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By: Abi Jackson
02/10/17 09:29:30 AM

Volunteers have been working in the Mint Spring area of the Ozark Trail. Hikeres had noted cutting activity in the area that caused the trail to be partially covered and difficult to follow. Issues have been resolved and this section is now ready for hikers.

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By: Ken Kurtz
02/08/17 11:23:26 AM

Schnucks has partnered with eScrip for the Schnucks Community Card program.  The Ozark Trail Association has enrolled in the program and will now receive contributions for everything you purchase from Schnucks and other participating businesses.  If you live near or can shop at Schnucks the OTA will receive up to 3% of the purchase.  This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to our favorite trail while doing what you normally do. 

All you need to do to participate is to pick up a card from Schnucks and then register it on their website  The OTA group ID is 500826091

By: Jeff Goetter
01/27/17 11:41:08 AM

Members of the Ozark Trail Association will be attending the 2017 American Trails International Trails Symposium this May in Dayton, Ohio.

The symposium is the largest gathering of all trail interests— professionals, managers, and users who believe their combined voices are the best way to strengthen trails for everyone. The Symposium includes dozens of educational sessions covering the broad range of trail issues, internationally prominent speakers, a state-of-the-art exhibit hall, informative and interactive mobile workshops and plenty of networking opportunities.

The OTA has been accepted to provide two of the education sessions being held. The first one we will be hosting a "Trail Talk" (a.k.a. Breakfast with an Expert) Session where we will facilitate an informal discussion and exchange of how we do our Mega Events.

Secondly we will have a Poster Presentation of the OT on display in a common area in the Exhibit Hall throughout the Symposium. As part of the display we will also have an opportunity to share our “story" and to meet with interested attendees at designated times during the Symposium.

By: Ken Kurtz
01/27/17 12:01:21 PM

Congratulations to the newly elected Board members: Lee Seckinger, Katie Rhode, Rebecca Landewe, and Stephen Meyers!  They will be joining returning members: Roger Allison, Kathie Brennan, Dave Tobey, Steve Myers, Mark Goforth, Kai Walker, Edward Wilson, Ronnie Koskovich, April Scott, Katie Pittman, Mark Seesing, and Ken Kurtz.
We want to extend a huge thank you to Russell Martin, Kristin Schulte, and Neal Humke, whose terms expired and they decided not to return. Their service has been invaluable to the OTA, and we will miss their presence as much as their contributions.
In addition to new board members, we also have a new slate of Officers for 2017.  Kathie Brennan has been elected to be the new President, Edward Wilson as Vice President, Ronnie Koskovich as Treasurer, and Jeff Goetter has agreed to stay on as Secretary.  A terrific group of Officers and we wish them tremendous success.
Last and by far not least, we want to give a most heartfelt 'Thank You' to Roger Allison as he has stepped down from the presidency.  It was a challenging year for him as he juggled to keep the ship aright after the loss of the Executive Director.  His efforts were successful as the organization has made great strides this year in expanding and moving forward.