CMC Boulder Group Council Chair’s Report

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Roger Drake, Ice Climbing

I’m happy to be able to report that our move into our new clubroom was successfully completed in December and was properly celebrated with our annual holiday party. The clubroom really looks great and is announced to the public with our new lighted exterior sign which proclaims, “Here we are, world!” The clubroom is the culmination of a lot of planning and hard work by many people over the past year.

I’m very grateful to everyone who put in their time and energy to make it a reality. The results are truly gratifying – I feel happy every time I go inside. We have managed to create an attractive space which makes efficient use of a much smaller floor plan to meet our teaching, office space, and gear storage needs. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to stop by!

In terms of the organization as a whole, I believe we’re in a very good position going into this coming year. As far as the Boulder Group Council goes, we have all of our standing committee positions filled with energetic leaders which will help us to achieve our goals. One key focus for the coming year is going to be on maintaining and growing our membership. This means attracting new members and especially retaining our current members by offering them opportunities that make them want to stay involved. Outings are a key part of this, so I would encourage all of our trip leaders to work with our Outings Committee to get trips on the books. I want to express my appreciation to all of our trip leaders and instructors for your time, energy, and expertise. Thank you!

On a personal note, I snowshoed in to the Brainard Lake cabin each of the last two weekends for a day. It was the first time I had been to the cabin – what a blast. It was quite something to see how many folks stop by to enjoy the fire and a cup of hot cocoa while eating their lunch, not to mention those who’ve stayed overnight. My second time, I took along a book and just sat peacefully by the fire reading and eating lunch while the wind howled outside. I felt very proud of our group that we provide this service to the community and thankful to the cabin hosts who made a warm, welcoming environment.

I hope that all of you are able to get out and enjoy the wilderness in this special place that we are fortunate to call home.

Respectfully Yours,

Roger Drake
Boulder Group CMC Council Chair

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