Homecoming Weekend achieved a remarkable feat of being both extremely busy while being simultaneously restorative. As I noted in my remarks during the Annual Meeting, I am grateful for all of the scientists and public health professionals who worked so hard over the last year developing COVID vaccines so that we could gather safely in person. If you have not gotten your vaccination yet, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible! Among the highlights of the weekend for me were the talent show hosted by Friction Farm (we have some extremely talented members and staff!), the dialogue about the future of The Mountain which featured frank and productive discussions about how to bridge generational gaps, and the discussion about possible new buildings to support The Mountain's mission. The staff and numerous volunteers have been working hard on catching up on deferred maintenance and facilities upgrades, and it was great to see their efforts firsthand.
Homecoming also hosted the last meeting of the 2020-21 Board of Trustees and the first meeting of the 2021-22 Board of Trustees. I'm extremely grateful to serve alongside my fellow Trustees. To a person, they are deeply committed to The Mountain and its mission, and have been working hard to set the stage for The Mountain to have a bigger imprint on the world in its next 40 years. If you have any dreams, ideas, or even concerns, I encourage you to reach out to the Trustees so that we can better understand what The Mountain means to you.