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      Bill Johnston
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      November 2020 President’s Message

      The news is alive with the rapid increase in COVID cases. WTC continues to monitor the information, and our Event requirements have not changed. They can be found here: https://wilmingtontrailclub.org/about-wtc/wtc-documents/wtc-pandemic-safety/. The following issue seems to arise over time. There is a thought that if one wears a mask, then social distancing is not required. NOT TRUE! This is a quote from the CDC website: “Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.” After 9 months, pandemic fatigue is setting in; now is not the time to relax!

      In September, the Council added individuals who have 50 years of membership in WTC as Honorary Members. Honorary Members maintain a cost-free full membership. Andy Suna and Renate Sheldon are new Honorary Members—Congratulations!

      Volunteers are the lifeblood of WTC and we do not have any paid positions in the club. WTC offers numerous events every week; this requires scores of members to plan and lead the events. This load must be widely shared to avoid burnout and insure Club survival. Ways to assist in club work include: serve as an officer, committee member, activity leader or co-leader, a trail/stream work volunteer or help at club events like the Annual Picnic, Annual Meeting/Banquet, End to End, or HAD. During our reduced event sizes, we need more leaders so more members can get outdoors. Please help your club and volunteer. “Many hands make light work”.

      The End to End is scheduled for April 10, 2021. Unfortunately, we are not sure if COVID will allow us to conduct the End to End in 2021. A decision must made in January 2021.

      The Annual Meeting/Banquet is scheduled for April 24, 2021 and the Annual Picnic is scheduled for October 10, 2021 with the HAD scheduled for November 6, 2021. Hopefully COVID will be defeated in time to hold some of these events. These major events require a significant lead time for a final decision.

      Terri Tipping’s Non-Native Invasive Removal Project at Judge Morris Estate is getting a lot of recognition. She and WCCSP have recruited a couple of teams from local schools. They have also received a couple of grants to help plant native plants. Well done Terri!

      “Don’t ever question the value of volunteers. Noah’s Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic was built by professionals.” Dave Gynn
      Bill j

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