2016 New Year’s Eve at the Ranch

fireworksPhilmont and the Philmont Staff Association are teaming up to welcome former staffers back to the Ranch to celebrate the incoming new year. Come out to the Philmont and join your Phil-friends for fellowship at this special time.

Lodging

Roofed housing at the Philmont Training Center (duplexes, multiplex rooms, etc.) available December 30th through January 2nd for $30.00 per adult per night and $15.00 per kid per night. Register now.

Meals

  • Dinner on December 31 is being provided free of charge by Philmont
  • Build-your-own Omelet Breakfast on January 1 is being provided free of charge by the Philmont Staff Association

These are the only two meals that will be available at Philmont. Other meals will be on your own.

New Year’s Eve Events

  • “What’s going on at Philmont” remarks by Ranch Management
  • Satellite television, games, karaoke, billiards tournament, and fellowship at Silver Sage Staff Activity Center
  • Bring your musical instruments for a jam session

New Year’s Day Events

  • Football games on TV in the Silver Sage Staff Activity Center
  • Philmont 5K run/walk and day hikes to be determined by weather conditions
  • Activities and events in the area, including skiing at Angel FireRed River and Taos Ski Valley

Roofed housing is expected to fill up quickly. Get your registration and money in today to reserve a room.

Are you staying nearby and just want to join us for the New Year’s Eve celebration? Please let us know so we can make sure we cook enough dinner for everyone!

For Questions and to Confirm Registration

Contact Dollie O’Neill at (575) 376-1138 or psadirector@philstaff.org

Fireworks photo courtesy of Sarah Ackerman.

The PSA Seeks a New Executive Director

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This could be your office, and this could be the view out your office window.

randys_viewRead our open letter about the vacated position, submission timeline and application address.

The Executive Director position description from The Philmont Staff Association bylaws…

G. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

1. Qualifications and Selection

The Board of Directors will determine the qualifications for, and the process to select, an Executive Director. The Board shall review the Executive Director’s performance and compensation at least annually.

2. Duties and Responsibilities

Generally, the duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director are to:

a. direct the daily activities of the Association, including managing its day-to-day financial operations, overseeing all aspects of membership services, assist in coordination of special events and projects, and supervise other Association employees in accomplishing these tasks;

b. provide administrative support to the Board and the Association’s committees;

c. provide direction and assistance for all of the Association’s published materials, including the Association’s newsletter and website, membership directory, brochures and mailings to members;

d. serve as an associate editor of the Association’s newsletter and provide assistance to the editor in ensuring timely publication at least bi-monthly;

e. be responsible for ordering and inventorying all merchandise related to the Association;

f. consider the needs and desires of the membership while working to ensure that any transactions fall within both the operating budget and the annual operating plan;

g. support, contribute to, and help to implement the Association’s long range strategic plan;

h. support and help fundraising efforts;

i. serve as ambassador of the PSA to current and potential members, donors, Philmont, the local community, and the Boy Scouts of America;

j. other duties as may be delegated by the Board or specified by contract.

3. Reporting and Direction

The Executive Director reports to the President while also taking direction from the Board and the Executive Committee.

Randy Saunders Resigns as PSA Executive Director

An Open Letter to Members of the Philmont Staff Association

The Board of Directors of the Philmont Staff Association has accepted with regret the resignation of PSA Executive Director, Randy Saunders. Randy has been offered a position in Albuquerque, where his wife and family reside—and we understand the attraction of such a position. While the Board regrets the loss of such an outstanding and dedicated professional who has served us well since 2007, we support his family decision. Randy will remain with us through the month of January 2016 and Dollie O’Neill will serve as interim director of the association until the search is completed and a finalist selected.

Attached with this letter is a copy of the relevant section of the PSA By-Laws which defines the duties of the Executive Director. This is the job description which will guide the Personnel Committee, and eventually the Board of Directors, in selecting our next Executive Director. Salary is commensurate with comparable employment positions with the BSA. The Executive Director is expected to reside in the Philmont area. The committee has decided on the following timeline for that selection process:

Jan 15 Position is advertised online and in electronic mailing to PSA members.

Feb 15 Letters of application together with appropriate resume and list of not more than three references due to John Murphy at the address below.

Feb 15 Consideration of applications begins and continues until Mar 15.

Mar 16 Board of Directors meets by conference call to receive recommendations from Personnel Committee.

Mar 17 Announcement of next Executive Director.

Apr 16 New Executive Director begins duties at Ranch.

The Personnel Committee understands that extraordinary circumstances may warrant departure from this schedule, but it anticipates no such circumstances at the present time. Candidates, or persons who wish to nominate others for possible consideration, are therefore advised to be attentive to deadlines.

Applications should be directed to:

John Murphy, PSA
6647 Oak Hill Blvd.
Tyler, Texas 75703

Please join us in extending thanks to Randy for his distinguished service to Philmont and the PSA – and please help us locate the best possible person we can to succeed him in this important work.

John Murphy, President
The Philmont Staff Association

Backcountry Cookbook Recipe Request

The Backcountry Cookbook was first created years ago to provide Philmont’s backcountry staffs with a resource useful for preparing meals using items provided in a the typical commissary. The first edition had plenty of SPAM recipes. The latest revision of the cookbook was done in 2009.

Now is the time to update the cookbook again. If you have recipes that were used in backcountry camps, please send them in to be added to the newest version of the Backcountry Cookbook. We are looking for recipes for entrees, appetizers, desserts, drink concoctions (non-alcoholic), dips and other edible treats that have graced dining tables in the Philmont backcountry.

To submit your recipes, send them to: psadirector@philstaff.com or mail to: PSA, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714.

The new Backcountry Cookbook will be available for purchase in the Spring of 2016.

Cookbook photo courtesy of Jenn (Pink Polly-Anna).