Vermont Outdoors Woman now an independent 501-C3 non profit

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Vermont Outdoors Woman now an independent 501-C3 non profit

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 2:29am -- tim

Vermont Outdoor Guide Association As we prepare for our 25th year of providing Vermont's recreation information to the public while working to improve awareness of the value of recreation tourism here at home, we are making several changes to our organization. In order to focus more on issues related to our industry, we changed our women's division, Vermont Outdoors Woman to an independent 501-C3 non profit organization. Outdoors Woman Inc DBA Vermont Outdoors Woman is now under new management with a new board of directors and a new website. www.outdoorswoman.org

Many thanks to VOW sponsors, volunteers and instructors for supporting this important program and I hope that you will continue to assist the organization in delivering affordable outdoor educational programing to women in Vermont and beyond.

The Value of Advocacy:

Last spring with help from many of our friends and members, we were able to convince Governor Scott to veto S.105, a waiver busting bill that would have had a negative affect on the validity of waivers used in recreational settings. More than just guide services would have been affected. Youth programs and camps, charitable events and fund raisers such as races, Special Olympics, The Penguin Plunge and more would have been made more susceptible to frivolous lawsuits. With your help, we will continue to monitor the state legislature and advocate for Vermont's recreation industry.

I'd like thank our current members for staying with us during our time of transition. If you are late with your dues, please consider rejoining so that you can be included in our new directory. We'll be listing guide services, tour operators, trail organizations, lodging, gear rentals, retailers, manufacturers, outdoor educators and more on our new website. Here's the link to our printable membership form: www.voga.org/vermont_outdoor_guide_associatio.htm

Vermont Outdoor Guide Association (VOGA)

P.O. Box 10, N. Ferrisburgh, VT. 05473

info@voga.org

www.voga.org

802-425-6211

What's New?

New website coming to Promote Vermont's Recreation providers.

We hope to launch a new recreation directory in January, 2019. After gathering Vermont's recreation information for over a year, we've started work on the new website.

If you are familiar with Weebly, we are looking for volunteers to help us change over to a more mobile friendly format. With over 6,000 links, it will be a load of work and we'd appreciate any assistance.

We are also moving into a new office where we'll have space for meetings and work spaces for volunteers who'd like to help out. The move should be complete by the end of November but we're already working from the new space.

Upcoming Events

Northern Forest Canoe Trail's online auction takes place from November 1 to December 3.

Vermont’s Rifle Deer Season Starts Saturday, Nov. 10

Dust 'Em Off - Fatbike Gravel Grinder 2018, November 17, 2018. Hosted by Mountain Bike Vermont.

January 3-9 - U.S. Cross Country Championships to be held at Craftsbury Outdoor Center.

27th Annual Yankee Sportsman's Classic at Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Jct., VT. January 18-20, 2019

Survival Weekend for Women, January 26 - 27, 2019 in Monkton, VT.

Winter Doe Camp, a weekend retreat for adventurous women will take place on February 1 - 3, 2019 at Hulbert Outdoor Center.

Lake Dunmore Ice Fishing Derby Feb 2nd & 3rd, 2019.

The 36th Annual Vermont Tourism Summit will be held Thursday & Friday, April 4 & 5, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Burlington Hotel) in South Burlington, Vermont.

Do you know that there are over 20 alpine ski areas in Vermont to ski & ride? And 29 cross country areas?

Get Listed at www.voga.org

To get listed on our online recreation directory, join VOGA during November or December and get 13 months of membership.

You'll be listed on our old website and on our new website when it is ready to be published. Multiple listings are free.

With membership we'll post your recreation based events and job openings at no additional charge.

Learn More About VOGA