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Minutes - 2011


November 2011

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
November 15, 2011, 7:00 PM
Top Shelf Restaurant, Dobson & Southern in Mesa

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Reports
    Treasurer
    The club has $2092.83 in the bank, with 52 paid members. [Wendy Rennert]
    Webmaster
    We’ve had recent requests to include paid advertising on our web site. No ads are accepted, because, as a non-profit corporation, our AZHC web site must remain non-commercial.
    Thanks to all hike leaders for sending in trip reports! They distinguish the Trailblazers from other hiking clubs. Leaders, when you send in pictures make them high-resolution – largest dimension at least 1200 pixels. [Ted Tenny]
  3. Previous Hikes
    Sept. 24 West Clear Creek Mogollon RimEileen Root
    Sept. 28Brush Spring MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    Oct. 8Mazatzal Mines MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    Oct. 16-19Backpacking Aravaipa CanyonMichael Humphrey
    Oct. 22 Boulder Bob MazatzalsEileen Root
    Oct. 29Bell Trail SedonaWendy Rennert
    Oct. 29Tim’s Saddle SuperstitionsTed Tenny
    Nov. 12Parsons Spring CottonwoodChuck Parsons
    Nov. 12Coffee Flat Mountain SuperstitionsTed Tenny

  4. Upcoming Hikes   
    Nov. 19 Oak Spring Trail PineEileen Root
    Nov. 26 Papago Park GPS PhoenixMichael Humphrey
    Dec. 3 <<open>>   
    Dec. 10Badger Springs Agua Fria CanyonWendy Rennert
    Dec. 17 <<open>>   
    Dec. 24 <<open>>   
    Dec. 31 Dixie Mine McDowellsTed Tenny
    Jan. 7 <<open>>   
    Jan. 14Bulldog Wash Ridge GoldfieldsTed Tenny

  5. T-shirts:
    Wendy brought pictures of some suitable styles. They could be made from cotton or polyester, with printed or stitched designs. Eileen checked on pricing from a local supplier. Cyd, who has ordered T-shirts before, felt we could get a better deal.

  6. Meeting Place:
    Our next meeting will be at Duke’s Sports Bar & Grill in Scottsdale.

  7. Guest Speaker:
    Michael Humphrey presented a slide show of amazing pictures taken on recent Arizona Trailblazer hikes. Rocks, hikers and snakes were stars of the show.

  8. Election of Officers for 2012
    Candidates were nominated by the Executive Council.
    ____ President: Chuck Parsons
    There was an additional nomination from the floor: Cyd Cassel for President.
    ____ Vice President: Becky Johnson
    ____ Treasurer: Wendy Rennert
    ____ Secretary: Ted Tenny
    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 17, 2012, 7:00 PM in Scottsdale at Duke’s Sports Bar & Grill.


Executive Council, October 11, 2011

attendees: Michael Humphrey, Wendy Rennert, Ted Tenny

  1. November 15 Meeting
    Duke’s Sports Bar & Grill in Scottsdale is under consideration. Michael will contact management to work out some details.

  2. T-Shirts
    Ted brought a catalogue of many promotional items, including t-shirts. Michael and Ted appointed Wendy to choose an appropriate style.

  3. AZHC 2013 Calendars
    There isn’t enough lead time for 2012, but interest at the September meeting indicates there is a market for AZHC calendars. The raffle raised $22. We have lots of scenic pictures from hikes!

  4. Officer Nominees for 2012
    Nominees for Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary have been found. The search for a nominee for President continues.



September 2011

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
September 20, 2011, 7:00 PM
Top Shelf Restaurant, Dobson & Southern in Mesa

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Reports
    Treasurer
    The club has $1,901.79 in the bank, with 53 paid members including 6 family memberships. The insurance is paid. [Wendy Rennert]
    Webmaster
    Hike descriptions have been standardized and upgraded to include a link to a picture of the meeting place. [Ted Tenny]
  3. Previous Hikes
    July 30 See Canyon Mogollon RimWendy Rennert
    Aug. 6Pipeline Trail FlagstaffMichael Humphrey
    Aug. 20Kendrick Peak FlagstaffDave French
    Aug. 27Bill Williams Mountain WilliamsWendy Rennert
    Sept. 3Pivot Rock Spring Mogollon RimTed Tenny
    Sept. 16-18Mormon Lake Camping FlagstaffDebbie M.

  4. Upcoming Hikes
    Sept. 24 West Clear Creek Mogollon RimEileen Root
    Oct. 1AZ Trail Passage 34 FlagstaffTed Tenny
    Oct. 8<<open>>   
    Oct. 15<<open>>   
    Oct. 22Boulder Bob MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    Oct. 29Tim’s Saddle SuperstitionsTed Tenny
    Nov. 5Parsons Spring CottonwoodChuck Parsons
    Nov. 12Coffee Flat Mountain SuperstitionsTed Tenny

  5. Guest Speaker:
    Dan Gruber, volunteer steward for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, told us about the geology of the McDowell Mountains and elsewhere in the Basin and Range Province. Dan brought examples of local igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks to explain how they were formed over the last 1.4 billion years.

  6. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 7:00 PM location TBD.  Elections.


Executive Council, September 14, 2011

attendees: Michael Humphrey, Eileen Root, Wendy Rennert, Ted Tenny

  1. September 20 Meeting
    Will be at Top Shelf in west Mesa. Our quest for alternate meeting locations continues.

  2. Calendar of Events
    There are some possibilities for filling open dates the next three months. With the weather improving and hike leaders returning to the valley, we are hoping to fill up the fall schedule.

  3. AZHC 2012 Calendars
    Ted brought an example, which the officers liked. Calendars won’t be mass-produced, but the first one will be donated to the club as a raffle prize at the September 20 meeting.

  4. Officer Nominees for 2012
    The council agreed on potential nominees for President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary, to be contacted and then presented at the club meeting in November.



July 2011

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
July 19, 2011, 7:00 PM
Top Shelf Restaurant, Dobson & Southern in Mesa

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Reports
    Treasurer
    The club has $2,415.74 in the bank. [Wendy Rennert]
    Webmaster
    Recent suggestions include putting the hike meeting locations in a file separate from the Calendar of Events. [Ted Tenny]
  3. Previous Hikes
    May 18 Slate Canyon MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    May 21Tonto Natural Bridge PaysonDebbie M.
    May 28Deadman Mesa MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    June 1Mt. Peeley MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    June 4Wilderness of Rocks TucsonWendy Rennert
    June 10-13North Rim Grand CanyonChuck Parsons
    June 25Sandy’s Canyon FlagstaffDave French
    July 2Prime Lake FlagstaffTed Tenny
    July 16IMAX Theater PhoenixDebbie M.

  4. Upcoming Hikes
    July 23 <<open>>   
    July 30See Canyon Mogollon RimWendy Rennert
    Aug. 6Pipeline Trail FlagstaffMichael Humphrey
    Aug. 13<<open>>   
    Aug. 20Kendrick Peak FlagstaffDave French
    Aug. 27Bill Williams Mountain WilliamsWendy Rennert
    Sept. 3<<open>>   
    Sept. 10<<open>>   
    Sept. 16-18Mormon Lake Camping FlagstaffDebbie M.

  5. Discussion:
    If you have an idea for an Arizona Trailblazers club meeting location, please send it to any of the officers. Dinner meetings are preferred. It should be centrally located in Tempe or west Mesa.

  6. Guest Speaker:
    Amy Ford is an Interpretive Ranger with McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Amy used props for us to talk about and learn about interpretive hike leading. A saguaro boot, Gila monster, black widow spider, and javelina skull prompted lively discussions on how to make a hike relevant.

  7. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 7:00 PM, location TBD.


Executive Council, June 29, 2011

attendees: Michael Humphrey, Eileen Root, Wendy Rennert, Ted Tenny
  1. Location of Club Meetings
    Dinner meetings are preferred. We need to find a place that is centrally located and has a reasonably quiet meeting room. For the July meeting we will return to the Top Shelf Restaurant at Dobson & Southern, across from Mesa Community College. Future meetings of the Executive Council will be held in prospective club meeting locations.

  2. Officer Nominees for 2012
    Six names were mentioned.

  3. Guest speakers for July, September, November
    July •  Michael Humphrey, AZHC
    September •  Dan Gruber, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
    November •  Fred Gaudet, Arizona Trail Association
    Ted has a backup presentation which can be given on short notice, in case our scheduled speaker isn’t there.

  4. Radios
    Two Motorola Talkabout radios will be donated to the club by Ted.



May 2011

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
May 17, 2011, 7:00 PM
Lucille’s BBQ: Tempe Marketplace: 2030 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Reports
    Treasurer
    As of May 17, the club has 51 paid members. Our bank balance is $2267.74 of which $150 is currently payable. [Wendy Rennert]
    Webmaster
    Leaders, send in your announcement at least three days before the hike. [Ted Tenny]
  3. Previous Hikes   
    Mar. 19 Massacre Grounds SuperstitionsTed Tenny
    Mar. 26Fish Creek Canyon SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Mar. 27B. Thompson Arboretum SuperiorDebbie M.
    Apr. 2Munds Wagon Trail SedonaWendy Rennert
    Apr. 16Thicket Spring Loop MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    Apr. 17Sunset Hike Usery Mtn. ParkDebbie M.
    Apr. 23Hackberry Loop SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Apr. 30Bulldog Canyon GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    May 5Story Mine MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    May 7Bear Sign Canyon SedonaTed Tenny
    May 14Mazatzal Foothills SunflowerBill Zimmermann

  4. Upcoming Hikes
    May 18 Mt. Ord Mines MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    May 21Tonto Natural Bridge PaysonDebbie M.
    May 28<<open>>   
    June 4Wilderness of Rocks TucsonWendy Rennert
    June 10-13North Rim Grand CanyonChuck Parsons
    June 18<<open>>   
    June 25Sandy’s Canyon FlagstaffDave French
    July 2Horse Lake FlagstaffTed Tenny
    July 9<<open>>   
    July 16<<open>>   

  5. Discussion:
    Chuck Parsons described our plan for the Arizona Trail Centennial Adventure. The Trailblazers will hike on passage 34 near Flagstaff, where a new section of the Arizona Trail is being built.

  6. Guest Speaker:
    Michael Humphrey presented slides and videos from a wild, wet, and amazingly scenic trip to New Zealand. The hikes are quite different from Arizona, and jet-boating is definitely not for the faint of heart.

  7. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 7:00 PM
    Guest speakers are needed for the July, September, and November meetings. If you are interested in giving a presentation, or know someone who should be invited, please contact any of the club officers.


March 2011

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
March 15, 2011, 7:00 PM
Lucille’s BBQ: Tempe Marketplace: 2030 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Reports
    Treasurer
    We have 50 members, and the latest bank statement says $1,726.74. [email from Wendy Rennert]
    Webmaster
    The AZHC Library page has been updated to include books and maps donated by Mark Thomas. [Ted Tenny]
  3. Previous Hikes   
    Jan. 22 Union Hills Loop PhoenixWendy Rennert
    Jan. 29Tom’s Thumb to Gateway McDowellsWendy Rennert
    Jan. 30Hieroglyphic Canyon SuperstitionsDebbie M.
    Feb. 5O’Grady Canyon SuperstitionsChuck Parsons
    Feb. 12Ballantine Trail MazatzalsWendy Rennert
    Feb. 13Wind Cave Usery ParkDebbie M.
    Feb. 26Lost Goldmine Trail SuperstitionsChuck Parsons
    Mar. 5Romero Canyon TucsonChuck Parsons
    Mar. 12Prospector’s View Loop SuperstitionsDebbie M.

  4. Upcoming Hikes
    Mar. 19 Massacre Grounds SuperstitionsTed Tenny
    Mar. 26Fish Creek Canyon SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Mar. 27Boyce Thompson Arbor. SuperiorDebbie M.
    Apr. 2<<TBD>> SedonaWendy Rennert
    Apr. 9Hardscrabble Mesa PineTed Tenny
    Apr. 9Tonto Natural Bridge PineDebbie M.
    Apr. 16Thicket Spring Loop MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    Apr. 23Hackberry Loop SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Apr. 30<<open>>   
    May 7Bear Sign Canyon SedonaTed Tenny
    May 14<<open>>   

  5. Guest Speaker
    Karen Larson presented a slide show of pictures from Zion National Park in Utah. Eileen Root and Karen camped 8 nights and hiked over 40 miles throughout the park. There were photos of well known hikes, including The Narrows, and some of the less traveled hikes. There will be another camping trip to Zion!

  6. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 7:00 PM at Lucille’s Barbecue in the Tempe Marketplace southwest of the 101 and 202 junction. Seating and dinner begins at 6:00 PM. Room reservation needs to be made.


Executive Council, March 9, 2011

attendees: Michael Humphrey, Eileen Root, Wendy Rennert, Ted Tenny
  1. Handicapped Hikers
    Most of our leaders are not equipped or trained to lead handicapped hikers. Wendy suggested park trails, some of which are smooth and offer excellent scenery.

  2. Membership
    For the first time the club has 50 paid members, Wendy reported.

  3. Summer Hikes
    Each of the officers had some ideas.
    Michael • Fire and Ice hike in Flagstaff.
    • GPS Training Hike. This should probably be in the fall.
    Eileen • Sycamore Canyon, Flagstaff.
    • Wet Beaver Creek, east of Sedona.
    • Granite Mountain, Prescott.
    • Parsons Spring, Clarkdale. Probably in the fall.
    • Haunted Canyon, Globe. Probably in the fall.
    Wendy • Wilderness of Rocks, Tucson, on National Trails Day (June 4).
    Ted • Horse Lake, Flagstaff — should be a key exchange hike.
    Chuck is leading a North Rim camping trip at the Grand Canyon on June 10-13. Other leaders will also want to schedule summer and fall hikes. The calendar is getting full. If we start having more people sign up than can go on a hike, the club should offer more than one hike on the same day. This is already being done by the Sierra Club and AOTC. The folks who attended Hike Leader Training on January 22 should be encouraged to lead summer and fall hikes.

  4. Guest speakers for May, July, September, November
    May 17: Michael will present pictures from his recent New Zealand trip.
    July 19, September 20, November 15: Wendy will check on speakers representing the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and local Search and Rescue organizations. Both Michael and Ted have backup slide shows of hike pictures, which could be presented on short notice if we don’t get another guest speaker.



January 2011

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
January 18, 2011, 7:00 PM
Lucille’s BBQ: Tempe Marketplace: 2030 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281
  1. Welcome, Introductions

  2. Reports
    Treasurer
    As of January 18, there are 48 paid memberships. Balance in checking is $1,452.92 [Wendy Rennert]
    Webmaster
    Some of the latest trip reports have trail maps, where the route is well established. [Ted Tenny]
  3. Previous Hikes J Record number for November through January.
    Nov. 20 North Goldfield Skyline GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Nov. 27 Cane Spring Road MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    Dec. 4Reavis Trail Canyon SuperiorTed Tenny
    Dec. 11Hat Top Hill GoldfieldsChip Wells
    Dec. 22Boulder Bob MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    Dec. 24Usery Peaks Usery MountainsChip Wells
    Jan. 1Upper Ruins Tonto Nat. Mon.Chuck Parsons
    Jan. 8Mesquite Ridge SuperstitionsTed Tenny
    Jan. 15Peak 3134 Ridgeline GoldfieldsChip Wells
    Jan. 16Pass Mountain Trail GoldfieldsDebbie M.

  4. Upcoming Hikes   
    Jan. 22 Union Hills Loop PhoenixWendy Rennert
    Jan. 29 Tom’s Thumb-Gateway McDowellsWendy Rennert
    Jan. 30Hieroglyphic Canyon SuperstitionsDebbie M.
    Feb. 5O’Grady Canyon SuperstitionsChuck Parsons
    Feb. 12Ballantine Trail MazatzalsWendy Rennert
    Feb. 19Wishbone Junction GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Feb. 26 <<open>>   
    Mar. 5Romero Canyon TucsonChuck Parsons
    Mar. 12 <<open>>   

  5. Hike Leader Training
    Instructors Wendy Rennert, Chuck Parsons, and Ted Tenny will offer Hike Leader Training this Saturday, January 22, on the Union Hills Loop day hike. Anyone can attend, but please join us if you have ever thought of leading a hike for the Trailblazers or just want to know what hike leadership is all about.

  6. Guest Speaker:
    Wish you had a hiking map with accurate topography, up-to-date trail information, and points of interest clearly marked? It can be done! AZHC Mapmaster Ted Tenny told the inside story of hiking maps and how you can make a map like the pros (actually, better than most). All questions answered, no holds barred.

  7. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 7:00 PM at Lucille’s Barbecue in the Tempe Marketplace.

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