As president of the board of the Washington’s National Park Fund I had the honor of toasting Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service. I said: It’s an honor to toast Jon Jarvis during the centennial of the National Park Service. As an avid backpacker who is forever telling or writing about my National Park adventures, I’m so excited about the work Jon and his team are doing in helping visitors find the parks that inspire them. But I also want to recognize the positive impact, both economic and social, that the National Park Service here at our three national parks has on our local communities. More than ever I see our superintendents reaching out and engaging with the business, social and governmental organizations that surround the national parks. Every park visitor supports family business and delivers tax dollars that enhance the services of local municipalities. I thank the National Park Service for that.