Membership Meetings

Sandia Ranger Station, Tijeras, NM

General membership meetings normally are held at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month from April to October in the conference room at the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. (No meetings are held November through March.) Meetings include brief reports from the FOSM President, Projects Chair, and Treasurer followed by an informative presentation on a subject pertinent to our mission

The FOSM Vice-President is responsible for arranging speakers for these meetings.

Summaries of previous meetings are available via the dropdown menu above or by clicking on a link at the bottom of this page. Due to the COVID pandemic, no meetings were held in 2020, and all meetings in 2021 were held by Zoom. Meetings will continue to be held using Zoom until COVID restrictions are lifted.

We strive for a mix of informative, educational, and entertaining topics each year including talks focused on enhancing our knowledge of like-minded organizations to help accomplish our mission of supporting the Forest Service. The FOSM board of directors was presented with a list of 32 such organizations and each member asked to choose four she or he would like to hear about at future membership meetings. The top six organizations resulting from this weighted-choice poll were:

  • La Madera Volunteer Fire Department
  • NM Volunteers for the Outdoors
  • Forest Service Southwest Coordination Center — Dispatch
  • Bernalillo County Open Space
  • City of Albuquerque Open Space
  • Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council

Using this as a guide, a tentative schedule for 2022 speakers was established:

  • April 5 – Crystal Powell and Julie Padilla, USFS/SRD Update and Recreation Program Priorities
  • May 3 – Ed DiBello, New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors
  • June 7 – Jayne Aubele, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Historical Geology of the Sandia Mountains
  • July 5 – Jerry Carroll, La Madera Volunteer Fire Department
  • August 2 – Elliott Herrera, Forest Service, Southwest Coordination Center – Dispatch (Alternate in case Elliott is dispatched again: Trevor J. Mayschak, International Mountain Medicine Center)
  • September 6 – Jessica Sapunar-Jursich, City of Albuquerque Open Space
  • October 4 – Mike Madden, State of FOSM and annual election results

April 5, 2022 General Membership Meeting

Speakers: Crystal Powell, District Ranger; Julie Padilla, SRD Recreation Staff Officer

Program: “Sandia Ranger District 2022 Outlook”

Links to presentations (PDF files):

May 3, 2022 General Membership Meeting

TITLE OF PROGRAM – “New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors (NMVFO)”

BRIEF ABSTRACT OF PRESENTATION – New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors (NMVFO) is an inclusive all-volunteer, action-oriented, non-political nonprofit organization that promotes involvement and education of the public in the maintenance, improvement, and stewardship of New Mexico’s public lands. NMVFO specializes in constructing and improving trails and other outdoor facilities to increase outdoor recreation opportunities in New Mexico, as well as enhancing wildlife habitat and protecting the environment. The presentation will cover NMVFO’s history, what agencies and organizations we work with, training opportunities, examples of previous projects, and projects planned for 2022. Established in 1982, we are celebrating our 40th Anniversary.

BRIEF BIO – Ed DiBello discovered the Rocky Mountains while attending college in Colorado. Based on that experience; to live, work, and play in the Rocky Mountain west became a career goal. He has been a member and volunteer with New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors since 2007. He served on the Board from 2016 through 2020. He was Vice Chairperson in 2017 and Chairperson from 2018 through 2019. He is also an alumni member of the Sandia Peak Ski Patrol. Ed is a retired engineer and former Air Force pilot. His hobbies include hiking and downhill and cross country skiing. He enjoys working on New Mexico trails as both a worker and project leader.

Links to presentations (PDF files):

Prior-year meetings: 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016