FOMT members introduced to Spirit of the Rivers
Approximately twenty-five FOMT members and friends were introduced to the Spirit of the Rivers Monument project at a reception held at the SOTR studio in downtown Manitowoc. Attendees heard artist R.T."Skip" Wallen, a manitowoc native, talk about the process he's using to create the larger-than-life bronze figures. Carol Wergin talked about what the project will mean to the Lakeshore Area and how members of the public can get involved. As many Manitowoc-Two Rivers area residents know, the Spirit of the Rivers is a monument to the American Indian that is being planned for placement along the Manitowoc-Two Rivers lakeshore alongside Mariners Trail just north of the Woodland Drive Wayside.
More information about the Spirit of the Rivers project can be found on the group's website, www.spiritoftherivers.org.
March Monthly Meeting
The March FOMT monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 25, at 6:30 pm at the Chamber of Manitowoc County building, 1515 Memorial Drive, adjacent to Mariners Trail. As always, the meeting is open to both members and non-members. Those interested in getting involved with Friends of Mariners Trail are especially invited to attend.
Media, Trailblazer awards given out at dinner meeting
The FOMT Annual Dinner was held on January 28 at the Manitowoc Senior Center. Approximately 80 people enjoyed a sub sandwich and pasta salad dinner, socialized, and heard a summary of last year's Trail activities, as well as a preview of things to come for 2015.
Media awards were given by Board member Judy Corrado to Lee Douglas and WOMT, Dean Lester and WCUB, Russ Budzisz (Herald-Times-Reporter), Pat Pankratz (Lakeshore Chronicle), and Rob Zimmer (Post-Crescent Media) for their help in publicizing FOMT Trail activities.
The 2014 FOMT Trailblazer Award was presented to Larry Corrado by John Brunner, president of FOMT, who praised Corrado for his contributions to Mariners Trail. Larry is a charter member of the organization, and among other things, has been FOMT graphic designer and webmaster since 2007. The pictures shows Corrado (left) receiving the award from Brunner, Judy Corrado presenting the Media Award to Lee Douglas, and Lee Davis accepting the Media Award for Dean Lester.
2015 Photo Contest rules posted
The rules for the 2015 Friends of Mariners Trail Photo Contest have been posted. The rules are quite similar to those in previous years. As before, the 13 winning pictures will be used in the 2016 Trail calendar. Larry Corrado, Calendar Committee member, said that the committee would like to see more pictures showing action along the Trail, people actually using Mariners Trail. He mentioned, however, that photographers should get the permission to enter the photo from any recognizable people in their photos.
A pdf version of the Rules/Entry Form for the contest is available here. The form can be printed, filled in, and sent in with submissions. Those wishing to email entries can simply provide the same information as on the form in the body of the email message. Anyone with questions about submitting pictures can contact committee member Kelly Keedy at 920-645-7786.
2015 Photo Calendars still available at Visitors' Center
The FOMT Photo Calendar, which went on sale in late October, is nearly completely sold out out. However, copies are still on sale, at a reduced price, at the Manitowoc Area Visitors' Center on Dewey Street in Manitowoc.
A complete list of Calendar Contest winners, along with their photos, is shown on the Calendar Page.
New Board Members elected at October Meeting
Several new Board of Directors members were elected at the October FOMT meeting held on October 22. Joiining the Board are Larry Corrado and Judy Goodchild. The full Board consists of: John Brunner, president; Mark Klaiber, vice-president; Patty Sturtz, treasurer; Larry Corrado, secretary; Jeff Allen; Judy Goodchild; and Judy Corrado.
The October meeting was the final FOMT meeting of 2014. The next meeting will be the annual Dinner Meeting to be held on January 28, 2015. More information on that meeting will be available on this website soon after the new year begins.
Contacting Friends of Mariners Trail
Friends of Mariners Trail can be contacted at: MarinersTrail@gmail.com
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