The February 2nd meeting is our annual Candlelighters Pie Auction. Please come to support these kids. The Dinner starts at 6 pm with a short meeting and the auction to follow at 7 pm. Please bring a pie or baked good for the auction if you are able to do so. Also remember to bring canned goods for Access as well.
Taco Feed Ride on January 22-24 has been changed to a no host ride due to weather and lack of interest.
As you all know, Oregon Wild is again attempting to gain support for their “Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal” and they were hoping we wouldn’t notice. You may recall that Oregon Wild proposed this in September 2009 and we stopped them. At that time we knew we won the battle but not the war. We knew they would be back.
Most recently they submitted a petition with over 30,000 signatures to our US Senators. At that time I asked all of you to call and email your Senators to express your opinion on the matter. If you want to read Oregon Wild’s proposal and their map so you can see what they are trying to take away from you, you can do so by visiting this link: http://www.oregonwild.org/wilderness/crater-lake-wilderness-proposal As you will see on their page that they use many, many half-truths and lies to push their agenda.
The Rogue Snowmobilers are gearing up for another fight with Oregon Wild. In the meantime we have others who have already started the fight and we need to help them NOW!
I am asking you to do the three things below NOW!
1) PLEASE READ AND SIGN THE ATTACHED RESOLUTION:
Attached is a PDF copy of the resolution and it can be signed by individuals as well as groups. It is being circulated to Chambers of Commerce and County Commissioners in all of the impacted counties including Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Deschutes.
Fill in the name of the individual or group at the bottom and email them to email@example.com and to firstname.lastname@example.org for distribution to the correct entities.
2) HEALTHLY FORESTS HEALTHY COMMUNITIES ACTION ALERT
Next go to http://www.healthyforests.org/action_center?vvsrc=%2fcampaigns%2f43318%2frespond and use their email system to send a message to our US Senators, US Representatives and the USFS. Just fill in your email and zip code and the pre-composed message will be sent. You also have the option of customizing your message if you so choose.
While you are on their site you may want to join for free to get other action alerts. I have been getting them for years and it is a good source of information.
Share this with other outdoor clubs, organization, friends and co-workers who share our perspective that we should be able to recreate in our public lands. We also support those jobs that deal with recreation as well as sustainable forestry that supplies jobs for our economy and help deal with fire risks and bug and disease infestations that kill our forests.
The summer camp trip with the Candlelighters will be on August 7-9 this year but the location has been changed. Due to the low snowfall this year we wanted to be at a lake that will have accessible water to go boating in August. The camp trip will be at Joseph H Stewart State Park.
Some of the bonuses of this park are:
- Approximately 150 electrical sites with water
- Approximately 50 tent sites with water
- Flush toilets and hot showers
- Volleyball court
- RV dump station
- Horseshoe pits
- Fenced off-leash pet area
- Evening programs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer
We are going to be in loop A and then overflow into loop C if necessary. You can make reservations by going to the link below.
The Turkey Fry scheduled at Thousand Springs for this Saturday, February 28th has been postponed until Saturday, March 7th. There is no snow on the ground today but we are expecting snow to fall starting sometime this weekend and continue through the week. Assuming the snow falls we will have a club ride that will assemble at 9:30. We will then share a turkey dinner around 2:00 p.m. Please bring a side dish to share and your own drinks.
The Annual Mt Bailey $3000 Poker Run is coming up fast and is on February 14th this year. There is no snow but we have come up with a fun event anyway. Come up for the day or for the whole weekend. Bring your family and friends as the weather will be great for outdoor fun. Cabins and rooms are still available but are booking up fast.
At the activity center you can sign up, buy your poker hands and begin the ride in your car/truck/motorcycle between 10:00-12:00. The poker run will go around the lake with three stops with some inventive fun along the way. The pizza parlor is our last stop around the lake and will be open for business.
Later we will also have fun games for the whole family to participate in between 2:00-4:00 at the activity center which could win you a neat Valentine’s related prize.
As always there will be a no-host buffet in the lodge. Come on up between 4:00 and 6:00 for social time and a special game of chance. The Italian dinner buffet is $15 for adults, $9 for ages 6-12 and free for 5 and under and will be served at 6:00. After dinner we will give away the $3000 in prizes for the best poker hands and plenty of consolation prizes as well. And what better way to cap off the evening than a LIVE BAND to enjoy. What a great way to end Valentine’s Day with your sweetie!
Please note that because of the weather the lake will be open to boats and the ATV trails are open to riders. So bring your toys, fishing poles bicycles etc. See the forecast below for the Poker Run weekend:
- Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
- Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
- Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 56.
- Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.
- Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.
Wow…..what a special pie auction….from Kimberly Bruhn talking to us about what our club means to her (and the Candlelighters) while her son battled cancer for six years and then lost the battle (not a dry eye in the place), to the kids who helped out with the auction who are now cancer free, to the pie that was bought by the Wild Bunch for $3000 in the memory of Bill Reagan who was such a supporter of our club and is sorely missed by all of us after he lost his fight with cancer, to the story of Rob Hernandez who was given almost no chance of surviving cancer and is now cancer free for a year now, to our phone in bidders (Jean & Larry Gelbrich) who weren’t the highest bidder on a pie so instead donated $5000, to our anonymous donor who donated an extra $1000 on top of their pie purchase and to all the rest of us who purchased pies for between $40 and $300 or just donated money….job well done. For our 15th pie auction we raised $13,690. This is the most ever raised.
Thanks to everyone who brought in pies and desserts of all kinds, a handmade quilt and chimes. Thanks to everyone for going above and beyond in purchasing all these items. Thanks to those who donated their purchases back to be auctioned off again. I can’t say thank you enough!
Just a quick note to let you know that this event will go on no matter the snow conditions. We are making plans for snow/low snow/no snow. Of course we want snow so do your snow dances but this event will be fun no matter the conditions!!!