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Happy New Year of Walking – 2017!

Congratulations to our 2017 slate of officers and committee chairs:

  • President – Lee Frantz
  • Vice President – Larry Boehm
  • Secretary – Tricia Abel
  • Treasurer – Butch Spaulding
  • Historian – Diane Fenlon
  • “The Committee” Chair – Sandy Spaulding
  • Newletter Chair – Julie Brown

Come visit with them and other friends at the Annual Meeting and Dinner, to be held Saturday, January 21st at the Valentino’s at 5022 S 108th St, Omaha, NE 68137.  Social time begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m.  Cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members and includes buffet, soft drink and tip.  Come find out who our 2016 Walker of the Year is!

Our next “Meet and Eat” will take place the following Saturday, January 28th, at 10 a.m. starting from the dining area in the Fremont Hy-Vee, 840 E 23rd St, Fremont, NE 68025.  5k walkers will register and then drive to the May Museum at 17th and Nye Avenue to begin their walk; 10k walkers start from the Hy-Vee. Lunch afterwards will take place at Hy-Vee’s restaurant there.  The 5k and 10k routes have been changed a bit from 2016, so be sure to stay when walking with someone who has the new map!

February 11th is Des Moines’ annual SkyWalk and is expected to be the site of our next “Meet and Eat” – look for more details coming soon.

Our January – February 2017 newsletter is attached.  January – February 2017 Newsletter  This is not the full version of the newsletter, as we’ve noticed that this website has been attracting a number of . . . overseas . . .visitors to the site. Club members will still receive the full versions that they’ve come to know and love.  Want to be a member? It’s only $10 a year for membership ($15 for a family) and supports all of the great activities that you’ve come to expect from us.


Lots going on in November and December 2016

Our November – December 2016 newsletter is available here: November – December 2016 Newsletter  

Saturday, November 19th sees the club return to Council Bluffs for its ever-popular “Meet and Eat” group walks of the 5k and 10k year round walk in Council Bluffs. Plan to start walking at 10 a.m. – so be at Lansky’s, 1131 N Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503, 15 minutes early to complete the paperwork and pay the $3 credit walker or $1.50 Fun Walker fees. (As always, exact change is appreciated!) Lansky’s opens at 11 a.m., but the grocery store nearby does have restrooms available. We’ll eat at Lansky’s after the walk.

The Workers’ Walk for the Lights Walk in December will be held Saturday, November 26th, starting at 3 p.m. from the Landmark Building, 13th and Farnam Streets, Omaha, NE, 68131. Come 15 minutes early to complete the paperwork and pay the $3 credit walker or $1.50 Fun Walker fees. (As always, exact change is appreciated!) Omaha charges for parking on Saturdays, so bring some change to feed the meters, too.

Our annual Lights Walk takes place starting at 4 p.m.  on Saturday, December 3rd (see above for address, fees and notes). We’ll need workers, group walk leaders and bakers/makers of treats to make this successful – look for your email coming soon.  The club collects toilet paper (packaged, please!) and hats, scarves, gloves and mittens to pass on to a local homeless shelter, so keep those items in mind as you shop these next couple of weeks.

Our last club meeting of 2016 happens on December 5th at 7 p.m. at Morning Star Lutheran Church (basement), 331 S 85th Ave, Omaha, NE 68114. We’ll vote for our 2017 Officers and our 2016 Walker of the Year. Be sure to read the newsletter for a description of the nominees. Online or paper ballots have been sent to all registered club members – follow the instructions to make your vote count.

Saturday, December 17th – mark your calendars for our trip to Kansas City, Missouri to walk among the Plaza Lights.  (Weather dependent!!) More details coming soon.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Nebraska Wanderfreunde Trailblazers. We’re thankful for each of YOU!

October – November events

Saturday, October 15 – Shelby, IA Meet and Eat  We will start walking at 10 a.m., so arrive 15 minutes to sign paperwork and pay the $3 fee ($1.50 for Fun Walkers).  If you drive yourself, park on the north side of The Corn Crib (the gas station that look like a barn just north of the interstate on the west side)  Carpools from Westroads at 8-8:15 or Mall of the Bluffs at 8:45.  We will have lunch at the Corn Crib after the walk.

Saturday, October 29 – Lincoln, NE  Hosted by the Lincoln Volkssport Club The walk starts from the City Impact Building, 1035 N. 33rd Street, Lincoln, NE. Start times are 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and you must be off the trail by 12:45 p.m. The 5k and 10k trails go through Wyuka Cemetery and surround neighborhoods. $3 fee.

Sunday, Oct. 30 -Pie Walk workers’ walk  Meet at 1:45 at New Cassel parking lot near the auditorium (lower level parking area on the north).  We will start walking at 2. Exact change of $3 per person ($1.50 for Fun Walkers) is appreciated.

Saturday, Nov. 4 – Pie walk starting at New Cassel  See the list of volunteers needed for this walk (at the end).  There is no refrigerator in the auditorium, so if you bring a cream pie, please make arrangements to keep it cool.

Monday, Nov. 7 – meeting at Morning Star Lutheran Church at 7 p.m.  Speaker will be from the Kim Foundation.  We are still accepting nominations for walker of the year.  Either email them to Julie Brown or Jim McGahan.  Or bring them in a sealed envelope to the meeting.

Volunteers needed for pie walk:
  • Registration 9 a.m.-12 – 1 person
  • Kitchen-Cutting pie, making coffee, cleaning up-10-3 – 2 people
  • Greeter – 1 person
  • 10 K group walker-9:30 – 1 person
  • 5 K group walker-9:30 – 1 person

Let President Sandy know if you would be able to help in any of these areas – email

August Event updates

Our walk on Saturday, August 13th is set for 8 a.m. at the Hanscom Park Pavilion. Enter the park from the southeast, just west of Park Avenue on Ed Creighton Avenue, off the Martha Street exit on I-480.  A picture is attached to give you an idea of where the pavilion is located within the park.  DON’T go further west to the entrance to the tennis courts and swimming pool!  There will be road work on 32nd Avenue, on the west side of the park, so keep that in mind as you navigate.  The fee for credit walkers is $3 and $1.50 for fun walkers. Please bring exact change to speed up the registration process. Afterwards, the group will be heading to the 11-Worth Cafe for a late breakfast or early lunch. The 11-Worth Cafe is at 2419 Leavenworth Street and is an Omaha icon.


Hanscom Park walking start point

The second event of the month will be on August 27th, at 10:30 a.m., on the other side of the river. Meet us at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA for our personalized tour!  Those wanting to join us for lunch after the tour will walk a very short distance to the Main Street Cafe, at 102 Main Street.

July and August Events and News

We resume our monthly club meetings on Monday, September 12th.  The first Monday of the month in July is July 4th.  We want to wish you a Happy Independence Day! Please take care when traveling and celebrating – we want to see you at all the events happening this summer.

July 9th is the annual Germanfest Festival in Syracuse, Nebraska. No walk is planned, but some club members might be heading down for brats and beer.

On July 16th, we are planning to meet in the parking lot at 2301 “O” Street in Lincoln (now home to Lutheran Family Services) at 9 a.m. for a 5k walk. Carpoolers can meet at Mangelsen’s in Omaha (84th and Frederick) at 8 a.m. or at 8:15 a.m. in the far NW parking lot at Nebraska Crossing Outlets in Gretna. The 5k group will return and have a late breakfast or early lunch at the Farmhouse Cafe, next door to Mangelsen’s. There is also a group interested in doing the 10k, which will go through the Haymarket District, where the Farmers’ Market is held during summer months.

August 13th is our Hanscom Park walk, also a morning walk to beat the heat. More details to come later!

The Union Pacific Museum at 200 Pearl Street in Council Bluffs is the site for our next get-together on August 27th at 10:30 a.m.  After our group tour, we will adjourn to the Main Street Cafe, just a block and a half down the street.  That will be the extent of the walking planned for the group, but the Council Bluffs YRE is available for those who want to stretch their legs after the group’s activities.

For more details and contact information for any of these events, read the latest edition of the newsletter, available here:  July – August 2016 Newsletter.

June Events: National Trails Day and Club Meeting

Our National Trails Day Walk will be held at Chalco Hills Recreation Area at 154th and Giles Road, on Saturday morning, June 4th.  Thank you to the Papio-Missouri Natural Resources District for opening up the building for us and helping suggest and mark trails for you to use.

The 10k is a slight modification to the regular Year Round route (normally available at the Pump and Pantry off of I-80 and NE-370), while the 5k route is quite a bit different, heading off onto natural paths and trails for more than 50% of the route.  Stop by the Visitors’ Center between 8:30 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4th to register, pay and get a map, if needed.  Group walks will begin at 9:30 a.m.  Cost: Fun Walkers are FREE (but donations are gratefully accepted); those stamping books pay $3.  If stamping books, we will stamp them at the BEGINNING of the walk.

Giles Road is completely blocked from 144th to just before the entrance to the Visitors’ Center, so you have to drive up to Chandler or to Harrison, head left (west) to 156th, left (south) to Giles, and left (east) on Giles to the first right.  There is an ominous sign at 156th and Giles, saying that the road is closed to thru traffic, but don’t worry! The road is open to the entrance to Chalco Hills Recreation Area.

Our last club meeting before the summer break will be Monday evening at 7 p.m. at Morning Star Lutheran Church, 331 S 85th Ave, Omaha, NE 68114.   The speaker this month is a guitarist, who will play and talk about playing, followed by a short business meeting. After that, stay for light refreshments and some social time!


Getting caught up!

Kite Making Barn at the Johnston, Iowa Kite Festival walk put on by the Des Moines club

Our club has been so busy that there’s been little time to sit down at the keyboard!

Our next event will be out at Prairie Queen Recreation area, just west of Werner Park (home to the Omaha Storm Chasers minor league baseball team) on Saturday, May 14th.  Register from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., off the trail by 2 p.m.  Check out ALL of our upcoming events via the calendar on this website, on Facebook, on Meetup or download and print out the attached PDF of upcoming events.

If you’re planning to come to the National Trails Day walk at Chalco Hills on June 4th, 2016, please be advised that the stretch of Giles Road closest to where you get off I-80 is closed (144th Street and Giles Road).  You have to go past Giles north to Harrison Street, west to 156th St., south to Giles, and then east to the entrance to the Recreation Area’s parking lot.


Walkers at Arbor Day Farm
Walkers at Arbor Day Farm

Thank you to everyone who participated in The Big Give S.A., which benefited the national organization to which this club belongs, the American Volkssport Association.  The totals aren’t closed out for the event, but they’re nearly to their goal of $50,000. Some big changes to the website are coming in the near future and new programs and activities will be rolled out soon, now that funding has been secured.


May – June 2016 Newsletter

Upcoming events Apr – Dec 2016



Feb – Mar Upcoming Events

Westroads Group Walk  Saturday, February 20th.  Meet near the children’s play area between Penney’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods at 7:45 a.m. so we can start walking at 8 a.m.  We will have the walkbox there for registration.  5k and 10k options available. Credit walkers pay $3; Fun walkers pay $1.50. Exact change is appreciated!

Soup Walk Workers’ Walk  Saturday, February 27th at 1 p.m.  St. Vincent de Paul Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive in the gathering space of the church (inside, but we have to be quiet).  Restrooms will be available. 5k and 10k options available.  Arrive about 15 minutes early so walkers can start at 1 p.m. Fun walkers pay $1.50. Exact change is appreciated!

Soup Walk – Saturday, March 5 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive, Omaha, NE – use school entrance with “St. Vincent de Paul” above the door.  Start times 9 a.m. -12 a.m., finish by 3 p.m.  5k and 10k options available. Bring two cans of soup; one for the Food Bank and one to share.  Make sure to save some time for soup and conversation after the walk.  There will be some fun prizes at the raffle.  Raffle tickets are still a bargain at $.50 or 3 for $1.

Lincoln St. Patrick’s Day Workers’ Walk – Sunday, March 6th at 1 p.m. See directions below.

Monthly Meeting – Monday, March 7th at 7 p.m.  Our monthly meeting will be at Morning Star Lutheran Church.  We will have a musician (Walter Graham) showing us his tricks before a short business meeting and snacks.

Lincoln St. Patrick’s Day Walk  Saturday, March 12th, start 9 a.m.-11a.m.,  be off the trail by 1 p.m.  New location!  Fallbrook YMCA,  700 Penrose Drive, Lincoln, NE.  From I-80 East & West: take EXIT 401(US 34), west on US 34 to Fallbrook Blvd North, it will change name to Tallgrass Parkway after a “roundabout”, continue on Tallgrass to Penrose; right on Penrose to YMCA on left. From south: take I-180 north from downtown to where it becomes US34, & follow above directions

Des Moines St. Patrick’s Day Walk – Saturday, March 19th, start 9 a.m. -11 a.m., finish by 1:30 p.m.  Start Point is at the VFW, 4029 Urbandale Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310. The route is on city sidewalks and recreational trails, From 1-35/I-80: take exit 131 (Merle Hay Rd), go south to Urbandale Ave, then left (east) to start point.


February – Save the Dates!

From Club President Sandy Spaulding:

Monthly Meeting – Monday, February 1 at 7 p.m.  Our monthly meeting will be at Morningstar Lutheran Church.  We will have a speaker discussing Air Quality.  Come to hear what can keep us breathing better.  With the weather forecast, remember that the meeting will be cancelled if school is cancelled.

Shelby Soup Cook Off – Saturday, February 6 from 5-7 p.mCardinal Lofts (old school gym) at 304 Western Ave, Shelby, IA.  Cost last year was $6 per person for all the soup you can eat.  Very yummy and a lot of fun.  They also hold a raffle and our group has won a lot of prizes in the past few years.  We like to support this event as it provides funds for the Stone Arch Trail which we use for our Shelby year round event.  We will carpool to this event so let me know if you would like to ride or drive.

Des Moines Skywalk – Saturday, February 13, start times 8-12, finish by 3.  Start point is in the Kaleidoscope at The Hub Food Court (third floor), 555 Walnut, Des Moines, IA.  There are two trails available, one entirely in the skywalk and another outdoors.  Pets are not allowed in the skywalk system.  If there is interest, we may carpool to this event.  Butch and I will not be able to attend, but let me know if you want to carpool or drive and I will pass the information along.

Westroads Group Walk  Saturday, February 20.  Meet near the children’s play area between J C Penney and Dick’s Sporting Goods at 7:45 so we can start walking at 8 a.m.  We will have the walkbox there for registration.