The first full week of fall semester is upon us! And somehow you’ve found yourself on the email list for the club dedicated to exploring the outdoors. I’m Monica, one of your secretaries this year for Outdoors Club. Each week Evan and I will send the meeting minutes your way so that you can keep up with the latest happenings. Our meetings are held each Monday at 8pm in IM West 208, followed by a gathering at Crunchies. Please join us! Tonight’s meeting was full of really important info, so pitch a tent and stay a while.
Highly effective ways of figuring out what the heck happens in OC:
3. Facebook page
4. Facebook group (members only)
5. Direct contact with executive board
Webmaster report: The Website
MSUOC.ORG is the information station. Check it out, browse around, enjoy the clickable links. For example, go to events → calendar → see what’s up for the next 2 months. WOW! LOOK AT THAT! Don’t get the emails? (Of course you do, you’re reading this. But for all your friends asking about OC…) The meeting minutes are published on the website!
COMING SOON! A copy of the powerpoint slides will be posted with meeting minutes. Stay tuned.
Treasurer report: Membership
Want to become a member? You can! At any time of the school year! An OC membership costs $25 and lasts for 1 calendar year. With it comes access to trips, free gear rental from our Gear Room, access to our closed Facebook group, and discounts from sponsors. *If you would NOT like your information to be given to sponsors, and therefore don’t want access to the deals and discounts they provide, please directly contact your treasurer, Eleanor Rappolee.*
So how does one sign up? You show up to a meeting, sign a waiver, and get a stamped membership card. If you aren’t able to make it to the meetings to sign up, contact Eleanor, she’ll set up a time and meet you on campus.
NEW! We now accept credit or debit! We also, as always, accept cash or check.
Gear Manager report: Gear Rental
There are some new and improved gear rental policies to make everyones lives easier to live! The gear room will be open 3 days a week. During these times, your gear managers, Sean and Jud, will be posted up in the lobby (that’s where you get your card swiped) of IM West. Search for them, contact them directly if you are unable to find them, and they will lead you into the dungeon of gear.
NEW! We now accept credit and debit! Or cash or check, per usual. This is only a safety deposit, and when the gear is returned in good condition the money is refunded.
NEW! There is a 2 week time limit with gear return, please return it promptly and cleanly. Exceptions can likely be made if communicated in advance.
COMING SOON! There will a spreadsheet on the website with all available gear, keep your eyes pealed.
The Gear Room is accessible at the following times: Monday after the meeting, Wednesday 12-12:45pm, Thursday 2:40-3:30pm
Rustic Cabin Weekend, Sept 15-17
Location: Waterloo State Park
The Catch: Open to members who have not yet gone on Rustic, with preference given to those who can drive.
We predict there will be some hanging outside, hiking, campfiring, and sleeping in bunks in Burns #2 Rustic Cabin. By rustic, we really mean it. Details provided at the meeting will be sent out to those on the trip AND on the waiting list. If your name is not on the rides list, then you are on the waiting list. You will be contacted by Monica or Sarah if you are added to the trip.
The trip is already full with a waiting list, we will not be able to accommodate any more members. But wait! There’s more…
Rustic Cabin Weekend, Sept 22-24
Location: Wilderness State Park
The Catch: open to members who have not yet gone on Rustic, with preference given to those who can drive
White Water Rafting, October 6-8
Locations: Adventures on the Gorge, West Virginia
Cost: $270, must pay in full at time of sign up
Sign up: Sept 18 (after meeting)
Two days of rafting and camping! Experience class 5 rapids, a rock named Pillow, a Saturday night hoedown, access to the Adventure on the Gorge facilities such as disc golfing, and a great view of a fancy bridge. Although pricey, the whole package is usually closer to $450, so we’re streamlining you a deal. There are 40 available spots, first come first serve, and it is indeed open to members who have already gone on this trip. No gear or experience needed! Knowing how to swim is preferred. Contact Dan Durbin for the nitty gritty stuff.
Camping at Pictured Rocks, Sept 29-31
Location: The Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Sign up: Sept 18 (after meeting)
Enjoy the shorelines of this Great Lakes State, camp, day hike, head to Marquette. There are plenty of options and it’ll depend on who wants to do what! More info to come at the next meeting.
With that, remember www.msuoc.org has most of the answers to most of the questions.
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