Colorado River Walkers
CALL TO ORDER: Carol O., president, called the meeting to order at 6:14 pm at Central Market upstairs dining area. There were 9 members present.
MINUTES: The 12/13/2021 meeting minutes were previously sent by e-mail and not read. The minutes were approved as sent.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Sam H. e-mailed a report of a total of $3,437.46 in the checking account at this time.
YRE REPORT: DECEMBER
Austin Historical – 1w
Lady Bird Lake – 0w
Fairview Park – 0w
Georgetown – 10w
Belton – 0w
Brushy Creek – 2w/0bike
Pflugerville – 7w
Round Rock – 2w
Salado – 2w
Total = 24w (22 adults and 2 children), 22x$3 + 2x$1.25 + $2.50 donation = $71
There was a discussion about two of our YREs:
1. Brushy Creek – Doug E. is continuing to develop the new loops. Loop 1 now has a 2k addition so that walkers may choose to walk either 6k or 8k on Loop 1.
2. Georgetown – We may need to revise the 2022 special programs for this YRE.
1. Our club received the 2022 stamps for our Year Round Events about a week after Jan 1, and they are now in their respective walk boxes.
2. Our next traditional event is our McKinney Falls State Park volksmarch on Feb 26th. We discussed possible routes, and we plan to have some exploratory walks.
3. Two club members (Doug E. and Greg S.) went to the Best of the Heights walk in San Antonio this past weekend. Doug reported that there were over 60 walkers at the event.
1. Carol O. mentioned that Ruth Cade and Charlotte Phillips, both avid and longtime volksmarchers, recently passed away. There will be a joint service for them in San Antonio on Jan. 13th. The full details are in the Checkpoint, and it would be nice if any of our club members want to attend.
2. There are quite a few walking opportunities coming up in the next few months. Some highlights are:
- The TVA Meeting in Kerrville, Feb 4-6
- Texas Trail Roundup (a joint AVA/IML event) in San Antonio, Feb 18-20
- AVA Walk Week, Apr 1-7
- Ruidoso, NM walks, Apr 20-25
3. The most recent Checkpoint talks about the new Walk Voucher Program with Element3 Health. This is one of several partnerships that AVA is developing in an effort to grow volksmarching. Carol O. also mentioned the “America Walks” program and the local “WalkAustin” organization, which is trying to make all neighborhoods accessible to and safe for walkers.
4. Steph K. will post the 2022 Southwest Texas Calendar of Events on our club website under a new menu item.
5. After the McKinney Falls walk in February, the next date that our club has selected for a traditional walk is April 30, 2022. Carol O. said that we need to decide on a location for the walk and asked for suggestions. Possible options discussed were: Taylor, Garrison Park or Kitcheonville and Stephenson Nature Preserve in South Austin, Salt Lick or one of the wineries west of Austin, Bastrop, Hornsby Bend, Galleria at Bee Caves, Katherine Fleischer Park in North Austin, or the Tejano Trails in downtown East Austin.
The meeting adjourned at 7:20 pm.
Stephanie K., Vice President