04/15/07 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. March Club S&M Ride – The Rim Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains

2. Our volunteer spring “Thanks” ride is next Saturday, April 21st

3. Thanks to all who helped out with the Los Pinos Trail work

4. Protect your health benefits if you are injured while mountain biking

1. MARCH CLUB S&M RIDE – THE RIM TRAIL IN THE SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS

Suzanne and Mark Wilson led another fun Club S&M Ride in the San Gabriel’s. For the story and pictures go to our web site at:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/News/sm_san_gabriel2.html

2. OUR VOLUNTEER SPRING “THANKS” RIDE IS NEXT SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST

Our “Thanks” ride for those who have volunteered for either our events or trail work since January 1st 2007 is next Saturday, April 21st. This ride will also award club coup feathers to new members and recognize new club Elders. We will also be recognizing those accepted as Warrior’s Society “Dog Soldiers.”

The Warrior’s Society will be providing a Mexican food lunch, drinks and raffle prizes.

Please RSVP if you are a Warrior’s Society volunteer and would like to attend. After you RSVP you will be given the details on the start time where the ride will meet.

3. THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED OUT WITH THE LOS PINOS TRAIL WORK

Brushing our back country trails is always a very difficult task, and when that trail is Los Pinos, you know you will be getting a good workout. This ridgeline trail is characterized by steep ups and steep downs.

17 volunteers, led by backcountry trail work leaders Ned Reynolds, Steve Timm and Mark Wilson were up to the challenge. After nine miles of hiking, hauling in chains saws, gas powered hedge trimmers and a brush saw the trail was brushed.

Thanks to the following volunteers who worked their rear ends off brushing the trail Saturday and no doubt work up very sore Sunday morning:

Ned Reynolds
Steve Timm
Mark Wilson
Chip Leopard
Tom Jones
Robert Rust
Reed Price – who also shuttled volunteers
Jeroen Bosboom
Carrie Harden
Keith Parsons
Gene Frial
Matt “Disco” Forrest
Matt Nourmahamadian
Preston Drake

And Lare-Dog and Suzanne Wilson who shuttled the volunteers to the trail heads.

4. PROTECT YOUR HEALTH BENEFITS IF YOU ARE INJURED WHILE MOUNTAIN BIKING

Dear Friend of Trails,

Your immediate action is needed to ensure proper health care benefits for trail enthusiasts everywhere!

U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) recently introduced S. 616 and Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) introduced H.R. 1076: “The HIPAA Recreational Injury Technical Correction Act.”

This legislation addresses a loophole caused by a Department of Health and Human Services’ rule making it possible for health care benefits to be denied to those who are injured while participating in recreational trail activities. Identical legislation passed the full Senate in the 108th Congress and obtained 177 bipartisan cosponsors in the House.

S. 616 and H.R. 1076 aim at ending health care discrimination for individuals participating in legal transportation and recreational activities— activities like horseback riding, motorcycling, snowmobiling, skiing, and all-terrain vehicle riding— since these activities are listed as ‘risky.’ We think everyone should get behind this bill, even though it doesn’t specify some types of trail users. If this is allowed to continue, it could have more far-reaching effects.

We are urging all trail enthusiasts to notify their Senators and Representatives to ask them to co-sponsor and support this bill.

You can TAKE ACTION now by making an appointment with your Congress member while they are at home on recess or by calling, emailing, or writing them.

To locate your Member online or to find their District Offices:

U.S. House of Representatives:

http://tinyurl.com/32utnt

U.S. Senate:

http://tinyurl.com/32utnt

To call your Member of Congress:

US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

Comprehensive information about Congress, including legislation.

Visit the American Trails website at:

www.AmericanTrails.org

for updates.

Help get this important legislation passed and protect the rights of trail enthusiasts everywhere! This bipartisan legislation will offer outdoor
recreation lovers the protection they deserve.

Please forward this message to your friends. Thank you for your help!

Sincerely,

Pam Gluck, Executive Director
American Trails
pam_gluck@americantrails.org
http://www.AmericanTrails.org

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Woodrow Wilson

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