POC: The Next Chapter

REUNITED, AND IT FEELS SO GOOD!!! Has it been midnight yet? Yep, good, here we go! What's up my wonderful wilderness folk of the forests, creatures of the caves, members of the mountains, and people of the ponds? Remember that semi-platonic love we confessed for all of you? Well, we've had trouble sleeping at night (mainly Tuesdays) knowing we weren't nestled safely under the sheets of your inbox. But don't worry, we won't ever leave you again and the club will even make it up to you by taking you out on many outdoorsy dates in the near future! I guess what we are saying is, will you be our valentine? Now onto some more mildly entertaining intro before the semi-legitimate business.

POC, we are done! (That was a short lived relationship) Through! (Really short) Never, ever, ever getting back together (You know it's bad when there is a T-Swift song involved). I mean it, this is it (duh, duh, duuuhhhhh). Tonight is my last email of the POC meeting minutes and I warn you it's a dooozy. We here at the outdoors club mailing center were genuinely concerned that telling you this information would lead to lasting side effects such as: despair, depression, dizziness, any other side effects starting with the letter "d", and possibly indigestion. Fair warning though, the indigestion you are experiencing could also be the result of the Sushi Fuku you may have eaten with the man taking over for me in the coming weeks, Connor (Twinning) Martin. Knowing this had to be one rockin' email, we have put off the regularly scheduled emails for 3 weeks to prepare and get the hype up (actually we couldn't send emails until we finally got the organization recertified
, but this sounded more dramatic [Oh, and we incidentally deleted all of you from the POC. Whoops, sorry {We didn't want to cause a mass panic}]). Like I said, this email's a long one, but you should read it because most of it is relevant, even at the end!

Calling all landlubbers and scallywags! We want you to jump on the band wagon (or band boat? boat wagon maybe? regardless) and get wet with us at Trees pool every Sunday in February. So break out your water wings and come mingle with our most moist members the day before Monday. That's right, If you've ever wanted to be right-side-up in a boat, then upside-down in said boat, only to flip yourself back over to the original position, come on down, well up actually, from nine to noon. Yes, you have to get up before 11am on a Sunday, but it's totally worth it, because you get to hang out with two of the coolest cucumbers in the club, me (Nick) and Caroline. And if you want to pick out a boat yourself, you can meet us at Ye'Ole Engineering/Thaw Hall at 8:30 while we navigate that labyrinth of a setup. Honestly, it's like the freaking maze runner in there. And don't worry, if you help us, we will drive you up to Trees so you don't freeze. I'm a poet and didn't eve
n know it. Well, I'm already rhymed out so, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at njp37@pitt.edu.

For all you Venture Outdoors junkies, we have yo' fix. Not this weekend, but the following, VO will be hosting 2 day trips! First, on Feb. 21 from 10am to noon, there will be a hike thru Riverview Park with hot chocolate afterwards. Everyone knows chocolate is best served hot! The link for that is right here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BjEoM4DXWFbOi2M1Qex_GpuQPnzm7i8blRxKFH020ko/edit?usp=sharing
The following day, Feb. 22 from 10am to 1pm, VO will once again be doing snowshoeing, so pray for snow (but really don't, because the sooner winter wraps up the better). This link is right here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1S1dX8nZeRLygNxXYuC440sd6ag5L5Wafe1JzfrG0N7c/edit?usp=sharing

Fun Fact: If our emailing list were the population of a small country (Outdoorsistan, or some similar themed name would be appropriate) we would be the sixth smallest country in the world. Why is that so awesome? Because that means our club is bigger than 5 other legitimate countries! Let that sink in……yeah, mind blown. With over 3000 people on the mailing list, we are clearly the greatest club on campus!

Are your spidey senses tingling? Are you available February 28? Am I available February 28? What do all these questions point to? Nick is asking you on a date! What!? NOOOO!! I want to invite all of the climbing folk, and even the non-climbing folk to the annual Pitt Bouldering Competition!!! Get psyched to be stoked (copyrighted by Matt Carrol) because the setting game at the rock wall is as on point as it's ever been and we are ready for you! There are different brackets based on skill, prizes to be won, and good times to be had. Whether you are feeling strong and want to crush it or just love the idea of 50+ (damn right, 50 or more) new problems, this is the place to be. No one should be intimidated either, because anyone in the area and beyond (I'm talking WVU kids here) will be showing up and there's no age limit. From a kid who was probably 14 to some dude killing it in his 60's, this comp is for everyone. There is a $15 registration fee to compete (free to watc
h), but all the money goes right to the NRAC (The New River Alliance of Climbers) a spot frequented by the club. It's a great way to have fun and support one of the nicest climbing locations on the East Coast. Plus, there's prizes! So keep those crimp hands strong and put on your rubber (shoes of course) and come out to compete!!!

Whelp, our special events chair, Kim has already planned out a super social event for us this Sunday, 7 to 9. We are going ice skating as a club and would love to have you there. Bring some money for skate rentals (pretty cheap, around $7.50 I think) and a happy attitude, because no matter how your Valentine's Day went, you've always got us (cue really sappy "awws" from non-existent crowd). Sign-ups here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vyDNdwy0zYHSbOPjLD3_2dLzII68Qr49PdwXxdDgWpg/edit?usp=sharing

Yo, we had a wonderful speaker from the Carnegie Museum come to tonight's meeting, and she brought…wait for it………a POWERPOINT!!! Jk, while this is true, she also brought along a rock, some fossils, a few dinosaur teeth, and information on a totally rad research opportunity in Way out West Wyoming. If you have any questions, let one of our officers know, and we'll point you in the right direction. Also tonight was Talks With Troy, A Ferland Experience. Troy also was representing a summer research opportunity through the university. Open to all majors, if the thought of getting paid to do something you are interested in or just do researchy type things, email this man of myth yourself at tmf39@pitt.edu.

Interested in becoming a raft guide? Attend the NOC school for a week to learn the basics. We are just linking it up tonight: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/service.svc/s/GetFileAttachment?id=AAMkADhlYTVmYzUxLWRmZWEtNDI2NS04ODMyLTk1MjU2NWQ3NDU5MwBGAAAAAACeu%2BQgUAGDTrdOoA6lNIKJBwCvVzl8F87mTKY5CtR2BdLwAAAAAAEMAACvVzl8F87mTKY5CtR2BdLwAACBRlugAAABEgAQAP61bJzhbmBLqTDt1Zl3QH0%3D&X-OWA-CANARY=MsnWuoor0U2Yp1zDm9VgVq_aA6bJE9IIbGtV36JYuAWLr0R73ZhDY03PXMP9BKuoO8KdXbbeU80.

Do you have a yearning for cultural food? How about spending some real quality time with a guy whose initials are C.M. (no, not BM, C.M.)? Do you actually do anything before our amazing meetings, or do you just sit and watch the clock in eager anticipation? Everyone, step on up for Connor Martin's Sushi Fuku meal before the spiel, which is at 8:15pm on Tuesday nights. Yes, we know it's a hard concept to grasp, but you get dinner with a winner, and then walk less than a mile to a meeting that will make you smile like a crocodile! (Ugh, I thought I was done rhyming) Now get ready for the transition. In other news…

…POC got Political On Campus (Yeah, see what I did there with the letters) and had our elections two weeks ago. Thank you to everyone who campaigned this year, thanks for the voter turnout (we love you guys, some of you way more than we probably should), and a special thanks to Grady for not yelling obscenities this year, we really appreciate it man (insert thumbs up emoji here). The club has made its decisions and your newly elected leaders will be working on transitioning into their roles during the remainder of the semester.

Here's the rundown of new officials (along with potential new [probably horrible] nicknames [Haha get it? "NICK" names, because I thought of these cheesy monikers]) who will soon be officially officiating over official business:
President: Domonic "The Gear Laster" Milesi
Vice: Sara (Sprockets &) Gear(s)y
Secretary: Connor "Not-So-Shattered-Ankle" Martin
Treasurer: Philip (The best time to wear a striped) Sweet(er)
Water Chair: Nick "Peanut-Sir" Penatzer
Climbing (Co)Chair(s): Matt Carrol/Grant Cowan: M.C.Ha(nd Ja)mmer and The Cow
Backpacking Chair: Amy "McSwagger" Johnson
Caving (Co)Chair(s): Ali Greenholt/Tom Arthur: Ali Cat and Tom Cat
Special Events Chair: Kimmy "Lil' Kim" Dinh
Gear Master or excuse me, Gear Mistress: Rita "Crossword" Keil
For those of you who didn't wrestle a position from the clutches of competition or for those of you who just didn't run, begin thinking about next, next year. "Is there something I would like to do/help out with next, next year?" "Would I like to write some banging emails late at night?" "Would I like to be business up front as a President, while wearing only a hammock to a POC ABC party and creating modern art on top of existing art behind the scenes?" (Fantastic story, ask Grady "Man-bun" Martin […or better yet, ask Troy]) If the answer was yes to any of these, then find your inspiration/role model and start working towards your goal.

Signing off for the last ti…WAIT, THERES MORE!!?!!???!!!?!??!

Time to get POC personal with a section that may give you what is affectionately known of as "The Feels". I would like to throw out a personal thank you on behalf of the club to all the seniors who have been heavily involved in the POC while I can still do so through this medium known as the meeting minutes. So, kicking it off: Caroline, you have been a solid teacher with anything on the water and the few of us who have learned kayaking or rafting from you are very lucky! We look forward to following in your wake a little longer. Erik (Smitty Werbenjagerman)Jensen (He was #1 folks!), your beard is one of the two most respected in the club and everyone appreciates your good humor, knowledge, and leadership on the trips, especially when out backpacking. Jordi, our comrade with a craving for caving and designer of this year's t-shirts, was down to go underground, but also has helped with water trips as well as getting to the gym and climbing with our members, and we are a
ll glad you've been such a cool member of the club. Joey "mountain-man" Deshane. With the only other beard that rivals Erik's, you have given a lot of time to the club, especially through trips and climbing workshops. You have taught us not only excellent skills in sport and trad climbing, but also what not to do with a Pitt van (Also funny story). Thanks for naming the "Big Ol' Truck", and keep on climbing on! And then we have Troy (There can only be one) Ferland(er). As the head of our meetings and present on a majority of the trips, you may be one of the most recognizable members of the club. Whether on a trip chillin' in a hammock with a bottle of wine, wearing that hammock (the word "wearing" being used about as loosely as it fit you) to the annual ABC Party, or mastering drinking a beer while walking a slackline, everyone always saw you were living it up and bringing a spirit to the club! Good luck with grad school man.

You all have been iconic members at the forefront of the club, but we know there was a lot of work that has gone on behind the scenes as well, and we value the contributions you've made. So once again, thank you for everything you have done for us, and we look forward to these last couple shared months before our new group takes over and make our own impact on the next wave of POC'ers. So keep on living out our motto and continue to DO IT OUTDOORS!!!

Actually logging off for the last time so I'll keep it short(ish) and sweet,
Looking forward to a great rest of the semester, and an exciting new year afterward with all of you. Now choose the movie sendoff line you like the most. Yep, it's your choice
a) Beam Me Up Scotty
b) Get to the Chopper
c) Autobots, Roll Out
d) I am Groot
Your former secretary, the tall, lanky man behind the curtain,
Nick "Stick" Penatzer
p.s. told you it was a long one hahaha

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