ANPR e-Newsletter

October 3, 2021

A periodic e-newsletter from the Association of National Park Rangers
Compiled by Elsa Hansen, Board Member for Internal Communications, and others.

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Last Chance for

Several Things

Super Raffle 2021
Only 14 days until the drawing on October 16

If you've obtained some tickets, think about getting a few more - for your spouse, or your kids, or a birthday gift to a friend.

AND NOTE: Several of you have donated for 100 tickets, and therefore, as of this date, are TIED for the prize for MOST TICKETS. If you want to increase your chances for WINNNG the $500 gift card alone, you'll need to donate for more tickets to break the tie.

As an ANPR member, you can "donate" for "tickets" for yourself and/or you can solicit donations for tickets from family, friends, or whomever, by sharing the raffle URL and asking them to enter your name in the "Give credit for my tickets to:" field, so you can get credit for the ticket(s). Or, you can seek donations from others in person, and then manually enter their information and payment into the dashboard. 
The raffle URL is:

There will be a $500 gift card prize with Amazon for the most donations for tickets by an individual, and a $100 gift card prize with Amazon for the person who donates for the ticket drawn for the "Grand Prize."

The Prizes (see details by going to the URL)
  1. Grand Prize: “Roll Your Own” trip – you decide when, where, how long and who goes with you. ANPR will contribute up to $1800, or take $1400 cash in lieu of trip.
  2. One week stay at cabin outside Yellowstone National Park – value $1200.
  3. Original Nature Photograph by Connie Rudd – value $200
  4. Quilted wall hanging by famous Alaska quilt artist Ree Nancarrow – value $650
  5. Stained glass NPS arrowhead – value $525
  6. Lodging (four nights) at Ranger Rendezvous in Tucson, AZ – value $500 (or take $200 in lieu of)
  7. Hand carved caricature of a “ranger” by Rob Arnberger – value $450
  8. Two-night stay in an AirBnb “tiny house” plus a dinner for two at a supper club in New Orleans – value $300+
  9. Collection of “NPS books” autographed by the authors (see the list on the website) – value TBD – INCLUDING SIGNED BOOK BY BETTY REID SOSKIN (Oldest NPS Park Ranger who will turn 100 years old on September 22). 
  10. Collection of seven books from Mountaineers Books – value $200 
  11. Handmade NPS Plaque by Rick Seward – value $175 
  12. Stained glass hanging of a bison – value $60
  13. Two bottles of homemade wine from boutique vineyard of Jim Milestone (retired NPS superintendent) – value $85 
We expect that additional prizes will be added and we will send out updates periodically announcing new prizes and other information, or check the URL for updated list of prizes.

Donations for tickets:
  • 1 ticket - $5.00
  • 10 tickets - $40.00
  • 50 tickets - $150.00
  • 100 tickets - $200.00
Voting for Photo Contest is Live!
From October 3-13, visit the ANPR Facebook page and vote for your favorite photos. 

The winners will be chosen by which photo has the most “likes." Winners will be selected from each category and have their photos published in ANPR’s quarterly magazine, Ranger, and a “Best of Show” photo will take the top spot! In addition, the winners of each category will receive a $25 gift card from Amazon; and the "Best of Show" will receive a $100 gift card from Amazon.
Ranger Rendezvous Update
With the cancellation of RR44 in Jacksonville, we are planning several mini-RR “meet and greet” meetings on October 16 in the following locations (all starting at 7:00pm local time, except for Tucson which will start at 4:00pm MST):
  • Washington DC at the MetroBar DC, 640 Rhode Island Ave, NE. Contact
  • Minneapolis, MN at Lake Monster Brewing in Saint Paul: 550 Vandaia St., #160 (on the border with Minneapolis). Contact for additional details.
  • Moab, UT at Spitfire Smokehouse Bar and Taps at 2 South 100 W. Contact for additional details.
  • Asheville, NC at Forestry Camp (Burial Beer Co.), 10 Shady Oak Dr., Asheville, NC. Contact or
  • Tucson, AZ at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa at 245 East Ina Road. This will be the location for RR45 in October 2022. Contact for additional information. Note: Starts at 4PM.
Those of you in/near those locations will hear more details from the event coordinators.
Mark Your Calendars for October 16
With the demise of Ranger Rendezvous 44 in Jacksonville FL, ANPR will conduct its annual membership meeting (via Zoom) as required by our by-laws. The meeting will begin at 1:00PM EDT (10:00AM PDT).

Here is the Zoom link to join the meeting. NOTE: Save this link - there will not be another notice distributed with the link:
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  • Welcome and Introduction – President Paul Anderson
    • Treasurer - Bill Wade
    • Secretary - Lauren Kopplin
    • Board Member for Membership Services - Reghan Tank
    • Board Member for Fundraising - Jeanette Meleen
    • Board Member for Professional Issues – Tim Moore
    • Board Member for Seasonal Perspectives – Lauren DeGennaro
    • Board Member for Training and Development – Tom Banks
    • Board Member for Government Affairs – Rebecca Harriett
    • Board Member for Internal Communications – Elsa Hansen
    • Board Member for Strategic Planning – Jonathan Shafer
  • State of the Association – President Paul Anderson
  • Nomination of candidates for vacant Board positions:
    • Board Member for Membership Services (three-year term)
    • Board Member for Fundraising (three-year term)
    • President Elect (one year as President Elect; then automatically assumes position of ANPR President for a three-year term)
  • Open discussion from the floor
  • Announcement of Super Raffle winners (pending completion of the drawing)
Help Carry on the ANPR Mission by Joining our Board of Directors
Has ANPR made a difference in your personal and professional life? Would you like to help contribute to the continued success and growth of ANPR as the professional organization for employees of the National Park Service?
If so, consider running for the ANPR Board of Directors!
This year, three key positions are open: President-Elect, Board Member for Fundraising and Board Member for Membership Services. Visit our website to see who’s currently on the board, and to review the “officer position descriptions.” Board of Directors | ANPR
If you have an interest in running for any of these positions or if you would like to nominate someone to run, please email Jamie Richards, Chair, ANPR Election Committee at, or be prepared to self-nominate or nominate someone during the annual membership meeting. 
Ranger Rendezvous Management Team
We are still looking for volunteers to help with various functions at next year's Ranger Rendezvous in Tucson. If you are interested in helping with any of the following (either as lead or support), contact 
Examining Ranger Associations: A Mixed-Method Approach

The Association of National Park Rangers is cooperating with the University of Central Florida on a research study of Ranger Associations. Here are the details:

You are being invited to voluntarily take part in a research study. The purpose of this research is to examine perceptions and experiences with ranger associations. You are being asked to participate because of your experience working in, or in association with, conservation areas and ranger associations. The data you provide will be valuable for strengthening conservation efforts. 

You are being asked to participate in a survey. This survey will take place in a setting of your choosing and will be completed online. The survey is expected to range from 15-30 minutes, and your responses will be confidential. 
Link to survey:
You may also participate in an interview. This interview will be conducted online through virtual conferencing software (e.g., Skype, Zoom) or through telephone. You can conduct the interview in a setting and time of your choice. The interview is expected to last approximately 1 hour, and your responses will be confidential. 

If you would like to participate in the interview, or if you have questions, please contact:

Richard L. Elligson, Jr, Doctoral Student, Department of Criminal Justice, College of Community Innovation and Education, by email at
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