Brief Description of the Wasatch Mountain Club
The Wasatch Mountain Club was incorporated in 1920 by an informally organized group that had been hiking together for several years. The original Club charter listed the purpose as
- to promote the physical and spiritual well being of its members and others by outdoor activities;
- to unite the energy, interests and knowledge of students, explorers and lovers of the mountains, deserts and rivers of Utah;
- to collect and disseminate information regarding the Rocky Mountains in behalf of science, literature and art;
- to explore and picture the scenic wonders of this and surrounding states;
- to foster awareness of scenic beauties; and
- to encourage preservation of our natural areas including their plant, animal and bird life.
The Wasatch Mountain Club is an outdoor recreation club for adults. Club activities include
While most activities are aimed at adult participation several activities for families are organized each season. Activities are not limited to the above list, but are dependent on volunteer organizers to form the activities and programs.
The programs are scheduled and announced in the Wasatch Mountain Club official publication, The Rambler. The Rambler is published monthly and mailed out to members by the beginning of each month.
Fees for events and activities are minimal and dependent on the cost of the activity. In general, the costs are figured by the trip organizer and divided by the number of participants. Trip organizers and Club Officers are all volunteers.
The club organizes scores of activities each month. Activities are open to all member. Some activities require advanced sign-up while others just state a date, time and meeting place. Trips may range in length from a few hours to several days. Most trips are centered in or around the Wasatch Front. Occasionally there are trips to other regions of Utah or to neighboring states. The sailing trip destinations have had varied locations such as the Greek Islands, Caribbean locations and the South Pacific.
The Wasatch Mountain Club provides a social vehicle to the outdoor enthusiast who seeks others of similar interests while providing an opportunity to develop organization skills and knowledge of the various outdoor sports. Whether you are a novice or an expert, there are trips and activities designed for you. If there is some question about the difficulty of the activity, a call or email to the trip organizer will fill you in on more information.
Membership requires a sincere interest in outdoor activities. Applications may either be submitted online or mailed to the Membership Director. Annual membership dues are $35 per individual or $50 for couple. In addition, there is a $5 processing fee for mailed in applications. Application are presented at the next monthly board meeting. If approved by the Board of Governors the applicant(s) is then a member.
The Wasatch Mountain Club is run entirely by volunteers. Participants are expected to help with the organization and formulation of the trip. A great experience can be had in the outdoors. Your experience with the Wasatch Mountain Club will be as great as you make it.
Club members are responsible for their own safety. Every new member and renewing member must sign a form acknowledging that risk is involved with outdoor activities and that they release the club from liability. Members should be prepared for activities by carrying
The Ten Essentials:
The Ten Essentials:
- Map and compass
- Matches of other firestarter
- Sunscreen and bugspray
- First Aid Kit
- Extra clothes
Members of the board are elected by the general membership of the club annually.
The President is the main contact for outside organizations and individuals who interact with the Club. The President acts as the chief executive officer of the club, makes up the agenda for the monthly board meetings presides over the board and general membership meetings and provides continuity for club affairs. The President is also an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees.
The Vice President is elected by the board from the members of the board and fills in when the President is unavailable.
The Secretary takes minutes at each board meeting and maintains records of correspondence, minutes, financial reports and other miscellaneous records and official Club documents, including the policies, Constitution and Bylaws.
The Treasurer presents the bills to the Board of Directors for payment each month, and maintains financial and tax records and presents financial reports to the board and general membership.
The bicycling director directs and coordinates the mountain and road biking program and enlists Club members to organize bike rides and related activities and social events.
A very active boating program keeps the boating director busy on several fronts: scheduling boating activities, organizing river and safety training and social events and maintaining the boating equipment. The boating program has several coordinators to manage the rafting, sailing and canoe programs and to keep up the equipment. The Club owns several rafts and related equipment for daily and overnight trips. Boating equipment is rented to members at rates which pay replacement costs. The boating program is self-sufficient and offers activities that cater to novice and intermediate boaters.
Climbing, Canyoneering, Mountaineering Director
The mountaineering program includes weekly rock, ice and alpine climbing and annual training events. The mountaineering director coordinates climbing activities and maintains ropes, safety helmets and ice axes used in training.
The conservation director is responsible for coordinating the Club's environmental protection programs and for officially representing the Club's position on major environmental issues.
The entertainment director organizing and manages a wide array of social events throughout the calendar year, including the annual Awards and Nominations Banquet, the Halloween Party and the two General Membership meetings.
The hiking director and his or her committee schedule and provide organizers for hikes, backpacks and car camps. Hiking is the predominant club activity.
Information Technology Director
The IT director is responsible for the development, enhancement and maintenance of club's automated systems including the WMC web site and WMC email systems.
The lodge director is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the Club's historic lodge at Brighton. This includes scheduling work parties, buying supplies and material as needed and hiring contractors when needed. In addition, the director is the liaison between the Club and the Forest Service in maintaining the lease with the Forest Service for the land on which the lodge sits. The director is also responsible for renting the lodge and collecting rental fees. A lodge use coordinator and lodge caretaker help in these tasks.
The membership director is responsible for processing of new and renewal membership applications and maintaining a Club database. The database provides useful feedback on club interests as well as potential organizers and volunteers. The membership director also monitors and responds to club voicemail, email and snailmail.
Public Relations Director
The PR director acts as the Club's media director, coordinating publicity and producing and distributing Club brochures and other media.
The Rambler is the monthly publication and the flagship of the Club. As editor of The Rambler, the director of publications is responsible for assimilating, interpreting and editing the information submitted each month. The editor should be computer literate with knowledge of desktop publishing and layout.
Winter Sports Director
The winter sports director directs the winter outdoor activities and works with coordinators for the two largest winter activities, skiing and snowshoeing. In addition, The Audrey Kelly learn to ski clinic, an intermediate/advanced telemark clinic and the Robert Frohbose Avalanche Clinics are annual activities.
Trustees function as the Club's institutional memory. There are five trustees: the President and four elected members who serve staggered four-year terms. Trustees must approve any board expenditure of over $1000, make sure an annual audit is performed and monitor the Board's adherence of the Club's Constitution and its Bylaws, rules, regulations and policies.
Coordinators & Committees
Coordinators are selected as required by the responsible director, with selection ratified by the Board. The coordinators report to the Board through a sponsoring Board member as follows:
|Boating||Canoeing, Kayaking, Rafting, Sailing, Equipment, Instruction|
|Winter Sports||Snowshoeing, Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing|
|Conservation||Adopt A Highway, Trail Issues|
|Publications||Commercial Advertising, The Rambler Mailing|
With about 1200 members, the Club's financial operations are not simple. Some bills are monthly, such as office rent and The Rambler printing. Others are occasional reimbursement, such as expenses associated the avalanche safety class and filling the propane tanks for the lodge. An annual audit is overseen by the Club's Trustees. In addition to the regular checking account for liquid funds, the Club maintains an investment account, which is under the supervision of the treasurer and the trustees.
Revenues & Expenditures
Revenues are acquired through annual member dues and donations, publications, lodge rentals, entertainment, boating fees, investment income, and other miscellaneous sources. Expenses entail costs of lodge operations, publication of The Rambler, office administrative expenses (rent, phones, etc), activity support (for entertainment and boating), equipment, conservation and taxes.
It is the philosophy of the Club that activities are financially self-supporting through fees paid by users. Besides paying for ongoing operations, The Rambler, and occasional Wasatch Mountain Lodge rentals, 10% of member dues are allocated to conservation.