October 24th 2007 Meeting Minutes

The Over the Hill Gang Volkssport Club
Minutes of the October 24, 2007 meeting
at the Black Bear Restaurant, 32065 Pacific Hwy. S., Federal Way, WA

Call to Order
Ken Grieser, club treasurer, called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. There were 16 members present.

Motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the minutes of the September 26, 2007 meeting.

Treasurer’s Report – Ken Greiser reporting
The current checkbook balance is $4147.32.  There is an outstanding bill of $119.00.

Carol & Larry Walsh finished the Pony Express and Lewis & Clark AVA challenges.

Committee Reports
– DuPont – (Kathryn Kirkpatrick) Sept – Oct. 19 – 2 walks for credit
Juneau   – (Ken Grieser) 185 walkers year to date
Kent      – (Skip Probst) 102 walkers year to date
Maple Valley – (Carol Walsh) 99 walkers year to date
 – (Marianne Bastin) 51 paid members, 3 honorary, 2 lifetime, Total – 56.
 – (Alicia Maxcy) Distance and event books are available for purchase.
 – (Joan Grieser) If you become aware of a club member that needs cheering please contact Joan so she can send a greeting card.

Old Business
Christmas party 
– This will be held on Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. at Black Bear restaurant in Federal Way (formerly CoCo’s).  Those who attended the meeting were able to make their dinner choices.  Everyone else will be e-mailed the choices.  Dinners need not be pre-paid but the restaurant needs an idea of what the orders will be.
A motion was made, seconded and passed to give $500 from the club treasury to the Federal Way Food Bank.  Members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to give to the Food Bank.
A motion was made, seconded and passed that each person attending the Christmas party brings a wrapped gift item, maximum value $10, for a gift exchange among the attendees.
Juneau patches
 – A motion was made, seconded and passed to sell the remaining undated patches for the Juneau walk for $1.00 each in order to reduce the inventory.
Membership ideas 
– Carol Walsh spoke of her concern about the dwindling membership and interest in TOTHG. She and Larry passed out Mystery Membership Incentive envelopes to those present.  Contact Carol if you want to be included.
Another idea was to be more diligent in follow-up when the club sells New Walker Packets.

Pathfinder merger – It was suggested that now is a good time to renew your subscription to the Pathfinder before the Jan./Feb. issue because the subscription rate is going to go up. Use the new ESVA address which can be found on their website.

ESVA state office to close Oct. 31 – Things will be stored in the Sunrise Storage facility at 176th & Meridian in Puyallup.  Office furniture has been donated to a church thrift shop.

Girl Scout walk Oct. 13 – there were 120 paid walkers and 53 who walked for free.

Break for drawing    $15 was collected for the drawing.  Chuck Garrison was the winner of $8.

New Business
Maple Valley map
 – Steve Mackey has made new maps for the Maple Valley YRE.

Club member walks – Club members are invited to meet at 10 a.m., Oct. 27, at the Remlinger Farm event to walk together and possibly have lunch after.
Carol Walsh will organize other TOTHG walk- togethers starting after Jan. 1, 2008.  Membership will be kept informed.

TOTHG storage unit – The monthly charge for the storage unit has increased to $60, up $5 from last year.  The unit charge has been paid in full for a year but when that expires it might be time to make a change.

Starting Point – Contact Diane Wagner to reserve a 2008 copy.

Healthiest State in the Nation Campaign – Currently the ESVA organization is in 1st place in Washington State.  Don’t forget to turn your miles.

Club meeting place – There was a discussion about where TOTHG could use as a meeting place. While the Algona-Pacific Library has a very nice meeting room, the parking is awkward.  Please watch your e-mail for information on the Nov. meeting place.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Marianne Bastin, secretary