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Minutes: The One where Tarzan Drank Couscous (10/31/2012)

November 1, 2012

Boo! President David Velarde called the meeting to order. He introduced his mother, Esther Velarde, who rang the bell to kick off the meeting.

Invocation: Bill Boyd
Pledge: Bill Abel
Raffle: Janet Napier brought an Italian-themed set with a cookbook, wine, pasta, olives, sauce, etc.

Visiting Rotarians: Chris Clemens
Visitors: Ohan , Bill Wilmer, Sue Wilmer, Liz Chaplin, Brian Sarvis, Claude Saks, Esther Velarde

Club announcements:

  • Dental clinic is Saturday. Can volunteers please sty behind for 10 minutes.
  • Candy for all.
  • Don Bennett announced that bell ringing for the Salvation Army begins again soon. We will again ring on the Canon Perdido side of Nordstrom. Volunteer bell ringers are needed for five Saturdays, beginning Nov. 24. In the past 10 years, we have averaged $2,200 per year. Shifts are 10-12, 12-2, 2-4, and 4-5.
  • Costumes: Chris Baxter wins scariest costume. Karen Kawaguchi wins best costume.
  • 12 of our members attended the Grants management seminar in Oxnard. To borrow a phrase from Facebook, “It’s complicated.”
  • Group Study Exchange heads to Sri Lanka next year. Team leader applications are due Nov. 2, Team member applications are due Nov. 9.
  • Membership chair David Vo plays “What year was that?” 2007, which was also the year that Andy Doer joined the club. Congrats on 5 years, Andy!
    David Velarde recognized Tom Heath’s 20 years of membership in the club. Tom has contributed time, talent and treasure. He started the Camp Whittier project. He volunteered at the club’s fundraisers and for eye surgeries in Celaya, Mexico. He was part of the team that visited the Nicaragua site for future projects. Thank you for 20 years of service, Tom! We’ll continue celebrating on Thursday at 5:30 at El Paseo.
    Last week’s rendezvous was at Marmalade Cafe, and it was fun.
  • Congrats to Maurice Moreno and Caroline Moreno on the birth of their daughter (following 30 hours of labor)! Per tradition, the members of the club contribute money toward a college fund for their new child. The goal is that the members’ gifts will be matched by the parents, and the total will then be matched by the grandparents.
    Pay and tell.
  • Bill Abel won the raffle.

Program: Chris “Tarzan” Clemens presents “The Appalachian Trail, One Step at a Time.”

  • The trail is 2184.2 miles long from Georgia to Maine, averaging 16 miles a day.
  • The elevation gain is equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest 16 times (in elevation gain).
  • The trail was completed in 1937, and Earl Shaffer was the first thru-hiker in 1948. He repeated it at age 79.
  • It’s now federally owned.
  • In 2011, 1,700 thru-hikers started and 432 finished. It’s usually 5-7 months.
  • Why? Why not?
  • People get trail names, hence Tarzan. There were others, likeBiscuits, Meat, Kilimanjaro, Roots, Rafiki, Rat Bucket, The Atlanta Brothers, etc.
  • You follow the 160,000 white blazes, which indicate the route. Sometimes you’re in a residential area.
  • He hiked more than 12 hours a day.
  • He was trying to eat 5,000 calories a day. He ate a lot of pop tarts and mashed potatoes and uncooked couscous.
  • There are privies and shelters along the trail. Most shelters have 3 walls and a platform.
  • Saw a lot of wildlife, even wild ponies!
  • Trail magic… Trail angels leave beer, soda, candy, etc. — things you want but that you don’t want to carry.
  • “No rain, no pain, no Maine. “
  • Was most afraid of Presidential range, known for 200+ mph winds and people being struck by lightening.
  • Pack started as 47 pounds, but he got it down to 25 pounds.
  • He did the 100 mile wilderness in 2.5 days. They hiked 36, 40, and 33 miles in 3 days.
  • The club will donate 15 dictionaries to third graders in Santa Barbara on behalf of Chris.
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