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 TO; ALL Eastern Sierra Unit Members
During our State meeting on February 10th, 2018 there was a proposal brought forward to hire a packing intern and have them attend the Center of Excellence training center in the Inyo Forest with Michael Morse and Lee Roeser.  

They would start in June and continue for 8 to 10 week. Total cost would be around $10,000. Some Units of BCHC have already committed funds. The remainder of funding must come from other Units of BCHC. In talking with our Treasurer, Bill Carter we feels we can donate up to $1000 for this effort. I need to hear from our members if this is something they would commit to and how much they want to commit.

I have to vote on this no later than March 15th, so I need your input ASAP. I have attached the information sheet I received on this matter. Please review and let me know what you think the Eastern Sierra Unit should do.

Thank you:  Troy 

INFORMATION SHEET
Packing Intern:

BCHC is looking to sponsor a summer packing intern with the Center Of Excellence in the Inyo NF.
The position would be for 8 to 10 weeks this summer starting in June. They would learn packing skills, LNT skills, wilderness ethics, and stock management from Michael Morse and Lee Roeser.
BCHC would benefit by fulfilling our goals and objectives of working with our government agencies in securing the position of packers for the future We would also be supporting and promoting the Center Of Excellence. The intern would be a spokesman for promoting our goals and objectives. The position could lead to full time employment with the agencies.
Selection for the position would hopefully come from the ranks of BCHC members 18 to 25 year olds or from Collegiate Packers that have participated at Mule Days.
We have funding commitments from Mid Valley Unit and Mother Lode Unit. We have applied for a grant from BCHA. These commitments will total around $5000. We are now looking for donations from the other BCHC units to get up to the necessary $10,000 to fund this intern. If we raise excess monies, we will deposit the extra funds into our education fund.
If this vote passes, BCHC would be making a donation to East Sierra Conservation Corp. and they will handle payroll and benefits. FS would provide housing and liability insurance. This removes us from liability.
Because this was not an agenized item on February 10th , we could not vote on this at the meeting, and we felt the Directors needed to discuss this with their various Units. We are asking for an email vote by each State Directors of Yes or No. 
The vote is for Units to agree or disagree to assist with funding of this summer packing intern. If you vote “YES” Your Unit is agreeing to donate money for this cause and you must indicate an amount the Unit is willing to give. A “NO” vote means you do not want to fund this intern. Passage requires a 2/3 vote.