Friends of the Little Miami State Park
Friend of the Little Miami State Park
At its December 20, 2009 meeting, the Board reluctantly accepted the resignations of Simeon Copple as President of Friends of the Little Miami State Park (FLMSP) and Chris Habib as Secretary. While Simeon will remain on the Board in a non-officer capacity, Chris will not. In both cases, Simeon and Chris felt their current and projected employer commitments left insufficient time for them to satisfy their commitments to FLMSP.
Robert Brooks will remain as Treasurer, Simeon will remain as a non-officer Board member, and I'll remain as Vice President --- assuming the duties of President until a new President can be recruited and elected.  
As these changes occur, it's important that we acknowledge what this organization has achieved under their leadership:
  • FLMSP conducted its "foundation" meeting on November 16, 2008 and its official 501(c)(3) non-profit status was granted on March 4, 2009 --- less than 110 days later.
  • The FLMSP web site was launched in April 2009
  • FLMSP currently has 156 dues-paying members and 440 people receive our emails.
  • Over the past 14 months, FLMSP has raised $15,050 in memberships and donations, secured over $18,000 in State of Ohio funds, paved 11 of the 15 bridges, replaced the oaken boards on the remaining 4 bridges, and, most importantly, has reduced the number of reported serious injuries on the trail from 3 in 2008 to 0 in 2009.
  • FLMSP's current bank balance stands at over $4,300.
    Thank you, Simeon and Chris, for stepping up last November, founding this organization, and shepherding it to its first year anniversary.
    With that said, we need to turn our attention to filling out the Board to its full complement of 7 Board members. We need to recruit a President, a Secretary, and two non-officer Board members. If you're interested in any of these Board positions (either officer or non-officer) or know of anyone who might be interested, please email or
    Any potential candidate will be joining an organization with a proven track record, money in the bank, and three of the original founders still on the Board and committed to the cause, i.e. Simeon Copple, Steve Murphy, and Robert Brooks.
    Steve Murphy
    Vice President
    Friends of the Little Miami State Park