What's New at Sisters Trails Alliance
STA Transition to an independent non-profit organization
The advisory committee has some very important news to share with all of you. We have elected to leave the Sisters Park and Recreation District as a committee partner and form our own non-profit corporation registered in the State of Oregon. This process should happen fairly quickly, probably 30 or 40 days, and will allow us to move forward with applying for 501c3 status with the IRS. We made this decision because it became evident that both organizations were moving in different directions and our projects were becoming a burden to the smooth operation of the parks district. As a committee, we were never a legal entity and always had to get approval from SPRD for everything we did. As our own non-profit, it will make it a lot easier to enter into agreements with the Forest Service, City, and funders.
As of last night, we amended article 1 of our bylaws to reflect this decision. In November, when you receive your ballots for electing advisors, you will also receive an updated copy of the bylaws along with a request to approve them. Once that is done, all of you who have paid their dues will become members of STA. Once we secure the blessing of the IRS within the next year and receive our 501c3 status, all donations, dues, and gifts, will be tax deductible. If you have any further questions please let us know. This is an exciting time for all of us and we look forward to moving forward with our mission:
The Sisters Trails Alliance is a volunteer organization dedicated to envisioning, building, maintaining and promoting a non-motorized, multi-user community trails system, as defined in the Sisters Community Trails Plan.
For an information sheet on the paved path trail projects please click here.