From the Director to the Apprentices: A Going-Away Note


They come to us as unknown quantities, dreamers, believers, doers…. They listen well, learn quickly, teach often, and give always… Smiles come easily to them, and positive reinforcement goes out to those around them by a seemingly osmotic process… Clearly, they give more than they get, and seem not to be troubled in the least by that dynamic…They have built much of what Merck Forest & Farmland Center, Inc. has become, and they do it with such grace and generosity of spirit, that it may be taken for granted at times. Such is not the case at this time.

I want to take this opportunity to thank our first cohort of year-long apprentices for continuing the traditions modeled by so many interns who preceded them. Emilie Schwartz, Becca Osborne, and Carolyn Loeb have been incredibly productive, hard working, and, above all, “happy campers” during their tenure with us. I miss them already, but look forward to learning of how they pursue their dreams. I wish each of them a fond “farewell”, secure in the knowledge they already know how to succeed in life.  Their successes confirm the dreams articulated by George Merck more than sixty years ago and bode well for the organization’s future.

tward   By Tom Ward, Executive Director