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Version 3.1

May, June, 2017                                                                                           - By Phyllis Gall, Editor

There will be group walks most Saturday and Wednesday mornings.  Tom is sending out weekly emails. The times will be changing according to the weather.   Listed below is a schedule of all walks and club activities.  Andrew is posting events on our website:   www.clayplattetrackers.org.   

Our next meeting will be a picnic on Tuesday, May 16, details below.

Saturday, April 29            Group Walks at St. Joe/Savannah at 9 am

Sunday, April 30              Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge Walk by Sunflower Sod Stompers

                                           starts at 10 am at Visitors’ Center near Mound City in Holt County, MO

Saturday, May 6              Group Walk at Independence at 9 am

Saturday, May 13            Rolla Roadrunners (TBD)

Saturday, May 13           Group Walk-KC Monuments at 9 am

Sunday, May 14              Workers’ walk for the Anniversary  walk in Kearney.

                                         Starts at 2 pm at Community Covenant Church.

Saturday, May 20          25th Club Anniversary Walk at Kearney, MO  (more info below)

May 26-29                       Sod Stompers Memorial Day Walks in northern Kansas

Saturday, June 3             Group Walk at Parkville at 8 am

                                          Crazy Horse Event and start of AVA Convention

Saturday, June 10           Group Walk at Gladstone at 8 am

Saturday, June 17            Group Walks at Watkins Mills/Wallace S.P. at 8 am

Saturday, June 24            Group Walks at Lawrence/Topeka at 8 am

Wednesday, Sept. 6        Tator Tours Bus trip to walk Monument Walk & Westport(All members welcome)

Saturday, Sept. 11           March to the Arc, St. Louis Event starts at 9:11 am

Saturday, Sept. 23           Events by Dogwood at Bolivar and Stockton

Saturday, Sept. 30           Pacesetters’  Walk

Sunday, Oct. 1                  Pacesetters’ Walk

Saturday, Oct. 7               Event at Fort Leonard Wood

Saturday, Oct. 28             Pacesetters’ Walk

Sunday, Oct. 29                Pacesetters’ Walk

November 15                   Start of Seasonal Walk: Lights on the Plaza

All group walks are Year-round events or seasonal events and start at the published start point unless specified.  Check www.clayplattetrackers.org for addresses.  Be there a little before walk time to sign up.

Congratulations:  Ken Parkes-200 Events & 1000 KM, Jerry Priest-650 Events & 7500 KM

Clay-Platte Trackers of KC 25th Anniversary:  Our club held their first walk February, 1992 in Kearney, MO.  We will again return to Kearney for our anniversary walk this year on May 20th.  T-Shirts will be available by order only.  Please contact Cathy or Bob Gregory before to order.  The start point will be the Community Covenant Church, 1820 S. Jefferson, Kearney, MO 64060 starting at 9 pm. We will have cake to celebrate.  Please come and join the fun.

Our Annual Club Picnic will be held Tuesday, May 16.  It is be hosted by Phyllis Gall at the “Heights” apartment building located at 601 NE 70th Street, Gladstone, 64118 starting at 5:30.  Barbeque sandwiches will be furnished by the club.  They will also provide plates, utensils, and water.  Please bring a dessert, vegatable or salad to share.  Directions & Parking:  You can park on 70th St. just east of N. Oak St. or turn by Dentist office for parking and continue to lot behind the Linden Square Park.  Enter by the main door under the sign “Heights.” If the weather is nice, we will eat outside on the patio.

Summertime Volkssport Celebration in Kansas May 26, 27, 28 and 29 (Memorial Day Weekend) by Sunflower Sod Stompers’:  The walks will be in Washington, Belleville, Mankato, Concordia, Beloit, Minneapolis, Kansas & Chester, Nebraska.  Some of these are traditional one-day walks and other seasonals with several more YRE’s nearby.  Suggested Motels:  Super 8-Belleville 785-527-2112, Holiday Inn Express-Concordia 785-243-2700 and Super 8-Concordia 785-243-4200.  For more information:  Contact Terri Tyler 785-233-4385 or tltyler50@gmail.com  


The Wednesday Walk group usually starts at 9 am and stops for lunch after the walk.  They will start earlier when the weather gets hotter.  Check Barb’s emails for more details. Email walkerbarb7@gmail.com to receive weekly info.

May 3   Merriam

May 10  Line Creek

May 17  TBD

May 24  Chillicothe/Trenton

May 31  Westport  

June 7   Independence

June 14    St. Joseph/Savannah

June 21   Monument Walk

June 28   Shoal Creek/Gladstone

(Subject to Change)

The Saturday Group walking the Westport walk are pictured in front of the Thomas Hart Benton house in Roanoke.

The Saturday group walking in downtown Harrisonville.  We had a visitor from Olympia, WA.

Pictured above are the Gregory’s, Teddy Eisler and sister in front of two of the beautiful murals in Chillicothe, MO.  The storefronts were painted with murals also.  It was a nice walk sponsored by the Topeka Sunflower Sod Stomers.

Excerpt from “The American Wanderer” listing reasons for keeping AVA Books:  

A sense of accomplishment as milestones accumulate

Can help reinforce/compliment your personal fitness goals

Approaching another milestone motivates you to get our and support a club event, or even drive an hour or more to another club’s event

Best of all, you have a record of the walks you have done, along with your memories, photos and friendships made

Thoughts from the SCRD--

Everyone reading this is a volksmarcher and knows how much fun our walking hobby can be.   What many of you never see is the work your club officers put in to make sure that you continue to have a good time.   Some of these folks need a rest as they find themselves continuing to fill officer positions year after year.

It is my hope that some of you who have never served as an officer will decide that now may be the time for you to say “ yes.”  Most of our clubs are months away from the nomination and election of officer process, but now is the time to start considering if this might be the time for you to get more involved in your club’s activities.

Let’s not lose our way or our clubs through neglect.  Everyone of you can make a difference.


Nine club members traveled with “Tater Tours” through the Mid-Atlantic states visiting Washington, DC and many Civil War Battlefields.  Pictured are:  Jerry, Virginia, Barb Buehrer, Judy Beason, Brenda Lange, Cindy & Don, Laura Anderson and Phyllis.