TIDEWATER’S OOZE is the regular monthly publication of the TIDEWATER GROTTO of the NATIONAL SPELEOLOGICAL SOCIETY. If you have any words of wit, trip reports or any insignificant drool, e-mail it to the Editor or mail it all to the TIDEWATER GROTTO, P.O. Box 62642, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23466, and perpetuate your illiteracy!
The January Tidewater Grotto meeting was held 7:30 p.m., Thursday, 22 Jan 2004, at Joedy and Rita's house. Nominations for officers were to be taken at that time. Our present officers were nominated once again to continue in their positions. It was moved that the nominations would be continued to include e-mail and/or written votes. Anyone interested in nominating a person for one of our officer positions should e-mail email@example.com. The February meeting is when new officers are elected. The March meeting is when our new officers take office.
It was voted on and accepted that the Grotto should purchase minimal caving equipment (hats and lights) to be used by new people wishing to learn how to cave and subsequently become Tidewater Grotto members. Rita and Joedy Klimas will do a cost/product survey and bring the results to the next Grotto meeting.
February's Grotto meeting will be at Thorn Spring Park, WV on Saturday, 21 February 2004, after we have all returned from caving.
Grotto dues must be collected by April 1st. Don't forget, you can always pay your dues early! We have approximately $670 in the treasury at this time.
Beginner Cave Trip
Trout, New Trout and Hamilton Caves
Keys Cave or Other Caves
Friday, 20 February 2004 through Sunday, 22 February 2004
Arrive Friday evening, cave Saturday and leave Sunday.
Lodging: Thorn Spring Park, Franklin, WV.
Trip Leader: Joedy Klimas
Contact Joedy if you intend to
We now have about 29 people who want to come at this time. What a mob! We have two cabins at Thorn Spring Park at this time (18 person cabin and 8 person cabin). One of the small cabins (8 person) at Thorn Spring Park is being refurbished at this time and is unavailable. If it is finished before our Grotto trip starts, we will be able to also use it also for a total of three cabins. We hope to leave for our caves around 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
This trip ought to be a blast! If I have left anyone out. Please let me know. Due to the large size of this group and limited cabin space, anyone wishing to attend who is not on this list will be added to a wait list. People on the wait list will be notified if someone cancels.
Please check this
list daily in the "Caving Calendar" section of our web page since it seems to be constantly changing. Rita and I will be in
California Jan 24-31, 2004. I will answer any e-mails received during that
time period after I get back.
|People||Adults||Under Age 18||Large Cabin||
|Nick Thiel's wife||1||1|
|Mary Jo Lehman||1||1|
Grand Caverns, Grottoes, VA
Hosted by Tri-State Grotto
Grotto is hosting Spring 04 VAR. We
have included a registration form with this newsletter.
There is a considerable saving by pre-registration, which allows us to
plan the number of meals and drinks. We
will post a pre-registration form on the VAR List Serve and Tri-State’s Web
Page as well as a mailing to all Grotto Newsletters.
location of Spring 04 VAR will be Grand Caverns located off I-81 at the Weyers
Cave Exit #235 in Grottoes, Va. The
date is April 23, 24, & 25th.
This has been a popular site in the past with level camping and we are
adding some porta pottys and hopefully hot showers.
Registration will open Friday 12 noon.
John Fox will DJ Friday evening with the usual caver beverages.
trips are planned for Saturday including a kid’s trip.
Andy Reeder will lead a conservation trip to Grand Caverns.
Saturday evening dinner will be catered by Bob’s Big Beef featuring Bar
B Que beef and pork, fried chicken, potato salad slaw, beans, rolls, drinks, and
brownies. Vegetarian meals will be
available by request. A speaker
will be on tap followed by more music and beverages.
Royal will have their award winning breakfast Sunday morning for an additional
fee. The VAR business meeting will
start at 9am.
further information or questions contact J.C. & Judy Fisher at 304-258-1822
day or 304-258-4974 evenings. You may e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's all till next time. It's time to get out and go caving!