Friends mourn the loss of Jim Hench
Jim Hench was one of the founding board members of Friends of the Napa River. He will be sorely missed with his intimate knowledge of the river’s wildlife, topography and hydrology. But mostly he was known to be the man to take you out on the river, by canoe or kayak, from the wetlands in American Canyon to the headwaters in Calistoga. We are all very, very sad for this loss of a friend.
Thanks to Janelle Wetzstein who reported compassionately in the Napa Valley Register of February 28, 2014:
“Local residents are mourning the loss of Jim Hench, Napa River aficionado and protector, who died Friday after a seven-year battle with cancer. He celebrated his 85th birthday on Jan. 23.
Hench was known for helping to found Friends of the Napa River — a grassroots nonprofit started in 1994 that was dedicated to transforming the Napa River into a flood-protected environmental asset.
Most notably, in 1998, Hench’s advocacy helped pass Measure A — a countywide half-cent sales tax that funded the local share of flood and environmental projects in Napa County.”
So many fond memories of Jim:
February 20, 2014
The Friends of the Napa River, Inc., an environmental non-profit, seeks high energy, self-starter executive for part-time management position.
- Management and growth of all-volunteer Board of Directors. Work with Board to assist in driving our mission, friend-raising, and fundraising.
- Fund development of private donors and grants; grant writing.
- Financial management including budgeting, financial controls, and doing more with less.
- Public relations, marketing, and advocacy out in the community driving our mission and goals.
- Volunteer management including day-to-day tasks as well as event direction and coordination.
- Knowledge of 21st century internet and social media / web 2.0 savviness.
Required skills, attributes and education:
- Bachelor’s degree. 5 or more years of work experience preferred.
- Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Outstanding interpersonal and diplomatic skills; ability to build trust and build rapport with a broad range of people. Friendly, outgoing and professional demeanor.
- Maturity of judgment, high degree of integrity and discretion, high degree of self-motivation and taking initiative.
- Ability to work well in a small, entrepreneurial setting, taking on multiple tasks and adapting as our needs and priorities change.
- Ability to work in an organization that requires collaboration with like-minded organizations.
Part time position averaging twenty five (25) hours per week with salary compensation depending on experience. Stipends for cell phone, gas allowance, and partial health may be considered. Our expectation is that the individual will work from his / her own home with significant amount of time out in the community.
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume, cover letter, three professional references, and a specific outline describing why you are the ideal person to lead the Friends’ organization. Review of applications will begin immediately but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All replies will be held in complete confidence.
Please send by email to: NapaEnviroED@Gmail.com.
Only responses to the above email address will be considered. Please do not contact individual Board members.
Friends of the Napa River commend the Napa County Board of Supervisors and the Napa City Council for the adoption of resolutions “supporting full federal funding based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ optimal funding level for Fiscal Year 2015 for the Napa River/Napa Creek Flood Protection Project of $15 million and continued annual funding at the Corps’ optimal funding level through Project completion.”
The Napa County Board of Supervisors adopted the resolution February 11, 2014.
The Napa City Council adopted the resolution February 18, 2014
The drafts of the resolutions are attached.
By Peter Jensen, Napa Valley Register
While rain was falling outside, the conversation inside the Napa Bookmine Wednesday night was of decidedly drier concerns — the state of the Napa River’s fisheries during California’s prolonged drought.
Acorns to Oaks, Students To Stewards
Frances Knapczyk, Stewardship Facilitator
Thirteen classes of Napa Valley school children planted Valley Oak acorns at six different sites in Napa County during fall of 2013. The 320 students who participated in the fall field trips will visit their planting sites in Spring 2014 to check whether or not their acorns sprouted, remove weeds and add mulch around the new seedlings. If one acorn spouts at each of the planting sites, we could see almost 600 new protected oak trees in the County. This LandSmart for Kids program is generously supported by Friends of the Napa River, North Bay Watershed Association, and public and private land managers who allow students to collect, plant, and care for acorns on their properties.
Friends of the Napa River founding board member Jim Hench is celebrating his 85th birthday! Best wishes!
- PRESS RELEASE: Friends of the Napa River Hires New Executive Director
- Wildlife Volunteers at Napa’s River School donate time and money
- Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 52 will be out at the Main Street Boat Dock
- Our River — May 15, 6:30pm, Napa Library
- Please join us to celebrate the life of Jim Hench, 1929-2014.
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