NEMO River Valley Chapter
Workdays were held on April 26, Earth Day, headquartered at Von’s, with nine members present, and May 10, headquartered at Frank Russell, with 13 volunteers who helped . Crews worked to clean up downfall and trim and lop branches from both those locations, with the trails being in excellent shape on the evening of May 10. However, before that evening was over, a storm rumbled through; members who were camped followed the advice of meteorologists, and took refuge OUT of campers. The new concrete restroom at Frank Russell Trail head served as an excellent storm shelter, not to be rocked by the wind. After the wind, rain and hail, there was no serious damage around camp, but of course, more down fall! We never run out of work to do!
Our 4th Annual Youth Day was held May 31. Eight youth riders, ranging from 5 to 15 years old, and their adult sponsors were in attendance. Nine chapter members were present to help with food preparation, Leave No Trace education, and assistance where needed. Morning arena work consisted of Leave No Trace awareness from LNT trainers , Becki and Mary K, ethics, tack, and safety for the trail, including practicing the emergency dismount. After the arena work, the group took to the trails, then returned to the trail head where sandwiches and the trimmings awaited, thanks to Karen Woodruff.
Each youth rider received a packet containing band-aids and insect repellent wipes, compliments of Tender Corporation, as a result of registering on “National Trails Day” site, a SMMBCH Activity book, a Certificate of Completion for the Youth Day, principles of LNT, tips for safety, and other useful information. Each rider was furnished with cross-ties, if needed. In addition, Culligan of Hannibal kept us hydrated with bottled water. Thanks to all members who were present to help with this event, whether you brought a kid or two, or just there to help!
We hope to attract some new members as a result of our next event, National Trails Day Membership Drive Trail Ride, scheduled for June 7. WE will ride 2-3 hours, splitting into gaited and non-gaited groups. Shelly, one of our managers, has volunteered to barbeque while we are riding, so we will eat upon return. Our next workday is July 19, headquartered at Von’s, scheduled to do trail maintenance.
Trent, grandson of member Don Lay
3 generations, Becki teaches emergency dismount to grandson Brody
Dawson, grandson of members David and Marguerite Jones
youth on trail