FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway Mountain Branch
Contact: Wyvonne Phillips, Byway Manager
135 W Main Street, Trinidad, CO 81082
March 22, 2004
National Scenic Byway Foundation Incorporated
A group of ten individuals from several sectors of the Byway community
have responded to a need identified at the 2001 National Scenic Byway Conference
in Portland, OR and created the National Scenic Byway Foundation. The group
included representatives from eight states with representation from the
not-for-profit, government and for-profit organizations. The group filed
in Minnesota where state law allows organizational business to be conducted
and meetings to be held by telephone and e-mail. The Secretary of State
approved the Articles of Incorporation on February 12, 2004.
On March 16 the Incorporators met by teleconference and conducted their
first business. Bylaws were adopted and officers elected all of whom serve
as volunteers. Shelley Johnson, Creole Nature Trail in Louisiana chairs
the group. Teresa Mitchell of the Seaway Trail, Inc. in New York is Vice
Chair and Deborah Divine, BWR Corporation, Kansas Scenic Byway Coordinator
is Treasurer. Douglas Arnold, Greater Alton/Twin Rivers CVB in Illinois
and Bobby Koepplin, Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway in North Dakota serve
on the Executive Committee. Other incorporators who continue as directors
of the organization are Ty Bromell. Executive Director of the Louisiana
Governor's Office of Rural Development; Sally Pearce, Colorado Scenic Byway
Coordinator; Wyvonne Phillips, Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Highway-Mountain
Branch in Colorado and Paul F. Staley, Ohio Scenic Byway Coordinator The
incorporators appointed Richard Haskett, Rice Creek Resources in Minnesota
as Executive Director.
The Foundation is based on a belief that through unique powers as a not-for-profit
and tax exempt charitable organization it can aid in the successful completion
of projects that might not otherwise be accomplished by byways and byway
organizations. It will strive to have the Byway collection of distinctive
American roads, their stories and treasured places become as recognized
and valued as national parks, forests and wildlife refuges and will assist
current and future development, management, preservation and enhancement
of byways through cooperation between units of government, the for-profit
and the not-for-profit sectors. The mission of the Foundation is to assist
other organizations in creating cooperative opportunities, developing human,
financial and other resources and promoting scenic byways for the enjoyment
of the public.
As identified in its articles of incorporation the purposes of the Foundation
o to educate the public, volunteers and byway professionals in matters
relating to byways.
o to conduct research for the benefit of byways and byway organizations.
o to carry out charitable byway related projects that might not be addressed
by other organizations.
o to develop human, financial and other resources and promote scenic byways
for the enjoyment of the public.
o to maintain communication between byway interest groups and individuals.
o to recognize significant achievements relating to byways.
o to develop partnerships with units of government, the not-for-profit and
the for- profit sectors.
Membership in the Foundation is open to any individual or organization
interested in furthering its purposes. Like similar organizations such as
the National Park Foundation, the National Forest Foundation and the National
Fish and Wildlife Foundation; the National Scenic Byway Foundation is composed
of members who contribute to its support. In addition the Foundation will
engage in fundraising activities to carry out its projects. Individuals
and organizations who become members at the appropriate level before December
31, 2005 qualify as "Founding Members" and will retain that distinction
in all future membership rolls so long as dues are current. Memberships
begin at only $40 per year and range to $1000.00 for sustaining lifetime
participation. The Board may also award honorary, reciprocal and chapter
memberships to worthy recipients.
Lifetime Sustaining* $1,000 Payable as two $500 installments over
two consecutive calendar years.
Founding Organization* $400 Includes calendar years in which payment
is received and the subsequent calendar year. Available only until December
Founding Individual* $100 Includes calendar years in which payment
is received and the subsequent calendar year. Available only until December
Founding Honorary Gratis Awarded only by vote of Board. Available
only until December 31, 2005.
Annual Organization* $150 Annual for calendar year
Annual Individual* $40 Annual for calendar year
Honorary Gratis Awarded only by vote of Board
Reciprocal Organization Gratis Awarded only by vote of Board
Chapter Gratis Awarded only by vote of Board
*The Foundation may accept in-kind donations for these membership categories
in lieu of cash dues. In kind donations include services such as graphic
design, website development and hosting, legal services, printing etc. Contact
the Executive Director for more information.
Interested individuals and organizations may now help launch the Foundation.
They can begin the quest to have Scenic Byways become as recognized and
valued as national parks, forests and refuges. To join, complete the following
form, enclose payment (Payable to the National Scenic Byway Foundation)
and return to:
National Scenic Byway Foundation
c/o Rice Creek Resources
2139 Violet Lane
New Brighton, MN 55112-5168
For more information call the Foundation's Executive Director at 651-330-6375
Membership Application National Scenic Byway Foundation
Name of Individual:
Name of Organization:
Street Address City State Zip:
Phone, Fax, E-mail:
Membership Class (Check One)
($1,000) Payable as two $500 installments over two consecutive calendar
($400) Available only until December 31, 2005.
($100) Available only until December 31, 2005.
Comments or project
suggestions for the Foundation
For additional information contact one of the following:
Incorporators of the National Scenic Byway Foundation
Name, Organization, Street City, ST, Zip, Phone, e-mail, Office
Douglas Arnold * PresidentGreater Alton/Twin Rivers CVB 200 Piasa St Alton,
IL 62002 800-258-6645 firstname.lastname@example.org Executive Committee
Ty Bromell Executive DirectorLouisiana Governor's Office of Rural Development
P.O. Box 94004150 Third Street Baton Rouge LA, 70804 225-342-1618 email@example.com
Deborah Divine Kansas State Byways Program Manager c/o BWR Corporation609
West North Street Salina, KS 67401-2064 785-827-3603 800-684-6966 firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Haskett Rice Creek Resources 2139 Violet Lane New Brighton, MN 55112
651-330-6375 RCRHaskett@comcast.net Executive Director
Shelley Johnson Southwest Louisiana/Lake Charles Convention and Visitors
Bureau 1205 N. Lakeshore DrivePO Box 1912 Lake Charles, LA 70602 337-436-9588
email@example.com Chair "This is very exciting. It is
so wonderful to have a concept come to fruition. Great job everyone. It
is an honor to be a part of this great new opportunity."
Bobby Koepplin Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway 1105 7th Street SE
Valley City, ND 58072-4164 701-845-2251 firstname.lastname@example.org Executive Director-
"Congratulations fellow committee members, Now the work begins. On
behalf of the National Byway Foundation thank you for caring enough to make
Teresa Mitchell Executive DirectorSeaway Trail Inc. Ray & West Main
Streets Sackets Harbor, NY 13685 315-646-1000 email@example.com Vice
Sally Pearce Scenic Byways Program CoordinatorDivision of Transportation
Development--Colorado Department of Transportation 4201 East Arkansas, EP
606 Denver, CO 80222 303-757-9786 firstname.lastname@example.org
"Congratulations on getting this thing up and running. Good job!"
Wyvonne Phillips Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway- Mountain Branch
136 West Main Street Trinidad, CO 81082 719-845-0332 or 719-846-5645 email@example.com
"We don't make the highways, we create the fun on them!"
Paul F Staley Section ChiefOhio Department of Transportation 1980 W. Broad
St., 2nd Floor Columbus, OH 43223 614-728-5078 firstname.lastname@example.org