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TCO Address Change

2018 TCO Banquet

Larch Mountain Trail

Dues structure Change

Host Tyee

Lodge Fees Increase

Paper Blazers
Ending Soon

Nesika Status

Parking Saftey Reminder

Outings:

Outings Reminder


TCO Address Change

We have had the change the official Trails club address again. The location of our PO box had a fire that eliminated the PO box loction, requiring us to get a new box elsewhere.
The new club address is:
Trails Club of Oregon
PO Box 67095
Portland, OR 97268


2018 Trails Club Banquet

Sunday May 6th from 3:30 PM to 7 PM
McMenamins Kennedy School Gymnasium
5736 NE 33rd Ave,
Portland, OR 97211

The Trails Club of Oregon Annual Banquet will be held at this year the McMenamins Kennedy School gymnasium. McMenamins is widely known for good food and drink, and this wonderful expansive space, including an attached outdoor courtyard, should allow us all the space we need to make this event a great showcase for the club.

This will be a great party, and we need to invite not just our wonderful members but also our friends who want to be involved in the club, particularly those who expressed a wish to support the recovery of the club from the tragic fire last Fall.

We will be asking $40 per person as this will just barely cover the space, the food and the speakers with gratuity. We just want to know if you are gluten-free or vegetarian, or have any other special needs so we may allow everybody to attend who wants to. Coffee and tea service will be provided starting at 3:30 for a social hour, as well as a no-host bar.

Once again we are asking for donations for a silent auction of new or gently used camping/hiking/sports gear and newer items of interest. This year, with the access to a large courtyard, please consider bringing potted trees or plants for sale that you believe people might want to take home for a small donation to the club. This can include starts for garden plants or quality indoor plants that could be appreciated in a new home. Just a heads up; the venue prohibits food items from home.

For any inquiries about attending, donating items or reserving table space, please contact Susan Ashenfelter at SocialChair@trailsclub.org .
Speaker(s) will be announced soon, but please feel free connect will me and to make suggestions.

This is a great opportunity to get together and talk about important events and adventures that members have been a part of in the past and may be a part of in the future.

McMenamins Kennedy School has free parking and is wheelchair accessible. See more information about the venue on the McMenamins website at www.mcmenamins.com

To register, send a check to:
Trails Club of Oregon
2018 Banquet
PO Box 67095
Portland, OR 97268
Please include a list of names and note any special dietary needs.

Watch Here for a link for online payment soon


Larch Mountain Trail

USFS has examined and photographed the Larch Mountain Trail as far as Wahkeena Trail. It looks pretty trashed. See the reports via the links below.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd569551.pdf
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd569553.pdf


Dues Structure Change

At the 2017 annual meeting the membership voted to simplify the club dues structure by eliminating the reduce rate for additional family members and those over 65.
We also established a charge of $25 to receive a paper Blazer by mail, to offset production costs. To clear up any confusion:

  • Life and Golden members still pay no dues.
  • All Regular members pay the same dues of $50 / year
  • Junior members pay $5 / year

All members are encouraged to send in a Dues form either by mail or via e-mail.
A downloadable version of the 2018 dues form is available here.
This is a fill-able form which can be downloaded, filled in on your computer, then e-mailed or printed and mailed with your dues check.
Memebers can also pay dues on-line via PayPal here.

Memebers can also pay dues on-line via PayPal here.


Host Tyee

Winter is upon us and are are looking for people to host Tyee lodge during the winter weekends. Snow is already here, so claim your weekend before it is gone.
contact the Tyee winter coordinator Mya White at TyeeWinter@trailsclub.org . to request a weekend.


Lodge Fees Increase

Lodge fees have not changed since 2008 while the cost of just about everything needed to run the lodges has increased. In order to better cover lodge expenses, and balance the TCO budget, lodge and meal fees will be increasing effective May 1, 2017.

In the new fee structure guests will pay $10 more than members. This encourages lodge guests to become members, which strengthens our club as a whole.

It is still extremely affordable to stay at one of our amazing lodges. The new rates are comparable to similar facilities. In comparison, our Boy Scout neighbors currently charge $20 a night and Mazamas charge affiliates $22.

Trails Club lodge fees (as of May 1, 2017):

New rate  Increase
Members$15.00$5.00
Jr Members $10.00 $5.00
Member's Teen Child (12-17) $15.00 $5.00
Member's Child (under 12) $5.00 $0.00
Member Family Cap $40.00 $10.00
 
Adult Guest (age 12+) $25.00 $10.00
Guest's Child (under 12) $10.00 $5.00
Guest Family Cap $60.00. $20.00
 
Day use Fee $3.00 $1.00
 
Minimum Lodge Fees (per night)
Nesika / Tyee (May - Oct)$35.00  
Tyee lodge (Nov - April) $75.00 $25.00
 
Standard meal charges:
Breakfast $5.00 $2.00
Lunch $7.00 $2.00
Dinner $8.00 $1.00

TCO Board of Trustees


Paper Trail Blazer Phase Out

The board has decided to begin to phase out paper copies of the Trail Blazer. We are doing this to reduce the dead tree impact and save the club money on printing and mailing.
The process will proceed throughout the year as follows:

1) Starting with the July 2017 Issue we will send paper copies only to those members that have specifically requested paper copies. This will be an opt-in process, rather than the opt-out process we have been using for e-blazers. If we do not hear from you by June 30, 2017, the paper will stop comming, and you will get your blazer, electronically, off the TCO web site.

2) Members requesting paper will continue to get paper copies, at no charge, through the end of 2017. Starting in January 2018 There will be an additional charge of $25 for paper copies.

There are still some details to work about about the transistion but this is our working plan. We expect this to save us several thousand dollars this year.

To request a paper Blazer, please send an e-mail to: membership@trailsclub.org .
Please include your name and a request to receive a paper Blazer (start by clicking the link).


Nesika Status

The road to Nesika is closed until further notice due to the Eagle Creek fire.

Reminder: Access is from Larch Mt. Road only due to impassable damage to lower Palmer mill road.


Parking Safety Reminder

We advise hikers, Skiers, and Snowshoers to carefully secure their cars while parking at our Park and Ride locations and at trail heads before hikes. Leave your car empty looking and uninviting.
Submitted by: Trips Committee Chair


OUTINGS REMINDER

The Board has reaffirmed the Trails Club policy that all outings must be approved by the Trips Committee before they are published on the web site or in the Blazer. Outings are defined as any multi-day trip except for backpack or bicycle trips, which are approved by the individual activity committees within the Trips Committee. Please contact Susan Saul at (360) 892-5643 or sunr1s3cr33k@gmail.com regarding your outing proposal.

See the Outings Page for Outings policies and forms


Blazer Contact Info.:

Blazer Newsletter:
Send write-ups to: Blazer at trailsclub.org
or
Philip Crosby
12401 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
503 636-1853

Please use the following format:
Month Day (Day of week) Event Title - Class A,B,C
Description Text - Please include distance, elevation change, and round trip driving distance.
Do not capitalize full words, lines or sentences for emphasis
Day trip descriptions should be under 100 words.
Depart: Meeting place, with address if possible, and departure time
Leader: Name Phone and/or email.

Trails Club of Oregon's Web site:
Send pictures, new events or corrections to the Webmaster at trailsclub.org