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2017 Spring ARA - Hosted by Southern Arizona Grotto
Hello Everyone,

I would personally like to thank Nicole Davis and Brian McMillan for coordinating the exceptionally awesome ARA a week ago. I would also like to thank the trip leaders, SAG, and all of the others who helped. From all accounts it was an excellent weekend. Nicole’s summary is below followed by a thanks from the Southwest Region’s chair.

Thanks again,

Ray


-----Original Message-----
From: Nicole Davis
Sent: Fri, Mar 31, 2017 4:31 pm
Subject: Great Spring ARA

*Ray (CAG, ARA, EGI, NAG), Ellen (CCC), Dav (Cali), Jennifer/other NMers - if you could pass on to the various lists...*


Hi everyone,

Thanks for helping make the Spring ARA a great success. Lots of fun was had by all. In case you are curious…

ATTENDANCE/TRIPS
Wow!! 65 people came!! We had 18 trips and about 55 people got in-cave, some for the first time! At least 16 people came from SAG, 19 from CAG, 4 from CCC, 5 from California, 5 from New Mexico, and 6 friends-o-cavers. Thanks to the 11 trip leaders and 7 co-leaders, some of whom led as many as 3 trips throughout the weekend.

FOOD
49 people partook of the amazing burrito/taco feast. A huge shout-out to Justine, Peter, Jan, Brian, Alfonso, Kaitlynn, Elliott, and Tanya who bought, prepared, set out, served, and cleaned up with enormous smiles on their faces.

CONSERVATION
We had 3 people doing conservation work on Saturday. Steve, Kathy and Kevin did the work of 10 people and finished it all (we had planned to do the conservation work Sunday but they just couldn’t wait!). Thanks to them the trail and sign for Crystal Cave are in tip-top shape.

MORE VOLUNTEERS
Thanks to TONS of people who brought stuff, especially Beth/Zy and Kevin – firewood, trailwork tools, and even a port-o-pottie. Thanks to David V and Alfonso for helping me at the registration table and to everyone who helped make sure the campsite got left cleaner than we found it.

LOST AND FOUND
We found a nice little plastic container with 2 Eastshine E35 3500mAh 3.7V 18650 Rechargeable Li-ion batteries. If this fell off the roof of your car as you drove away, email me and I’ll get it back to you.

See you next time!

Nicole



From: Jerry
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2017 9:38 PM
Subject: Re: Great Spring ARA

Hi Nicole,

On behalf of the SWR cavers attending the recent ARA at Chiricahua Crystal Cave, I want to thank you and the other folks for having us and putting on a really fine regional. We hope to see you all again in the near future !

Jerry Atkinson
Chairman - Southwestern Region of the NSS