Just a couple edits and additions to my Walk Talk #14.
Great job NW Tulip Trekkers with the Whidbey Walking Festival!!!
1. There are now 4 days left for clubs to enter Year Round or Seasonal events for the Starting Point Book for 2019. So far our region has submitted 412 events for 2019 vs 425 in 2018, with 44 submitted as Per Participant Sanction Fee vs 50 in 2018. Those are both good numbers and reflect some thoughtful consideration on the part of your clubs. Thanks to everyone who has had a hand in preparing for a great year in 2019!
2. I've attached the previous instruction on how to edit your event stamp text. Please be sure to get that done in the next month or so for 2019 events. You can also edit Traditional Events and Guided Walks right after they have been approved to make the stamps more meaningful.
3. The note on Liz Rose's article didn't have an active link so hopefully the update below will work. There's a second link to Liz's portfolio of numerous travel articles that might excite you to look into some vacation spots she has written about.
Port Angeles Travel Article: Liz Rose, a Vancouver Volkssporter and gifted writer, was hired to write an article for the Port Angeles area at the same time as our Regional Conference. Enjoy this link, share it with your friends and seek out more of Liz’s articles, which often focus on walking and traveling in our area.
4. In recent conversations with a variety of Northwest walkers, I've tried to outline the benefits we all, credit and non-credit or free walkers, enjoy as members of local clubs and AVA. The best summary I've seen so far was prepared earlier this year and I've attached that as well for your review.
Happy 4th in two days! Here's the CFE list for July. Have had quite a few inputs for 2018, 2019 and even a few in 2020. I appreciate all the folks doing some good long- range planning and helping fill in the calendar.
There are quite a few YREs for 2019 in the queue for me to review and I'll be going through them slowly and thoroughly to make sure we get good inputs into the Starting Point. Thanks to all who are doing some early work on this major task.
I've had a request for those clubs with reserved dates shown at the bottom of the CFE list to let me know if your club is planning to hold those events. The idea is that if an event isn't planned then we should open the dates for other clubs to schedule an event. Seems reasonable, so if you have a reserved date and don't plan to use it then send me a note and I'll advertise through the next CFE email.
I know a lot of clubs are going through officer changes this time of year. If you have new officers who need to be added to my distribution and others who might want off just drop me an email and I'll make the adjustments.
Thanks and I hope to see a lot of you at Port Angeles.
POTLUCK PICNIC & BYOB
Eating at 6:30 PM
Sellwood Park, Picnic Area A
(Park map below)
The picnic area is west (toward the river) of the Sellwood Pool. The address of the pool is 7951 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97202.
The park's parking lot is off of SE Malden St & SE 7th Ave
It will be most helpful if you will please bring serving utensils (if needed) for your potluck offering.
According to Portland Parks regulations, "BYOB" means "Canned or bottled beer and wine." I guess that means you should have your gin and tonic either before or after the picnic.
Parking in the neighborhood, once the park's lot is filled, is limited, especially since there will be a free concert ("funk and soul with a twist") in Sellwood Riverfront Park beginning at 6:30. You may want to arrive early.
The Parks' website lists these bus line options: 19, 35, 36, 70, 99
I will be providing ice cream (since it's my turn to bring treats).
There will be a short meeting while we're picnicking.
I'm pleased to inform you of a new capability brought to you by the IT committee. You can now edit the two-line text of your event stamps. This applies to Traditional Events in the system now and your new YREs/Seasonals for 2019 and beyond. Open the attached file for instructions and follow the procedures as outlined. The capability was demonstrated at our NEC board meeting in New York and I've just now run through the process with my club's account and it works as advertised.
- Open through Firefox, Chrome, MS Edge, but NOT Internet Explorer, as it may not work as designed.
- On the first line put in a name for the event and on the second line you'll want City, State: Vancouver, WA. You can type lower case, but the software will capitalize everything.
- You can enter and edit multiple times if the text seems too crowded
- Edit becomes available to you after your RD approves the event
If you have questions please try me first and if I can't solve it, I'll reach out to the IT committee. Enjoy and have fun with this new enhancement!
NW Regional Director
829 NW 44th Ave
Camas WA 98607