Category Archives: Traditional Events

Club News from November Meeting

First – did you get our most recent newsletter by email? Club members get the full newsletter emailed directly to them, hot off the press, errr, computer desktop!  See it here:  November – December 2019 Newsletter

Our annual Pie Walk is coming up this Saturday, November 9th, from 9 a.m. to noon (off the trail by 3 p.m.) at Countryside Community Church at 13130 Faith Plaza, Omaha, NE (132nd and Pacific).  $2 for Fun Walkers, $3 for book stampers.  Oh – and be sure to bring a pie to share! Extra pies donated go to New Visions, a homeless shelter in Council Bluffs.  (Hint: refrigerated pies don’t transport well after the walk, but we love to sample them after walking!). 

Later this month, club members will have the opportunity to vote for our 2019 “Walker of the Year”, for our 2020 slate of officers and for an amendment to our bylaws.  “WOTY” nominees are listed in the newsletter and Club President Lee sent out an email this morning about officers and the proposed amendment.  Voting will be by electronic ballot, mail (for those without email access) and by paper ballot at our December 2nd meeting for those who have not already voted.

Our club is still planning to make an outing of the Le Mars, Iowa Seasonal Walk – see the Le Mars, Iowa December 7th outing announcement for all of the details.  Thank you to club members Denene Turner and Sandy Spaulding for putting this together! Maybe they deserve an extra scoop of that great Blue Bunny Ice Cream while on the 5k/10k walk?  

Club News from October Meeting

We had a very busy club meeting on Monday night!

Upcoming Walks and Meetings:

  • 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 2nd morning– 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 netrailblazers@gmail.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.

Other Business:

  • 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 netrailblazers@gmail.com 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 netrailblazers@gmail.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!

WALKS, WALKS AND MORE WALKS!

  • Walnut Creek 6k and 11k walkSaturday, September 21st – 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. registration at the lower level of the American Legion at 230 W. Lincoln Street in Papillion, Nebraska. The 6k walk goes through Papillion and the 11k walk takes you out to Walnut Creek Lake.  Cost is $2 for Fun Walkers and $3 for AVA/IVV Credit Walkers. Walk at your own pace, but please return by 2 p.m.
  • Arrowhead Park 5k and 10k walkSaturday, October 5th9 a.m. to 12 p.m. registration at Breezy Lodge inside of Arrowhead Park in Neola, Iowa. Google says the address is 29357 310th St, Neola, IA 51559. Follow the paved park road around the lake to the lodge on the right at the top of the hill.  The 10k walk consists of two 5k loops in the hilly woods of Neola. An alternate 5k route stays on park roads.  Hiking sticks and long pants recommended.  Cost is $2 for Fun Walkers and $3 for AVA/IVV Credit Walkers; park entrance fee of $3 is waived for walkers on that day.  A pulled pork sandwich lunch will be available for $5, plus pop for $1.
  • Le Mars, Iowa Winter WonderlandSaturday, December 7th. Bus leaving from Council Bluffs area around 10:30 a.m. and back 10 p.m. We’ll take part in the 5k and 10k seasonal walk, watch the parade and join in the festivities. Need at least 25 participants for trip to take place. Nonrefundable cost $40 per person; $10 discount for club members. Meals and walk fee of $3 not included. Limited to first 30 paid participants. (If bus company cancels due to inclement weather, payments will be refunded.) Payment must be postmarked by October 1st and sent to: NWFT, P.O. Box 8147, Omaha, NE 68108.
  • AVA’s “Starting Point” printed book lists nearly 2,000 year round and seasonal walks across the United States. The book costs $20 and must be ordered by September 27th. Send payment to NWFT, as above.

Walking Season Returns!

Now that the weather is starting to turn, it’s time to give those walking shoes a check-up.   Are they ready for another great set of walks this fall?

Our latest newsletter is full of information about upcoming meetings and walks – check it out here:  NWFT Sept – Oct 2019 Newsletter.

Our next club meeting is Monday night, September 9th at 7 p.m. at Morning Star Lutheran Church at 331 S. 85th Avenue. Our speaker will have you on your feet!

Our next walk is Saturday morning, September 21st, at the American Legion at 330 W. Lincoln in Papillion, NE. The 10k route takes you to Walnut Creek Lake. Start times are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fees are $2 for Fun Walkers and $3 for AVA/IVV credit walkers.

And of course, we’ve got a number of Year Round Events  waiting for you anytime – year round!

See you on the trail!

Bellevue Walk – this coming Saturday, May 11th

Our next event will offer both a 5k and a 10k walk starting from the Sarpy County Museum at 2402 Clay Street in Bellevue, Nebraska. Register any time between 9 a.m. and noon and walk at your own pace. Please be sure to be back by 3 p.m. We’ll have a Group Walk starting at 9:30, for those of you who like a little more social time while walking.
Children in strollers are free. Dogs on leashes are free. For everyone else: Fun Walkers pay $2, and Credit Walkers (book stampers) pay $3.

A heads up on parking: parking at the Sarpy County Museum itself is very limited. Our workers setting up and taking down equipment will probably take up most of the parking. Consider parking at St. Mary’s Church, just a block and half away. See the map, below.

More parking is available just a block and a half away!

Wildlife alert! Be on the lookout for this ferocious beast:

MAY – JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER

Our latest newsletter is attached here: May – June 2019 Newsletter

As always, club members get the full version of the newsletter delivered to their inboxes. Not a club member? Stop by any walk or meeting to find out more and to sign up, or check this out.

As mentioned in the newsletter, we’ve reserved tickets to the Omaha Storm Chasers for a 2:05 p.m. game on Sunday, July 28th at Werner Park in Omaha. We have a limited number of tickets – get yours today! $11 for a club member, $16 for non-club members. (Did we mention how to become a club member?) Time’s ticking: mail in your payment by May 3rd or bring it to the club meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 6th at Morning Star Lutheran Church at 331 S. 85th Avenue in Omaha.

Not mentioned in the newsletter: Our Workers’ Walk for the May 11th Walk starting at the Sarpy County Museum at 2402 Clay Street in Bellevue. When is it? Sunday, May 5th, with feet hitting the trail at 2 p.m., so be sure to be there 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. Speaking of paperwork, restrooms will NOT be available at the Museum. If you didn’t see the email to sign up as a volunteer for this walk and want to volunteer, let us know at netrailblazers@gmail.com and we’ll pass on the message!

WALKING OPPORTUNITIES OUTSIDE OUR AREA

At our April club meeting, we talked about local and regional walking opportunities. Here is a map of upcoming One-Day Events in the North Central Region and a map of Spring Walking Weekends in the South Central Region. Locations shown on the maps may not be precise. Clicking on an icon will take you to walk details posted on www.ava.org, showing dates, times and exact directions to the walks.

North Central Region Traditional Events – remainder of 2019

South Central Region Spring Walks – from flyers sent to our club

APRIL 2019 club walks

APRIL 6TH MUTT STRUT – OMAHA

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.

Louis May Museum

Soup Walk – Date Change to March 9th!

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!

Workers’ Walk Feb. 24th – cancelled!

The view in Pottawattamie County, IA at the beginning of the blizzard

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.