General Membership Meetings
All general membership meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the following months: January, March, May, September, and November. The meetings officially begin at 7 PM, but members are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early for socializing. The meetings are held at the Science Museum of Virginia at 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond VA 23220-2057. Snacks to share are always welcome. For more information contact Dave Olli at email@example.com.
2019 Club meeting topics are as follows:
- January 8: Bring in the New Year with first of five (5) 2018 general meetings in the first floor Discovery Room of the Science Museum of Virginia. President Dave officially kicks things off at 7:00 pm but feel free to arrive any time after 6. Light refreshments available and we never say no to home baked treats. A gear swap table will be available for items to donate or sell.
- March 13: Late winter showers bring wildflowers to the trail at the second of five (5) 2018 general meetings in the first floor Discovery Room of the Science Museum of Virginia. President David Grimes opens the show at 7:00 pm but feel free to arrive any time after 6:00 pm to schmooze and mingle. Light refreshments available and we never say no to home baked treats. As you spring clean through gear why not donate no longer used items to a fellow hiker: look for the gear swap table behind the chairs. Unfortunately, Leonard Adkins will not be able to speak to the ODATC membership at our March meeting. We were fortunate, however, to have recently received a copy of the "My AT Story" DVD from ATC and we will be screening it in place of Leonard's talk. My AT Story is a collection of five short videos about the people that hike, protect and advocate for the Appalachian Trail. The videos showcase the many reason people connect to the AT and why the AT has become so important to so many people. Not just another AT story about bugs, blood and mud, My AT Story is about the many deeper reasons for getting out on the trail. Trailers can be viewed at myATstory.org.
- May 14: On May 14 at 6:30 P.M., we'll hold our annual Club Night event with lots of good food, fun, and entertainment. The May meeting is traditionally a pot luck dinner event, so please bring a covered dish of your choice, and a healthy appetite! Any kind of dish will do-- main, side, or dessert. We’ll handle the beverages, plates, cups, napkins, and utensils. Also, we'll have the Museum set up long tables for a chow line and round tables to eat at. Please note the time change for this meeting: 6:30 PM. Club President David Grimes will officially kick things off at 7:00 P.M., but doors will be open at 6:00 p.m.so folks can start digging in by 6:30 P.M.
It's also the return of Member Slide Night! Members are encouraged to submit up to 5 photos to share with the group, any photo you feel the audience will appreciate (i.e., Club hikes, work trips, travel, wildlife, humor, etc.) will suffice. Beginning now through May 10th email your photos to Randy Wendell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Randy will aggregate the photos into a slide presentation and you’ll be asked to briefly describe your photos to the audience. Please name your photos in a way that indicates your order preference (e.g., Smith1, Smith2, etc.) Also, if possible, please limit your photo sizes to 800KB. Email any questions to Randy.
September 10: Members and non-member alike are welcome to attend the fourth of five 2019 general meetings in the first floor Discovery Room of the Science Museum of Virginia. President David Grimes officially kicks things off at 7:00 pm but feel free to arrive anytime after 6 pm for folks to schmooze with members and guests.
Our guest speaker for September will be fellow member Leonard Adkins, whose lecture will be based on his book, Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway. He will provide us with a look at the many aspects of the scenic highway. In preparation for his book, Leonard walked all of the parkway's more than 130 pathways as well as other trails that come into contact with the parkway. The program includes readings from the book, a multi-media presentation, and a question and answer period. Come join us!
November 12: The November 12th meeting will be our Annual Board Election Meeting. This is a special meeting. If there is one meeting of the year that you should attend this is it. Why? Because it is election night and your vote counts!
Also, please join us for Matt Powell's "Himalayan First Ascent Aspirations." Matt will be sharing experiences and photos from his May 2019 trip to attempt an unclimbed peak in the Indian Himalaya.