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.
It has now been eight months since our last Cascadians in-person general meeting, and it is still unclear as to when we will be able to meet as a group again. As this is being written COVID-19 rates in Washington more than doubled this week compared to last week. The good news is that the rate has leveled off in Yakima County, and the county has been upgraded from “Modified Phase One” to “Phase Two” in the recovery plan. The bad news is that the restrictions for group gatherings for those two phases are almost identical. This means that we continue to be restricted to no more than five people who are not in the same household unit from gathering together in a group. For the time being we can only continue to be very careful to avoid catching the virus and spreading it to others. If you participate in informal, non-club outings we continue to recommend adequate social distancing and the wearing of masks whenever you are in close contact with others who are not members of your household.
Fourteen Cascadians participated in the Zoom social hour on September 30 during our regular general meeting time. Everyone got a chance to talk if they wished to do so, and good information was exchanged. Donna Devine announced that she and Steve were in the process of moving to the Curlew Lake area in NE Washington near the town of Republic. The Zoom call gave participants a chance to say goodbye before the Devines left the Yakima area. A new potential member also joined in on the call and was invited to join our club. We plan to have another Zoom social hour on Wednesday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m. The link to this meeting can be found on the members only Zoom Meeting page, and will also be listed in Bill Dezellem’s “Cascadian Activities Happening Soon” email. We encourage your participation.
The Cascadians Board had another board of directors Zoom meeting on October 7. It was reported that club membership remains at 274 memberships. Many of these are family memberships, so the total member count is higher. The board took the following actions:
That’s it for now. Stay safe and pull out those skis and snowshoes for some socially-distanced outings with a few friends!
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!
Wednesday, Oct 28, 7:00 pm
The Cascadians Board will again host this month's general meeting online on Zoom. The goal of this meeting is to give our members an opportunity to “see” and hear from each other about what they are doing during the COVID-19 experience, as well as ask any questions of, or make suggestions to, the Board. There will be no time limit on the meeting this time as the club has obtained a paid subscription to the Zoom service until such time as in-person meetings are safe again.
Members wishing to participate must have the Zoom app downloaded to the computer, smartphone, or other device that will be used to access the meeting. These downloads, instructions, and tutorials can be found at zoom.us. Plan to join us and let us know afterwards if anything prevented you from logging on or participating.
The necessary meeting link, Meeting ID, and Passcode can be found on this members only page: Zoom Meeting
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!
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.