We worked on our event list and project plans. We have planned three camping events at RRR: our Derby Party weekend May 5-7, our Chili cook off in August, and Oaktoberfest September 29-October 1. We will have a weenie roast on National Trails Day, June 3, at the Rider Center at Oak Openings. Jack had so much fun doing it last year at our showcase ride that he wants to do it again. And our year end party, previously known as our Christmas Party, will be January 6, 2024 at Otsego Park.
Jack's project to create a connector trail between two sections of the Maumee State Forest has been well received by MSF and the proposal development will get underway soon.
Our annual plant sale, organized by Connie and facilitated by Sadowski's Greenhouse, opened with order forms due at our next meeting. And Dalton and Claire are working on an online store through Three Cord for custom ordered club apparel. We'll be able to choose designs and colors for specific chosen items.
A drawing was held from all members that turned in trail miles for t-shirts. Winners were Deb B., Cheryl Z., Barb G., Kate R., Ken S., Matt B., Barb S., Michelle M. Swanton, Laura S., Polly A.
Speaking of trail miles, our top chapter achievers for 2022 are Ron Cowell (1795), Pam Sinkey (741), Barb Schute (730), Kenny Vaughan (717) and Marge Jabri (628). Ron also made the state top ten list. Top saddle hours kudos go to Carolyn Korek (428), Tammy Royer (400), Audrey Bennett (360), Beth Arnold (300) and Flo Hannum (117). Our top four made the state list.
We also had a guest speaker at our meeting. Jamie Paxton told us about her organization, Little Blessings Veteran and Community Outreach in Ottawa Lake, Mich. It is one of two equine organizations in the United States to provide an individualized multi-week program for Veterans. They serve NW Ohio and SE Michigan and their equine-assisted programs are provided free of charge to Veterans and their families.
Chapter meetings will be May 6 during our Derby Party camping weekend, June 5, July 10, and August 7. They will be at RRR for the spring and summer.
Thirty-one members and two guests attended our April chapter meeting at Bunkers.