Highlights from the December meeting of the Council

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For those not aware – and unless you go out of your way to serve on it, you probably are not – the Council of the Boulder Group of the CMC is the governing body that keeps the group going. You can read more about the Council on our website here. As you can see, there are several vacant positions, particularly for vice chair, so if you have any interest in helping our group, you can send an email to chair@cmcboulder.org. That would be Gary Johnston; I am currently the Past Chair on the Council.

The first meeting of the new 2017 Council took place Tuesday, December 6 at the Clubroom,  and there were some significant decisions made in which the general membership might be interested. The most important was perhaps the extension of our lease on the Clubroom through June 2017, after which it will be on a month by month basis. At that time, the Council is considering leaving the current location, and renting office space on a per meeting basis at the joint offices of the Access Fund and the American Mountain Guide Association at 4720 Walnut Street.  This is still in the process of being worked out, but just as those organizations were forced out of their previous locations by the increasing cost of real estate in Boulder, the Council realizes that the current location of the Clubroom is not stable. We could be forced out if the property owners find a tenant willing to pay retail rental rates. Currently, our rental rate is what Neptune Mountaineering was charging us in our previous location, but this is not guaranteed going forward, as our lease now is directly with W. W. Reynolds, the property management company.

The next highlight, on a more fun note, is that the Backcountry Film Festival will be coming to Boulder in January 26, at Neptune Mountaineering. You can register at the state website. These are always excellent, original films, some shorter, some longer, that focus on non-motorized winter sports and conservation. Highly recommended!

Next, Ben Monarch was welcomed as as our new Secretary. This is an important role, as the person who records our minutes at the Council meetings helps us stay organized. Ben has an excellent background as a past attorney turned software entrepreneur, and who moved to Colorado recently. We are lucky to have him helping us. Welcome Ben!

For those who are considering becoming a trip leader, or even if you’re not, a Wilderness First Aid course is going to be offered again at the Clubroom, sometime in February. Offered at just $35, this 16 hour, two day course, is excellent preparation for dealing with backcountry accidents requiring first aid. We had a good time at the first such course that was offered last May at the Clubroom. When the date is set, you can sign up at the state website. We’ll try to announce it in the January Compass.

Finally, we reviewed the 2017 budget and approved it. This was prepared by Jason Kintzel, who generously stepped up to volunteer as our Treasurer, but who was already the head of our Cabins Committee. Jason works as an engineer but had some previous experience with Quickbooks, and has really helped fill an important role. But if you would like to help the Group and have bookkeeping or accounting experience, I’m sure Jason would not mind if you volunteered to help out with this position. You can email him at treasurer@cmcboulder.org.

To keep up with other CMC happenings, you can check the Boulder website (cmcboulder.org), the state website (cmc.org), or sign up for the monthly newsletters. You can do that by logging into the state website, click on Members, then CMC Updates, then Newsroom.

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