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 – ADDRESS CORRECTION

The folks at Children’s Square pointed out that we typed in the wrong address for this event. The CORRECT ADDRESS to go to is: 500 North 7th Street. The building we will meet in the the Lemen Visitor Center, it is the one with the steeple on top. This is just north of the red tent.
This will be the address with the soup, cake and fun! ?

March – April 2019 Newsletter

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!

Donated soup

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.

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.

And the Walker of the year award goes to . . .

Lee Frantz (right) receives the 2018 Walker of the Year Award

Our annual meeting and dinner was held Saturday, January 19th at Valentino’s Pizza south of 108th and L Streets in Omaha. The 2019 Officers were installed and the Walker of the Year award was given to Lee Frantz, club president in 2017 and recently installed as president for 2019.

From l to r: Jill Champley, Lee Frantz, Jeanne Miller, Tricia Abel

Just a reminder that our next club activity is our January 26th Meet and Eat (details here: http://www.netrailblazers.club/happy-new-year-of-walking/.   Club members can use the Westroads Mall Walk as part of their 2019 Incentive Program (details here: http://www.netrailblazers.club/announcing-our-2019-walker-incentive-program/

NWFT 2019 Walk booklet – just released!

EDIT January 8, 2019: Pie Walk date has been corrected in the booklet to be November 9th, rather than November 2nd.

Our 2019 Walk Booklet has just been released! Click on the link below to open it for viewing or for downloading as an Adobe Acrobat file (PDF format).

In order to print the booklet as it was designed, you’ll need a duplex printer. Open the booklet in Adobe Acrobat. Choose “Print”. Choose “Print on both sides of paper” and then “Flip on short edge”. See below for a screenshot of how this was done on a sample printer.


We’ll be adding more information on upcoming “Meet and Eats” as those walks are adopted and then scheduled, but the next one is coming up at Westroads Mall on Saturday, January 26th at 8:30. More information is available at http://www.netrailblazers.club/happy-new-year-of-walking/

Be sure to SAVE THE DATE for our Winter 2019 Spectacular, scheduled for Saturday, December 7th. We’ll be sure to let you know when and where!

Happy new year of walking!

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!

2019 Annual meeting announcement

2018 Annual Meeting – one table of walkers

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 netrailblazers@gmail.com, and it will be forwarded to him.