Southern Maine Volkssport Association sponsors non-competitive, self-paced walks.
We are a member of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and the
Fun – Fitness - Friendship
SMVA thanks the following businesses
for their generous donations:
Poland Spring: 20 CASES of WATER
Ocean State Job Lot: 400 GRANOLA BARS
Thanks to the following businesses for donating Gift Cards for LOTS of food, sun screen, bug spray, etc:
SMVA Volunteers Sondra Taylor and Denise Macaronas help distribute Poland Spring water at the Portsmouth pre-convention walk. A BIG thank you to Poland Spring for donating 480 bottles of water!
UPCOMING MEETINGS (dates, times and locations TBA):
Peony Garden Intro-Stroll (non-sanctioned group walk). Join the fun on Saturday, June 22 (rain date is Sunday, June 23) as we walk from Village Park in Falmouth (behind Wal-Mart) to Gilsland Farm at Maine Audubon. Enjoy the peony gardens and spend some time in the Meditation Garden, a beautiful spot in memory of SMVA’s Past President and
Friend, Carroll Tiernan. Group walk starts at 10:00am; non-group walkers welcome to start at any time. Bring your own picnic to enjoy at the home of Dave and Toni Irish at 1:00pm (beverages will be provided). Their house overlooks the Maine Audubon community Gardens, (One Walcott Ave). FMI, please leave a message at (207) 774-3415 or firstname.lastname@example.org
July 10 Meeting: Mark your calendars!
SMVA’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 10 at the Mason-Motz Activity Center, 190 Middle Road, Falmouth. Our Meet and Greet social time will be from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, followed by a presentation at 7:00 pm on tick prevention and protection. Â Not only will we learn about protecting ourselves as we walk about town, but we also learn what to look for with our four-legged friends. Guest speakers will be from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute and the Falmouth Veterinary Hospital.
Pre-registration appreciated in case of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact Denise at email@example.com or leave a message at (207) 774-3415.
Special one-day walk to celebrate Snowy Egret Day, Scarborough Marsh (Saturday, August 17)
Share your ideas and suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 774-3415 We look forward to hearing from you
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SMVA is looking for volunteers to help out as Officers/Board Members (Secretary, Membership Chair and Publicity Chair) as well as Greeters and Bakers
SMVA, founded in 1983, is celebrating its 36th year of providing Fun, Friendship and Fitness. Please check our website at smva.mysite.com
· Membership not required to attend walks/events
· Walks (5K or 10K) are map-guided and are good family activities as they are non-competitive
· Meet new people who share your love of walking
· Go places you have never been before. There are volkswalks across the USA and around the world
· All you need is a comfort-able pair of shoes and clothing geared to the weather
· (optional) Track walking events and distances you complete in handy record books and earn achievement awards
Our Portland walk is a year-round walk.
Other walks are from April 1-to October 31:
Augusta, Brunswick, Kennebunk, South Portland
Updated walking brochure will be available on this website by mid-March
FMI: email@example.com (207) 774-3415
Denise Macaronas, President
Southern Maine Volkssport Association
PLEASE PAY YOUR DUES!
Reminder: 2019 dues are being accepted now - $12 for an individual and $15 for a family
FMI: Denise at 207-774-3415 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by So. ME Volkssport Association
History of SMVA:
In the fall of 1983, four faculty members from Westbrook High School formed a volkssport club and sought membership in the American Volkssport Association. That was the beginning of the Southern Maine Volkssport Association. Plans were immediately set forth to hold their first walk in the spring of 1984.
In the early years, SMVA had the distinction of hosting a single event with the most walkers - 3500 walkers for the Eastern Prom/Peaks Island walk. SMVA was also honored with having one of the top ten walks in the United States - the Lighthouse Walk in South Portland in 1996. That walk still exists today and is enjoyed by many new walkers as well as repeat walkers.
Walk, talk, laugh, eat...the possibilities for fun are endless!
For more information, please contact SMVA at P.O. Box 722, Westbrook, ME 04098,
email@example.com or check our website www.smva.mysite.com
Volkssport events are organized to entice people of every age and all levels of athletic prowess to exercise outdoors at their own pace. ("Volkssport" is intended to mean "sport of the people".) These non-competitive events may be walks, bikes, swims, or cross-country skis. Most popular, however, are the walks - usually 10 or 5 kilometers on a well-marked trail with directions and a map to get you back where you started.
Walks are designed to include historic sites, scenic vistas, downtown areas, woodland trails, parks, or other points of interest. Each walk is free. However, those wishing to pay a $3.00 registration fee can participate in an international organization's achievement award program, which may provide some additional incentive for reluctant walkers to get out and exercise. For an additional fee, those who finish may take home a small memento of their accomplishment.
In addition to exercise, these events provide a family-oriented social environment in which participants share the spirit of walking - meeting friends, walking scenic trails, and improving mental, as well as physical health, with a natural, accessible, low-stress activity.
Acting President: Denise Marcaronas
Vice-President: Ken Jackson
Secretary: Sondra Taylor
Treasurer: Sondra Taylor
Webmaster: Don Bolin
Southern Maine Volkssport Association
P. O. Box 722
Westbrook, Maine 04098-0722
General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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