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Volksmarching friend and enthusiast Bob Gambert sent a note saying that the Stuttgart German-American Wandering Club’s recent volksmarch was a success. Almost 1,500 walkers attended. He said there were a lot of new American walkers and it is hoped more will volunteer to help with next year’s walk.

While we are on the subject of volunteering, it’s not too late to volunteer to help with the Heidelberg walk Sept. 6-7. If you can’t volunteer to work, you can help by donating a baked item for the club to sell. To find out how you can help, call Rob or Cath Floyd at 06227-841226, e-mail the Heidelberg International Wandering Club at hiwc@yahoo.com or visit its Web site, www.hiwc.de.

This weekend the Heidelberg Club is taking a bus trip to Switzerland and Liechtenstein to do a couple of walks. Last year, we went with the club on a one-day trip to Switzerland and had a wonderful time. Hooking up with your local volksmarch club is one way to beat the high gas prices. Someone else drives and worries about gas and parking. All you have to do is walk and enjoy the view. Good luck to the Heidelberg group. Let us know how the trip turns out!

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Monday evening will be the 13th and final walk in the Summer Evening Walk series in St. Odiliënberg, Netherlands. We weren’t able to attend every walk, but the ones we did make were very nice. The W.V. Roerdal ’87 club has always put on well-organized events, and these were no exception. We’re looking forward to its annual fall walk.

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When we got back from our trip to the States, there were 18 envelopes of fliers waiting at the mail room. Among the pile of envelopes was one from new contributor W. Hawkins. An envelope with a new name in the return address is always a pleasant surprise. Thanks for sending.

While we’re passing out kudos, Charles "Pat" Patterson deserves a pat on the back (no pun intended). The August/September edition of the American Wanderer newspaper recognizes Pat for completing 6,500 IVV events. That’s an amazing achievement that is not accomplished by very many people. Congratulations, Pat!

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Notes about this week’s events:

• Bürvenich, Germany, is a "suburb" of Zülpich and is sometimes listed as Zülpich-Bürvenich on maps. In addition to the walk, the town is having its annual summer festival this Sunday.

• A selection of serving platters is the prize at Karlsruhe- Hohenwettersbach, Germany, this weekend.

• The walk in Polch, is very close to the castles at Burg Eltz and Burg Pyrmont. Why not visit a castle after the volksmarch?

• Titisee-Neustadt invites you to walk its permanent volksmarch trail in addition to its annual walk on Saturday. Since they are different events, you can earn two event stamps as well as credit for an extra 11 kilometers. The start hall for both walks is the Hotel-Gasthaus Zur Traube.

• If you go to the walk in Tres, Italy, park close to the end point at the Campo Sportivo and walk uphill to the start point at the church. That way you will not be facing an uphill hike to your car after the walk.

• The Villanova di Pordenone walk is held in conjunction with a festival, so there will be food available at the end.

Have you enjoyed a volksmarch lately? Tell Bob and Lorraine. E-mail volksmarch information to two.walkers@yahoo.com. Mail brochures to the Huffakers at CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09703-0278.


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