Staffperson;

The Publicity Coordinator is also expected to attend Ardantane Circle meetings with his or her report and suggested agenda items, approximately six times each year.

FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR

November, 2015

The Ardantane Fundraising Coordinator is a volunteer position, under the direct supervision of the Executive Director and responsible to the Ardantane Board of Directors. Though the position receives no wages or salary, the incumbent may attend any Ardantane class or retreat without charge.  The term is open-ended, and either the incumbent or the Board may terminate the appointment at any time.

The Ardantane Fundraising Coordinator will be responsible for

  • implementing fundraising campaigns under the supervision of the Executive Director
  • publicizing fundraising goals set by the Board and the Director
  • working with the Membership Chairman and the Director on solicitation mailings
  • providing the Newsletter Editor with regular Fundraising status updates
  • designing new and creative ways to raise funds for Ardantane projects and routine expenses

The Fundraising Coordinator is also expected to attend Ardantane Circle meetings with his or her report and suggested agenda items, approximately six times each year.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

November, 2015

The Ardantane Volunteer Coordinator is a volunteer position, under the direct supervision of the Executive Director and responsible to the Ardantane Board of Directors. Though the position receives no wages or salary, the incumbent may attend any Ardantane class or retreat without charge.  The term is open-ended, and either the incumbent or the Board may terminate the appointment at any time.

The Volunteer Coordinator shall cooperate with and report to the Executive Director, who acts for the Ardantane Board of Directors. The Volunteer Coordinator has the following responsibilities:

  • To create, maintain, and update a list of volunteers who may assist with Ardantane needs and projects. This database shall include current contact information, special skills and resources each person has, and a brief history of their service to Ardantane. Information gathered shall be confidential and for the use of the Ardantane staff alone.
  • To schedule service opportunities, in cooperation with the Board and Executive Director.
  • To communicate with volunteers on a regular basis, to inform them of Blessed Beavers work parties and other service opportunities; and to communicate news and announcements of service opportunities to the Editor of the Ardantane Herald and the Ardantane Facebook page coordinator.
  • To find volunteers to assist with special projects apart from scheduled events.
  • To be present at most or all Blessed Beavers work parties (usually the second Saturday of each month) to assist with coordination, encourage and thank volunteers, and get to know them individually.
  • To create recognition programs and events for volunteers, in addition to thanking them personally for their service.

The Volunteer Coordinator is also expected to attend Ardantane Circle meetings with his or her report and suggested agenda items, approximately six times each year.

MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR

November, 2015

The Ardantane Membership Coordinator is a volunteer position, under the direct supervision of the Executive Director and responsible to the Ardantane Board of Directors. Though the position receives no wages or salary, the incumbent may attend any Ardantane class or retreat without charge.  The term is open-ended, and either the incumbent or the Board may terminate the appointment at any time.

The Membership Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Working with the Executive Director to maintain an accurate, up-to-date database of all Ardantane Members/Donors, with contact information and a record of their contributions;
  • Consulting with the Board and the Executive Director on planned Membership campaigns for Ardantane;
  • Maintaining regular communications with Ardantane Members, to keep them informed on Ardantane programs and projects, and encourage their participation;
  • Make sure that Membership perquisites are distributed annually and consistently, and recommending and implementing enhancements to Membership benefits;
  • Seeing that the Ardantane Membership Program is publicized by coordinating with the Executive Director, the Ardantane Herald Editor, and the Publicity Coordinator;

The Membership Coordinator is also expected to attend Ardantane Circle meetings with his or her report and suggested agenda items, approximately six times each year.

FACILITIES COORDINATOR

November 2015

The Ardantane Facilities Coordinator is a volunteer position, under the direct supervision of the Executive Director and responsible to the Ardantane Board of Directors. Though the position receives no wages or salary, the incumbent may attend any Ardantane class or retreat without charge.  The term is end-minded, and either the incumbent or the Board may terminate the appointment at any time.

The Facilities Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Seeing that the physical campus is maintained in good repair, with all infrastructure (electricity, water treatment system, heating and air conditioning) functioning well;
  • Inspecting all buildings, roads, and trails to see that they are properly maintained, and working with the Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator to schedule needed maintenance and repairs;
  • Consulting with the Board and the Executive Director on planned new facilities and systems (such as solar power or rainwater harvesting) for the campus;
  • In cooperation with the Executive Director, overseeing the installation of new facilities and systems, in a timely, efficient, legally correct, and cost-effective manner.

The Facilities Coordinator is also expected to attend Ardantane Circle meetings with his or her report and suggested agenda items, approximately six times each year.

 

Blessed Beaver Work Parties

 

Saturday work parties generally meet at the campus one day each month—usually the second Saturday, but this can vary. We help build the campus and perform the many other maintenance and cleanup tasks that keep the campus clean and attractive.
Some jobs are skilled (like carpentry) and some are simple (clean-up, painting, landscaping)—there is something for every interest. You might be sorting library books, marking a trail, painting trim on a cabin, building bookcases, or planting something in the Oasis… every work party has different projects.

We work from 8:00 or 9:00 AM, depending on the season… starting earlier in summer, later in winter. We begin with a simple opening ceremony, and end sometime in the afternoon, usually around 4:00 PM—but you can come at any time during the day. (Some folks do special projects at other times, to fit their personal schedules, by arrangement with the Director.)

Volunteers who work a “full” day—six hours or more—receive $40 in Beaver Bucks (applicable to any Ardantane event fee). Those who work 3-4 hours receive $20 in Beaver Bucks. First-timers are awarded the Blessed Beaver patch (embroidered emblem) to wear proudly on a cap or work shirt. Everyone receives free lunch and beverages, as well as healthy exercise and camaraderie. Bring your sun hat and work gloves (we have loaners if you need them).

Blessed Beaver Volunteer Days

December 12, 2015

February 20, 2016

March 12, 2016

April 9, 2016

May 14, 2016

June 11, 2016

July 9, 2016

August 13, 2016

September 17, 2016

October 8, 2016

November 19, 2016

December 10, 2016

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