2017 OTR Christmas: Scum Ridge Caving Club Adds New Years Eve to Camp Theme


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Scum Ridge Caving Club

August 23, 2017
Dear Caver,

Old Timers Reunion is less than a fortnight away! This year is sure to be a celebratory event, with its jolly theme. Online registration is open! This means OTR is just around the corner.

We want to take a moment to thank those who participate in the work weekends. Upkeep of The Robertson Association property is no easy feat. The folks who donate their talents and time really make this party a spectacular success. Your efforts are recognized and deeply appreciated.

We want to remind you we about four events scheduled for the club:
  • Friday afternoon the Ladies of Scum man the gate to the Old Timers Reunion campground from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

  • Later, the Friday night pot luck starts at 7:00 p.m.

  • Join us on Saturday afternoon for a caving trip to the Sinks of Gandy, tentatively at 1:00 p.m.

  • Then on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. join us for the Scum Ridge Caving Club annual business meeting.
Darth Vader Ugly Christmas Sweater Remember, TRA will be hosting an ugly Christmas sweater contest. TRA is also holding a gift exchange and a campsite decorating contest. Some of our members are bringing Christmas trees.

This year the OTR Chair has organized a coat drive for a local charity. Each donation of a new or gently used coat will qualify you to be in a drawing for a free admission to OTR 2018!

There is a lot of talk on the OTR Facebook page about grilled cheese sandwiches after the band plays on Friday and Saturday nights. If you're prone to being hungry after all that dancing, you might want to pack some of your favorite ingredients for those late night, cheesy muchies.

Please let us know if you have ideas for these or any of the activities on the Scum Ridge Facebook page.

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Caving Trip 9/2 @ 1:00 p.m.

Gumby Caving Krista Baumgardner-Tetrick is planning a caving trip for all ages on Saturday, September 2, 2017. We will meet at the Scum Ridge canopy around 1:00 p.m. (an hour later than originally published). We will organize equipment and rides at that time.

If you have extra gear you are willing to share, please considering bringing it along to OTR. The plan is to do Sinks of Gandy, then perhaps Stillhouse Cave. It is all dependent on how well the children do. Of course if the older kids are too tired to do a second cave, they can drive back to camp after the first cave.

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Friday Night Pot Luck: Join us September 1, 2017 for the OTR kick-off pot luck at the Scum Ridge camp site.

Potluck Dinner Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

We will be gathering to celebrate our caving club in fellowship on Friday evening, at Old Timers Reunion 2017. Join us to kick-off the party!

Bring your favorite gourmet, camping dish to share. We'll provide the paper plates, bottled water, napkins, and plasticware.

This tradition has been around for a long time. We think this meal, shared among friends, is a fantastic way to start the OTR weekend.

We are asking a few people to bring some long, heavy-duty extension cords for the crockpots. We will probably have electrical power for the pot luck.

We will be discussing the details of this meal on Facebook. With a little coordination, this pot luck can continue to be the kick-off dinner for the reunion weekend.

We will be looking to take many photos of our potluck this year. The image on this newsletter will be swapped out for a collage of our own delicious contributions.

Please clean up any contribution you bring to the pot luck. Like caving: Take nothing but pictures; leave nothing but footprints.

We need to name our mascot

Deliverability Issues

Some of our readers are not getting their digital issue of the Scum Ridge Caving Club newsletter. Sometimes adding our email address as a contact in your address book can help with deliverability.

In Gmail, there is an 'All mail' email folder at the bottom of the email folder tree. This folder contains all of your mail, and often contains missing newsletters.

Some folks have good results being forwarded the newsletter from someone else, and then adding the sender to their address book. Consider forwarding your copy of the newsletter to a friend in need.

The attempt to keep our inboxes free of junk has created blacklisting. Frequently, IP addresses are blacklisted when their users have done nothing wrong. We have a completely permission based email list, yet we do not have 100% deliverability. Deliverability has been a problem for legitimate email marketing for many years. Unfortunately, there is no one at Google, AOL, or Yahoo you can call.

2017 OTR SWAG

Scum Ridge Caving Club

July 20, 2017
Dear Caver,

I hope you are gearing up for the holiday season, the Labor Day holiday that is. Pre-registration is now open! We are getting ever closer to Old Timers Reunion. While we have your attention, here are a few things we wanted to pass along:

The Robertsons Association is giving away free TRA memberships, to those who qualify, until the end of July. The number of sponsors has been reduced as well.

The next business meeting of the Scum Ridge Caving Club is on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at the Old Timers Reunion. There will be much to talk about, including our caving excursion to the Sinks of Gandy on Saturday, September 2. Please join us at 11:00 a.m. for our annual business meeting, under the Scum Ridge canopy.

In this newsletter: Mystic Cave Fundraiser, Picnic Tables, Keeping Up With the Griswolds, Sinks of Gandy Trip

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Formations

Mystic Cave

The Mystic Cave in Pendleton County, West Virginia, recently changed ownership. There is interest in leasing the property, so cavers can continue to enjoy all of its beautiful formations.

Krista Baumgardner-Tetrick has contacted Earl Suitor, regarding preservation of the cave and the house on the property. Earl has been spearheading this effort. Kissing Booth Right now he is looking for a financial contribution of $300 per year from interested caving groups to cover utilities and taxes for the house.

Memembers of the Scum Ridge Caving Club have been talking about becoming involved with this project. We would have a dedicated fundraising campaign at OTR in order to raise a donation. There has been mention of a 50-50 raffle, a bake sale, and a kissing booth.

Earl's hope is to have the cave and the house open by September. The Fall VAR will be on Spruce Knob on September 22, 2017, so there is an incentive to have access to the cave by the end of summer.

Mrs. Teter passed away this year. She was a great asset to the caving community; she will be missed.

Please join in the effort to keep the Mystic Cave available to cavers. If we are to do a fundraiser, we need to get it approved by TRA. Discuss this on the Scum Ridge Facebook page.
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Warhola Picnic Tables

Picnic Tables!

Two picnic tables were approved at the 2016 annual Scum Ridge Caving Club meeting. The club has only one other picnic table, and it has seen better days. Two new tables are a welcome addition to the campsite assets.

The picnic tables will be tagged and stored at the property, so each year we will get the same tables. The club might host a painting party for the tables after our business meeting on Sunday.

A big thank you to Debbie Mixon for wrangling this task. Debbie contacted several people who expressed an interest in building picnic tables for grottos, and arranged for two tables to be constructed for the club. While Debbie was arranging for the two tables, she found another one for the club at a great price. She also delivered the three table to the camp. Her efforts are very appreciated.
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Clark Griswold

Keeping Up With The Griswolds

Who hasn't seen National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, staring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo? For those who haven't, the premise of the movie showcases all the quirks and pitfalls of Christmas. Clark Griswold (Chase) has a rivalry with his neighbors regarding who can festoon a house with the most blinking lights.

We don't want to invoke Clark Griswold. Attendees of OTR should have the option to participate in a relaxing, fun, low-key event. However, since we don't have the ability to gather the same group of people for Christmas each year, this is an opportunity to create a slice of the holiday spirit while we are together.

The board of directors of Scum Ridge Caving Club are interested in how the club might engage in this year's OTR theme.

Decorating a tree might be a welcome activity, and would show our interest in this year's theme. Hanging some lights on the canopy or a little garland might be a nice touch. Perhaps we go caroling at sunset?

Christmas and New Years might be the easiest OTR theme we have seen in a long time. Who doesn't have Christmas decorations collecting dust? If you are in the Christmas spirit, you can reply to this email or join in the discussion on the Scum Ridge Caving Club Facebook page.

Scum Ridge Caving Club requests you remove any and all decorations you bring to the party before noon on Monday, September 4, 2017. Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photos.
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Sinks of Gandy - Caving Gear!

With the upcoming Scum Ridge caving trip to Sinks of Gandy, we thought it might be a good idea to talk about caving gear. Technology has made some great advancements to outdoor recreational equipment, and cavers have embraced the best of it.

Of course you still can rely on your old standy-bys, hiking boots, wool socks, and blue jeans. These days things like LEDs, Gortex, webbing, neoprene, and PVC have really given cavers an edge in safety and comfort.

Your caving helmet and main light source are the most important gear you can take into a cave with you. As long as you can see and your noggin is protected with good quality gear, the rest of your caving gear can be put together inexpensively.

Most people agree a rock climbing helmet is the best for caving. Look for a style with built in slots for an LED headlamp strap, or even a clip on the front. Bicycle helmets and hardhats are an okay alternative. Make sure the helmet has a chin strap. A non-existent brim is best. There are some issues with securing a headlamp to a non-climbing helmet; many people batten it down with duct tape.

A cave pack is always a good idea. Stock it with extra batteries, cyalume sticks, an extra headlamp, flashlight, snacks, water, a space blanket, heat pack, a first aid kit, tissue, and some extra clothing. Ziplock baggies or other sealable containers are appropriate for things you don't want to get wet, and for refuse that shouldn't be left behind in the cave.

Don't forget about the things that make a caving trip comfortable. Items like gloves, knee and elbow pads, water-wicking long johns, and a balaclava to keep that noggin warm can make the difference between a fantastic caving trip, and an afternoon of drugery.

We don't anticipate having to do any rope work on our upcoming trip to the Sinks of Gandy. It is a relatively easy cave, so harnesses and other climbing gear are not necessary. We encourage you to get your caving gear together, and maybe bring a little extra for those in need.

You should bring clothes to change into after exiting the cave. Garbage bags work great for stowing muddy gear.

Young, old, and everyone in between are invited to join us at the Sinks of Gandy, Saturday afternoon, September 2, 2017. We will gather under the Scum Ridge canopy at noon to discuss safety and organize the rides and routes. We leave from there when we're ready.
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* You are encouraged to donate the use of a photo or other digital artwork to Scum Ridge Caving Club (SRCC). You retain first rights on images you own, but by submitting the image to the club, you allow it to be used by SRCC. We are looking for caving photos, gate duty photos, OTR camp photos, and other images that relate to our caving club.

We need to name our mascot

Scum Ridge Caving Club

January 2, 2017
Dear Caver,
You are receiving the Scum Ridge Caving Club (SRCC) electronic newsletter because you attended the 2016 Old Timers Reunion (OTR), and confirmed your membership with SRCC at that time.

You are encouraged to forward this newsletter to your cave-loving friends. Our goal is to grow this email list, and in turn grow our caving club, and our participation at future OTRs.

Happy New Year!


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Scum Ridge Caving Club logo Scum Ridge Caving Club held its annual meeting on Sunday, September 4, 2016, in Dailey, WV. SRCC President Patty Taylor opened the meeting at 11:30 a.m. to approximately twenty-nine people.

Patty introduced the officers of SRCC, Vice-President Krista Baumgardener-Tetrick, Treasurer Kim Byers, Ashli Taylor-Friesland Membership Chairman, Debbie Wallace Mixon Membership Chairman, and Secretary Devon Taylor.

Kim Byers recapped the financials for the club. Kim announced she would be passing the position of treasurer to chairman, Debbie Wallace Mixon.

Vice-President Krista Baumgardener-Tetrick proposed the club host an annual trip to the Sinks of Gandy. The club voted with enthusiasm to hold the event on Saturday afternoon, September 2, 2017.

Debbie Wallace Mixon opened up a discussion about buying picnic tables. The proposition to buy two picnic tables passed on a vote of the club members in attendance. NYE

The Friday night pot luck was a great success. It will continue to be an annual event.

Christmas at OTR: Once you get used to the idea, you see there are endless facets to this party theme. Many members agreed Scum Ridge should add a twist to the theme.

Club member Jamie Bishop donated a trailer for the club. It will be stored on the Hempel Estate.

Brenda Francis was tapped to help build and manage a web site* for the Scum Ridge Caving Club This newsletter is her first issue as publisher.

Members expressed their appreciation for the time officers donated to the caving club. Kim Byers did a great job as treasurer for many years; her time and talents were deeply appreciated.

The next annual meeting of the Scum Ridge Caving Club will be held on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at 11:30 a.m., in Dailey, West Virginia.

Read below for more details from our 2016 meeting.

Camping Tree

Christmas in September

The 2017 Old Timers Reunion theme is Christmas. This theme was a delight to some, and puzzling to others. Since Scum Ridge folks have always been known for their creativity and ability to adapt, it was proposed that our caving club put a spin on this theme. Scum Ridge Caving Club will be celebrating New Year's Eve at the 2017 OTR.

Bring your noisemakers, don your sequin fanny pack, dig out that tuxedo t-shirt, we are doing NYE with all the bells and whistles. Since NYE has as much opportunity to be adapted to a camping party as Christmas does, we should be able to create a fun experience, as well as make our camp stand out.

Keep an eye out for those after Christmas sales with leftover NYE gear. Does anyone have NYE or NYD (New Year's Day) traditions they would like to share?

Feel free to discuss this theme on Facebook. The possibilities are endless for the Christmas theme, especially when you add a New Years twist. Of course we'll be celebrating Christmas with the rest of the camp; who is bringing the tree?

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Sinks of Gandi

Sinks of Gandy Cave Trip Sept. 2, 2017

Thanks to our Vice-President Krista Baumgardener-Tetrick, our caving club will be hosting an OTR trip to the Sinks of Gandy on September 2, 2017. Join Krista, and other friends of the underground, as we explore this relatively easy cave on Saturday afternoon.

This will be a caving trip for young and old. And don't forget about those OTR virgins!

This caving trip is expected to be very popular. We will be discussing this excursion on Facebook regarding equipment, transportation, flip-side dinner, and other logistics.

Thank you Krista for championing this caving trip.

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Friday Night Pot Luck: Join us September 1, 2017 for the OTR kick-off pot luck at the Scum Ridge camp site.

Pot Luck Dinner Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

We will be gathering to celebrate our caving club in fellowship on Friday evening, at Old Timers Reunion 2017. Join us to kick-off the party!

Bring your favorite gourmet, camping dish to share. We'll provide the paper plates, bottled water, napkins, and plasticware.

This tradition has been around for a long time. We think this meal, shared among friends, is a fantastic way to start the OTR weekend.

Last year, some very generous people allowed us to use their generators. It was nice to have some hot fare.

We will be discussing the details of this meal on Facebook. With a little coordination, this pot luck can continue to be a kick-off dinner for the reunion weekend.

Please clean up any contribution you bring to the pot luck. Like caving: Take nothing but pictures; leave nothing but footprints.

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* You are encouraged to donate the use of a photo or other digital artwork to Scum Ridge Caving Club (SRCC). You retain first rights on images you own, but by submitting the image to the club, you allow it to be used by SRCC. We are looking for caving photos, gate duty photos, OTR camp photos, and other images that relate to our caving club.

We need to name our mascot