AVA Future Special Programs

 

Notice to all participants: Most programs allow the participants up to (12) twelve months starting from the official end date to complete any Special Program. Completed books are to be returned to the point of contact or club hosting the program to receive recognition and award.books are to be returned to the point of contact or club hosting the program to receive recognition and award.

Our appreciation goes to all Committee Members of the Special Programs for the hard work in implementing and maintaining the programs as well as the financial contributions made to AVA as a result of each of the Special Programs.



Patch Image To Be Added Great Lakes, Great Fun, Great Fitness, Great Friendships
Program runs from January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023. Redeem completed books by Dec 31, 2024. To successfully complete this program, participants must accomplish 12 AVA-sanctioned popular sport events in the USA of any type -- which includes YRE, seasonal, traditional, guided walk, or any other AVA program using the IVV/AVA stamp -- which travels along a Great Lake; or on, beside or inside a street, building, city, school, or any other “physical thing” with a Great Lake name associated with it. Great Lakes are Huron, Erie, Superior, Ontario, and Michigan. Just being in the state of Michigan does not qualify. Examples of qualifiers would be Huron Street, Ontario City, Erie Canal, or anything else that uses one of the five names. The logbook will require three separate Great Lake names to be included in the twelve events. The special program collects the "qualifiers" so each qualifier (specific street, building, or other thing, or any sanctioned trail along a great lake) can only be used once in an event logbook or once in a year, whichever comes first. An event with multiple qualifiers can be done again for the additional “finds.” This means that once a walker fills up a logbook with 12 different qualifiers, they can use the same ones over in another purchased logbook. If a logbook is used over multiple years, the new IVV/AVA stamp with a different year allows the use of the same qualifier in the same book. Upon completion of a logbook, participants are eligible to receive a string backpack with the program’s logo. There will also be an option to purchase an event patch. The cost of the book will be $12. Book orders are NOT being accepted at this time. Sponsor: Washtenaw Wanderers Volksporting Club. POC: Roxie Weaver - geiserweaver@gmail.com, Phone - 616-745-9624 - (Mailing Address TBD)


Coin Image To Be Added Walking with America’s Veterans
Program runs from January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023. Redeem completed books by Dec 31, 2024. This special program puts America’s Walking Club back in contact with its roots, America veterans who returned from Europe, and to reacquaint them with popular sports and modern volksmarching in the United States. The program collects 15 local veteran's monuments and memorials for "campaigns" from the Spanish American War to the present in local communities. These memorials would begin about 1890 to go to today. Also "targeted" are the locations of veteran organizations like the VFW, American Legion, or any of the other members of the National Military & Veterans Associations. Almost every community has found a way to thank those who have gone overseas, especially those who did not return. Purple Heart Memorials count. Trails and roads named for veterans and veteran groups from 1890 to present also count. "Blue Star" and "Gold Star" roads qualify. A monument with multiple parts representing different wars will be considered a single qualifier if local authorities give the whole display a single name on maps and directories, and it is obvious that it is a connected whole. The special program also collects the "qualifiers" so each qualifier can only be used once in an event logbook or once in a year, whichever comes first. Again, if a sanctioned event has multiple qualifiers, it can be used again for the additional find. Once a walker fills up a logbook with 15 different qualifiers, they can use the same ones over in another purchased logbook. If a logbook is used over multiple years, the new IVV/AVA stamp with a different year allows the use of the same qualifier in the same book. Upon completion of a logbook, participants are eligible to receive the first AVA: America’s Walking Club military challenge coin. There will also be an option to purchase an event patch at the end of the three-year program. There will also be a special grand prize given to the participant that collects the most different memorials and qualifiers over the three years, which will require multiple books to be filled and redeemed. The cost of the book will be $12. Book orders are NOT being accepted at this time. Sponsor: U.S. FreedomWalk Festival Club in Arlington, Virginia. POC: (TBD) - veterans@walkvirginia.org, Phone - at 703-583-2916 - (Mailing Address TBD)





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