POC Newsletter 10/27/2015

Hey POCers!


We had a great meeting this week full of fun talks and there was even a free donut!


We had a guest speaker at the meeting from Project for Kids! POC Alum, Kohne who happens to be the President of Project Kids Network came and talked to us about all of the amazing things his organization is doing to help children around the world! It is a volunteer run, non-profit organization built on creating sustainable change for children and communities around the world through projects, advocacy, and cultural exchange! Kohne talked to us about all the awesome trips Project for Kids has planned through the next year! Service projects combined with adventure for backpacking, rafting, ziplining, bungee jumping, and safaris in South America and Africa! They even have programs here in the states! There are medical service programs, educational programs, sports/mentoring programs and camps for kids, scholarships and so much more! The cost of these programs ranges from $500-$700 to about $2000 depending on the trip. The good news is that since these are service events, you can fundraise! Many people set up GoFundMe pages and organize other fundraising events to pay for the trip, and some people even end up with extra spending money! Kohne's PowerPoint Presentation is attached to this email if you want more information about the trips and what Project for Kids is all about. Email Kohne atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you have about Project for Kids!



Past Happenings:


Some cool kids went climbing at The Red last weekend including Stephen, Joe,

Mitch and Nick with reports of lots of overhang climbing! Amazing!


Julie went biking in Brown County, and one super awesome crazy dude went skydiving!


Also, Frye led an orienteering trip over the weekend in Yellowwood State Forest! Everyone split up into teams and set 3 points each for the other teams to find. Then they got Mexican food afterward as per tradition!



This Week's Happenings:


This weekend is Halloween!! Go have an adventure!!


We have POC themed T-shirts for you! An alumnus and past president of POC, Kate, is biking from San Fran to L.A. in the AIDS LifeCycle, and she is fundraising for the trip. She offered to make some super cool T-shirts for us to buy at $15 each! We need at least 50 people to be interested in buying one before she can print them. 

Check out the T-shirt design on the Google doc here:

Check YES if you like it and would be interested in buying one!



Future Happenings:


POCAR is the next big Outing Club event! It's happening next semester on the weekend after classes start! That's MLK Jr. Holiday Weekend, the 15th-18th of January! It's a 40-50 mile hike through the woods in teams of 4-6 peeps with nothing but a map, compass, and UTM to navigate your way from point to point. Proceeds from the race will go to the club, so we can buy more gear for everyone!


Volunteer for POCAR! If camping in the woods and hiking all day isn't your cup of tea, you should volunteer! It's a great first trip and opportunity to get to know more of the club members and make life-long friends! We need about 40-50 volunteers, and the more volunteers we have, the more sleep everyone gets. As a volunteer, you would maintain Fire/Water stations, help put maps together before the race, and patrol the roads during the race days! Huddling and cuddling for warmth is a common occurrence, and you get a home-cooked dinner one night! Pups are lots of fun to have there too! Bring all of the dogs! 


Registration will open up within the next few weeks, so look out for emails with more info on the Adventure Race! 


Also, a beginner mountain biking trip is coming up! Finally! Look for the e-mail Mikey J sent out about going to Mega Cavern in Louisville on November 14th! It's gonna be a blast!


There will be a Bouldering Competition on November 21st held by the Co-Rec! All skill levels are welcomed! More information to come!


There is also talk of a Lock-In happening on the weekend before Finals Week,December 12th-13th! Look out for emails on that too!


This just in! 520 Hayes is open for leasing through PFR! We already have 500 Hayes and 506 Hayes; let's get another house and take over Hayes St! Email Prez Natalie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are interested in signing the lease!



Pro Tips:


Get Driver Certified to get priority on trips and go to Roll Shesh to perfect your kayak rolling skills so you can be the best kayaker ever!! Being top-rope belay certified is also really helpful if you want to go on climbing trips! Hang out at the climbing and bouldering walls to get to know more POCers and become a better climber!


Have a spooktacular Halloween everyone!


Final Words of Wisdom from Mark!

Be excellent to each other and party on, Dudes!

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