If you’re not a club member, you probably didn’t see our July – August newsletter. If you did see it, you might not know that our Westroads Year Round Event has reopened! Good news – all of those year round events will be available next year, with a few surprises. Bad news – our 20 Iowa Parks in 2020 program is coming to an end October 15, 2020. Good news – there’s still two more months of great walking weather to get them all done!
More bad news – we won’t be having any Group Walks in Iowa State Parks as planned for August 29th, October 2nd nor October 3rd. But our partner in these walks, the Greater Des Moines Volkssport Association, is planning a Group Walk of Stephens State Forest on September 26th at 10 a.m.
Bad news/Good news – our friends to the north, the Prairie Wanders Volkssport Club, have had to postpone their multi-event walking weekend from September 11 – 13, 2020 to September 10 – 12, 2021.
Our September 19, 2020 walk at Standing Bear Lake, Entrance 4 (between Fort and Military on 132nd Street) is still on, but the breakfast portion of the walk has been cancelled. Arrive anytime from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to register and to walk. Masks are required for the registration, but are not needed once you start walking. Please bring $2 exact change in an envelope for each Fun Walker and/or $3 for each Credit Walker (book stamper). Bring your own pen to sign in. No need to rush this walk – you have until 2 p.m. to get back – and yes, we do check to make sure that the same number of people that start out are the same number of people that come back. ?
Our Annual Soup Walk takes place on March 7th at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church at 5529 Leavenworth St., Omaha, NE 68106 (but parking is off of Marcy Street, one block south!). Registration takes place from 9 a.m. to noon, costing $2 for Fun Walkers and $3 for Credit Walkers PLUS 2 cans of soup. This year, we’ll have our standard mixed beef and mixed chicken soup offerings, plus a pot of tomato basil soup for our vegetarian friends. The raffle features 5 Grand Prizes and a host of smaller prizes, with chances priced at 50 cents each or 3/$1.
We have two 5 km routes for you to choose from or to combine. Both routes feature Little Free Libraries, while the North Route also offers the “Rockin’ Around the Clock” and “Ice Cream Parlors” programs. We’ll have Group Walks at 9:30 and 10:30 – just because the Ice Cream Parlor doesn’t open until 11 a.m.!
Soup Walk Volunteers: The Workers’ Walk will take place Sunday, March 1st at 3 p.m. Come 15 minutes early to do paperwork. No bathrooms available at start.
The Lincoln Volkssport Club is offering their annual Spring Walk on Saturday, March 21st at the Enclosed Shelter in Antelope Park, near the intersection of Normal Blvd and “A” Streets, Lincoln, NE. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.Fun Walkers walk FREE and Credit Walkers pay $3. There will be a Group Walk setting out at 9:30 a.m. to walk the 10 km route. Both the 5 km and 10 km routes go through neighborhoods and park areas. Your Group Walk leader likes to get ice cream at UNL’s Dairy Store after walking in Lincoln. Just sayin’ . . .
Our club and Iowa’s Walking Club (Greater Des Moines Volkssport Association) are putting the finishing touches on everything you need to start walking on May 1st. This special set of 20 walks in 20 Iowa State Parks in 20 different counties continues through October 15, 2020. Want more information? Check our website at: http://www.netrailblazers.club/2020-special-events/iowa-20-in-20-walks/Want to get regular email newsletters about those special walks? Send an email firstname.lastname@example.org we’ll get you on the mailing list.
Our 2020 Walk Booklet is just filled with so many walks and activities that you’re going to need to pull out your calendars NOW and mark them all!
Just check out the new weblink here to see it and the instructions for printing 28 pages bursting with information on just 7 sheets of paper!
Our first regular walking event is Saturday, March 7th – our annual Soup Walk, complete with Raffle. Our booklet editor, Julie, calls it our “Winter-Be-Gone” Soup Walk. Hope so! – there’s an Ice Cream Parlor on the route (one of three Special Programs available on this walk).
What time? Where? Registration? It’s all in the booklet! But we’ll be posting later this month to remind you. 🙂
Our December 7th bus trip to Le Mars, Iowa is cancelled – but NOT the walk! Club members are still invited to carpool to Le Mars to walk and enjoy the Winter Wonderland festivities. When carpool details and meeting times are finalized, they will be published here and on Facebook and sent by Trail Mail and email. The original deposits for the bus trip will be returned by mail shortly.
Saturday, November 2ndmorning– Lincoln Volkssport Club’s annual Autumn Walk through Wyuka Cemetery and surrounding neighborhoods. Registration times 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m., off the trail by 12:45 p.m. Group 10k walk at 9:30 – email email@example.com if you’d like to lead a group 5k walk. $3 for AVA/IVV Credit, Fun Walkers are free. Registration will take place at the City Impact Building, 1035 N. 33rd Street, Lincoln, NE 68503.
Sunday, November 3rd – 2 p.m. – Workers’ Walk for the Pie Walk, at Countryside Community Church, 13130 Faith Plaza, Omaha, NE 68144. No bathrooms available at start. Route is two 5k loops. Event Workers are invited to walk at this time and to help test the map and directions.
Monday, November 4th– 7 p.m.– Club Meeting at Morning Star Lutheran Church (lower level – Preschool Entrance), 331 S. 85th Avenue, Omaha, NE at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 9th morning – Pie Walk. See address above for Countryside Community Church, a member of the Tri-Faith Initiative at 132nd & Pacific Streets. Bring a pie to share and another to donate to a local homeless shelter! Register from 9 a.m. to noon, off the trail by 3 p.m. $2 Fun Walkers, $3 AVA/IVV Credit.
All 2020 One-Day Walks, Year Rounds and Seasonals have been adopted! New volunteers will be paired up with seasoned Trailmasters soon. Check out our preliminary calendar, here.
We welcome Diana Webb to the position of Speakers’ Chairman. Ann Drebot has served in that position for many, many years and will be helping Diana with the transition. If you know of any interesting speakers, please email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org for Diana to research.
Our club needs to find a Secretary for the 2020 club year. Time is of the essence to step forward! Our Board meetings are held before the club meetings; meeting time is limited to that first Monday of the month. Can you help? Email us at email@example.com.
Our newsletter editor, Julie Brown, is coming back for the November-December 2019 edition! Please have articles to her by mid-October.
Final call for “Walker of the Year” nominations! These are sent to Julie Brown and are needed by mid-October. She has already received nominations for three different people! Our club is blessed with talent and energy – thank you!
The hosting business for our Year Round Event in Shelby, Iowa is closing its doors in August. The Corn Crib was a good host and served some great food!
Our club will say farewell to this walk on the morning of Saturday, August 3rd. At 8 a.m., we’ll hold a Meet and Eat. Groups of 5k and 10k walkers will head out and return for a late breakfast or early lunch together. $2 for Fun Walkers, $3 for AVA/IVV credit (book stampers). Exact change is always appreciated!
After the walk, the Walk Box will be removed from the premises. So if you’ve been planning to walk this beautiful walk, take advantage of the group walk on August 3rd or during the promised break in hot weather coming up soon.
Our July – August 2019 newsletter (website edition) is available here: NWFT Jul-Aug 2019 newsletter Remember that club members receive the full newsletter directly, hot-off-the-presses!
Updates on summer activities:
July 28th baseball outing is SOLD OUT!
August 3rd – just added! 8 a.m. group walk of the Shelby, Iowa YRE, with a late breakfast or early lunch scheduled for afterwards at the starting point, The Corn Crib, right off I-80 on the NW corner of the intersection. (Look for the red silo.)
August 10th – Melodrama at Mahoney Park. Only 4 tickets left! Meet at Cheri O’s in Ashland at 3 p.m. for ice cream and to car pool to the State Park for the 5 p.m. show. Tickets are $7, plus the cost of sharing in the $6 per Nebraska resident daily park pass ($8 for out-of-staters). Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Meet in the Gallup parking lot off of Aaron Ferer Plaza (see map). 5 km walk starts at 10:00 a.m. Cost: $2.00 for Fun Walkers. $3.00 for Credit Walkers (book stampers).
Why is this a “Giving Walk”? Because it’s the club’s 40th birthday – and we’re giving the presents! We will be walking through the downtown area during the time of the College World Series. Bring one or more small wrapped gifts to hand out. Some ideas are sample or personal sizes of suntan lotion, baseball related items, hand lotion or any other small item you think people would be happy to receive. We will have lots of extras if you don’t have one to bring.
Sunday, July 28th, 2:05 p.m. – Omaha Storm Chasers Outing
Only three tickets are left for the Sunday, July 28th 2:05 p.m. Omaha Storm Chasers baseball game against the San Antonio Missions! We’re reserving VIP Club Seats behind home plate – in the shade! – with in-seat wait service and access to the VIP Club itself. Cost is $11 for club members and $16 for non-club members.
Email us right away at email@example.com to see if those tickets are still available!
Saturday, August 10th, 5 p.m. – Mahoney State Park Melodrama Outing
The intrepid Trailblazers will traverse the trails to Mahoney State Park on Saturday, August 10th for a 5 p.m. showing of the melodrama “The Rose of Dismal Flats”. Tickets for the show are just $7. Mahoney State Park charges $6 per carload for a daily pass ($8 for non-Nebraska residents), so we’ll meet at Cheri O’s in Ashland for ice cream at 3 p.m. before the show and then carpool to the theater. Doors open at 4:30; seating is general admission. The theater sells popcorn, which you can either eat or throw at the actors.
Payment is due by June 28th. Please make checks payable to:
Be sure to join us on Saturday, April 6th, at the Nebraska Humane Society at 8929 Fort St in Omaha. Three lengths of walk will be available: 1 mile, 5 km and a 10 km. Walk along the Keystone Trail at your own pace. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 12:30 p.m. Fun Walkers pay only $2, while Credit Walkers (book stampers) pay $3. Dogs and children in strollers are free!
We’ll have “puppy prizes” for the following categories: tall dogs, small dogs, young dogs, old dogs and fashion hounds. All prizes must be collected in person at the walk – those not collected will be donated to the Nebraska Humane Society.
We are also accepting donations of needed items for the NHS, such as old large towels, blankets and dog toys. Check their wish list at nehumanesociety.org – “Ways to Give > Wish List”
APRIL 20TH MEET AND EAT – FREMONT, NE
Meet in the Hy-Vee Dining Room at 840 E 23rd Street. 10 km walkers start walking at 9:00 a.m., while the guided 5 km walk will start at 9:30 a.m. (You will have to drive to the actual 5 km starting point after registration.)
Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. $2 Fun Walkers, $3 Credit Walkers. Lunch afterwards at the Polymath Cyber Café in downtown Fremont, at 414 North Main Street.