Jeannie and Tom Van Lew
The Motorola Hiking Club grew and thrived in its early years,
largely due to the ongoing dedication and commitment of its
two principal founders, Tom and Jeannie Van Lew.
Layoffs within Motorola in the early 2000s caused
the hiking club’s membership to fall below the minimum
number of active Motorolans necessary to remain a Motorola sponsored club.
At that point, the hiking club had a choice of disbanding or reorganizing
under a different name. Since the club’s leadership and the vast
majority of members wanted to remain a viable and active hiking club, we
choose to reorganize and became the Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club in
the fall of 2003.
Although the name has changed, the club’s goals and
principles remain the same to this day. We are still a group of avid hikers
and outdoor lovers dedicated to hiking and to discovering and exploring new
trails in the great outdoors of Arizona. We are The Arizona Trailblazers.