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Congratulations to Stephen Skaleskog and Peter Pearce, who have recently been elevated to Life Member status. Stephen was presented with a certificate of achievement at the June club night, and Peter at the July club night. The guidelines for being awarded life membership are rigorous; they can be viewed (by members only) on the Honour Board page of this website. Here is what club president Brett Gamon had to say about Stephen and Peter when presenting them with a certificate of life membership achievement (slightly edited):

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Stephen Skaleskog joined the club in November 2003 and virtually right from the beginning, he started to take leadership responsibilities on behalf of WCV. Some of his more notable stats are….. leading over 120 walks, hosting two base camps, and at least ten restaurant nights.  He joined the WCV committee in 2004 as Vice President and in 2009 he was elected as President, a position which he continuously held until standing down in March 2019.

He also told me recently that he had participated in approximately 1350 Club walks and remarkably he said this figure does not include lookovers or mentoring. This would have to be an absolute record don’t you think?

In my case, I have been fortunate enough to work with Stephen fairly closely and I have observed that he possesses the extraordinary capacity to have his finger on the pulse of the Club at all times. I cannot recall a question he has not been able to thoughtfully and accurately answer for me. He has always been readily prepared to help and to think of others before his own self-interest. I have found Stephen to be a thoroughly inclusive person with a strong sense of fairness and a welcoming demeanor. These are probably major contributing factors to the Club’s growth over recent years. In my case, over the last few years, I have been able to call Stephen at various times of the day or night to ask him myriad questions relating to matters such as Walk conditions and recommendations, Club guides, insurance issues, annual statements, accounting questions and so on.

In summary, Stephen has given his all to the  Club and his service clearly goes beyond the ordinary or even the excellent over an extended period of time.

 

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Peter Pearce has been with the Club continuously since 25 July 1990, and we can’t recall a time when he didn’t lead Club events.  Peter now has such a reputation for leading exciting extended events around Australia and New Zealand that they book out within hours of notice. For some years he was known as the Saturday cycling leader and more recently orchestrated the Wednesday walking program to the point that it is the most popular part of the walking week.

Extended events were typically cycling in wine regions such as Avoca, Rutherglen, McLaren Vale, or the Barossa Valley; or walking weeks to Tasmania and Sydney (both multiple times), Adelaide and Auckland. He has even been known to lead a pack-carry within a base-camp walking event at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. The pack-carry was to complete the missing link in a three-day walk between Katoomba and the Jenolan Caves. Week-long events were often planned over Melbourne-cup week, and a quirk of his planning was to always pass a country pub or a beachside pub around cup-time, so the group could catch the live cup telecast.

His Club contributions don’t stop at walks and rides. Peter has been a regular in attending Thursday Club-night meetings, helping to ballast the Club during a period when membership was dwindling about twenty years ago. Along with his wife Cathy, they have often opened their home to Club events such as the mid-winter Christmas dinner. Clubs such as the WCV are builders of what sociologists call “social capital”, which helps bond and uplift people. Peter’s time with this Club has been one of generously giving to that end.

We went through Peter's records from 2004 and they are really staggering. Peter has led 91 walks, 9 Base camps,42 Bike rides, and 6 mid-winter Christmas events. He has also hosted at least 14 Restaurant nights, together with various Friday Lunches. He has been a past member of the WCV Committee and he continues to fill the roles of Wednesday Walks Coordinator, WCV Librarian, and  Photo Competition Coordinator.  He also assists the website manager by regularly uploading walk photos to the club's website. I think you would all agree these statistics are truly extraordinary.

On a more personal note, I have had the opportunity to get to know Peter quite well during my time at the club and I have found him to be always helpful, happy to share his knowledge, always constructive and thoughtful of others. He is also a breathtakingly efficient organizer and an outstanding family man.

After browsing the photo gallery you might like to submit a few of your own photos. To do so first resize them to 800 x 600, then email them to photos@walkingclubvic.org.au, together with a short description.  Not all photos received will necessarily be published.

Select one of the following categories to view.  After viewing the photos in that category click "Photos" again in the Main Menu to return to this page.

PHOTO COMPETITION:  Winning photos for about the last 6 years of photo competitions.   Did you know that each year we give away cash prizes to the winners and runners-up of each section in the photo competition?   

2019 PHOTOS:  Photos taken on club activities in 2019 

2018 PHOTOS: Photos taken on club activities in 2018

2017 PHOTOS: Photos taken on club activities in 2017

2016 PHOTOS: Photos taken on club activities in 2016

 

The club holds a number of other activities as follows. For more specific details see Upcoming Activities.

  • The club meets on the first Thursday of each month (except January) starting at 8 pm. The club house is currently located at Waverley Tennis Club (turn into Fleet St off High Street Road between Stephenson Rd and Blackburn Road), Mt Waverley, Melway 61 G12. All members and guests are welcome.

    The ordinary business of the meetings is to discuss the forthcoming walks for the month and raise any other club business. Annual General Meetings are also held in this forum. The formal business of each club night is followed by a presentation or activity loosely related to walking. There have been presentations of overseas walks, recent base camps, first aid in the bush, walking equipment, trivia nights and films.

    The meetings also provide an opportunity for members to meet and compare notes over a cup of coffee or tea.

  • Restaurant nights are held monthly, usually on the fourth Friday evening, in a suburban restaurant. This allows members to socialise in a relaxed environment. The restaurants may be BYO or fully licensed. All Club members, partners and friends welcome.

  • Lunches, generally scheduled for the third Friday in the month, are usually at pubs, have an optional seniors menu (or alike) and are close to public transport. They provide an opportunity for those who do not wish to drive at night to attend restaurant nights, but would like to meet up for a meal and a chat with their Club friends. All Club members, partners and friends welcome.
  • WCV celebrates Christmas with a lunch on both a Wednesday and a Saturday in December. All Club members, partners and friends welcome.

  • Cycling events or cycling base camps are held on an occasional basis for members interested in a change and/or cycling.

  • Social activities (music events, movies, arts, book club, etc) are arranged informally between members using a platform called Slack.
  • Interstate or overseas trips involving walking and/or base camps are held on a less frequent basis. Advance notice is given in the program. These events give members the opportunity of a great holiday with like-minded people.

 

The experience and equipment needed on WCV walks varies depending on type of walk and the difficulty of the walk itself.

All WCV walks require solid walking shoes or boots (sneakers are OK on the easier walks), a day pack, water (2 litres recommended, especially in summer), sun screen, hat, rain gear, warm gear and in most cases lunch. For the more difficult walks, boots are recommended and some people take walking poles although these are not essential. A first aid kit is desirable; for suggested contents see http://www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/beforeuwalk/planning/equipment

Jeans should be avoided as they are very cold when wet and do not dry. Instead, wear synthetic quick-dry pants; there is a good selection of these at the outdoor shops. Many walkers wear pants that convert to shorts by zipping off the legs.

The level of experience and fitness is again dependant on the walk. All walks cover a distance of at least 10 km over a period of 3 to 4 hours, so walkers need to be capable of this level of walking. The more difficult walks are longer (both distance & time) and will include hills which will make even experienced walkers “puffed” so a greater level of fitness is required. The walk leader will be able to advise the difficulty of the walk and the level of fitness or experience required. It is important that, when booking in, you discuss your abilities with the leader in order to assess if the walk is within your capabilities. Once on the walk, it may be difficult to bail out early or to get help if any medical emergencies arise.

For all walks, it is essential that you let the walk leader know, at the time of booking in, of any medical or health problems you may have or of any other issues which may affect your walking.

The club also has a library of walking maps and books which can be borrowed by members for planning and leading club walks or for private walks.