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  • 8 Sep 2021 8:17 PM | Anonymous

    TATC Club members, this month we will return to a Zoom-only General Membership meeting.  A number of Board members heard from you that last month’s hybrid in-person/Zoom meeting suffered from poor audio.  We have yet to completely sort out that problem--but we are working on it.  Potential venues are also a problem.  The Pretlow Library only offers its meeting room on Saturdays and only until 6:00 pm (according to the voice recording). City parks in Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach are now closing their pavilions at 7:30 as the hours of daylight decline. The Virginia Beach Central Library (Oberndorf) shuts its meeting rooms at 7:30 as well.
    Last month, we tried moving the meeting back to 6:00 pm, but that was too early for many of our members.  So, we are back to Zoom.  Nevertheless, we will be on the hunt for a good location for the October meeting, and with luck, we will have solved the audio problem and can do it as a hybrid meeting.
    The General Membership Meeting agenda is below along with the Zoom invitation.  If you have any last-minute suggestions for the agenda, please email me at president@tidewateratc.com
    Take care, and I hope to see you all on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.

    ZOOM Meeting: 

    Lee Lohman, Tidewater A.T. Club is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
    Topic: TATC's September 8th General Membership Meeting Invitation
    Time: Sep 8, 2021 at 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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    Call To Order 1 minute
    Identification of New Members or Visitors 3 minutes
    Report from the A.T.  To Be Announced (TBA) 3 minutes
    Report on Board Deliberations and Decisions 1) COVID’s Delta variant and TATC’s upcoming events, 2) 50th Anniversary Event/Diner, 3) the Holiday Party, 4) Dedication of TATC’s annual ATC contribution to the Ridgerunner Program, 5) Creation of a committee to develop a communications strategy and manage our media:  Facebook, Website, Meetup, blogs, and Newsletters 6) changes in Board leadership.  Lee Lohman 10 minutes
    TATC’s Cabin.  Rentals and Upcoming Events.  Bob Adkission/Greg Hodges 3 minutes
    Results of the Lopperfest, August 13, 14, and 15.  Britt Collings 2 minutes
    Plans for the Fall Maintenance Trip, October 15, 16, and 17.  Britt Collings 4 minutes
    Local Trail Maintenance.  Multiple work trips on the schedule.  Dave Plum 3 minutes
    Holiday Party:  Preparations and Progress.  Sharon Salyer 3 minutes
    50th Anniversary Historical Committee.  What is needed now?  Jim Sexton 3 minutes
    50th Anniversary Event/Dinner.  Progress so far.  Steve Clayton.. 3 minutes
    The 50th Anniversary Project.  We need Ideas for something that is significant, TATC labeled, and enduring. Ideas submitted so far.  Lee Lohman 3 minutes
    Education Committee.  Land Navigation:  How Not to Get Lost in the Woods.  Training results and next steps.     Lee Lohman 2 minutes
    Elections on the Horizon.  Nominating chair/committee needed.  Lee Lohman 3 minutes
    Other Matters 5 minutes
    Trail Presentation.  TBD. 10 minutes
    Estimated Meeting Time 61 minutes

  • 3 Sep 2021 11:30 PM | Anonymous

    First Landing SP has requested our help in mapping the various walkways, trails and bridges, etc. in the Park using the Avenza app. Training will be provided as needed. If you are not tech savvy you can work to support the teams using paper charts. I envision that if we have enough volunteers teams will spread out in the Park to cover all the trails and structures with the goal of completing the work in one day.

    If you are interested we will add you to our email list. Once a date is scheduled we will contact you with more information. Please contact Ellis Malabad at malabad2@gmail.com by Friday September 3rd to be added to the email listing.

    Ellis Malabad

  • 1 Sep 2021 9:47 PM | Anonymous

    Insufficient federal funding and too many crowds are prompting the staff at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to propose higher fees for camping, call for a permit system for backcountry camping, and require reservations for hiking up Old Rag.

    You can find out more information and comment on this proposal at: 

    TATC will be in contact with ATC and the National Park Service for this proposal and will provide updates as they become available.

  • 31 Aug 2021 3:06 PM | Anonymous

    The National Hurricane Center has issued a public advisory for Tropical Depression Ida, which is predicted to cause heavy rain along the #AppalachianTrail and surrounding areas. Some portions of the Trail may experience flash flooding and downed trees. #AT hikers are encouraged to monitor weather sites and make adjustments to their plans as needed. For the latest Trail updates, visit https://appalachiantrail.org/trail-updates/

  • 31 Aug 2021 1:07 PM | Anonymous

    USFS Saw Operations Guidance:

    Saw Operations Guide

    Understanding Complexity - USFS

    Five-Step Cutting Plan (OHLEC) (draft)

    USFS Saw Complexity Guide

    Click on the links above, and you can also find these and other general saw certification info at: ATC's Sawyer Safety page

  • 30 Aug 2021 8:14 PM | Anonymous

    The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) 2022 calendar is available now! When you donate $75 or more, you will receive this full color, limited edition calendar to enjoy all year.

  • 27 Aug 2021 11:30 PM | Anonymous

    Our partners at the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) are hiring an Executive Director! If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about this role, visit https://lnkd.in/dTrnSrue

  • 17 Aug 2021 5:56 PM | Anonymous
    For those on the #AppalachianTrail from Georgia to Virginia, please be aware that heavy wind and rain from Tropical Depression Fred could lead to flash flooding of creeks and river crossings, as well as potential mudslides and downed trees, over the next few days. Monitor weather sites such as the NOAA National Hurricane Center for updates and alerts: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ #HikeSafe
  • 11 Aug 2021 7:00 PM | Anonymous
    TATC General Membership Meeting

    When: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 7pm – 9pm

    Where: Online via Zoom (link to be sent out over email)

    Contact: Lee Lohman president@tidewateratc.com

    Description: TATC General Membership Meeting

    Program: TBD

  • 31 Jul 2021 10:58 PM | Anonymous

    Newsletter for August/September 2021 is now available at:


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