Serving the Coachella Valley and Beyond.
December 17, 2021
Dear DTHC members:
The members of Desert Trails’ Coordinating Council have decided it’s in the best interest of our club and its members to join the Coachella Valley Hiking Club and maximize hiking opportunities for everyone. For about 25 years our two clubs have been offering the same kinds of hikes in the same areas for many of the same people. And for those of you who belong to both DTHC and CVHC, you’ve paid twice for the same opportunities. Half our hike leaders already post their hikes on the schedules of both clubs, and we all share the same hiking goals and ethics. Continuing to operate in parallel just seems inefficient and uneconomical, so we approached CVHC about a friendly merger, and they welcomed us with open arms.
Among other things, this merger will require some attention to reconciling membership lists and dues. Below are some of the guidelines we will follow. And please note that the dues for CVHC are $15/person annually.
For those of you who are members of DTHC ONLY and have renewed your membership for this season, CVHC will “grandfather” you in for your first year based on the dues you have already paid to DTHC for this membership year. If you do not wish to become a member of CVHC, you may request a refund of your renewal payment (single or family) from DTHC.
For those of you who are members of both clubs, you may request a refund of your DTHC renewal payment for this membership year, if you have made it already.
Gary will be sending an email to the membership explaining how dues reimbursements will be handled and how you can request one if you wish.
After we have settled all our debts (for insurance, P.O. box, website & dues refunds) the funds remaining in our treasury will be transferred to CVHC.
For hike leaders who post on DTHC only and have hikes scheduled on our website already for the January-March quarter: If you are comfortable joining CVHC, your hikes will be transferred to their schedule. If you prefer not to join CVHC, we offer you the opportunity to lead your hikes as scheduled, or cancel them. We will honor hikes already posted, but are closing the hike schedule for further postings.
THANK YOU for your affiliation with and support of Desert Trails. We look forward to adding our members and their interests and energies to those of the Coachella Valley Hiking Club and continuing to provide excellent hiking opportunities for everyone in the area.
Our purpose has been to enjoy and promote hiking in the Coachella Valley and beyond, in a spirit of friendship and camaraderie.
Hiking in the Palm Springs area is fun and healthy!!! Come join us!!!
You should familiarize yourself with the 10 Essentials of Hiking before heading out on any trails. We credit REI for this great article that applies to hiking everywhere.