The convention fun is over for another two years. The next convention will be in 2015 and it is scheduled to be in Salem, Oregon.
Some figures from the walking events of this year’s Convention:
Clearwater Beach, April 27, 330 people participated.
Hillsborough River State Park, April 28, 330 people participated.
Winter Park, April 29, 352 people participated.
Titusville Fox Lake Sanctuary, April 30, 386 people participated
Christmas Wetlands Park, May 1, 385 people participated
Leesburg, May 2, 405 people participated (and walked in the rain to do it)
Orlando, May 3, 405 people participated
DeLand, May 4, 297 people participated
Daytona Beach, May 5, 257 people participated. And this is the event that I liked the best.
In addition to the walks there were socials where people gathered for food and fun. Picture from the American Wanderer Newspaper.
There was a silent auction and raffles to raise money for the American Volkssport Association (AVA). There was a workshop to train clubs on creating maps for their walks.
There was also the AVA business meeting where new officers were elected and other decisions were voted on. There was also a memorial to members who’d passed away since the last convention. Then there was the presentations of recognition awards for a variety of meritorious service. Winners of the photography contest were announced as was the winners of the the club website awards. There were also prizes for the best club logo, club mascot, club newsletter, and event brochure.
There were over 230 walking clubs nationwide represented at the above meetings. If you are a walker mark your calendar for June 13-21 and come join us in Salem, Oregon.