The Boulder Group: its future & its clubroom

June 18, 2017 by
by Rick Casey, past Boulder Chair, and Gary Johnston, current chair, published June 19, 2017

For anyone thinking the Boulder Group is disbanding merely because its clubroom is  closing, please rest assured: no such thing is happening.

The Boulder Group will continue to clubroom function using rented and public spaces on an as-needed basis. We are not shutting down!

The primary uses of the clubroom are for class lectures and monthly Council meetings; other uses include bi-monthly Overview meetings, a physical presence and storefront for hosting, a rainy day location for classes, and the occasional social event. (To see who is on the Council, see this website page under cmcboulder.org/Group/General Info). The Council has done an extensive examination of available spaces in the Boulder area (primarily thanks to Jill Yarger), and we found that this need can easily be met by these local resources, as long as we plan and reserve spaces in advance. The only thing we’ll lose is the physical presence and storefront. Spaces that are available to us include Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides, YWCA, E Boulder Rec Center, and Lucky’s Market Community Room, just to name a few.

A more serious threat to the future of the Boulder Group is the lack of volunteer participation, which has affected many aspects of its activities.  We absolutely depend on volunteers to keep our group operating, and we very much appreciate all our active volunteers.

Losing the Clubroom is a blow, but nonetheless the Group can successfully move forward with your help.  So please, if you’re a trip leader then lead a trip, if you like to teach then teach a class, if you’re interested in running the group then join the council. Send an email to chair@cmcboulder.org, and express how you would like to get involved. You’ll be glad you did, as this type of community service brings its own reward in time.

Whatever we could do as a group with a clubroom, we can do in rented and free spaces, so please don’t let it change your plans to help the CMC Boulder Group grow and thrive! The council will soon be deciding on how to use money saved on rent and utilities towards things such as volunteer training, reviving conservation grants, new equipment and more. Please provide any suggestions you have as we plan our budget. The CMC Boulder Group looks forward to the future with you!

 

 

 

 

 

Clubroom Grand Finale & Volunteer Appreciation Dinner – June 24

June 4, 2017 by
By Gary Johnston, Boulder Group chair

We’re having a CMC Boulder Group Clubroom farewell party and dinner on Saturday, June 24 at 6PM! Please attend and enjoy Chipotle catered food, beer, refreshments, and dessert as we recognize all of our volunteers who are the heart and soul of our group. The event is open to all CMC members and costs $15. As a thank you for anyone who has volunteered for the CMC Boulder Group in the past 12 months, in whatever capacity whether as a host, trip leader, assistant instructor, helped with an event, etc….. it’s free! Aside from volunteer recognition, we’re planning some other activities to say goodbye to the clubroom.

The dinner is pay at the door (cash or check only). Please RSVP to chair@cmcboulder.org by June 18 with the number of attendees so we can plan for catering. Thanks, and we hope to see you at the clubroom!

Clubroom Giveaway and Member Memories Weekend – June 10 & 11

June 4, 2017 by
By Gary Johnston, Boulder Group chair

Do you like free stuff? Care to share some memories of past adventures and good times with the CMC? We may have just the thing for you! June 10th and 11th is our Giveaway and Member Memories Weekend. We’ve got a lot of books and some furniture, vintage mountaineering equipment, historical club keepsakes and more to give away. Saturday afternoon and evening we’ll have a time to share stories and memories. Please come on by and visit with the CMC

Boulder Group. Here are the details:

Saturday 6/10:

 Noon – 7PM: Giveaway! All items are free to Boulder Group members, others can take limited items for free with a suggested donation of $1 per item.

 3PM – 7PM: Member Memories Party! Show up any time and BYOB & Food(restaurants, grocery stores, liquor store nearby). The CMCBG will provide coffee and tea. This will be a time to share stories with CMC members old and new. There will be a computer projector and slide projector available if you’d like to make a “10 Minutes of Fame” presentation about an outdoor experience.

Sunday 6/11:

 10AM – 1 PM: Giveaway as on Saturday!

 

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Upcoming Changes to Awesome Wednesday Evening Hikes

June 4, 2017 by
By Gary Johnston, Boulder Group chair

After many years of meeting at the CMC Boulder Group Clubroom to start the weekly AWE social hikes, we’re making a change! We’ll plan more trip details in advance and meet at different locations in and around Boulder, including right at the trailhead. Starting July 5 you’ll need to check the CMC trip calendar to determine the hike meeting location, just as you do for any other CMC hike. There is still no need to register for AWE hikes, just show up with your essentials, stories, and snacks to share. Easy enough? Hope to see you at the AWE hikes!

Handymen needed!

May 12, 2017 by

With the upcoming closing of the Boulder Clubroom, the club gear that is used to teach our classes will need a new storage site. The club has rented a larger storage unit at AAA Storage in Boulder (Pearl and 49th Street), but it needs some customization.

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Gary Johnston and Dan Joder helping at the new storage site

As you can see by the picture here, it is basically a big empty steel box! We are going to need some help with building more shelving, and reusing what we can from the old gear room in the Clubroom. Also, we need to put some weatherstripping around the steel door to keep out dust.

There’s no strict deadline, but it must be completed by end of June, hopefully before.

If you have these skills and would like to help, please send email to Gary at chair@cmcboulder.org. Thanks!