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Building a Bridge and a Team!


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In June 2014, a group of eight volunteers from Sappi  North America’s Inside Sales team volunteered their time at Girl Scout Camp Pondicherry, in Bridgton, Maine to clear trails for the summer camping season. While working, Sappi’s Director of Inside Sales, Janet Boone, learned from the camp ranger, Jeremy Bates, that the Girl Scouts were planning to open a new trail in the summer of 2015 on the Warren Brook property. The new trail would follow the Warren Brook waterway and need four crossing points along the way. To help the Girl Scouts understand the materials, costs, and skill level of volunteers needed to construct the bridges, Janet introduced them to Roger Brenner, a Sappi Inside Sales Manager with knowledge in this area.

Over the course of the winter - beginning in late 2014 through early 2015 - Roger worked with Jeremy on the bridge design and the material requirements. After a few design modifications, Roger began working on the first bridge from his home. Once satisfied with the resulting bridge he constructed, Roger deconstructed it for transport to Camp Pondicherry. In June of 2015, five Sappi Inside Sales team members spent the day at Pondicherry transporting the deconstructed bridge to its new home and reassembling it with support from Jeremy and an assistant ranger.

On September 25, the Sappi team and representatives from GSME hiked into the site to officially dedicate the Warren Brook Bridge. Commemorating the occasion were Sappi’s VP Coated Paper & Packaging Deece Hannigan, Director of Inside Sales Janet Boone, Inside Sales Manager National Accounts Roger Brenner, Mary Buckelew, Vicky Dahms, Tricia Davidson, Shaun Fleck, Marc Halverson, Angela Hart, Kathie Gagnon and Megan Marshall. Also in attendance from GSME were CEO Joanne Crepeau, Chief of Outdoor Operations Mary Ellen Deschenes, Camp Pondicherry Director Anna Gross, and Pondicherry Ranger Jeremy Bates.

Now officially in place, the Warren Brook Bridge will be used, crossed, and enjoyed every summer by Girl Scouts at Camp Pondicherry.