The Appalachian Trail Club of Florida meeting was held at Sarasota Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
Sixteen people were in attendance including three first-timers. Colin Curtis learned about us from Trailwalker Gear. He will start the AT on March 10. John and Ann Matthews are life-long hikers. Ann found us on the Sarasota Garden Club Calendar.
George Becht, the president told us about the Fire Fest at the Carlton Reserve on Jan. 27, 2018 from 10 AM to 2 PM. ATCFL will have an information table there and he encourages all members to come and hike the trials.
He then recognized Patti “Longskirt” for finishing the AT on Sept 12, 2017. She started section hiking in June 2005. Kudos to Patti for her long-time perseverance in accomplishing this feat.
After the minutes were read and accepted, George encouraged all members who have not paid the $20 dollar/family annual dues to do so. Rent at the Garden Club is due and the club needs the money to stay solvent. Since Libby Tyner the treasurer was not present, he is unsure of the exact amount of money in the coffers.
There are currently 65 people on the email list. If you are not receiving emails, please contact him to be added to the list.
The club website now includes photos of members. If you would like, submit yours with a brief explanation and pertinent dates to Jane Blanchard. She is also looking for information on the history of the club.
Dennis Blanchard, program chair introduced Jimmy Bailey from Trailwlker Gear Outfitters in Bradenton. This outfitter is family-owned and operated. In addition to gear, they coordinate all sorts of outdoor adventures for hiking, camping, kayaking, motorcycling, etc, and including the John Muir Trail. Jimmy Bailey had lots of gifts and handouts for the audience. The meeting ended at 9: pm.
The next meeting will be on February 21.
Respectively submitted, Jane V. Blanchard.