Who are The Cascadians?
The Cascadians is an outdoor recreation and conservation club located in Yakima, Washington.
Activities include hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, bicycling, golf, paddling and more.
Cascadians have been enjoying the trails and peaks of the Pacific Northwest since 1920.
s was reported in the “Pandemic Pressure” article in the Yakima Herald Republic on Sunday, August 16, many trails in the Cascade Mountains are currently slammed with hikers. There was an actual count of 999 people in one day at Colchuck Lake. Some of us long-time Cascadians can remember when we could hike to Colchuck for a swim and not see another person all day. More and more people are realizing that hiking is one of the few things they can do during COVID-19 times, and they are heading into the mountains in droves.
One of the side-effects of massive interest in hiking is that many trailheads are running out of Wilderness Permits. The permits with elastic loops attached don’t come that way from the printer. Someone has to cut one-foot pieces of elastic string from a roll of string, tie the loose ends together, and then secure the loop to the permit using a girth hitch. The U. S. Forest Service does not have adequate staff to do this necessary task. Therefore, a couple of weeks ago the Naches Ranger Station asked the board of The Cascadians if we could help with the process of attaching strings to the permits. They needed 5,000 of them done, and they needed some ASAP. This seemed like a good volunteer project for the membership at large, but because of the urgency six board members each agreed to string 500 permits immediately, for a total of 3,000 permits. Via Facebook our club president, Mark Kushner, also solicited volunteers from the membership to string the other 2,000 permits. He found volunteers very quickly, and no additional volunteers are needed for stringing permits at this time. USFS greatly appreciates the assistance.
Thanks to all who ordered Centennial T-shirts. When we can finally hike in groups again it will be fun to see all the different colors that members will be wearing. The T-Shirt Store at cascadians.org is now closed to new orders, but it is anticipated that the store will reopen in the future when we are able to resume our activities.
The Board of Directors continues to have monthly board meetings via Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month. The calls are limited to 40 minutes, so the discussions are brief compared to an extended meeting, and we don’t always have time to get through the entire agenda. We could, of course, set up two meetings back to back, but we haven’t done so thus far. Zoom generally works well, but there are sometimes feedback problems, especially when two people try to talk at the same time. The board has discussed whether it would be feasible to attempt an abbreviated general meeting via Zoom, but no decisions have been made yet. Feel free to provide input to board members as to whether such a meeting would be practical and useful. While in theory it seems like a good idea, the logistics might be challenging with a large group. While some Cascadians are tech wizards, many members are not.
Members continue to hike with others in their household and on informal outings with small groups of friends. Once again the board encourages you to socially distance not only while hiking but also during breaks. You are also encouraged to carry a mask on the trail to use if you meet other hikers. The more careful we are, the sooner we will be able to get back to “normal” hikes.
Centennial Points and Rewards Program
The Cascadians Centennial Planning Committee has decided to resurrect a program of awarding points to members leading and participating in outings during the Centennial Year (2020). This system was initially used for the club's 75th anniversary. Only those events designated by the committee, under the leadership of David Hagen, are eligible for earning points.
The culmination of the program will be at the 2021 January banquet when point totals will be announced and awards presented. So get out there and enjoy this event-filled Centennial Year!
Zoom Social Hour
Wednesday, Sept 30, 7:00 pm
The Cascadians Board will host a 40 minute online Zoom meeting “Social Hour” for members. Zoom is a user friendly online platform that has been very beneficial to groups, businesses and families during the pandemic. The goal of this meeting is to give our members an opportunity to “see” and hear from each other about what they are doing during the COVID-19 experience, as well as ask any questions of, or make suggestions to, the Board.
Members wishing to participate must have the Zoom app downloaded to the computer, smartphone, or other device that will be used to access the meeting. These downloads, instructions, and tutorials can be found at zoom.us. YouTube also has some good Zoom use videos. Because we use the free version we are limited to 40 minutes in length and a maximum of 100 participants, but do plan to join us and let us know afterwards if anything prevented you from logging on or participating.
The necessary meeting link, Meeting ID, and Passcode can be found in the Cascadian Activities Happening Soon message sent to all members by email on Sept 9, and on this members only page: Zoom Meeting
The Centennial T-Shirts sales have closed for now. Whenever we get to actually celebrate our Centennial, sales may open again. Thanks to all of you who purchased for your support!
If you have recently joined Cascadians or just considering the possibility and would like to learn more about who we are, our history, the types of activities we engage in, this may be for you. New member orientation meetings are held the last Wednesday of each month* at the Living Care Center at 215 N 40th Ave in Yakima, in the Village East activity room at 5:45 P.M. The meeting concludes at 6:45, in time for participants to join the Cascadians general monthly meeting following at 7:00 in the Meyer Auditorium, adjacent to the Village East activity room.
*Except for July, which is the annual club potluck picnic and it will not be held.
*January's Orientation will be held at 5:00 p.m. due to the Annual Potluck.
*Note: There wil be no April Orientation due to the Centennial Potluck and a change of venue.
NOTE: The Orientation is cancelled until our regular monthly meetings resume.