A huge thank you to everyone that ran. You are all awesome! Shout out to everyone that came out to vote, to the volunteers that helped run elections and every TMCer that has stepped forward to help make this club so incredible!
Come cast your votes for the new TMC Exec Board!
This year’s theme (along with every other year’s theme) is: Prom! Or as the youths like to call this exciting display of democracy, “Prom-lections!”
Even if you aren’t running for board, come support your fellow TMCers and help pick the people that’ll be running your favorite club for the next 12 months
ALSO! We’ll be doing signups for Pass the Torch Weekend (AKA Caretaker Training Weekend) at the end of elections. So definitely plan on coming if you want to sign up for Pass the Torch, which will be the first weekend back after Winter Break (January 20-22). Definitely try to go if you can, It’s a ton of fun!
Finally, if you are running for board, make sure you fill out this form BEFORE Thanksgiving day.
If you have any questions about running for board or what positions are available, check this out.
I highly encourage anyone that is passionate about TMC to consider running! Most positions require zero prior experience or qualifications.
See y’all at prom-lections!
TMC recently hosted a community discussion on cultural and social issues in the club. We were looking to open up a place for people to share their thoughts and also help both the exec board and individual members develop a productive plan to continue improving accessibility in this club. I definitely think it was a productive discussion and the board and I are looking forward to having more of these in the future! In case you werenâ€™t able to make it to this discussion, hereâ€™s a brief update on what we talked about and what our plans are moving forward.
- The format for this discussion involved splitting up into smaller focus groups to discuss ways that TMC could improve its accessibility. We identified issues in three categories: Specific things that limitÂ accessinto the club and the outdoors, variousÂ assumptionsthat might limit peopleâ€™s experiences in the club andÂ attitudesÂ that might affect how easy it is to be a part of TMC. You can view a summary of the results from this exerciseÂ here.
- At the end of the meeting, everyone anonymously wrote down on a note card one thing they are planning take away from this conversation to personally help improve the climate of TMC and increase accessibility in the outdoors. There were a lot of really great thoughts! I think they do a good job of summing up the direction we can take moving forward from this discussion. You can read all of themÂ here.
- Finally, it is important that the TMC Board shares what we have been doing behind the scenes in our commitment to make the club a more inclusive space:
-We have recently developed the framework for a new board position called the Student Outreach Director. The goal of this position is to have someone who is in charge of outreach to different groups around campus and within TMC in order to promote accessibility in our club. This position will be a full member of the TMC board and will be a liaison between a working group of TMC members and the board. The Student Outreach Director will have the creative freedom to craft the framework for this working group and will be expected to meet with big weekend coordinators and hold check-ins with board members and other TMCers as needed. This position will be dynamic and will require a lot of work to structure it to fit TMCâ€™s needs. Since this is a trial run, we are asking people to apply for the position, instead of running it in the elections. If youâ€™re passionate about making the outdoors accessible and promoting a positive relationship between TMC and the Tufts community, you are encouraged to applyÂ here!
-We also planned on giving people that are running for board some guiding questions for their speeches at elections in order to make running for board welcoming to people of all ability levels in the outdoors. While some technical positions require a little bit of specialized skill, most board positions are perfect for anyone who is willing to dedicate their time to continue and improve the functions of TMC. Itâ€™s not just for lifetime outdoorspeople!
-We also want to note that TMC has offered financial aid to those that need help covering the cost of membership. The info is located at the bottom of the membership info page on our websiteÂ here. However, we admit that we havenâ€™t done the best job of being very transparent about financial aid. In an effort to fix that, we have been developing a robust financial aid plan that will also provide discounted access to the Loj for first-timers that might not be sure whether or not they are interested enough to become TMC members.
We are super excited for these great improvements to get rolling and we do hope they help us continue our goal of getting lots of people out on fun trips! However, weâ€™re only getting started.Â TMC Board ElectionsÂ are coming up on December 1st. Anyone who is excited to play a pivotal role in keeping this momentum going and making the outdoors accessible to people should clickÂ hereÂ for all the info you need to know about running for board. Available positions are:
-Student Outreach Director
Donâ€™t worry if you want to get more involved but donâ€™t think you can dedicate your whole year to board. There are alwaysÂ other opportunities to take on leadership rolesÂ in TMC. For starters, the application toÂ coordinate Pass the Torch WeekendÂ is open until Friday! All sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply, even if they didnâ€™t make it to PTTW last year.
You can find the applicationÂ here.
We have a coupleÂ great community events coming up soon! Mark your calendars!
Sunday, November 13: Winter MeetingÂ in the Page Hall Crane Room at 7PM. ComeÂ for winter trip info, VICEfest signup announcementÂ and elections info!
Thursday, December 1:Â TMC ElectionsÂ at 9PM in Braker 104. If you’re planning on running for board, you can find all the info you’ll need here. Even if you don’t plan on running, you should still come to elections to vote and sign up for Pass the Torch Weekend (Caretaker Training Weekend) at the end of elections.
-The New Member GIM will be in Pearson 104 from 8PM-9PM on Thursday, September 15th. Come learn how to get involved with TMC. Be there! Tell your friends! Join the Facebook event here.
-The Fall Returning Member Meeting will be in Pearson 104 from 9PM-10PM on Thursday, September 15th. Come get updated on whatâ€™s going on in TMC! Weâ€™ll be doing caretaker signups at this meeting, so make sure to come with a few weekends of availability in mind if you want to caretake this Fall. Join the Facebook event here.
Join us on Sunday for a 2-mile bike ride to the Middlesex Fells, a local nature preserve, to hike and enjoy the outdoors! Alternatively, meet with us on Monday for a bike ride to nearby Mystic Lake for a midday swim! Bicycles and helmets will be provided by Tufts Bikes; those with their own equipment are also encouraged to join. Pre-registration is required for all participants in both events (even those with their own bicycles). People who need to borrow bikes will be served on a first-come-first-served basis. If we can’t offer you a spot due to a shortage of bikes, no need to fear, The Tufts Mountain Club will have many more events coming soon! Become a member at TuftsMountainClub.org to get involved!
SIGN UP HERE:Â https://goo.gl/forms/4iDnjvayedDSuvuP2
May I take a moment to introduce you to our current reigning caretaker queen, DEANNA BESSY.
Deanna is always volunteering to caretake because she is queen caretaker and has caretaken a million times. She truly cares about the safety and enjoyment of the subjects of the Loj. She always provides all of her information, charges people accordingly, recommends awesome trips and makes sure that the Loj is in tip top shape.
BE LIKE DEANNA
If you think that you are Loj queen or Loj King or whatever the gender neutral word for ruler is then you should sign up to caretake this fall!
Caretaking is an incredible way to give back to TMC and also stay at the Loj for free! Contact Lojmom (aka Alyssa Rivas) if you can caretake for weekends this coming fall.
Sorry for the inconvenience, but the Loj will be closed August 18-31. Don’t worry, we’ll be open again the first weekÂ of September!
Summer Loj means free Loj!! But there are some guiding principles. Summer Loj is free for a few reasons: no caretakers, no food, etc. So please come prepared to feed yourself! If you plan to come up to the Loj, there needs to be a caretaker to open the place. Unlike during the school year, the caretaker can go on trips during the summer. If youâ€™re a caretaker and youâ€™re planning on going up to the Loj, shoot an email to LojMom (Alyssa Rivas) at Loj@tuftsmountainclub.org to let her know when youâ€™ll be staying there. If you want to go up but youâ€™re not a caretaker, email LojMom and sheâ€™ll let you know if there will be a caretaker there. Looking for other people that are going up? Try posting in the TMC Facebook Group.
As always please respect the Loj, clean up after yourself and take out the trash and perishables from the refrigerator before you head out. If you have any questions please contact LojMom.
Below are our official summer policies:
The Vans will be parked in Dowling as per usual and the keys can be picked up from TUPD if you have reserved the van. If you want to use a van, make a reservation on the website as per usual.
You will only be allowed to use a van if you are van certified! Make sure you do this before school lets out. You may only use the van to go on trips; van use for personal errands will not be tolerated.
All Loj rules still apply over break (no shoes, no hard alcohol, quiet hours, etc). However, there are some changes to policies: The caretaker schedule will be determined as caretakers are available, not ahead of time. Caretakers may go on trips, but they will be reachable. There will not be food stocked at the Loj. The Loj is free!
Some notes for caretakers:
If you are caretaker certified, you can go up to the Loj as you please. Let the Loj Director Alyssa know if you plan to open the Loj. She will send you detailed summer Loj procedures. Then post that the Loj will be open using the â€śgeneralâ€ť category on the trips board or in the Facebook Group. Make sure to lock up when you leave and put the key back in the key box. Lock the Loj during the day if no one will be there, and leave your phone number on the door so guests can get in touch if needed. You are still responsible for facilitating cleaning, including recycling! You are also responsible for following emergency response protocols and communicating with Alyssa, Christa (TMC Advisor), and the Tufts administration as needed.
Trips organized using Tufts Mountain Club over the summer must be consistent with our trip policies during the school year. Abide by all normal planning procedures: plan a route ahead of time, bring the 10 essentials, and get emergency contact information for your group. If you go on trips from the Loj during the summer, you should fill out a trips form AND leave an expected return time and emergency instructions with someone who will not be at the Loj. Caretakers may be on trips and unavailable to fill immediate emergency response needs.
Our gear director, Emily, will not be on campus for the summer, so the gear room will be closed. If you would like to borrow any gear for the whole summer, please contact her before finals period to discuss an agreement and appropriate collateral.
— Big weekend updates!!!
Your Newcomers coordinators are Rebecca Redelmeier, Elizabeth Dossett, and Jonas Procton!
Your Peak Weekend coordinators are Josh Cohen and Hannah Levine!
Look forward to receiving more info about the weekends from these awesome peeps in the fall
— Weâ€™ll be hosting fire safety training in the TMC Office Located in the basement of South Hall on Wednesday April 20th at 12 noon. Come learn how to use a fire extinguisher and other fire safety tips with the Tufts Fire Marshal. This is super important for caretakers, but all are encouraged to come learn how to protect our beloved Loj from burning down.
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3) Come to fire safety training to prevent that from happening again.
— Props to the TMCers that took on a prezi traverse this past weekend! Way to go! Check out this sweet pic from the ridge and keep a look out for more dastardly long trips on the trips board!
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