A valentine for Mr. Wentworth

| February 10, 2011
Rand Wentworth and an admirer.

Rand Wentworth and an admirer.

Happy St. Valentine’s Day to Rand Wentworth, famous president of the National Land Trust Alliance in Washington who came to Louisville on Nov. 8 to meet with Meme Runyon, head of River Fields, whose members had gathered at the River Hill Road home of K. Shaver and Ed Perry.

The party was hosted by Marea and Tom Clark, Lee and Neal Cory, Heath McHold and Steve Campbell and K. Shaver and Ed Perry.
Rand described River Fields as “one of the top Land Trusts in the country!”

He also praised Diane Schotte and Roger along with Irvin Abell for the total of 763 acres they preserved in perpetual conservation.

Everyone enjoyed a lovely cocktail hour in the beautiful living room with its cheerful wood fire, candles lit throughout the house and the hosts’ adorable little dog, Teddy, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel.

Neal and Lee Cory with hostess (center) K. Shaver.

Neal and Lee Cory with hostess (center) K. Shaver.

My mind wandered back five years ago when Rand was honored here by River Fields with Lois Mateus and Tim Peters. I was trying to take their picture outside the barn. When I was struck by “Cupid’s” arrow and went to pieces cropping off their heads with my camera and dropping everything until I finally said, “It’s love at first sight for Mr. Wentworth. I might as well tell you the truth.”

Stunned, they stood still, I got my picture and left.

Alan and Bea Rosenberg, River Fields trustee.

Alan and Bea Rosenberg, River Fields trustee.

This daydream was interrupted at the party by the entrance of Rand.

“I’m so happy to be here and see Lucie Blodgett again,” he said with a wicked smile.

“I hope she will pose in a picture with me after my talk,” he said.

I printed the picture and called River Fields for his address to send it to him.

“I presume you want his office address, Lucie,” they said. Ye gods, I thought, and never mailed it.

So here it is, Rand, for Valentine’s Day.

About Rand Wentworth

Rand Wentworth is one of the nation’s foremost environmental leaders – an advocate and trainer for the country’s 1,700 land conservation groups and one of the nation’s experts in land trusts and conservation easements. Under his leadership, the Land Trust Alliance has dramatically expanded the federal tax incentives for conservation.

Wentworth created a legal defense program to protect conservation easements and developed the “University of Conservation,” a 16-course curriculum. As vice president of the Trust for Public Land, he launched a 160-mile greenway along the Chattahoochee River, completed a $143 million campaign and tripled the size of the national park honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

A graduate of Yale University he holds an MBA in finance from Cornell.

photos by Lucie Blodgett | contributing photographer

River Fields head Meme Runyon and Rand Wentworth, chat with Diane Shott and Irvin Abell, both conservation easement donors.

River Fields head Meme Runyon and Rand Wentworth, chat with Diane Shott and Irvin Abell, both conservation easement donors.

K. Shaver, Ed Perry and River Fields treasure's Dr. Nancy Martin and Dr. Fred Hendler.

K. Shaver, Ed Perry and River Fields treasure's Dr. Nancy Martin and Dr. Fred Hendler.

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Lucie Blodgett
Always out and about at happenings around town, Lucie Blodgett has been writing a weekly column for The Voice-Tribune for more than two decades.

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