Meeting Minutes 9/11

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:
1. Website
2. Emails
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
Cost: $10
The Catch: Open to members who have not yet gone on Rustic, with preference given to those who can drive.
Sign-up: closed

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
Cost: $10
The Catch: open to members who have not yet gone on Rustic, with preference given to those who can drive

*IMPORTANT NOTICE* Sign-up: September 18 at 7:30pm in IM West 208 (before the meeting!) to ensure that you have the option to sign up for other trips after the meeting
Enjoy minimal light pollution, hiking, a bonfire, and an ultimate surprise. This weekend is much like the other Rustic Cabin Weekend but at a different location. If you’d like to meet friends who are also new to the club and get to know a few board members, here’s your chance! Remember, sign ups will be BEFORE the meeting next week. Direct questions to Evan or Sydney.

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
Cost: $10
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 has most of the answers to most of the questions.

 What do you get when you cross ducks and cardboard? A box of quackers.

Over and out,

Monica Williamson

Outdoors Club
Michigan State University

Meeting Minutes 8/30

Hey everyone!

WELCOME TO THE OUTDOORS CLUB! This club is easily the coolest club on campus, and you’re definitely in the right place to meet some great people, explore one of the more underrated states, and have a great time. If you didn’t get a chance to go to our first meeting, here’s the reader’s digest version of it.


Membership Sign-ups

Didn’t sign up for a membership at the last meeting? No worries! You can still sign up next week. Our treasurer, Eleanor Rappolee will be at the Main Library by Sparty’sfrom 1-4pm on Wednesday and Thursday of this week (9/6 and 9/7). The price for membership will be $25, and we will be accepting cash, card, or check (made out to MSU Outdoors Club).

The membership, which lasts for a year, includes the following:
-Access to the gear room
-Access to the facebook group
-Access to members only trips

Wow, that sounds like a pretty slick deal!


Fall Picnic

Wanna get to know some of the members before paying the $25? Well, then do I have an opportunity for you! On September 10th from 12-5pm, there will be a fall picnic in one of the coolest places in East Lansing…my backyard.

No, but my backyard is actually really cool. So, thus, we’re throwing a little party. There will be FREE food, yard games, and fun! Come stop on by to meet the eboard, and some of the returning members. This is an excellent opportunity to dip your feet into the club without going diving. I mean, free food. No dorm food for a meal. Did I mention that it’s free?

The address is 1530 Snyder Rd. More information can be found at this facebook page.


Rustic Cabins

Have you ever wanted to meet 30 new friends while hanging out in a cabin in the middle of the wilderness? Well, then this is the event for you!

We will be renting a cabin in both Wilderness State Park and Waterloo State Park. Let me break this down (rap style) by going into more detail about each event.


Rustic Cabin: Waterloo State Park Edition

Sara Campbell and Monica Williamson are planning the Waterloo Edition of our rustic weekend. This event will take place on the weekend of September 15th-18th. The cost for this trip will be $10 plus gas and food money. For those of you that don’t know, Waterloo is located about an hour away from East Lansing, and just happens to be about a half hour from HELL…Michigan. During this weekend, you will all be sharing a giant bunkhouse cabin together in the evening, and doing some cool outdoorsy activities during the day (hiking, swimming, painting, hammocking, chilling, more hiking, etc…).The signups for this trip will start at the next meeting, which is going to be Monday September 8th in room 208 IM West at 8pm.


Rustic Cabin: Wilderness State Park Edition

The second round of rustic cabin will be run by Sydney Clark and myself, and will take place on the weekend of September 22nd-24th. Wilderness State Park is located about 3 hours from East Lansing, at the very tip of the Lower Peninsula. It is about 15 minutes from both Mackinaw City and the Mackinaw Bridge. The cost for this trip will be $10 as well, in addition to food and gas money. Signups for this trip will also start at the next meeting, September 8th.

Here are a few things to know about both rustics:
-We will NOT be supplying food. You must BYOFood.
-You do not have to have a car. We will arrange carpool rides.
-You are expected to pitch in for gas money with your driver.


That’s all I have for now! As promised to some of you, here’s your first pun of the week:

Why should you never open the refrigerator? Because you might see the salad dressing.

Have a good one, and see you at the next meeting!

Evan Fischer

MSUOC Secretary 

Meeting Minutes 4/24

Good afternoon OCers!
At the meeting we brainstormed as a group about improvements for the club next year. Thoughts from the discussion can be found in the following document:    OC 2017 Improvements
Yoga in the Garden
Do you like yoga? Do you like gardens? Do you like garden style yoga? Well, then I have good news for you! There will be a destressing yoga session on Monday May 1st from 5:45 to 7:00pm in the Botanical Gardens behind the library. You don’t need to be a paying member of the OC to come, but you do need to bring your own yoga mat. Don’t have a yoga mat? Then just bring a towel! Oh, and guess what you don’t have to bring? Money! That’s right, this event is absolutely FREE! Hope to see you there!
Hugh Heward
Like paddling? Hate paddling and never want to get in another boat after doing Campus to Coast? Well, look no further than the Hugh Heward Canoe race on Saturday April 29th! There are 3 different options for the race: A full Hugh (50 miles from Dimondale to Portland), a half Hugh (25 miles from Grand Ledge to Portland), or a quarter Hugh (13 miles from Charlotte Bridge to Portland). The full Hugh is going to be launching at 7am, the half will be launching at 9am, and the quarter will be launching at 11am. It’s almost like there’s a pattern…The cost for this event is $10 per person, and you will need to supply your own boat. If you want more info on this event, then hit up our paddling maestro, Dan Durbin.
REI Garage Sale
Did you just read the last section about the Hugh Heward and think “$10 per person seems fine, but I really want a chance to spend a lot more money”. Well, look no further than the REI garage sale this weekend! On Saturday the 29th, a few of us will be headed down to Ann Arbor to take advantage of those sweet deals. It’s almost like candy. That’s how sweet the deals are. We will be, ideally, leaving around 6am in the morning, so that we can have the best selection. You need to be a member of REI to go the garage sale (seriously, if you’re not a member become one! Best decision ever!), and bring your wallet. This is a great opportunity to stock up on gear for all of your summer trips! If you want to come, please fill out this doc so we can get a rides list going!
Moosejaw Ping Pong Tourney
Moosejaw is going to be hosting a ping pong tournament this Saturday from 5-8pm. There will be FREE food and prizes. If you want to sign up for this awesome event, sign up on the google doc. If you want more info, contact Dan Durbin. Here’s the signup!

Ping Pong Tourney Sign Up


Doing a cool trip this summer? We want to hear about it in the fall! Sign up to present about your awesome summer trip with this google doc!
Like being asked more questions? You got it! Do you have awesome trip ideas for the school year, or would you be potentially interested in joining a committee to help run said trips? Awesome! Then sign up to be a potential committee member with this spreadsheet below!

Potential Trip Planning Committee Members

If you want more info on either of those 2 signups, then contact our new president, Dan Bomzer.
Signing out for now,
Evan Fischer
MSUOC Secretary




Meeting Minutes 4/10

Hey y’all,

Yesterday was election day and here are the election results!

President: Dan Bomzer
Vice President: Dannyboy Durbin
Treasurer: Eleanor Rappolee
Secretaries: Evan Fischer and Monica Williamson
PR: Sara Campbell and Sam Jones-Jackson
Gear managers: Sean Walbridge and Jud Van Wyk
Historian: Tyler Yezman
Web master: Sydney Clark
We are also happy to announce that the new C2C director is Joe Dewan!

The new Eboard will not be effective immediately so please still get ahold of the board members from this year if needs be.

Bikes of all types!

This Saturday April 15th, the MSU surplus store will be having their annual Spring Bike Sale. It will be from 9-2pm at the Surplus Store which is located on Farm Lane just south of Service Road. There will be around 500 bikes of all conditions, some ridable and some that need some work. If you have any questions about purchasing a bike Dan Durbin will be there to answer any questions you have.

Campus to Coast

We are still looking for volunteers so come out and give us a hand. You’ll be able to watch the paddlers paddle, water move, and have fun with friends! Volunteer at a campsite and get a night in for the 40 Night Challenge.

There will be a short mandatory meeting for volunteers and participants right after the OC meeting on Monday.

Also, here is a message from Dan Durbin regarding C2C. V V V


Campus To Coast update, If you guys have not noticed the water levels have risen dramatically and have become a safety concern. These water levels have made it impossible to clear out the red cedar, and made paddling under certain bridges impossible. With current conditions being what they are we have decided to remove the red cedar from the race course this year. We will be starting the race in Lansing instead; we have not finalized our new start location, but will have one posted soon. I apologize for any inconvenient but your safety is our number one concern. Please execute extreme caution while training for the race the river is very dangerous, paddle in groups, wear you PFD, and use common sense. If you have any question please comment or reach out to me directly. Also You have to have your money by Friday this week after that there will be a 10$ late fee.

Dan Durbin
Campus to Coast Race Director

 Bummed you didn’t get nights yet for the 40 night challenge? Want to prove to yourself you can do it and go on an exclusive backpacking trip with the other finishers? Good news for you then!
 The 40 Night Challenge ends September 13th so you have plenty of time. Go camp in your back yard, in the woods, or sleep on your front porch because you were drunk and forgot your keys. Any way you sleep outside counts along as it is not in a permanent shelter. Get a hold of me, Jud, to report your nights so I can add them to the spreadsheet. My number is 248-520-9301 and you can text me with the number of nights you have so far. Id love to see a big list of finishers this year so get on out!!!
Come to our last meeting of the semester next Monday and get through the rest of this semester!
Come to crunchy after too, you need a study break.
Secretary out,


P.S. – Shoutout to George Stockman for counting our votes!

Meeting Minutes 4/3

Hey gang!

Hope you had a good weekend, and you’re looking forward to another week of outdoorsy activities. Here’s what went down at the meeting.

Learn to Backpack

Learn to backpack is this weekend, and it is FULL. Sorry guy and gals that wanted to get on this trip. Sydney Clark will be sending out a more detailed itinerary and packing list in the next day or two, so keep checking your inboxes for that. There will also be a suggested food list, and much more detail. Whoah! How cool is that?!?

Campus to Coast

Want to have a chance to volunteer for a super cool event? And get to meet paddling legends? And get to cheer on other paddlers? Well, the list goes on and on. If you’re free the weekend of April 21st, then you should volunteer for campus to coast (if you’re not already doing anything *cough* racing *cough*). You must be able to volunteer for at least 4 hours, and you also get a free meal and shirt for volunteering. What a great deal! If you’re interested in signing up to volunteer, just head on over to this link.

IMPORTANT!! Money for the race is due on Friday, April 7th, and the last chance to drop is Monday April 10th. The payment must be paid in either cash or check. I repeat. CASH OR CHECK. No fancy electronic venmo or whatnot. If you’re writing a check, make it payable to “MSU Outdoors Club”. Give the payment to either Dan Durbin or Vanessa Thomas.

DIY Canoe Rack

2 hours, and 4 Home Depot employees later, this was complete. If you want to know how a canoe rack was made, talk to Vanessa for more info.

BANFF Movie Festival

This is going to take place in Ann Arbor on April 11th from 7pm-10pm. If there is enough interest, there might be a carpool organized, so be sure to check the facebook page. If you want more information on what exactly this festival is, check out this link!

Eboard Elections

These are next Monday, so they are coming up fast! If you’re thinking of running and haven’t done so already, email Eleanor so she can get an idea of who is running. The positions are:

-President (1 year on eboard prior)
-Vice President
-Treasurer (1 year on eboard prior)
-Public Relations (2)
-Secretary (2)
-Gear Manager (2)
-Web Master

If you’re interested in running for any of those positions, then I would recommend talking to the current eboard member who holds that position. This is how the eboard elections will run:

-Give a 2-3 minute speech
-You will be asked questions after the speeches
-Then members will vote

You must be a paying member in order to vote, and must have your membership card. If you have any questions, contact Eleanor.

OC Easter Egg Hunt

Are you staying on campus for Easter? Well, if so, you should participate in the Easter egg hunt this year. This is pretty much a scavenger hunt, except with Moosejaw flags. Pretty much, whoever collects the most flags wins! Winning team gets a new OC t shirt too. Find a team of about 2-3 people, and sign up on the google doc that will be posted soon. If you don’t have a team then no worries! Just post on the facebook page or sign up anyways, and we’ll pair you with someone! This event will take place on April 15th at 1:00pm at the rock.

That’s all folks! Hope you have a great week!

Pun of the week: A clock that is hungry goes back four seconds.

Hope to see you all soon!

Evan Fischer

MSUOC Secretary