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

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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!


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?


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.


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.


* 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.

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