- Member Benefits
- Invitations to members' only walks on the Parkway
- $100+ members receive a discount on River Camp registration fees
- Trust Catalog
- Volunteer Opportunities (indoors and outdoors)
- Acknowledgment of your tax-deductible gift
- Members contributing at the $500+ level will be recognized in the printed annual report
Banner Peak, an elevation of 12,945 feet, is the second tallest peak in the Ritter Range of the Sierra Nevada and lies within the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Banner Peak was named by Willard D. Johnson, USGS topographer, in 1883, on account of cloud-banners streaming from the summit. At the foot of Banner Peak lies Thousand Island Lake where the middle fork of the San Joaquin River begins. The Banner Peak Society began in response to a generous bequest left by Thomas R. Richardson, MD, who, with his wife Louise, hiked the Sierras and cycled California and beyond. Tom was a passionate environmentalist, a writer, and a skilled photographer. He delighted in capturing the natural world that he loved. His photographs remain to inspire others to protect the rivers, mountains, and wildlife habitats that were a constant inspiration to him. Tom’s photograph of Banner Peak, taken from the Eastern side of the Sierra on one of his many excursions, was adopted as the official image of the Banner Peak Society.
Membership in the Banner Peak Society is open to all those who wish to join the tradition of making a lasting gift to the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust through their estates. It is the Trust’s way of recognizing the most significant commitment.
For many people, a bequest offers the opportunity to make a more substantial gift than would be possible during one’s lifetime. For those with retirement accounts, real estate, or other assets that have appreciated over time, it may not be possible or advisable to use these assets to make an outright contribution. These assets can be designated instead as a planned gift to maximize tax and other financial benefits.
There are many ways to include the River Parkway Trust in your estate plans; among these are Bequests, Insurance and Retirement Plans, and Life Income Gifts.
We can provide information for your attorney or financial advisor regarding estate gifts to the River Parkway Trust. Because of the complexity of estate planning, it is important that your attorney structure your estate. Our planned giving professionals are always available for consultation with your advisor. For information, please contact Sarah Parkes, Assistant Director at (559) 248-8480 extension 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.