We are the 95-year-old Cleveland Hiking Club, more than one thousand members strong. We offer over 250 hikes in the North East Ohio region on a monthly basis for hikers of all fitness levels. Every day we offer hikes of different difficulties, at different times, and at various locations. You do not need to be a member of the club to join us on a hike, so spend some time on our web site to learn more and then come and take a hike with us! You’ll be glad you did; but be careful, hiking is addictive!
Safety and Health Notes from Karen Pressman
Updated with Safety Notes: Looking Back on 2014
Club News and Info12/17/14
Plan on coming out on New Year's Day for the President's Hike (5 miles at about 3 MPH) or the Vice-President's Hike (3 miles at a slower pace). Depending on the weather, you'll have a chance to walk with over 100 of your fellow CHCers. Then you can join the group for dinner afterwards to replace all those calories you burned hiking (and still have lots of time to get home for the Ohio State football game). See details on page 1 of the January Newsteps over at the website's Newsteps page.
The updated constitution and new bylaws have now been posted to our website on the website's Contacts page. The Board of Directors has decided to make these documents available via the Club's website in lieu of printing and distributing these new documents to all members. However, if you need or desire a printed copy, please contact President Dave Richards and he will have a hardcopy mailed to you. Thank you for your vote in support of these new basic documents for our Club. Please consult upcoming Newsteps for further information regarding the implementation of the changes included in these new documents.
Detailed info on the 2015 excursion to Prague, Vienna, Slovenia, Venice is now available and is posted here .
Reservations are due very soon for the CHC's Holiday Party, so don't forget to sign up. Reservations should be received by this coming Monday, November 28. The party is on December 7. For more details, see the October Newsteps at the website's Newsteps page.
Your dues are due. Although your membership really expires at the end of the year, the club grants an extension to January 31. After that, you are no longer a member if your dues are not paid. See details on page 4 of the December Newsteps or at the website's membership page.
Don't forget about the General Meeting out at camp this Saturday, November 1. It starts at 4:30 PM with a workshop on how to put studs in your boots for winter walking. Then there is a social hour at 5:50, a potluck at 6:00 and the meeting at 7:00 PM.
By now all members should have received ballots for the upcoming elections and amendments to our Constitution. Please return these so they are back by October 17. And please follow the instructions carefully; every year we unfortunately have some Ballots rejected because rules were not followed.
Next month members will vote on proposed amendments to the club's Constitution. Members may read the final report from the Constitution Review Committee and also a sample of the ballot that we will be voting on. To help clarify, President Dave Richards sends this comment: "The Board at its July 1 meeting and a motion passed at our August 2 General Membership meeting have approved moving forward with a vote on the proposed changes to our Constitution made by our Constitution Review Committee. The Board has further recommended that members vote to approve all changes being suggested. Attached is a copy of the Final Report of the Constitution Review Committee plus a Sample Ballot which will be sent to all members with the annual vote on officers and directors for 2015. The Report provides the background of the process followed and the highlights of key changes being suggested. The Sample Ballot is provided to allow members time to review the specifics of the proposed changes prior to receiving the official ballot in late September. The first page of the sample ballot contains information on how to vote and what you must return in the envelope provided. Remember to place your votes for the 2015 officers and directors and your constitution ballot in the appropriately marked envelopes. Place both voting envelopes in the separate mailing envelope addressed to Dan Herris our Corresponding Secretary. Please DO NOT forget to place your name and return address on the outside mailing envelope only (failure to do this will result in your ballots being voided). Your vote is important so please respond within the voting period. Thanks for your cooperation. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Dave Richards 407-491-4357 or email@example.com"
Don't forget about the club's general meeting, which is coming up on August 2. There will be proposals to amend our constitution and to approve a slate of candidates for our upcoming election. Both items need to have a quorum of members present in order to be officially approved.
For those of you who find the hiking experience is deepened by a knowledge of the natural world around you, you might be interested in the Cleveland Natural Science Club. Several CHC members are also in this club. The upcoming meeting on August 2 deals with Surinam.
The starting points of several hikes have been moved due to conflicts with July 4 festivities. Hikes 5A, 5F and 5G were originally supposed to start at Coe Lake but will now start at Wallace Lake because the parking lots at Coe Lake have been closed.
An impressive amount of work has been going on to maintain the grounds and buildings at camp. For more details, including info on how to help, see this note from Louise Melnik.
Jim Lahman reports that his hike 4K has a new starting point. Although it will still be in Brecksville Reservation, it will start at the Nature Center instead of Oak Grove Picnic Area.