06/09/08 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. Toad Festival a complete success! Sells out for the first time!

2. SHARE Mountain Bike Club Annual Poker Ride this Saturday, June 14th

3. Forest Service Recreation Site Master Plan Public Comment Meetings

1. TOAD FESTIVAL A COMPLETE SUCCESS! SELLS OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME!

For the first time in 9 years we sold out the Toad Festival!

Thank you all for your support of the Toad Festival and TACA (Talk about Curing Autism Now). We really were blessed with a great day to be out in the National Forest and with great company on the ride. Thanks also to all our sponsors and support personnel!

We estimate that after event costs you will have helped us raise between $4,000 to $6,000 dollars for TACA.

The write-up, with pictures, will be posted next week.

Next year the Toad Festival will be a fundraiser for the Marine Corp Wounded Warrior program at Camp Pendleton which aides our soldiers wounded in action.

Registration for our 2009 events opens on these months this fall (we expect all our 2009 events to sell out):

2009 Vision Quest and Counting Coup (Saturday, March 7th) – Registration begins October 1st

2009 “The Traverse” to benefit the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund (Saturday, May 9th) – Registration begins November 1st

2009 Toad Festival to benefit the Wounded Warrior program at Camp Pendleton (Saturday, June 6th) – Registration begins December 1st

Thanks again for your support and contributions to a great cause!

Chris Vargas and Sherry Panttaja
AKA “Dances With Hornets” and “Stands Her Ground”
Executive Directors of the Warrior’s Society

2. SHARE MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB ANNUAL POKER RIDE THIS SATURDAY JUNE 14TH

Please join SHARE Mountain Bike Club for the annual Poker Ride. It will be on June 14 at El Moro Crystal Cove State Park. As big or bigger than last year with a bike giveaway. For more information go to:

http://tiny.cc/CVaPz

3. FOREST SERVICE RECREATION SITE MASTER PLAN PUBLIC COMMENT MEETINGS

Many of you may not be aware that the Sequoia Forest has been working on a Campground plan called the Recreation Site Facility Master Plan or RSFMP for short.

Stewards of the Sequoia have been attending meetings & providing comments on the plan in order to preserve public access. We are pleased that the Sequoia has improved the plan based on the thousands of signatures Stewards & others gathered opposing the elimination of 63 campgrounds & increased fees.

The new March 2008 Plan calls for the following at the existing 121 campgrounds/ recreation sites:

• Decommissioning 2 campgrounds-Leavis Flat & Camp 4 1/2

• New Fees or Increasing fees on 47 recreation sites/campgrounds

• Seeking Partners at 31 campgrounds/recreation sites to maintain them. If partnerships cannot be found or if the partners do not fulfill their commitments then it is possible the 31 campgrounds or recreation sites would be closed at a later date.

• Increase the number of user visitor days by 203% without building any new campgrounds.
You can read more about the proposed new fees & Plan highlights here:

http://stewardsofthesequoia.org/Alert-RSFMP.html

The Forest may limit dispersed camping to certain areas just one car length from the road.

The Sequoia Forest will be holding four meetings this week where the public can ask questions
4 Public Workshops

Bakersfield
Wednesday, June 4th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm East Bakersfield Vets Hall
2101 Ridge Road, Bakersfield

Lake Isabella
Thursday, June 5th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm Kernville Ranger Station
105 Whitney Road, Kernville

Porterville
Monday, June 9th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm Forest Supervisors Office
1839 S. Newcomb Street, Porterville

Ridgecrest
Wednesday, June 11th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm Kerr McGee Center
100 W. California Ave., Ridgecrest

Kern River Valley Revitalization has also posted information & maps of the Lake area camps

http://krvr.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=96&Itemid=2

Shimano is the Major Component Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Rock N Road Bike Shops, Sho-Air Racing, El Pollo Loco and Switchback Cyclery are Major Sponsors of the Warrior’s Society

Clif Bar is the Official Energy Bar and Gel of the Warrior’s Society

The Warrior’s Society is a Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) affiliated organization

The Warrior’s Society is a Tax Exempt Organization under 501 (c) 4 of the IRS Code

“Far better it is to dare mighty dreams, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take the ranks with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!”

Theodore Roosevelt

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