Nestled between Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds and the Sawtooth Range, between a batholith and Paleozoic sediments, and the volcanic Snake River Plain is a narrow, linear hollow known as “Sun Valley.” Sun Valley has been a seasonal home to many celebrities, including American novelist Ernest Hemingway, and champion skiers since the late 1930s.
And for a few wonderful days in August, Sun Valley Resort was home to our Trustee Associates for their annual meeting. Thanks to our hosts, David and Bonnie Hawk, we enjoyed the company of three special speakers, fly-fishing, golfing, art tours and more.
Idaho University geology professor Michael McCurry led us on a field trip to Craters of the Moon National Monument – a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. Emeritus Professor Spencer Wood, of Boise State University, gave a presentation about the public data of the Little Willow Field and relevant geology of the Payette Basin.
Lastly, we were entertained at our farewell dinner by Dick Fosbury, an American retired high jumper and Olympic gold medalist who revolutionized the high jump event with his unique “back-first” technique, the “Fosbury Flop.”
Another highlight of the event was the first-ever Trustee Associates auction, where bidders vied for a piece of Bruneau jasper, a meteorite, a core lamp and – the most memorable and highest bid went to – a mounted jackalope head!
Despite the many beautiful distractions Sun Valley had to offer, we conducted two Foundation business meetings and elected new Trustee Associate officers. Larry Jones was elected as the new chair, Martin Shields as vice chair, and Bill Monroe will complete his second year as secretary/treasurer.
The Trustee Associates are a vital part of the Foundation and their annual meeting is a great opportunity to stay current on Foundation business while enjoying the company of both old and new friends. We hope you will consider joining us next year in Kohler, Wis., at the American Club – a five-star, five-diamond hotel that has served as an icon of gracious hospitality for 100 years.
If you would like to find out more about the Trustee Associates program, please contact the Foundation office at 918-560-2644 or [email protected].