Author: Jim Fredericks
Since my retirement from the Catamount Trail Association, I’ve had time to reflect on my experience with the organization. It was about seven years ago when I sent an email to Jan Rozendaal about the open Executive Director’s position. Not an hour passed before Jan called me to ask me if I was serious about applying. When I replied yes, it was that affirmation from him that was the start of a long bond between us that lasted through my tenure at the CTA.
Jan’s passion for nordic skiing began early in life while skiing in VT and competing on the Williams College Ski Team as a four-event skier. As a successful businessman with property on the Catamount Trail and an avid skier, Jan was an ideal candidate for the CTA Board of Directors. First recruited in 2001, Jan served continuously on the Board of Directors until November of 2013.
Over the years, many hundreds of volunteers have devoted countless hours to the CTA. Amongst these many dedicated volunteers, a few people stand out as true guardians of the Trail. Jan is one of these guardians. As a Trail Chief, Board member, Chairman, Treasurer, and fundraiser he has been instrumental in securing many significant trail easements and continues to be a driving force in securing many Race To The Top Of Vermont sponsors.
If you have ever skied the Catamount Trail, there is a good chance that you have experienced some of Jan’s unequalled generosity. He’s opened his Lowell chalet to skiers for years, built significant bridges on the trail, negotiated the protection of over 5 miles of Trail in the Lowell area, and guided the CTA to a financially sound position. Jan’s generosity and involvement with the Catamount Trail has been paramount to its success.
Jan, on behalf of all Catamount Trail members I would like to thank you and your lovely wife Mary Jane for all your support and encouragement over the past seven years. Your accomplishments are a testament to your relentless passion for VT, nordic skiing, and the Catamount Trail.