- At least 50 participants at all events
- Support NEC Meeting in Indianapolis June 13th & 14th
- Use Meetup group to bring in new walkers
- Promote Mid America Conference & walks - Illinois (November)
New 2014 Seasonal Events
The Hoosier Hikers are starting a new seasonal bike event at the Round the Clock Restaurant, 1607 South Calumet Road, Chesterton, Indiana 46304. The event starts on April 1 and ends October 30. The seasonal bike event incorporates the Prairie Duneland Trail between Chesterton and Portage, Indiana. The route is a Rail-to-Trail project that provides an improved multi-use trail in Northwest Indiana. Several museums, restaurants and parks are along the route. For more information, contact Bob Buzolich by phone at (574) 339-9140 or send an e-mail to Bob Buzolich.
Other seasonal events are planned by the Goodtime Trailblazers in Anderson and Muncie. The start date and locations are being worked out at this time by Tom Martin.
Articles and Blogs
Be sure to read the blog on the AVA website on our own Jan Van Vlack about her adventures and love of our sport at the AVA's Walking Blog. Jan was among the first five participants to complete the Centurion Program with 100 walks in 2013. Way to go Jan!
Walk this way Volksmarchers - Tom Martin of Indianapolis, Don Vartanian of Indianapolis and Jan Van Vlack walk through Franklin College campus which is part of the Franklin 10K Volksmarch course.
They'll Take a Walk on the Mild Side -
The article entitled "They'll Take a Walk on the Mild Side" by Paul Shepherd is in the Local Living section for Noblesville, Fishers, Geist, and Hancock Co. It is a half page on Volksmarching with interviews from Clarence "CW" Wright, Don Vartanian, and Cliff Terry.
Your BFF and Bloomington Seasonal are back!
The Bloomington Flying Fish (BFF) have officially been restored as a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The signed letter from the IRS dated February 14, 2014. The effective date of exemption is May 15, 2011 – retroactive 3 years ago. BFF has also been immediately reinstated as an active club in good standing with AVA. Congratulations to Carol Parkinson, BFF President!
Also back is the beautiful seasonal event on the Indiana University campus starting April 1, 2014. The walk starts at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Bloomington at 310 South College Ave. See details at Indiana University.
The last INVA meeting was in Brownstown, Indiana on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
Lincoln Highway Program
On January 1, 2014 the Lincoln Highway program ended and INVA’s sponsorship of these events reverted to the local area clubs. The five walks remain as year round events for the Hoosier Hikers (Valparaiso, Plymouth, and Warsaw), Auburn Duesey Walkers (Columbia City), and Three River Strollers (Fort Wayne). The original Lincoln Highway patches for these walks will be available for a limited time as B awards.
2014 DNR/State Parks Program
The 2014 DNR/State Parks Program
Event locations and dates for the are shown below.
|Potato Creek State Park
|Clifty Falls State Park
|McCormick’s Creek State Par
|Quabache State Park
|Turkey Run State Park
|Prophetstown State Park
|Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Area
||To Be Determined
|Pokagon State Park
||Jan 1- Dec 31
||Auburn Duesey Walkers
|Spring Mill State
||Jan 1- Dec 31
||Bedford Hiking Club
NEC Meeting in Indy June 13-15
AVA’s next National Executive Council (NEC) meeting will be held in Indianapolis on Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15. The NEC will meet at the La Quinta Inn & Suites-Airport in Plainfield, IN. The hotel is located on the just west of the Indianapolis International Airport, off I-70 at Indiana 267 (exit 66).
To support the NEC, we have moved the walk in Avon, IN from May 17 to June 13-15. The walk will be held in Town Hall Park. The walk will be a guided walk on Friday and possibly Sunday for the NEC members and anyone who wants to join them. On Saturday it will have a marked trail with a open start time of 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. See details at Avon Walk.
See you on the Trail
President, Indiana Volkssport Association
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Mid-America Region News
Mid-America Region Conference
This year’s Mid America Regional Conference is planned for early November in Springfield, Illinois at the State House Inn. Contact Dee Wojtysiak at (618) 406-1110 for more information.
January 10-11 NEC Meeting in Tuscon, AZ
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 4:04 PM
Subject: NEC meeting
After a cold trip to Tucson, we spend several enjoyable days, walking and conducting
We met the candidate for the position of Executive Director, Stephanie Sinclair. She is
very knowledgeable in the workings of 501C(3) organizations. She is from the San Antonio area,
and has knowledge of companies and organizations that provide grants to 501C(3) organizations.
She also knows of educational institutions that provide interns and class groups that will do
work for our type of organization.
Stephanie is 28 years old, married, with an 18 month old daughter. As a young girl she did
volksmarches with her mother and grandmother. We adjourned our meeting to do a walk. As we
walked Stephanie spent time walking and talking with each one of the walkers. She answered one
question I asked her like this -- "I don't like the word can't, if you can't do something one
way, you need to research to see if you can find another way of solving the problem." She is
also very knowledgeable about social media and ways to advertise our sport on the Internet.
The new special programs for 2015 will be Amphitheaters, Animal Safari, Board Walks, Doin'
the Louisiana Purchase, Food for Thought, and Volcanoes. Did you know that there are 18 states
that have volcanoes?
U.S. Route 1 was not approved. More work need to be done on this before it can become a
The Training Development Committee will be working on revising instructions on starting a
club. Also they will be working on a presentation for ways to work the start finish point.
The AVA Liaison to the IVV-Americas reported that the information requested by AVA has not
been sent to us. So at this time we will do nothing until this information is received.
Glen Conyers, SCRD is working on an emergency notification program. This emergency
information would be added to walk directions. It would give the walker information on how to
reach local emergency providers, and the local official AVA spokesperson.
9 g- Regional Realignment: The recommendation of the committee was not to be realigned.
This recommendation was accepted. There will be no realignment.
11a - Youth Master program. The logbooks will become a salable item.
11b - Club Challenge, The motion was withdrawn.
11c - Clarification of Club membership, The motion carried
11d - Technology of Events, The motion was withdrawn
11e - Event Cancellation Policy, The motion was amended and approved. Will read: the club
may reschedule the event without additional sanction fee.
11f - Clarification of After Action Reporting - Traditional, The motion carried
11g - Clarification of After-action Reporting Seasonal, Amended and carried
11h - Stamp return policy, Amended paragraph 2 instead of "These seasonals", will read
"Clubs will" motion carried
11 I - Motion was withdrawn
11I-2 This was overruled by the IVV
There was a lot of discussion. We agreed that it is confusing to new people the difference
of club membership and AVA membership. It was suggested that we discuss in our local meetings
that being a member of AVA is important. We need to explain to club members the roll of the
AVA headquarters and it's staff. AVA's contributions are almost all behind the scenes, leading
to the misconception that "the national organization doesn't do anything for us" Bottom Line
need more club members to become AVA members.
Our last duty was to vote on the recommendations of the committee to hire an Executive
Director. The vote was unanimous to approve. Stephanie will start her job on Monday January
I would like to see as many walkers as possible attend the sessions of the next NEC meeting,
It will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, Friday June 13th, and Saturday June 14th. The
meeting location to be announced. Dennis will at times ask for comments, you need to come and
voice your opinions.
Mid-America Region Director
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New Executive Director
AVA has announced the selection of a permanent Executive Director as Stephanie Sinclair. She is very knowledgeable in the workings of 501C(3) organizations. She is from the San Antonio area, and has knowledge of companies and organizations that provide grants to 501C(3) organizations. She also knows of educational institutions that provide interns and class groups that will do work for our type of organization. Stephanie, as a young girl did volksmarches with her mother and grandmother.
Next NEC Meeting
The next NEC meeting will be held June 13-14, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN.
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