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Minutes - 2009


November 2009

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
November 21, 2009, 7:00 PM
Tempe

  1. Welcome, Introductions
    J Thanks to Ralph and Ann Heins for hosting our meeting and potluck!

  2. Reports
    Treasurer [Sheila Grant]
    As of November 21 we have 42 paid members and $903 in the bank, including $80 for the projector fund.
    Webmaster [Ted Tenny]
    Our Trip Reports page now includes the latest six reports, updated whenever a new one is turned in.
  3. Previous Hikes
    Sep. 19 Parker Creek Sierra AnchaChuck Parsons
    Sep. 25-27Camping Trip Mogollon RimDebbie M.
    Sep. 26Horton Spring PaysonWendy Rennert
    Oct. 3Schnebly Hill SedonaTed Tenny
    Oct. 10Groom Creek Loop PrescottTed Tenny
    Oct. 24Cibola Pass SedonaTed Tenny
    Oct. 31Pine Canyon PineTed Tenny
    Nov. 7Secret Canyon SedonaSandy Dwyer
    Nov. 14Verde Canyon Railroad ClarkdaleChuck Parsons

  4. Upcoming Hikes
    Nov. 28 Bland Hill Bumble BeeTed Tenny
    Dec. 5Weaver’s Needle Loop SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Dec. 12Dragonfly Trail Spur CrossDebbie M.
    Dec. 19<<open>>   
    Dec. 26<<open>>   
    Dec. 31Peak 3004 GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Jan. 2<<open>>   
    Jan. 9Helmet Rock GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Jan. 16<<open>>   

  5. Discussion: where to meet for northbound hikes
    The M & I Bank parking lot at I-17 and Bell is no more. It’s now a construction zone. We will have to meet somewhere else for northbound hikes to Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott, etc. There was a consensus in favor the Deer Valley Park and Ride lot on the southwest corner of I-17 & Bell Road. The lot is right next to the freeway.
    GPS coordinates: 33 38.307' N, 112 7.024' W [NAD27]

  6. Election of Officers for 2010
    Candidates were nominated by the Executive Council.
    ____ President: Michael Humphrey
    ____ Vice President: Eileen Root
    ____ 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.

  7. Guest Speaker
    Joe Michalides presented slides and videos from his recent two-week trip with Doug East to Costa Rica. There was rain, and amazing scenery.

  8. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at Lucille’s Barbecue in the Tempe Marketplace southwest of the 101 and 202 junction.


September 2009

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
September 15, 2009, 7:00 PM
Top Shelf Restaurant, Mesa

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Reports
    Secretary [Ted Tenny]
    The August 22 ballot proposition passed, 11 to 2: ARTICLE IV section 1 paragraph 4 of the club’s Constitution and By-Laws is amended.
    Treasurer [Michael Humphrey for Sheila Grant]
    The insurance is paid for 2009-2010. As of September 15, we have 42 paid members and $779.27 in the bank, including $80 for the projector fund.
  3. Previous Hikes
    July 25 Fire and Ice FlagstaffMichael Humphrey
    Aug. 8Schultz Creek Loop FlagstaffTed Tenny
    Sep. 12West Clear Creek Mogollon RimEieen Root

  4. Upcoming Hikes
    Sep. 19 Parker Creek Sierra AnchaChuck Parsons
    Sep. 25-27Camping Trip Mogollon RimDebbie M.
    Sep. 26Horton Spring PaysonDebbie M.
    Oct. 3Schnebly Hill SedonaTed Tenny
    Oct. 10<<open>>   
    Oct. 17<<open>>   
    Oct. 24<<open>>   
    Oct. 31Pine Canyon PineTed Tenny
    Nov. 7<<open>>   
    Nov. 14Verde Canyon Railroad ClarkdaleChuck Parsons

  5. Guest Speaker
        When hail begins falling you dash indoors – unless you’re out climbing a mountain. Hikers often encounter the unexpected, be it weather, wildlife, misdirection, or unpredictable companions, and they come back with stories to tell. AZHC authors Cyd Cassel, Chuck Parsons, and Ted Tenny have experienced misadventures over many years of hiking in Arizona and have written first-person accounts of their adventures to share the grandeur, exhilaration, gratitude, and joy of making it through an unexpected wilderness challenge.
        Ted gave a slide show of pictures to appear in their forthcoming book.

  6. Next Meeting
     Elections. Tuesday, November 17, 2009, location TBA.


Executive Council, August 16, 2009

attendees:
Debbie M., Michael Humphrey, Sheila Grant, Ted Tenny, Chuck Parsons, Doug East

  • Observers are allowed at officers’ meetings. The officers reserve the right to go into Executive Session (with no observers) when discussing a sensitive subject.

  • The president is often contacted by worthy causes seeking the club’s participation. These will be shared with the other officers, who may want to follow up. However, email attachments are never forwarded to the mailing list, and the mailing list is never shared with persons outside the Executive Council.

  • Village Inn is being considered as a location for club meetings.

  • A proposed amendment to the Constitution & By-Laws, involving runoff elections in section I paragraph 4, will be submitted to paid members for a vote.

  • The officers decided not to allow dogs on future outings of the Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club. The Policies & Guidelines will be modified, with other minor changes.
    The Canine Hiking Club of Arizona welcomes those who prefer to hike with dogs.

  • Chuck Parsons will review the Trip Release Form for any needed changes.


July 2009

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
July 18, 2009, 7:00 PM
Scottsdale

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Reports
    President [Debbie M.]
    The officers are considering alternate locations for club meetings in 2010.
    Treasurer [Michael Humphrey for Sheila Grant]
    As of July 18, we have 38 paid members and $1540 in the bank.
    Webmaster [Ted Tenny]
    Two computer outages suffered by our Webmaster had minimal effect on the AZHC web site.
  3. Previous Hikes
    May 31 AZ Hwys Travel Show PhoenixSheila Grant
    June 6Butterfly Trail TucsonWendy Rennert
    June 12-15Mt. Graham Car Camp PinalenosChuck Parsons

  4. Upcoming Hikes
    July 25 Fire and Ice FlagstaffMichael Humphrey
    Aug. 1<<open>>   
    Aug. 8Schultz Creek Loop FlagstaffTed Tenny
    Aug. 15<<open>>   
    Aug. 22Horse Lake FlagstaffTed Tenny
    Aug. 29<<open>>   
    Sept. 5<<open>>   
    Sep. 12-20Arches, Yellowstone UtahMichael Humphrey

  5. Guest Speaker
    Michael Humphrey gave a slide show of favorite memories of hikes over the past year. All the pictures had stories behind them.

  6. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009, at the Top Shelf Restaurant in Mesa.


Executive Council, July 1, 2009

attendees: Debbie M., Sheila Grant, Ted Tenny, Michael Humphrey, Chuck Parsons

  • Lucille’s Barbecue is being considered as a location for club meetings. Debbie will check on turning the speakers off and arranging the tables in the southern room.

  • More summer hikes will be added to the calendar.

  • The officers decided not to follow up on members who leave the club.

  • The subject of dogs being allowed on Trailblazer outings will be discussed with the club members, before the officers decide.



May 2009

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
May 19, 2009, 7:00 PM
Top Shelf Restaurant, Mesa

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Reports
    Treasurer [Sheila Grant]
    As of May 19, we have 37 paid members and $1498.84 in the bank.
    Webmaster [Ted Tenny]
    Globat has been taken over by another company, and our AZHC web site is being migrated to a different server. “This change should be transparent to users,” they advised.
  3. Previous Hikes
    Mar. 21 Fish Creek Canyon SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Mar. 24Wind Cave Usery Mtn. ParkDebbie M.
    Mar. 28Seven Springs Cave CreekWendy Rennert
    Apr. 4Ben Avery Trail Eagletail Mts.Handlebar Ray
    Apr. 11Vultee Arch SedonaChuck Parsons
    [Apr. 11Boynton Canyon SedonaTed Tenny]
    Apr. 24-26Camping Trip ChiricahuasDebbie M.
    May 9Tortilla Ranch SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    May 16Kendrick Peak FlagstaffJenni Jacobs

  4. Upcoming Hikes
    May 23 <<open>>   
    May 31AZ Hwys Travel Show PhoenixSheila Grant
    June 6<<open>>
    June 12-15Mt. Graham Car Camp PinalenosChuck Parsons
    June 20<<open>>
    June 27<<open>>
    July 4<<open>>
    July 11Culture Walk TucsonTed Tenny

  5. Guest Speaker
    Christian Gort gave a presentation on Central Arizona Mountain Rescue, including a short video and a Power Point presentation covering points of safety and what should be carried with you. He concluded with stories of actual rescues, questions and answers.

  6. Next Meeting
    Pool party on Saturday, July 18. Details are forthcoming.


Executive Council, May 3, 2009

attendees: Debbie M., Sheila Grant, Ted Tenny, Jacquelyn Tenny

  • Mimi’s Cafe is being considered as a location for club meetings. Debbie will check on turning the speakers off and arranging the tables in the southwestern room.

  • Sheila reported that the club has 37 paid members.

  • We need summer hikes! Ted will see about scheduling a hike in Flagstaff in August.

  • The Guidelines and Policies include a new guideline for hike leaders to keep drivers from getting separated on their way to the trailhead.

  • Hike leaders should be recognized at one of our upcoming meetings.

  • Ted will be representing the Trailblazers in a talk at Freescale Semiconductor on May 27. He is preparing slides and handouts.



March 2009

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
March 17, 2009, 7:00 PM
Top Shelf Restaurant, Mesa

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Reports
    Treasurer
    As of March 17, paid memberships include 22 single members and 12 families. The account balance is $1255.84 [Sheila Grant]
    Webmaster
    People are actually reading our web site, and have sent in corrections to some of the information. [Ted Tenny]
  3. Previous Hikes
    Jan. 24 Picketpost Mountain SuperiorEileen Root
    Jan. 31IQ Arch GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Feb. 14Massacre Grounds SuperstitionsMichael, Sheila
    Feb. 21Prospector’s View SuperstitionsDebbie M.
    Feb. 28Golden Hill 2726 GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Mar. 7Kartchner Caverns BensonDebbie M.
    Mar. 14FW to Canyon Lake SuperstitionsEileen Root

  4. Upcoming Hikes
    Mar. 21 Fish Creek Canyon SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Mar. 24Wind Cave Usery Mtn. ParkDebbie M.
    Mar. 28Seven Springs Cave CreekWendy Rennert
    Apr. 4Ben Avery Trail Eagletail Mts.Handlebar Ray
    Apr. 11Vultee Arch SedonaChuck Parsons
    Apr. 18<open>
    Apr. 24-26Camping Trip ChiricahuasDebbie M.
    May 2Bear Sign Canyon SedonaTed Tenny
    May 9<open>
    May 16<open>

  5. Guest Speaker
    There was a last-minute cancellation. On short notice, substitute speaker Ted Tenny presented slides and stories of three colorful hikes in the Superstition Wilderness: Coffee Flat Mountain, Hackberry Spring to Canyon Lake, and Geronimo Cave.

  6. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at the Top Shelf Restaurant in Mesa.


Executive Council, February 8, 2009

attendees: Debbie M., Michael Humphrey, Sheila Grant, Ted Tenny

  1. Each club officer will research possible restaurants to have our meetings at. Will bring top choices to the next officer meeting. One of Michael’s ideas was the casino – Debbie will check on this.

  2. Meeting time will remain the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM.

  3. More short, easy hikes will be scheduled.

  4. Each club officer will come up with an idea for a speaker or topic for meetings. Michael will consider presenting on orienteering. Debbie will attend map reading/compass use at Chandler Parks & Rec. Sheila will invite son-in-law from Phoenix Mountain Rescue Team. Debbie and Michael will put together slide show, to include activity of writing captions on photos.

  5. T-shirts as a possible incentive for hike leaders. Sheila will discuss with Cyd and Chuck.

  6. Consider changing hike rating scales to better reflect the actual hike. Until then, hike leaders need to be more specific about hike descriptions, to include on/off trail; elevation changes/rapid or gradual.

  7. Have Member-Only activities: Sheila looking into Dolly Steamboat discount.

  8. Debbie will email Ted the Usery Park calendar. Perhaps club could send out a monthly calendar of activities so potential hikers could prepare in advance.

  9. Leaders will send out thank you emails to all their hikers.

  10. Leaders will offer to co-lead/assist new hiker leaders.

  11. Leaders should know the history/plant/wildlife of the area.

  12. Competition: the leader who leads the most will get a free Dolly Steamboat ticket (or alternative prize?).

  13. Upcoming events, other than hikes:
    • March 7: Kartchner: Debbie
    • April 24-26: Chiricahua: Debbie
    • May: Pine-Strawberry Walking Tour/Natural Bridge: Debbie/Sheila
    • June: Dolly Steamboat?: Sheila
    • June: Camping Trip?: Chuck
    • July: Tucson Walking Tour: Ted
    • July: Pool Party: Barry/Anne
    • Sept: Yellowstone/Arches Road Trip?: Michael
    • Sept/Oct: Zion Road Trip?: Karen
    • Sept. meeting; Slide Show: Debbie/Michael
    • Oct: JeromeGhost TownWalking Tour: Debbie
    • Oct: Verde Valley Train Ride: Chuck
    • Nov: Holiday theme Potluck: Ann & Ralph Heins
    • Nov: Glass Works at Desert Botanical Garden: Sheila to research.


January 2009

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
January 20, 2009, 7:00 PM
Top Shelf Restaurant, Mesa

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Officers for 2009
    The officers elected at our November meeting were introduced.
    President:Debbie M.
    Vice President:Michael Humphrey
    Treasurer:Sheila Grant
    Secretary:Ted Tenny

  3. Reports
    Treasurer
    As of January 20, paid memberships include 25 single members and 5 families. The account balance is $975.14 [Sheila Grant]
    Webmaster
    New and modified HTML files are upgraded the latest formatting. You might notice their improved appearance. [Ted Tenny]
  4. Previous Hikes
    Nov. 29 Reavis Ranch Trail SuperstitionsChuck Parsons
    Dec. 6Lost Dog Trail McDowellsBeth Baumert
    Dec. 13Haunted Canyon GlobeChuck Parsons
    Dec. 31Geronimo Cave SuperstitionsTed Tenny
    Jan. 3Butcher Jones Trail Saguaro LakeDebbie M.
    Jan. 10Lost Goldmine Trail SuperstitionsChuck Parsons

  5. Upcoming Hikes    J No open dates on the schedule.
    Jan. 24 Picketpost Mountain SuperiorEileen Root
    Jan. 31IQ Arch GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Feb. 7Skull Mesa Cave CreekEileen Root
    Feb. 14Massacre Grounds SuperstitionsMichael, Sheila
    Feb. 21Hieroglyphic Canyon SuperstitionsDebbie M.
    Feb. 28Golden Hill 2726 GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Mar. 7Kartchner Caverns BensonDebbie M.
    Mar. 14FW to Canyon Lake SuperstitionsChuck, Eileen

  6. Planning for 2009
    The 20 surveys returned before the meeting plus an additional 8 at the meeting provide insights that will help the club improve our activities.
    A meeting location farther west, possibly near the junction of the 101 and 202 freeways, would be more central to club members.
    Hike leader training will be offered on the Massacre Grounds hike on February 14. Anyone can attend, but please join us if you have ever thought of leading a hike for the Arizona Trailblazers or if you want to know what hike leadership is all about.
    Hike leaders are vital to the club’s success. At least two of our experienced leaders, Chuck Parsons and Ted Tenny, were both recruited by personal encouragement from fellow hikers. “You should try leading a hike,” someone suggested.
    Year-end recognition of hike leaders would encourage them.
    Hike ratings are a perennial concern. The Trailblazers use a system borrowed from Arizona chapter of the Sierra Club. Although the Sierra Club is a prestigious national organization, different chapters have different hike rating systems.

  7. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at the Top Shelf Restaurant in Mesa.


Executive Council, January 4, 2009

attendees: Debbie M., Michael Humphrey, Sheila Grant, Ted Tenny

  1. Agenda for the January 20 club meeting
    Approved.

  2. AZHC Survey
    Several improvements were made. The survey will be sent out to everyone on the mailing list, in time for the club meeting.

  3. Hike Leader Training
    This will be offered on one of our upcoming hikes. The topics planned for last year are still appropriate.

  4. Summer Schedule
    Tentative plans were made for events at least once a month, plus the July and September club meetings. One of the meetings will be a pool party.


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