Welcome to fall! I hope you are enjoying the trails and the foliage. Today, I want to take a moment to thank you for being part of the BETA community and also to share some exciting news.
With your help and support, this summer, BETA built four new trails in four towns, and we updated, improved, or extended many others. In addition to working with professional builders, our volunteers put in a ton of hours. We also laid the foundations for upcoming projects next year and beyond. All of this work will better serve our communities and ensure a sustainable future for our trails.
I also want to thank our members for their patience and trust while the board’s hiring committee searched for the right person to become our next Executive Director. We are grateful for Josh Wilson's leadership and dedication for the past eight years -- skillfully building BETA into a strong and effective nonprofit organization. Finding a successor to carry on our trajectory was challenging but vitally important.
I’m happy to welcome Glenn Glover as our new Executive Director. Glenn brings a wealth of professional experience, including six years as E.D. of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, four years as President of Washington State Trails Coalition, and three years managing statewide recreation and resources for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. We were seeking a candidate with a special blend of experience, passion, personality, and skill to lead BETA. Glenn is that person.
Glenn is already ramping up into the position. He’ll officially take the reins as Executive Director on October 30, 2023. Joining Glenn in relocating to the area are his wife, Toni, and their two golden retrievers. During a visit this summer, they were struck by our community's warmth and welcoming nature.
We are planning a series of events in early November for our members to meet Glenn. Stay tuned for details.
In the meantime, please join me in welcoming Glenn to BETA. Our board and staff are excited about the future and we hope you are as well. Thank you for your continued support, involvement, and trust.
President, BETA Board of Directors