The Centennial T-Shirts sales have closed for now. Whenever we get to actually celebrate our Centennial, sales may open again. Thanks to all of you who purchased for your support!
It has been 5 months since our last general meeting of The Cascadians, but for many of us it seems longer than that. Now it appears that Yakima County will remain in Modified Phase 1 status at least until July 28. The guidelines do not allow for gathering in groups outside of members of the household. This means our club still cannot sponsor any hikes, backpacks, climbs, campouts, etc. We also cannot have in-person general meetings or in-person board meetings, and all Centennial activities continue to be on hold.
The Centennial Committee has not met recently, because little planning can be done until we see how the reopening progresses. When the committee does convene again it will be discussing the rescheduling of the numerous Centennial events that had to be postponed because of the coronavirus.
The board of directors did meet via a Zoom videoconference on July 1. This was a brief meeting, limited to 40 minutes per the free Zoom application, and the main topics were payments of various expenses and a membership report. Membership has decreased, mainly because several members did not renew by the Feb. 29 deadline and were dropped from the roster. Presumably the pandemic contributed to this decrease, because we have not been able to sponsor our usual activities.
Board members also reported that some individuals and small groups continue to hike and perform trail work. Even though these are not club-sponsored outings, most of the participants are club members. To keep our members safe the board strongly recommends that individuals who participate in these activities drive separately to the trailhead, stay at least 6 feet behind the person in front of you, and have a face mask dangling from your neck or wrist so the mask can be placed over your nose and mouth when you meet other hikers on the trail. Social distancing should also be maintained during any breaks. As is obvious from local and national statistics, this virus is no joke, and we need to take precautions to keep everyone healthy.
Regarding trail work, Jerry Kobes reported that both main trails to Goat Peak have been completely cleared of down logs, including Trail #958C from Hell’s Crossing on Highway 410 and Trail #959 from Cougar Flat Campground on Bumping River Road #1800. The Round Mountain Trail has been cleared from the trailhead near Clear Lake to Round Mt. and Twin Peaks, but the trail from Twin Peaks to the Pacific Crest Trail near White Pass has not yet been cleared. The Union Creek Trail has also been cleared to approximately the third falls. Contact Jerry Kobes if you wish to help with socially-distanced trail work.
One board member suggested the possibility of having a Cascadians general meeting via a Zoom videoconference. Up to 100 people could participate, but it would be limited to 40 minutes on the free Zoom plan. If the agenda required more time, perhaps a 40-minute meeting could be followed with a 10-minute break, and then a second Zoom conference could start. Please contact a board member if you have thoughts as to whether or not such a meeting would be feasible.
The board will provide another update in August, and we hope by then Yakima will have made significant progress in dealing with the pandemic. Continue to hang in there, everyone, and stay safe!
Who are The Cascadians?
The Cascadians is an outdoor recreation and conservation club located in Yakima, Washington.
Activities include hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, bicycling, golf, paddling and more.
Cascadians have been enjoying the trails and peaks of the Pacific Northwest since 1920.
Centennial Points and Rewards Program
The Cascadians Centennial Planning Committee has decided to resurrect a program of awarding points to members leading and participating in outings during the Centennial Year (2020). This system was initially used for the club's 75th anniversary. Only those events designated by the committee, under the leadership of David Hagen, are eligible for earning points.
The culmination of the program will be at the 2021 January banquet when point totals will be announced and awards presented. So get out there and enjoy this event-filled Centennial Year!
If you have recently joined Cascadians or just considering the possibility and would like to learn more about who we are, our history, the types of activities we engage in, this may be for you. New member orientation meetings are held the last Wednesday of each month* at the Living Care Center at 215 N 40th Ave in Yakima, in the Village East activity room at 5:45 P.M. The meeting concludes at 6:45, in time for participants to join the Cascadians general monthly meeting following at 7:00 in the Meyer Auditorium, adjacent to the Village East activity room.
*Except for July, which is the annual club potluck picnic and it will not be held.
*January's Orientation will be held at 5:00 p.m. due to the Annual Potluck.
*Note: There wil be no April Orientation due to the Centennial Potluck and a change of venue.
NOTE: The Orientation is cancelled until our regular monthly meetings resume.