We had an outstanding turn-out for our winter planning meeting, with an enthusiastic group of members, some brand new, and a few non-members checking us out. The group decided to use some of our regional funds offering winter sports workshops. After the meeting we went for an invigorating hike through the snow in the Arboretum at SUNY Geneseo.
Noting that Margaret has had increasing responsibilities outside of Women Outdoors, Reba volunteered to take on the role of Co-Regional Contact. We thank Margaret for her time in this role and welcome Reba.
I asked Reba to share her bio with us:
I was born in NYC, near Alley Pond Park Queens. The day camp I attended was the Samuel Field Y with campgrounds on Huntington Long Island. We built campsites in the woods, swam and had fun playing tether ball. I loved to hike on the dirt trail to the campsite. I enjoyed bike riding to my piano lesson through a few tree canopied streets.
Cornell University with its beautiful grounds, lakes and waterfalls drew me upstate. Marriage, 3 children and work as a registered dietitian kept me busy during the 80’s and 90’s. There was a memorable family trip to St John where we stayed in a tree house with its own gecko Now the marriage is completed, the children have finished college and are on their own.
My first girlfriend and I hiked in the parks to many waterfalls of the fingerlakes region. I had my 50th birthday party in a lodge at Ellison Park, Monroe County and we went cross country skiing through the park.
I am active in my reform Jewish congregation Temple Sinai, which is set in the woods near Corbetts Glen.
Women Outdoors is a good fit for me, it has women and it has the outdoors. I have been a member of Women Outdoors Inc for three years. I was elected to the Board of Directors of Women Outdoors as Treasurer .I’ve attended the Gathering twice in New Hampshire. I have attended and led hiking and cross country skiing day trips for FLNY region I see learning outdoor skills as an ongoing process and getting lost is an adventure. In the next Women Outdoors magazine you will read about one of my adventures on a women outdoors kayaking trip.
It is an honor to assist Sandy in coordinating our Finger Lakes Region of Women Outdoors.
Reba G Silterra