UPDATES TO OUR YEAR ROUND WALKS

Our club hosts 8 different year round walks (YREs)that you can do on your own, at any time that the hosting business for our walk box is open.  Of those 8 YREs, only two have had some changes to their accessibility.

The Westroads Mall Walk, sanction #115089, registers at the AmericInn at 9720 W Dodge Rd, Omaha, NE 68114, just across the street from the Westroads Mall.  The Mall itself has shortened its hours of operation, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Most stores in the mall are closed, as is the Food Court.

Across the Missouri River, the Council Bluffs (Iowa) Black Squirrel Walk, sanction #114319, registers at Lansky’s at 1131 N Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503.  Lansky’s is closing earlier and is offering takeout food only, with no access to bathrooms. Operating hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Management has asked walkers to take the Walk Box outside to complete paperwork and then to return it.

CALENDAR UPDATE

Please note that the following events have been changed (updated March 28, 2020):

  • Our parent organization, the American Volkssport Association, has put a hold on all one-day walks and events until April 30th.  For those wanting to walk year round walks, you will have to check to see if the business hosting the Start Box is still open or has reduced hours. Since this is a fluid situation, checking the the YRE’s Point of Contact is a good idea.
  • Group Walk of Lincoln Volkssport Club’s March 21st walk has been cancelled. 
  • Workers’ Walk on March 29th for April 4th Bockfest Walk – CANCELLED.
  • April 4th Bockfest Walk – RESCHEDULED TO MAY 9TH.  Same location, same time – Max & Joe’s at the Crescent Moon, registration 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • April 6th Monthly Board and Club Meetings CANCELLED. Please let Club President Lee know if you have anything that the Board should address before the next scheduled meeting.
  • Workers’ Walk for May Bockfest Walk will be Sunday, May 3rd at 3 p.m.
  • May 9th Field Club Walk postponed until 2021.
  • May 9th Walk will be the Bockfest Walk (see above).

Any questions, please let us know at netrailblazers@gmail.com.

WALKING SEASON RETURNS!

“Can” we beat 123 donations?

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 to walk20in20@gmail.com and we’ll get you on the mailing list.

2020 Walk Booklet – just published!

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 Volunteers are the Best!

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 – 2019 Walker of the Year

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 Drebot – AVA Meritorious Service Award recipient

Ann has lined up speakers for our club’s monthly meetings for over 20 years!  Her AVA Meritorious Service Award is richly deserved.

Tricia Abel as club secretary

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.

News 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:

  1. The “20 Iowa Parks in 2020” walking program, which runs from May 1st – October 15th of this year; and
  2. “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!

Annual Dinner Time!

Just one table of happy Volkseaters, err, Volksmarchers at 2018’s Annual Dinner

is the location of our 2020 annual dinner on Saturday, January 18. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner meeting is at 6:00. The restaurant is located at 5022 S 108th St (108th & Q) in Omaha. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers and includes drink, tax and tip. Please mail your check by January 10 to NWFT, PO Box 8147, Omaha NE 68108.

Our club officers for 2020 will be installed and the 2019 “Walker of the Year” will be announced during the meeting portion.

Hope to see you there!

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?  

Le Mars, Iowa December 7th outing

After a nice 2 hour drive, meet at the walk start point at Holiday Inn Express, to register for the walk.  Carpool to enjoy lunch at Pizza Ranch then start your walk, stopping at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Shop and Ice Cream Museum. Visit the Plymouth County Museum to see over 400 manger scenes and 100 Christmas village scenes.  After your walk visit Christmas Village at the County Fairgrounds with old time stores, great entertainment, sandwiches and roasted marshmallows, beautiful Christmas trees, horse drawn sleigh rides and a round barn decorated in a Christmas scene. All free!  Then back to the downtown area to enjoy the lighted, animated floats in the Christmas Parade.  Continue in the Christmas spirit by visiting Christmas Acres 7 miles from Le Mars where there are 1200 displays and inflatables and an estimated 100,000 lights.  This huge display is hosted by the Scheitler family at no charge.  Monetary donations are accepted for the Christian Needs Center Food Bank in Le Mars.

Carpool Details

Saturday, December 7th at 10 a.m.  – Meet @ Council Bluffs Walmart, 3201 Manawa Centre.  Email Sandy care of netrailblazers@gmail.com if interested in riding or driving in carpool either for the day and returning that evening or staying overnight.  If you plan to spend the night special rate good till Nov. 6:

Reservations on your own — Holiday Inn Express, $129 AVA rate, 712-546-1700.

Return to Council Bluffs  about 1 p.m. Sunday or drive back Saturday night.

Walk Registration

December 7th at noon – Meet at Holiday Inn Express, 1285 Sleepy Eye Dr., Le Mars, Iowa to register for walk and stamp books.  $3 Walk fee.

Lunch

12:30 p.m. -Pizza Ranch, 22 Central Ave. SW in Le Mars.  Let Sandy know if you plan to eat lunch so she can notify Pizza Ranch of numbers.

Walk

1:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. – Seasonal Walk from Pizza Ranch 5 or 10k Rated 1A – route has been reconfigured to take us from Pizza Ranch to Plymouth County Museum for Christmas Manger display. Take your time and enjoy all four floors of this great museum.  (Distance included in IVV walk)

Christmas Village-at Plymouth County Fairgrounds – within walking distance of downtown (.7 miles).  (Distance included in IVV walk.  Open 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Parade

6 p.m.  Lighted parade downtown along Central Avenue

Christmas Acres

If you still have energy after this fun day, visit Christmas Acres, 18481 Impala Ave, Struble, IA, about 7 miles from Le Mars.  To get there, take U.S. Hwy. 75 in Le Mars southwest to IA Hwy. 3, west to Impala Ave, left to Christmas Acres on the right. Open 5-10 p.m. There is another lights display along IA Hwy. 3 before you get to Christmas Acres that you can park and walk through.

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