Southern Arizona Hiking Club

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SAHC 2015 Spring Picnic and Celebration of Life for Alice Olson

SAHC 2015 Spring Picnic and Celebration of Life for Alice Olson.

This year's SAHC Spring Picnic will be special, so everyone please attend. 

First, the food that could be appropriately stored, such as the hamburgers, and not used due to the rain-out of the Winter Picnic will be offered. Secondly, awards normally given at the winter picnic will be given at the Spring Picnic.

Most importantly, we will take some time to Celebrate the Life of Alice Olson. An appropriate period of time will be set aside at the Spring Picnic for those SAHC members who desire to say a few words in fond remembrance of Alice Olson. Alice, along with her husband Jack, (Members 6A and 6B), led well over 2,000 hikes for the club over the years. Alice's exciting hikes and her warm friendship will be sorely missed by all who knew her. All club members who desire to say a few words in her memory please let President Sam McClung know in advance so sufficient time can be allocated. 

Sam McClung and Bob Cardell

Tony Vickers - SAHC Member

Rita Vickers, Tony Vickers wife, wants to express their appreciation for all the cards sent to Tony.  Tony suffered a hemorrhagic  stroke earlier this month (an internal bleed in the left side of his brain).  Tony is experiencing difficulty with reading-he reads the words but has difficulty with the meaning.  He seems to have no physical difficulty other than no peripheral vision in his right eye.  He is in therapy for the language deficit.  Plans are that he will be released from the hospital on the 21st with continued out patient therapy.

Keep the cards and thoughts going their way.

Alice Olson

"Alice Olson was in ICU for two days at Oro Valley Hospital and was removed from all life support this morning. She had a stroke about two days ago. Our dear Alice passed away at 11:15 this morning. 
Jack is really down and he is very tired. He has quit answering his phone for a few days and has requested that no one call him. He wants a few days of privacy. 
It is OK if you folks pass the word along. I will give an all clear when he is able to accept future calls. Thank you all. Please say a word of prayer for our Miss Alice. She will certainly be missed."
As you know, both Alice and Jack have led hundreds of hikes. Their leadership in SAHC is valued and cherished. Alice will be missed.

SAHC February Program Change

The speaker for February's program will be Sam McClung, SAHC President. The topic will be 'Not Your Usual SAHC Places.' The scheduled speaker had a last minute family emergency and is unable to present. Sam will show pictures and speak about three SAHC trips. The first will be a 1980 trip around Navaho Mountain led by guides Eber Glendening and Pete Cowgill. The second will be a 2008 trip to Keet Seel led by guides Lynn Ratener and Bill Simington. The last will be a 2011 trip through West Clear Creek led by the speaker and Mike Harris.

More Winter Picnic News

I am sorry to say that the Southern Arizona Hiking Club Winter Picnic was canceled. The road into Catalina State Park crosses a wash that was flooded, causing a significant load of sand to wash onto the road, and park officials have closed the road. 

I looked at alternatives with Sally Gauthier and Mike Harris for the day of the picnic, and the near future for postponing the Winter Picnic to another date. None of the alternatives gave us enough upside due to current weather conditions.

As a result, we will meet as a board this week to discuss what happened. At this time, my thoughts are to save what we can of the Winter Picnic food and have a bigger celebration at our SAHC Spring Picnic, including awards. The board will communicate further information soon.

Sam McClung
Southern Arizona Hiking Club