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Minutes - 2008


November 18, 2008

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
November 18, 2008, 7:00 PM
Top Shelf Restaurant, Mesa

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Previous Hikes
    Sept. 20 Inner Basin FlagstaffChuck Parsons
    Oct. 10-12Oak Creek Car CampSedonaChuck Parsons
    October 18Goldfield Ghost TownApache JunctionDebbie M.
    October 25Willow CreekGoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Nov. 8Boynton CanyonSedonaHandlebar Ray
    Nov. 15Boulder CanyonSuperstitionsTed Tenny

  3. Upcoming Hikes
    Nov. 22 <open>
    Nov. 29Reavis Ranch TrailSuperstitionsTed Tenny
    Dec. 6Lost Dog TrailMcDowellsBeth Baumert
    Dec. 13Superstition SurpriseSuperstitionsChuck Parsons
    Dec. 20<open>
    Dec. 27<open>
    Dec. 31<open>
    January 3<open>
    January 10Lost GoldmineSuperstitionsChuck Parsons
    January 17<open>

  4. Guest Speaker
    Karen Larson presented a slide show on Zion National Park. The park has many scenic hiking trails. The club could have a trip to Zion National Park in 2009.

  5. Hike Leader Training
    This event will be re-scheduled.
    The club’s greatest need is for more people to lead hikes.

  6. Club Policies regarding Trip Deposits and Sharing Gas Expenses
        When a deposit is required, it must be paid by all participants at the time they sign up. The trip leader will announce the deadline on cancellation refunds, i.e. when the cancellation must be received in order to get a refund of the deposit. This is necessary to protect the leader, who has to pay money in advance for reservations.
        When car-pooling, each rider is to share in gas expenses. The actual cost can be determined by filling up the car at the meeting place, and then filling it up again after returning. Since the driver also has to pay for maintenance, depreciation, and insurance, it seems fair that the riders pay for gas.
        New hike descriptions will include the number of miles driven from the meeting place to the trailhead.

  7. Reports
    Treasurer
    If elected, Sheila Grant will be taking over as Treasurer.
    Webmaster
    The main AZHC page features a picture from Boynton Canyon and a link to Ray’s report.
  8. Election of Officers for 2009
    Candidates were nominated by the Executive Council.
    ____ President: Debbie M.
    ____ Vice President: Michael Humphrey
    ____ Treasurer: Sheila Grant
    ____ Secretary: Ted Tenny
    There were no additional nominations from the floor.
    Ballots cast at the meeting will be counted when email votes have been received from the paid members who were absent.

  9. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, January 20, 2009.


September 16, 2008

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
September 16, 2008, 7:00 PM
Top Shelf Restaurant, Mesa

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Previous Hikes
    August 16 Pivot Rock Canyon Mogollon RimTed Tenny

  3. Upcoming Hikes
    Sept. 20 Inner Basin FlagstaffChuck Parsons
    Sept. 27<open>
    October 4<open>
    Oct. 10-12Oak Creek Car CampSedonaChuck Parsons
    October 18Goldfield Ghost TownApache JunctionDebbie M.
    October 25Willow CreekGoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Nov. 1Boynton CanyonSedonaDebbie M.
    Nov. 8<open>
    Nov. 15<open>

  4. Reports
    Treasurer
    Insurance, our largest bill of the year, has been paid.
    As of September 16 the club had $328 with a total of 30 paid members.
    Webmaster
    All new hike descriptions, trip reports, and updated HTML files have improved formating with cascading style sheets.

  5. Guest Speaker
    Amateur astronomer and photographer Joe Orman showed his best recent images of the day and night sky. Joe answered questions about astronomy, cameras, and sky photos.

  6. National Horse Rescue Ride/Walk, Goldfield Ghost Town, October 18
    Jim Moyle, President of the Apache Junction Horse Rescue Corporation, introduced this event. Debbie M. will coordinate hike leading for the Trailblazers, with a pre-hike on September 27.

  7. Hike Leader Training, Boynton Canyon, Sedona, November 8
    Debbie’s November 8 hike will include training for all present and prospective hike leaders. Join us if you have ever thought of leading a hike for the Arizona Trailblazers or if you just want to know what hike leadership is all about.

  8. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, November 18, 2008:  Election of officers for 2009.


Executive Council, September 10, 2008

attendees: Barry Altschuler, Debbie M., Michael Humphrey, Jacquelyn Tenny, Ted Tenny

  1. Agenda for the September 16 club meeting
    Approved.

  2. National Horse Rescue
    Jim Moyle will attend our meeting and briefly introduce the Ride/Walk.
    Debbie will ask for volunteers and coordinate this effort for the Trailblazers.

  3. Forwarding commercial announcements to club members
    The club officers often receive commercial announcements by email.
    These are not forwarded to the other people on the AZHC mailing list.

  4. AZHC credit card
    Bank fees are reduced if the Treasurer uses the card once a month.

  5. Hike Leader Training
    We’ll include it on Debbie’s Boynton Canyon hike on November 1. The club’s greatest challenge is getting people to lead hikes, especially in the summer. Other kinds of summer events should be scheduled. If each officer leads one or more summer events, we could schedule at least one a month.



July 2008

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
July 19, 2008, 7:00 PM
Scottsdale

  1. Welcome, Introductions
    Thanks to Anne and Barry Altschuler for hosting our meeting and pool party!

  2. National Horse Rescue
    The National Horse Rescue Ride/Walk celebration being held at the Goldfield Ghost Town just east of Apache Junction on Saturday, October 18. This is a charity event. Volunteers are needed to lead a hike starting from Goldfield Ghost Town that day.
    AJHR President is hoping to get over 100 hikers, so multiple hike leaders will be needed.
    AZHC Vice President will coordinate this event for the Trailblazers.

  3. Reports
    Treasurer
    As of July 1 the club had $1271.74 with a total of 29 paid members.
    The club will need to elect a new Treasurer at our November meeting.
    Webmaster
    Not much going on. We need more summer hikes!
    Please contact to schedule a hike on one of the open dates (below).

  4. Previous Hikes
    May 23-25 Chiricahua Car Camp ChiricahuasMichael Humphrey
    June 7Mount EldenFlagstaffCraig MacDonnell
    June 13-16Big Lake car campWhite MountainsChuck Parsons

  5. Upcoming Hikes
    July 26<open>
    August 2<open>
    August 9<open>
    August 16 Pivot Rock Canyon Mogollon RimTed Tenny
    August 23<open>
    August 30<open>
    Sept. 6<open>
    Sept. 13<open>

  6. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, September 16, 2008. Possibly a pool party.
    Barry Altschuler, Joe Michalides, and our guest speaker will coordinate.


May 2008

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
May 20, 2008, 7:00 PM
Top Shelf Restaurant, Mesa

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Previous Hikes
    Mar. 22 Hidden Valley South MountainSandy Dwyer
    Mar. 29Blacketts RidgeTucsonEileen Root
    Apr. 12Barnhardt CanyonMazatzalsTed Tenny
    Apr. 19Douglas SpringTucsonMichael Humphrey
    May 3Woodchute TrailJeromeMichael Humphrey
    May 10Rim Vista LoopMogollon RimDebbie M.
    May 17Courthouse Butte LoopSedonaTed Tenny

  3. Upcoming Hikes
    May 23-25 Chiricahua Car Camp ChiricahuasMichael Humphrey
    May 31<open>
    June 7Mount EldenFlagstaffCraig MacDonnell
    June 13-16Big Lake car campWhite MountainsChuck Parsons
    June 21<open>
    June 28<open>
    July 5<open>
    July 12<open>

  4. Guest Speaker
    Hike leader, treasurer, and ace photographer Michael Humphrey presented a slide show of great Arizona Trailblazer hikes of 2007. These included the most amazing and funniest pictures taken on last year’s hikes.

  5. Reports
    Treasurer
    As of May 20 the club had $1157 with a total of 32 paid members.
    Webmaster
    A person who hiked with us years ago emailed the Webmaster demanding that her name be taken off all trip reports, mailing lists, etc., etc. — which the Webmaster did. After some discussion, the club decided it wasn’t necessary to go back and remove all hikers’ names from all trip reports. But in future reports we will use only the hikers’ first names, sparingly.

  6. AZHC Library
    Chuck Parsons is our new librarian.
    Our thanks to Jenni Jacobs for meritorious service!

  7. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, July 15, 2008. Possibly a pool party.


March 2008

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
March 18, 2008, 7:00 PM
Top Shelf Restaurant, Mesa

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Guest Speaker
    Mike Wallace, Director of Superstition Search and Rescue, gave a highly informative presentation on the five principles of survival: Preparation, fear management, hydration, body core management, and how to be found once lost. Visit SSAR on the web at
    http://superstition-sar.org/

  3. Previous Hikes
    Jan. 26 Pass Mountain Trail GoldfieldsDavid Bickford
    Feb. 2Spur Cross RanchCave CreekDebbie M.
    Feb. 16Arizona Trail, PicketpostSuperiorEileen Root
    Feb. 23Coronado MesaSuperstitionsTed Tenny
    Mar. 1Broadway to GoldmineSuperstitionsTed Tenny
    Mar. 2San Tan MountainsQueen CreekDebbie M.
    Mar. 8Jacob's CrosscutSuperstitionsChuck Parsons
    Mar. 15Horns of a DilemmaGoldfieldsTed Tenny

  4. Upcoming Hikes
    Mar. 22 Hidden Valley South MountainSandy Dwyer
    Mar. 29Blacketts RidgeTucsonEileen Root
    Mar. 30Ballantine TrailMazatzalsBeth Baumert
    Apr. 6McDowell Sonoran PreserveScottsdaleBeth Baumert
    Apr. 12Barnhardt CanyonMazatzalsTed Tenny
    Apr. 19Douglas SpringTucsonMichael Humphrey
    Apr. 26<open>
    May 4-6Arches NP Car CampUtahCraig MacDonnell
    May 10<open>
    May 17Courthouse Butte LoopSedonaTed Tenny

  5. Reports
    Treasurer
    As of March 1 the club had $990.74 with a total of 35 paid members.
    Webmaster
    The AZHC web site was off line for 8 hours on February 21. It turned out that the primary network switch at Globat failed, shutting down their whole company until it could be replaced.

  6. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, May 21, 2008, at the Top Shelf Restaurant in Mesa.


January 2008

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
January 15, 2008, 7:00 PM
Top Shelf Restaurant, Mesa

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Officers for 2008
    The officers elected at our November meeting were introduced.
    President:Barry Altschuler
    Vice President:Debbie M.
    Treasurer:Michael Humphrey
    Secretary:Ted Tenny

  3. Previous Hikes
    Nov. 24 Siphon Draw SuperstitionsJenni Jacobs
    Dec. 15Alta TrailSouth MountainEileen Root
    Dec. 22Salt River RambleGoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Dec. 31Gold Country ArchesGoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Jan. 5West Boulder SaddleSuperstitionsEileen Root
    Jan. 12Rainbow ValleySierra EstrellaTed Tenny

  4. Upcoming Hikes
    Jan. 19<open>
    Jan. 26 Pass Mountain Trail GoldfieldsDavid Bickford
    Feb. 2Elephant MountainCave CreekDebbie M.
    Feb. 9<open>
    Feb. 16<open>
    Feb. 23Coronado MesaSuperstitionsTed Tenny
    Mar. 1<open>
    Mar. 8<open>
    Mar. 15Horns of a DilemmaGoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Mar. 22Hidden ValleySouth MountainSandy Dwyer

  5. Reports
    Treasurer
    For 2007 the club’s revenue was $1870, with expenses of $1530. Current assets total $675. Our largest annual expense is insurance, payable in September.
    Webmaster
    Chuck Parsons wrote a brief history of the Arizona Trailblazers, which is on our web page. It includes a picture of club founders Tom and Jeannie Van Lew.
    http://www.azhikers.org/Club_Stuff/history.html
    The Shoe Arch was destroyed by vandalism. This crime has been reported, and is documented on the web. All specific information about arches in the Goldfield Mountains (name, picture, location) has since been removed from the Arizona Trailblazers web site and the Goldfield Mountains web site.
    http://www.mile204.us/Goldfields/news/Shoe_Arch.html
  6. Planning for 2008
    Everyone shared their ideas about what the club should do in 2008:
    Our guest speaker at the March meeting will be from Superstition Search and Rescue. At a later meeting, Michael Humphrey plans to present a slide show of great pictures from hikes in 2007. Speakers will be needed for three more meetings.
    We should have an out-of-state camping trip in mid-summer. Mesa Verde National Park and Durango, Colorado, were mentioned as possible destinations.
    Summer outings are wonderful outreach events.
    The club’s greatest need is hike leaders. We should have another hike leader training event, and encourage everyone who has ever thought of leading a hike for the Trailblazers put their hike on the schedule.

  7. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at the Top Shelf Restaurant in Mesa.

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