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 Tips on Flashlights and Night Hiking
Club News and Info11/17/14
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 firstname.lastname@example.org"
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.
Here's some updates on upcoming hikes:
Hike 15C will be moved if Valley Parkway is closed. If so, meet at the Nature Center overflow lot instead of the Lagoons.
Hike 16G will meet at Giant Eagle, not Tops, at Broadview and Snow in Parma
Hike 18G will go from Station Road Bridge even if the train is not running
June's Hike 5A will meet at Giant Eagle, not Trader Joe's, due to construction
More work has been done on proposed changes to the club's Constitution. These proposals can be found here, along with a copy of our present Constitution. Members will be voting on these proposals later this year.
If you are planning to hike with the club in the St. Patrick's Day parade, please note that the meeting time for the hike has been moved to 11:30 AM. This is because the club has a more favorable position in the parade.
All of the photos that won awards in last year's photo contest have been posted to the website, over on the photos page.
The West Creek Conservancy is having an event to raise funds for their efforts for " conserving natural habitats, restoring the ecological value and sustainability of urban lands, and expanding neighborhood opportunities to experience nature". The CHC has supported them in the past and they were active in developing West Creek Reservation in the Cleveland MetroParks. For more info look here.
Our president Dave Richards has assembled the club's Annual Report for 2013. The report is posted in the left column or our Contacts Page.
Some of you might remember that a while back Nancy Kewish led a 'White Socks Hike', where hikers were asked to donate white socks to be given to the needy. The hike was rather successful and Nancy received a nice thank-you letter from the Care Alliance, which managed the donation. Please take a look at the thank-you, especially if you were one of the sock donors.
The club is actively looking at changes in our Constitution, as will be discussed the the General Meeting on 2/1/14. Updated information on this Consitutional review process is presented in this document. Note that a newer list of proposed changes is available over here
The following hikes do not have a leader.
IF 2 or more members show up at these hikes,
and if a current CHC member is willing to lead then these hikes,
then the hike will still count.
Hike 29g. 5:00 pm LEISURE HIKE. Brooklyn. Biddulph Plaza. Biddulph and Ridge Rds.
Park near Giant Eagle. Sidewalks. 3 miles-Susan Bell
Hike 28C 9:30 am North Chargin Res. Nature Center. Trails/Hills. 5 mile Marcia Bodzin
Hike 28D 10:00 am Leisure Hike Stow Town Center Plaza 4 mile Roy Kress
Hike 28G 2:00 pm Shaker Hts. Farnsleigh Van Aken Sidewalks 5 mile Jan Hill
Hike 28H 4:00 pm Lake County Mentor Trails 3 mile Gayle Shroy
Hike 28I 7:00 pm Chargin Falls Bandstand 5 mile Darlene Jacobson
Hike 28K 7:00 pm Parma. York and Pleasant Valley Rds. 5 mile Shelli Lanza
Here's another hike cancellation: Hike 13D tomorrow at Chagrin River Park has been canceled because of flooding of the Chagrin River.
We received two more hike cancellations today, so that makes a total cancellation of all hikes for today. Thankfully, nicer weather is returning.
Several more hikes have been cancelled for tomorrow due to the harsh weather. These include 7A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I and 7L.
Several hikes have been cancelled due to the impending nasty weather. These include hikes 6D, 6H, 6I, and 7A.