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Re: [ft-l] An idea for the FT (long)

Dear Cricket,
An outstanding name is a must. February Fling?? 
I'll help with PR and whatever. I think we (FTA) needs a shot in the arm!
And this might be just what we need. For those folks who can't hike, there
is plenty of  the other details to take care of!! Let's brainstorm at the
ExCom Meeting in August. Yes we need a T-shirt for those who hike and take
part. The ideas needs to go to the BOD. I know they will love the idea.

Sylvia  (:

> Thanks for the feedback!  "I" thought it was a good idea, but I wasn't sure
> how others would feel about it, so I tried it out on y'all first before
> mentioning it to anyone else.  I wasn't trying to limit it to this list and
> agree that we need to get it out to the general membership, but I've found
> this list of really interested FT workers and hikers to be a good place to
> "float ideas."  I also think maybe the list can discuss and hammer out some
> of the "how tos" before we present it to the general membership and public.
> February - Florida Hiking Trails Month is a great idea - it had slipped my
> mind for a moment.  The weather is usually nice then and it's after general
> gun.  I think we need to come up with a three-day weekend however for people
> who work, although if it's enough in advance I'm sure interested people who
> are still working could arrange for a day off.
> I'd love to have it in 2001 while everyone is all excited about it, but I'm
> not sure we could pull it together by then with the requisite organization
> and publicity.  For example, the deadline for the Sept/Oct Footprint is
> already past.  The earliest we could get it in would be Nov/Dec issue and we
> would have to have all the details hammered out by Sept 15 to make that
> issue.
> So, to start with I have a few detail questions to flesh out my vague idea.
> We need a name for this.  Any ideas?
> Do you think we could pull it together for 2001 or give a full year to set
> it up and publicise and shoot for Jan/Feb 2002?
> Should we take it to the Board of Directors and make it into an "FTA
> sponsored" event or keep it informal and just run it among members who are
> interested?
> What dates can we come up with that will satisfy working and non-working
> people and eliminate seasonally closed hiking areas?
> Should we include the loop trails or just the thru trail?
> Should it be a 2-day, 3-day or 4-day event?
> How long should each section be?  (1300 miles/20 miles = 65 sections)
> Should we have an alternate date in case of bad weather or would that be too
> difficult to arrange?
> Who wants to help out with organizing it?
> Since I opened my big mouth first, I'm willing to handle general
> communications via phone and email and help set up a webpage to keep track
> of section sign ups.  Also I can work with the FTA office so they are kept
> informed and can answer questions when people call.  I don't know the first
> thing about handling publicity though and we could really use one or two
> people to head up that part.  Also, people to divide up the trail into
> appropriate sections.  Also, people to talk it up within their chapters and
> other outdoor groups.  Also, people to come up with a logo.  Also, people to
> coordinate purchase and distribution of patches/t-shirts/banadanas/whatever.
> Other ideas?
> Cricket
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