September 28, 2010 |

Slopes prepares for 10th StepTrek on 10/10/10

The 10th Anniversary StepTrek on 10/10/10, and news of proposed revisions to the bylaws of the South Sides Slopes Neighborhood Association, headlined the organization's Sept. 14 meeting.

Bev Boggio, chair of the annual non-competitive, self-guided walking tour of the Slopes, the SSSNA's largest fundraiser, said the event will be held from noon to 4 p.m, with registration opening at 11 a.m.

Advance registration is $12, and $10 for each additional person online or if postmarked by Oct. 4. Registration after then or at the event is $15 per person.

Only preregistration guarantees a tee-shirt.

Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free, but must be registered.

Oct. 10 is a bye week, or open date, for the Steelers.

Trekkers should meet at the corner of 21st and Josephine streets on South Side. With two courses to choose from, walkers can choose to walk one or both routes.

Rudberg Law Offices is the presenting sponsor; UPMC is the course sponsor; and Copies at Carson is the volunteer sponsor.

New this year is PetTrek, which begins at 1 p.m. A minimum donation of $5 cash benefits a local "no kill" animal shelter and offers a gift for your pet. Pets are always welcome to walk for free; the donation is optional.

Trekkers can also donate at StepTrek by bringing any extra fruits and vegetables from their garden, or nonperishable food items, to help the Brashear Association.

Besides PetTrek, new this year is "Steppin' Up," in which, for a minimum donation of $50, patrons receive two standard StepTrek registrations and special recognition in the StepTrek book of maps.

It was requested by trekkers, said Ms. Boggio, as a unique way to support the event and the neighborhood.

The deadline for Steppin' Up registration is Sept. 22. For more information, call 412-488-0486 or email Bev. Boggio@SouthSideSlopes. org. Also call or email if interested in volunteering at StepTrek.

For more information on the event, visit www.Step Trek.org.

The evening began with Misi Bielich, who conducted the meeting, reminding attendees that board elections will be held during the next general meeting on Oct. 12.

Anyone working on a project in their neighborhood should inform the SSSNA so it can help out, said Ms. Bielich.

Trail building in South Side Park was slated for Sept. 18, 25 and Oct. 2 to rebuild a trail in advance of StepTrek as the walking tour will go through the park this year.

Volunteers should meet in the parking lot at 18th and Carson streets at 9 a.m. on those Saturdays. The work will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Besides elections, members will be voting next month on changes to the SSSNA bylaws, said Rev. Don Ware in his presentation. The major changes are membership and the number of general meetings.

Regarding membership, the current bylaws define two classes of members: a voting member, age 18 or over, with full voting rights (pays dues); and a supporting member with no voting rights.

The proposed change states that "all residents of South Side Slopes are members of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association." Voting members are those members age 18 and over who attended at least two general meetings in the past year.

Regarding meetings, the current bylaws require a minimum of nine monthly meetings.

The proposal calls for a minimum of five general meetings, with two being the annual holiday party and a summer party.

Other changes include changing the fiscal year from the first of July through June, as done currently, to January through December; and allowing the board president or meeting chair at meetings to waive Robert's Rules of Order.

Rev. Ware said after last summer's board retreat, members questioned why there were so many board meetings. As a result, the Governance Committee, comprised of board members Peter Kreuthmeier, Denise Fillip, and Rev. Ware, worked on new wording for the document and had the board review the change.

They then showed it to attorney Louis Long, who reviewed its language gratis.

At the meeting's conclusion, Ms. Bielich reminded attendees of the important upcoming SSSNA dates: trail work on Sept. 25, and Oct. 2; StepTrek on Oct. 10; and the annual holiday party on Dec. 14.

The next SSSNA meeting will be on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center.

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