We are delighted to introduce Bobbie Young, ERF’s new Administrative Director. Bobbie brings a wealth of experience in not-for-profit leadership and management, event planning, fundraising, and volunteer development. She has served as the Executive Director of Lohse Family YMCA in Tucson, Recreation Supervisor for Green Valley Recreation, Regional Executive Director for the Central Coast YMCA of California, and the Volunteer Coordinator of the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Bobbie has lived in Tucson for the majority of her life and appreciates the beauty of Southern Arizona. She and her husband, Western fiddle player Benny Young, are actively involved in the Western Music Association. Bobbie is delighted to join an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Empire Ranch’s history and heritage.
Dedicated volunteers have been key to preserving the historic Empire Ranch House and Headquarters. Volunteer Days for hands-on preservation activities at the ranch are held generally on the third Saturday of February, April, June, August, and October. Join us on Saturday, October 17th from 8am to 2 pm to help us get ready for the Roundup. To volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Opportunities Form, and we will contact you with more details!
Charities in the area, including the Empire Ranch Foundation, are selling tickets with each charity keeping 100% of the proceeds raised. Click here to purchase your tickets now!
Empire Ranch Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management will celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on September 26, 2015, as one of the more than 2,000 sites participating in the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. We are calling for adults, families, public schools, and youth organizations to lend a hand at the historic Empire Ranch.
Click here to learn more about the event and to volunteer.
Please help us understand how the Empire Ranch Foundation is doing in accomplishing our mission and serving the needs of our members by completing a short survey.
Go to http://empireranchsurvey.questionpro.com to complete the survey online. Or call 520-732-7931 to have a paper copy mailed to you that you can fill out and mail back to us. At the end of the survey you will have the option of entering a drawing for an Empire Ranch denim shirt or an Empire Ranch (Images of America) book.
The survey closes Sept. 30, 2015. We truly value your input!
On May 13th Elgin School 6th and 7th grade students and their teachers arrived at the Empire Ranch to learn about Arizona’s rich ranching heritage. This year’s instructional sessions included horsehair braiding, roping, biscuit making and horse care. Their hearty lunch of brisket, tortillas and beans was accompanied by the music of Janice Deardorff.
Click here to view photos of Legacy Day activities.
The primary phase of stabilizing the historic Adobe Haybarn structure is complete! In early April, Statistical Research Inc. completed their contract work and removed interior scaffolding and bracing
from the structure. The exterior security fence has also been removed. Read a full description of the project in the May 2015 newsletter.
For a cumulative summary of preservation projects underway and completed since 2000, click here.
May marks the start of our membership drive for the Foundation’s 2015-2016 membership
year. There are not many historic ranches left in the west and with your help we can continue to protect and preserve the Empire Ranch for future generations to enjoy.
We hope you will renew your membership or join as new member. To join via this website, click here. Or call 888-364-2829 to process your membership by phone.
To read more about ongoing events at the Empire Ranch, read the May 2015 Newsletter.
The 5th annual Western Movies at The Loft Event on August 12th featured John Wayne’s last movie, The Shootist. Everyone attending enjoyed the lobby reception, the presentation from, Miles Swarthout, son of Glendon Swarthout who wrote the novel on which the movie is based, and of course the film. Click here to view photos of the evening’s festivities.