From the Chair – May

Ian Powell, Steering Committee Chair

I would like to thank everyone that came out to the Gear Swap and made it a success.  We saw a lot of new faces and had a good time looking through everyone’s wares.  I personally had a great time just speaking with people there, swapping stories more than gear.  I saw some people I worked with and met some people for the first time. It was a very laid back event.  I really appreciate ERC letting us use the parking lot and would like to thank Richard Elliot and the steering committee for all their help with the event.

Something was brought to my attention a couple of weeks ago.  It was brought up that trips and events needed to be scheduled months in advance to be placed on our calendar on the website.  That is in fact not the case.  You can send in a notice of a trip or event the day before and still have it included on the calendar.  The way that the calendar is being run, as soon as the event write-up is sent into the, it is added to the calendar. Soon thereafter it can be seen on the website calendar.  So don’t feel that your hike or paddle event can’t be placed on the calendar because it is a week out.  With hectic schedules and weather uncertainty, scheduling something a month in advance is becoming less common.

If you haven’t been to the website in a while, take an evening soon and explore it.  Tim Schaefer has been hard at work making major changes to the format to increase the usability and intuitiveness of the site.  What is key about all of this is that the membership uses the website as a resource for finding places to go hiking and paddling and groups of people to go with.  You can go on the site Wednesday to find an event to participate in or plan a trip using the Trail Wiki for the upcoming weekend.  Hope to see you on the trail!