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September 2017

Ride-the-Rim-September 9, 2017

September 9
Rim Drive – various locations,

The volunteer sign-up steps have changed for this year's rides. Instead of signing up with Barry and Maradee, we'd like to have you use the Ride the Rim website (www.RideTheRim2017.com) for a couple of reasons. First, all volunteers will receive a t-shirt this year and the simplest way to ensure correct size and timely delivery is to log on to the website, go to the Volunteer tab and follow the instructions. Read the descriptions of and shifts for each of the tasks; they will not surprise any of you. Check the box for the job you would like to do, and fill in the personal info slots, being sure to include your t-shirt size. In the comments box, please share that 1)you are volunteering as part of the Friends of Crater Lake group, 2)list previous volunteer roles and preference, AND 3)list which weekend(s) you are available to volunteer. If you are available and willing for both weekends, this is where to include that information. And, thank you very much.

Again this year, Lost Creek Campground will be open and free for Ride the Rim volunteers on both Fridays (September 8 and 15). The moon was an overwhelming sight from there last year. We talked about ways to minimize some of the campground confusion that occurred last year. First, NPSCL folks will post signs at both park entrances to alert guests that Lost Creek Campground will be closed those Fridays due to a special event. We will be part of that special event and the campground will be open to us - even for trailers (small ones). We will also provide some sort of identifying info to post on your vehicle dashboard to simplify the verification process in case any rangers come be to police the campground.

Friends volunteers will be wearing the Friends vests again. Rest stops will also have NPS radios for emergency use only. Barry and I will meet with campers at Lost Creek on Friday night to hand out radios, vests, and volunteer t-shirts. We will meet with non-camping volunteers at Park HQ early Saturday morning - likely between 6:30 and 7 so that we can get to our work station before 7:30. We will be working through those details over the next months and will follow up with those details.

So, the real purpose of this email is to nudge you to the website to volunteer and when you do that, please drop me an email to let me know that you've completed that step. I still want to track our volunteers and our hours for the event wrap-up in our fall/winter newsletter.

Thanks everybody - maradee

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Ride the Rim September 16, 2017

September 16

Ride the Rim (or walk it) Many volunteers are needed to staff aid stations, help with parking, keep participant count for two Saturdays, September 9 & 16.  Volunteers can choose to work one or both days, should be prepared for a variety of weather possibilities, bring their own lunch and be prepared for a fun time interacting with participants who may be enjoying their first trip to Crater Lake.  Volunteers who wish to camp may do so at Lost Creek Campground…

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Annual Meeting

September 30
Community House,

You Are Invited to Attend  24th Annual Meeting of the Friends of Crater Lake National Park  Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:30 AM at the Community House on the rim.  Morning Time for renewing old friendships, conversation and light refreshments. We’ll then formally open the meeting to elect new Board members and conduct a little business.  Park Superintendent Craig Ackerman will give us a park update and answer questions.  Barry and Maradee Girt will show a video on our sister park…

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November 2017

Winter Rim Desk

November 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018
Cafe/Gift Shop-Upper Level,

Each winter, beginning in November, the Friends of Crater Lake National park recruits volunteers to staff the Crater Lake Viewing Room above the Café building located in Rim Village.  The program runs through mid April. Training will be held in January , 2018. Normally the volunteers (VIPs – Volunteer In Park) staff the Viewing Room on weekends, however weekday and even weeklong assignments are also available. Winter Volunteers at Crater Lake - *   Provide a valuable service to Park visitors by answering…

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August 2018

Naturalization Ceremony

August 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Watchman Lookout,

The Immigration and Naturalization Service uses a number of venues for Naturalization Ceremonies for new American citizens.  National Parks make a perfect inspirational setting; being ‘America’s best idea’ (Wallace Stegner).  Crater Lake as a background has proven itself to be perfect.  A half-dozen or so Friends of Crater Lake members are needed to help make this work.  Duties will include providing directions to participants regarding parking, seating, etc.  We might be asked to provide refreshments.  You won’t be disappointed in…

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Upcoming Events

  1. Ride-the-Rim-September 9, 2017

    September 9
  2. Ride the Rim September 16, 2017

    September 16
  3. Annual Meeting

    September 30
  4. Winter Rim Desk

    November 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018
  5. Naturalization Ceremony

    August 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm