Today the OTA lost one of their best partners, Stephan Bass. Without Stephan's support the past several years in providing the opportunity for the OTA to hold many events out of Bass River Resort, some projects just wouldn't have gotten completed as they did. The Courtois section as well as the Berryman section of the OT saw significant reroutes that would not have been able to be completed without Stephan, Julie and the whole BRR staff. Stephan's smiling face and his giant bear hugs will be sorely missed by so many of the OTA family. Thank you Kim McMillen for letting us share the best of times with Stephan through your photos. Till we meet again......
Today we lost a wonderful man. He was a friend; father; husband; boss; brother; son; brother in law; son in law and business man. Stephan Bass you were loved by... so many. Big hugs to all of the Bass and Cottrell family; prayers for comfort and healing in the coming days ahead.
We have lost one of the greatest and dearest friends that anyone could have asked for. Our hearts are heavy and saddened by the news of his passing. Even though you think you are prepared for that day; that phone call or message; you never are prepared. We are all thankful for the time we had with Stephan; all the wonderful memories we have made over the years and that he is no longer in pain.
No matter how bad his days was he always had a smile on his face; keeping us laughing and he was always hard at work.
Yes it will take time for everyone to heal from his passing; but until we meet again my friend we continue your legacy you left behind and keep Fighting for a Cure and Help Spread Colon Cancer Awareness.
Round Two of our Spring trail construction MEGA events! If you missed the first one or you needed another awesome day in the woods with an army of OTA volunteers, then sign up today! We'll be based out of the ONSR Round Spring facility with tent camping, places to hang a hammock or bring along your camping trailer as sites will be available. Same as before as the OTA provides you a lunch on the trail, then when we're done at the end of the day, you'll have dinner waiting on you as well as an awesome raffle topped off with a roaring bonfire and music under a star filled sky! Make plans now to join us for an amazing time doing what we love....building trail. Sign up at http://www.ozarktrail.com/events.php
Time again to head to the forest to prep for our second Spring MEGA to be held the following weekend. We will be based out of Round Spring again with camping for tents, hammocks and trailer sites are also available. Same as before, we'll head to the woods to prep for the event and also put some tools to use as well. This will be a 2 day event so let us know if you're game for one or both days. Information and sign up at http://www.ozarktrail.com/events.php
Time to head out on some of the most amazing sections of the OT. By this time of year, the wild flowers should be popping as well as the spring trees. This is many OTA volunteers's favorite maintenance outing as we will be based out of the USFS Winona facility. There will be beds available first come in both houses as well as camping in the yard. More information and sign up on the
OTA's Events page at http://www.ozarktrail.com/events.php Don't miss it!!!
Join us as we head down to the Wappapello section of the OT. We'll be doing some sawing, lopping, brushing and signing over several miles of this section. Volunteers will cover sections of trail from a couple to several miles. Car pooling will be involved as well. More information and sign up on the OTA's Event page at http://www.ozarktrail.com/events.php
Here we go again! Join us as we return to the Round Spring area to continue trail construction. We will also celebrate the work that our visiting AmeriCorps NCCC crew has accomplished the past 7 weeks with the trail. Free camping is available at the Round Spring campground on Friday and Saturday night. This event will include
some what of a hike in with tools across rugged, rocky and steep terrain. OTA volunteers with 4wd are needed to car pool volunteers to the work area. After a good day on the trail, we will relax with Jeff's famous BBQ, Kathie's infamous raffle, and some music around a campfire. More information and sign up at http://www.ozarktrail.com/events.php
Let's gather to prep for our first Spring MEGA of the season! We will be based out of Round Spring campground for the weekend. Camping is available as well as trailer camping with electricity. Work will include prepping the woods for the MEGA to be held the next weekend. If we get done early we'll work on moving forward with some construction. More infrmation and sign up on the OTA event's page at http://www.ozarktrail.com/events.php
Fingers crossed that ole' Man Winter will keep away and we'll be able to enjoy a great weekend celebrating us during this women's ONLY event as we celebrate International Women's Day by doing trail construction out of Current River State Park. It will be two days of construction, fellowship, fun and food! In the past moms and daughters have attended as well as sisters and bff's. It's a full moon weekend as well so we'll have awesome stars above. More information and sign up on the OTA's Events page at http://www.ozarktrail.com/events.php
Fingers crossed that ole' Man Winter will keep away and we'll be able to enjoy one day or two days of trail construction. The OTA will be based out of Current River State Park and there is a limited number of beds available as well as camping. For more information and to sign up go to the OTA's Events page at http://www.ozarktrail.com/events.php
We are always looking for volunteers for many of our organization positions. I'd like to highlight a couple that we need the most right now.
Secretary - This is an officer level position and is critical to the operation of the OTA - Currently held by Jeff Goetter. Jeff has held this position for the last several years and has indicated that this is his last year. He will be stepping down in January but would like to start transitioning this immediately and tra...in his replacement. If you think you might be interested or willing please contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Development Chair - This is a very important position that is currently vacant. The Development Committee is responsible for Grant Management, Donations, Sponsorships, and Branded Merchandise. The Chair is a member of the Executive Committee and is responsible for calling and running meetings, oversight of the coordinators, but mostly keeping the committee functioning and recruiting volunteers as needed. If you think you might be interested or willing please contact us at email@example.com.
The OTA’s 9th Trivia Night was a fun filled night with over 200+ gathering to support the work 100’s of volunteers do to help keep the Ozark Trail in the best shape it can be. Over $5k was raised in part by the silent auction, raffle and 50/50s. Thank you is not enough knowing the time and efforts of so many made the night a HUGE success. #OzarkTrail #trivianight #volunteers
Whooohooo!!! What a night and with over 200+ amazing Trivia players, we all had a pretty awesome time helping the OTA raise just over $5k! From the silent auc...tion and raffle donations to the organizers, volunteers and businesses, to everyone who jumped in to help cover needs. Events like this take a lot of time and planning behind the scenes, so much appreciation to April Scott for coordinating the night. As well as Ken Kurtz, Kai Walker, Stephen Myers, Katie Rhode, Lee Seckinger, Don and Maggie Massey, Michael Kurtz, Alan and Marianne Knight, Heather Findley, Calvin and Kathie Brennan. Once again, a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out tonight! #OzarkTrail #trivia #winnerwinner
So much going on!!! Tonight is Trivia Night at the Affton Elks Lodge soors opening at 5ish! See you there!
First full week done, 6 more to go! Four days of construction, 1 day of crew leader training and we have momentum...now good trail karma for good weather!!! J...ust saying if anyone needs a break from the ‘real’ world, come on down as we are building Monday through Friday. #gettingitdone #magicmile #NCCC #milesandmilestogo #bepartofhistory
Our NCCC along with crew leaders Kathie Brennan and Katie Rhode have had an awesome start to the week constructing new trail down at Round Spring along the Current River. In just two days they have put in about 1100 ft. of new trail. Thursday they will be in Crew Leader training with 5 OTA volunteers. There are opportunities to come build during the week by PMing Kathie Brennan. #OzarkTrail #letusgetthisdone
Great start to the week with the NCCC crew. Started construction yesterday and for 6 young adults who have never hefted a trail tool, they are doing AWESOME! ...Yesterday we got 840 ft. built with 560 ft. today, a little less because of the doing more back slopes due to grade. If it rains, we’ll go back to clearing trail corridor heading east. On the way back to CRSP, saw 2 of the white wild horses in the Sinking Creek campground. Thursday and Friday is OTA Trail Crew leader training with the crew as well as 5 OTA volunteers. Just know, the lights are on if anyone wants to come build trail with the great crew of young adults! #OzarkTrail #makingithappen #gettingitdone #pushingforcompletion#