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Jim Ballard is climbing hills and mountains in Heaven…

The Peak View

Marys Peak Group – Sierra Club

P.O Box 863, Corvallis, OR 97339

http://oregon2.sierraclub.org/marys-peak

 January 25, 2022

In Gratitude:

Friends and members of MPG were saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Ballard on Jan. 5 of this new year, 2022.  Most of the MPG veteran hikers knew the Ballards, Jim and his wife Nancye.  For years, we either hiked alongside of them both or tagged along on one of the wide-ranging hikes that they led– from local hikes to camping in the far reaches of the Olympics.  Several of us joined up with an overnight volunteer work party the two of them organized.  Jim and Nancye worked as a team in leading several National Hikes for Sierra Club as well. 

Though it is obvious much of what Jim did with MPG was in partnership with his wife, his presenting of background and history on the hikes they led indicated his interest in the history of our local area in general.  And it was that interest that drew him to the fascinating progression of history represented by Thompson’s Mill in Shedd.  He became president of the Thompson’s Mill Preservation Society and was helpful in coordinating tours to the mill, including at least one tour taken by the Marys Peak Group.

For Jim’s role of drawing people into the natural world as leader and educator and for his many years of friendship on the trail, MPG is grateful. To his dear wife Nancye, a former ExCom member and Educational Outings Chair in addition to her years as hike leader alongside her husband, our sincere condolences. 

Marys Peak Group Sierra Club 

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Marys Peak Group is not currently offering hikes due to the pandemic. In the meantime, we offer occasional articles about local places to explore.  Once we start up again, would you be Interested in Becoming a Leader for Sierra Club Outings?

If you enjoy sharing Oregon’s incredible outdoors with others, then we hope you will become an outing leader for the Marys Peak Group (MPG), the local group of the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, having new leaders is critical to MPG’s goal of getting people out into Oregon’s outdoors. We’d love to have you!  Doing so will add to the number and variety of hikes and outings we offer.

Having a love of the outdoors is the essential characteristic of an MPG leader. The purpose of MPG’s outings is to share parts of Oregon that you have discovered and enjoy. A background or interest in any of the natural sciences is a wonderful plus but not necessary.

What are the Advantages of Becoming an Outing Leader?

  • Provides an incentive or motivation for you to find new trails in Oregon
  • Opportunities to share those or your favorite trails with others
  • Sharing your pleasure & joy will help get people out enjoying nature
  • Meeting and interacting with other lovers & enjoyers of the outdoors
  • Chances of learning new insights from participants on your trips
  • Strengthens your organizational skills

Ken Fitschen, Assistant Chair, Jules Moritz, Outings Chair, and Robert Verhoogen, Chair Emeritus, will make the process as smooth as possible. Contact one of them via e-mail if you are interested in finding out more about becoming an outing leader:

– Ken Fitschen’s e-mail = kenfits@comcast.net

– Jules Moritz’s e-mail = mpg.outings.chair@gmail.com

– Robert Verhoogen’s e-mail = rverhoogen@mac.com

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