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If you like to hike, love nature, want to stay fit, want life long friendships, like to travel, love adventure, love history and want to be part of a club celebrating almost 60 years of passion and the opportunity to hike more than 2,000 times a year with 600 of your closest friends ....then the Indianapolis Hiking Club is for you!

Come take a closer look at what might be the best first day of the rest of your life. Learn more about us. Better yet, review our hike schedule and join us on any hike as a guest. Everyone 18 years or older is welcome, no invitation is necessary and there is no fee, but please no pets. We hope to see you soon!

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Weekly Hike Added to June/July Schedule
When the June and July hike schedule was distributed we inadvertently left a recurring weekly hike out of the schedule and the error was not caught before the schedule was printed. There had been a long standing Club rule not to alter the schedule after the printed copy was mailed to the members. Since most members now view the schedule on the website (i.e., far fewer rely on the printed schedule) the rule was changed at this past Tuesday's board meeting to permit omissions like the one that recently occurred to be corrected on the website. Accordingly, the following hike has been added to the June/July hiking schedule on the website. It will also be added to the Calendar function. Unfortunately, if you still receive the printed schedule you will have to add the following hike by hand. Ed
Wednesday, June 29
8:00 AM CASTLETON MALL WALK Meet at food court near Dick's on the north side of Castleton Square between the hours of 8-10 a.m. for a self-guided hike of up to 12 miles with shorter options. Repeats each Wednesday in July. (F,PS) Leader: Dick Bacon (317-585-8742)

Bicentennial Logo Merchandise Now Available
Our online Logo Merchandise Store has been updated to offer you the choice of two embroidered logos: the new 2016 Bicentennial State Park Hikes logo or the standard Club logo (man and woman hiker). The site includes a broad selection of warm and cold weather apparel, hats and tote bags. Show your support of the Bicentennial SP Hike series by purchasing apparel sporting the new logo. The online store will walk you through the purchase process.

New Membership Achievement Award
The Board of Directors recently approved a new Membership Achievement Award (the eleventh award), which will be awarded to any member who recruits three or more new members during the Club year. The member who brings in the most new members will not have to pay dues the following year. Winners of the Membership award will receive the same recognition as other Achievement Award winners. The new member application on the Forms page of the website now includes a place for the applicant to name the member who most influenced them to join the Club. If you invite a guest to a hike and they subsequently join, request that they recognize you on the application form.

If you have any old new member application forms that you have been handing out to guests, please destroy them and use the new form on the website.

See Your Current Mileage
Bob Hackenberg and Karen Zimmerman have collaborated on a new website enhancement that will allow you to see your current mileage and all the hikes you have attended since the beginning of the Club year (October 1). Click on the Mileage link on this home page and then click on the link for Mileage Lookup. The interface should be obvious. If you would prefer that others not be able to view your mileage or hikes, please advise Karen Zimmerman (kzimm729@gmail.com) and your name will be blocked. The website mileage will be updated every week, however it often takes longer than that to receive and process sign-up sheets. So please be patient if your latest hike does not appear.

Indiana State Parks Fitness Challenge
Following is information on how to enter the Indiana State Parks fitness challenge between January 1 - November 30, 2016. If you walk, hike or bike at least 25 miles inside one or more of Indiana's state parks and reservoirs, you can enter a drawing for annual passes and permits, Outdoor Indiana subscriptions, camping gift cards or Indiana state park inns gift certificates. Anyone who completes 100 miles of these activities, will receive an Indiana state parks commemorative centennial coin. For many of you who are planning to participate in the IHC Bicentennial SP hikes this should be like falling off a log. Download the fitness challenge log here.

Petition to Reduce Logging in IN Forests
Many of our members have become upset by the increased amount of logging in our state forests. After a presentation by the Indiana Forest Alliance, the board of the Indianapolis Hiking Club voted to make a petition available at hikes that members could sign. The petition urges Mike Pence to use his executive powers to restrict the amount of logging on state land. You can view and print a copy of the petition on the forms page. We hope you choose to participate in this important cause.

Consider Orienteering
The Indiana Crossroads Orienteering Club has an open invitation to IHC members to learn about the fun sport of orienteering - navigating the woods with a map and compass. Check out their website and consider attending one of their events. There is a nice overview of Orienteering at the top of the hike schedule page.

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