- We’re getting out to stretch our legs on Friday, January 29th at Prairie Queen Recreation Area by Werner Park! This is a FREE walk and is not eligible for AVV/IVV Credit, so leave your books and your money at home! Online registration is REQUIRED at https://forms.gle/ekcFfZxMcsaP8fAVA We’ll start walking promptly at 2 p.m. on a 5k group walk around the lake, so arrive a bit earlier to check-in. COVID-19 protocols are in effect: masks must be worn while gathering and whenever within 6′ of someone outside your household. Take Hwy 370 to S. 126th Street, go past Werner Park to the Lincoln Road roundabout and then use the 3rd exit to go west one block to the parking lot from where we’ll be starting. Please dress for the weather. Don’t count on the sidewalk around the lake being shoveled!
- We will NOT have our regular monthly club meeting on February 1st. No in-person club meetings have been scheduled at this time.
- We’ve had to make a change to our March 6th Soup Walk this year – it’s more like a “No Soup for You!” Walk. We won’t be able to share soup with each other, but that just means more for those people depending on local food banks for a meal, right? We’ve asked for chicken- or beef-based soups in the past, but we’re asking for 2 cans of hearty soups – think of meal substitutes – of any flavor. The local food banks that we’re supporting are the St. Columbkille/Tri-City Food Pantry and the New Visions Men’s Shelter in Council Bluffs. Start Point and times have not changed. See our 2021 Walk Calendar page for details.
At our Annual Dinner and Meeting this past Saturday, January 18th, our club installed its 2020 Officers and recognized some special volunteers in our club. Volunteers are the heart and soul of our club!
Karen Dix-Johnson was recognized as our 2019 Walker of the Year. Karen is our smiling ambassador when she’s not busy leading walks or helping wherever she’s needed.
Ann has lined up speakers for our club’s monthly meetings for over 20 years! Her AVA Meritorious Service Award is richly deserved.
We say “thank you” to Tricia Abel as our club’s secretary, as she hands over the club minutes to Dave Brown, our secretary for 2020.
Happy New Year of Walking! Get your calendar out – besides a great slate of regular walks this year, our club is involved in two very special events:
- The “20 Iowa Parks in 2020” walking program, which runs from May 1st – October 15th of this year; and
- “Blazin’ Trails and Tellin’ Tales”, the North Central Regional Roundup, to be hosted by our club from October 2 – 4, 2020.
We’ve got LOTS of information about these two events on our website, so be sure to click on the links to learn more.
Our news-packed newsletter for January and February 2020, in stunning color, is available here: Jan/Feb 2020 Newsletter But you won’t see the name of our 2019 “Walker of the Year” in it – you’ll have to attend our Annual Dinner and Meeting to find out!
Our March-April 2019 newsletter is now available in edited form. (Remember that Club Members get the full version, hot off the presses!) Our thanks to Sandy Spaulding for stepping into Footsteps‘ editor Julie Brown’s shoes for this issue!
Our annual Soup Walk was postponed a week – from March 2nd to March 9th, because of forecasted adverse weather. Well, it looks like the warm-up we were hoping for is going to be delayed. So, how do we cope? With the 3 W’s and plenty of hot soup!
What are the 3 W’s? It’s how to dress for exercise in cold weather!
- Wicking – base layer should move body moisture away from the body. Think a lightweight wool, silk or a synthetic fabric – not cotton, which traps moisture.
- Warmth – next layer should help to retain heat. Think sweaters, fleece, down, heavier wool.
- Weather – the outside layer should repel moisture and stop wind. It should also be breathable, to allow body moisture to evaporate, rather than be trapped inside and chilling you.
A quick Google search “layering clothes for cold weather” gives lots of examples and tips. One good search result is from Mountain Warehouse, which provides text, pictures and a video.
Due to a forecast of adverse walking conditions, our Annual Soup Walk, scheduled for March 2nd, has been CHANGED to MARCH 9TH!
We’ll still be starting at Children’s Square, at N 6th St & Ave. E, Council Bluffs, IA 51502 , from 9 a.m. to noon. We’ll still be asking for 2 cans of soup, plus $3 registration fee ($2 for Fun Walkers). We’ll still be serving a delicious mix of either chicken or beef broth-based soups, made from one of the two cans that you bring. (The other goes to a local food pantry.) And we’ll still have birthday cake to celebrate our 40th birthday as a club!
See on you on March 9th for Fun, Fitness and Friendship – and Soup!
Due to today’s blizzard, we are cancelling the Workers’ Walk scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, February 24th. Stay home and use that energy to shovel out your driveways and sidewalks, so that walkers in your own neighborhoods can safely walk!
Support TWO great causes when you come to our Soup Walk, next Saturday, March 2nd at Children’s Square, N 6th St & Ave. E, Council Bluffs, IA 51502. The registration fee is two cans of soup AND $2 for Fun Walkers or $3 for Credit Walkers.
We donate one can of soup to a local food pantry and use the other can of soup to mix into our 2 big steaming hot pots of either chicken or beef broth based soups. Warm up after your 5k or 10k walk with a bowl or two of soup!
Try your luck at our raffle! Raffle proceeds will go to the annual fundraiser for the national organization to which we belong, AVA – America’s Walking Club. Without support from our national headquarters, we can’t bring you local walks.
It’s a brand new year, with brand new opportunities for walking for fun, fitness and friendship! We’re still putting the final touches on our 2019 brochure of walking events, but we want you to get these dates on your calendar now:
- January 19th – Annual Meeting and Dinner (previously announced in http://www.netrailblazers.club/2019-annual-meeting-announcement/)
- January 26th – Westroads Mall Meet and Eat, starting at 8:30 a.m., 5k or 10k option – all inside! Meet at the interior space between Dick’s and Penney’s, pay your $3 if walking for credit (stamping books) or $2 if not, walk and then eat together at Panera Bread in the mall.
- March 2nd – Annual Soup Walk – Children’s Square,
N 6th St & Ave. E, Council Bluffs, IA 51502 starting at 9 a.m. Register anytime between 9 and noon, off the trail by 3 p.m. Group Walk starting at 9:30. Bring 2 cans of soup (chicken or beef broth based) – one for the pot and one for the Food Pantry. Cost is $3 if walking for credit (stamping books) or $2 if not .
We’ve got the latest newsletter for you here, below, with lots to see from last year and a description of what’s coming up for next year. Have a great new year and we would love to see you soon!
The Nebraska Wander Freunde Trailblazers holds an annual meeting each year, where friends mingle, club officers are installed and the identity of the Walker of the Year is revealed. Plan now to attend this year’s meeting on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Valentino’s Pizza, 5022 S 108th Street, Omaha, NE 68137 . Social time starts at 5:30; dinner (buffet-style) at 6:00 p.m. The meeting follows the dinner.
Club members pay only $12. Non-members pay $17. All should send in their reservations by January 12th to the club address: NWFT, PO Box 8147, Omaha, NE 68108. You can also pay Butch Spaulding at the event. Do be sure to drop Butch an email with the number attending so that we have enough tables and chairs set up . If you don’t have his email address, send it to email@example.com, and it will be forwarded to him.
We just finished our Pie Walk on November 3rd and are getting ready for our Night of Lights Walk on December 2nd. We’re busy at work planning our 2019 walks, starting in March with our annual Soup Walk at Children’s Square in Council Bluffs – more info coming in January about our 2019 season!
In the meantime, we have the November-December 2018 newsletter available. Remember that club members receive the full newsletter directly as an email.
Our next walk is a Meet and Eat (group walk) on Friday, November 23rd at 10 a.m., starting from the Lansky’s at 1131 N Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. The plan is to #OptOutside and walk the 5k, then return to Lansky’s for lunch. Lansky’s is the Start Point for our Council Bluffs Year Round Event and specializes in pizza, cheese steaks and pasta.
Our November club meeting featured a speaker from the Omaha Bee Club, a short business meeting and was followed by refreshments. We do provide an orientation to visitors and new club members during the refreshments. Here are scenes from that meeting.
The Lincoln Volkssport Club’s annual Wyuka Walk is still scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, October 27th. Registration takes place at the City Impact Building, 1035 N 33rd St, Lincoln, NE 68503, from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fun Walkers are FREE; Credit Walkers (people who get their books stamped) pay $3. The LVC asks walkers to be off the trail by 1 p.m., so arrive early enough to enjoy this annual stroll through peaceful Wyuka Cemetery and surrounding neighborhoods.
The Workers’ Walk for the Rita Eldrige Memorial Pie Walk will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. Walkers should be advised that the restrooms will not be available before the walk and to arrive early enough to complete the registration process by 3 p.m. Two 5k loops will be featured.
The Blair Pie Walk on Saturday, November 3rd will honor the memory of Rita Eldrige, longtime Volkssporter and an integral member of the Nebraska Wander Freunde Trailblazers nearly since its beginning almost 40 years ago. Bring a pie to share and registration fees and enjoy walking in Blair, Nebraska! The registration point will be the Blair Police Department’s Training Center, right next to the police station at 1730 Lincoln Street. Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., off the trail by 3 (but if you come that late, the pies will be gone!) Registration is $1.50 for Fun Walkers and $3.00 for Credit Walkers. We donate leftover pie to the New Visions Homeless Shelter in Council Bluffs.
Those wishing to walk as a group should plan to set out at 9:30 a.m. for one or both 5 kilometer loops.