NOTICE: All outdoor activities and in-person meetings of the Cascadians are cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
This update will be brief, because members now have access to an additional source of information. The minutes of each board of directors meeting will be posted on the Cascadians web site after they have been approved by the board. To access the minutes you first need to log in as a member. On the main menu move the cursor (or your finger if using a hand-held device) to the “Resources” tab and scroll down to “Board Meeting Minutes.” Minutes are already available for July through October 2020, and minutes for our November 4 board meeting will be added as soon as they are approved. Reading board minutes is a good way for members to keep up with issues the board is addressing during this challenging year.
Please participate in the Zoom meeting of the general membership that is scheduled for November 25 at 7:00 p.m. As in our two previous Zoom meetings, it is primarily a social hour, but this month we do have one short business item to address. Three board positions expire on December 31, 2020. The current holders of these positions (Mark Kushner, Jerry Kobes, and Jeff Hagen) have agreed to serve another term, but they can be elected only by a vote of the general membership. Members also will have an opportunity to nominate additional candidates for the positions prior to the vote. The plan is to have members vote by raising a hand in front of the screen during the Zoom call.
Good news! There will be a Cascadian Annual for 2020. Joyce Hagen, annual editor, expressed to the board that it is extremely important that this pandemic year be documented for our club history, especially since 2020 is also the 100th anniversary of The Cascadians. Even though there have been virtually no official club outings this year, many members have participated in non-club outings with members of their household or with small groups of friends. Joyce is asking members to submit articles and photos describing these outings, as well as stories about how members are handling the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. She will accept articles until January 31, 2021, and the annual will be published on approximately March 1, 2021. Initially this will be an online publication only, but the content of the 2020 Annual will be rolled into a combined 2020/2021 Cascadian Annual. The latter will be published in 2022 and will be available both in online version and printed version. For details read Joyce’s post in Bill Dezellem’s Cascadian Activities Happening Soon email, which is distributed to members approximately twice per month.
We wish we could give you a timeline as to when we will be able to resume official outings and in-person meetings. Unfortunately, COVID-19 rates are rising again and are likely to accelerate with the upcoming holidays, so it is anyone’s guess as to when we will get through this pandemic. Let’s hope the vaccines become widely available soon, and then we should be able to start a belated celebration of our 100th birthday.
Monthly Zoom Meeting
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!