I am Rich Mock, your new president. Following Larry Fariss’s ten year term and record of success will be a real challenge for me but with your help and the support of the board staff, I think we can make some progress.
I’ve lived in the NE corner of the Black Forest by Hodgen and Eastonville for over twenty years. My wonderful wife, Cris, and I have two horses and four cats but am currently dogless. We were instrumental in establishing the Palmer Divide trail when I was president of the Woodlake HOA. I started a friend’s group there (see my picture by the sign) and at Homestead Ranch. I’ve also served on the El Paso County Parks Advisory Board and am currently part of the Fairgrounds Corp. I admit to being a chronic volunteer. Serving my community is important to me.
I’m originally from the Albany NY area and got here through my Air Force civil service career, retiring out of the AF Academy. Also did some defense contractor work, adjunct faculty and consulting. Now looking forward to serving you!
For this newsletter, I’ve asked the MeadowGrass chair, Nicole Nicoletta, to tell us about the 2021 COVID compliant fest and longtime BF resident, Judy von Ahlefeldt, to provide some BFTA history. Board members Gordon Limb writes about biker etiquette and Nancy Reinhardt provides an equestrian perspective. Also still serving board member Larry Fariss updates us on Redtail Ranch trail progress. I’d also like to start a guest column with the first input from AnnElise Smith on Section 16. Please send your thoughts so we can include.
My initial goals are to increase community outreach and membership involvement; network with local government and community partners; and develop a strategic plan. Three is enough to start. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts, issues and ideas to keep BF cool.
Rich Mock President BFTA
Black Forest Trails Association
P.O. Box 88041
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80908
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