2020 LeaderLines

January 2020

In this edition of LeaderLines, we offer a highlight of our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, share a number of upcoming leadership development opportunities, highlight a cautionary tale from one of our members about using emergency communication devices, and provide a new tool to bring awareness to the emotional and physical safety of all Mountaineers members.

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February 2020

In addition to being a Leap Year, 2020 marks our first year with comprehensive volunteer hours reporting. As we dive ahead into the busy course season, we encourage you to track all of your volunteer hours on our website, using the new self-reporting hours feature to record time that isn’t directly associated with an activity, event, or lodge stay. This will help us establish a better baseline of volunteer hours and recognize you more accurately for all of the time and energy you contribute to our vibrant club!

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March 2020

In the short span of several weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has gone from a small blip on our radar to something that, at times, feels all-consuming. Nearly every person, company, and organization on the planet is impacted by this crisis - and The Mountaineers is no exception. Guidance from our local and federal governments is changing by the day, if not the hour, and you can continue to find the most up-to-date information about any impacts to our programs on the COVID blog or response page. In addition to several of our standard features, we’ll also use this special edition of LeaderLines to highlight several ways for you to stay connected with our Mountaineers community.

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April 2020

As we hear new guidance from government and public health officials, including Monday’s announcement from Governor Inslee about the reopening of state lands to recreation, we continue to post the most up-to-date information about the status of our programs on the COVID blog and response page. This month, we’re also excited to share our new Virtual Education Center and Virtual Events & Activities Calendar, full of ways for you to stay (virtually) connected to your community, grow your skills, and access resources to create your own online content.

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May 2020

As Washington state begins to reopen, it’s critically important for our community to recreate responsibly. The Mountaineers is looking forward to reopening and will allow small groups to resume Mountaineers trips and programs during Phase 2 of the Safe Start Washington plan. Our programs will operate according to the most conservative state-wide recommendations, implementing our Phase 2 guidance when all counties in Washington have moved to Phase 2.

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June 2020

As our programs gradually reopen, we’re excited to hear from leaders who are hitting the trail and reconnecting with their communities. We’re also beginning to plan for our upcoming year of programming, and we’re eager to explore ways to leverage the power of remote participation across our branches. At the same time, we continue to be mindful of the very real impacts COVID-19 has had on our current and future operations. In an effort to preserve our core operations, The Mountaineers made the difficult decision to eliminate several staff positions this spring and summer. Many of our remaining staff will also be on furlough for much of July, with as many as 50% of our staff out of the office at any given time.

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July 2020

In this edition of LeaderLines, we spotlight two of this year’s B3 leaders, we share a vulnerable Lessons Learned about the psychological impacts of a big fall, and we remind you to close your trips as we prepare for the fiscal year ahead. We hope that you’re able to take a few minutes to relax and enjoy all of this content in between one of your many adventures!

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August 2020

As you plan your trips and classes for the fall, please note that we’ve revised our COVID-19 guidance for Mountaineers programs. Thanks to the ongoing feedback of our leaders, we’ve streamlined our guidance to simplify some of the details and empower our volunteers to use their best judgement within a more general guiding framework. In this edition, we also share a few important and exciting updates about our upcoming leadership development programming, introduce a new webinar series to help you embrace online and hybrid courses, and share a reminder to update your activity history and volunteer hours as we close out our fiscal year. This edition is jam packed with information, and you won’t want to miss the details!

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