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AVA: America's Walking Club

“Over the years, we have supported numerous non-profits during their annual fund-raising campaigns. We believe in the mission of AVA: America's Walking Club and are pleased to show our commitment during The Big Give. Please join us with a generous gift on March 28th during The Big Give.”

- David Bonewitz
100% Funded
$80,077 Raised
511 Donors

Thank You For Making A Difference!
I sincerely thank all of our Big Give Donors this year.  We have exceeded our fundraising goal for the 3rd straight year!  Special thanks to our online donors who helped us leverage an additional $1,000 in prize money!  We are definitely gaining regional name recognition through your efforts.  When I attend community events in this area people advise they know about the AVA  through the Big Give!  Hopefully this converts into more participation!  Together we will make this happen, one year at a time.  Safe travels to Albany, NY!  (More Big Give information will be released in the July Checkpoint.)

Congratulations to our AVA Prize winners! Phyllis A. Olson, Keung Hui, Cynthia Mayfield, & John Glass have all won a free 2019 or 2020 Starting Point Book. The US Freedom Walk Festival has won a free sanctioned traditional event.

Special thanks to our Matching Donors, Nancy Wittenberg, AVA Vice President, Mindy and David Bonewitz,PhD, AVA Board President for their generous Big Give matching contributions.

AVA National Executive Council
AVA Committee Members
Concinnitty Network
Eagle Print
Frazier Insurance Agency, Inc.

Terra Investments
Tater Tours
Walking Adventures Int’l

David Bonewitz, PhD, AVA Board President

Groupworks Big Give contribution.

Nancy Wittenberg, AVA Vice President - Why I give.

Ed Hainline - Why I give.

West Texas Trail Walkers 2019 Video.

Why I Walk 2019 Video.

Big Give video by Ellen Ott, President of Randolph Roadrunners.

New VOP "Walkin' Canada"! 2019 Registartion is now open. To learn more and register click on the image below. Walkin' Canada

Walkin' Canada is a virtual walk across Canada "visiting" 50 cities. As you pass these milestone cities you will receive information about the local IVV walk, interesting fun facts and history. To receive your Walkin' Canada T-Shirt, complete 5500 steps per day or a total of 2,007,500 by December 31, 2019. You can post your steps manually, sync with a fitbit or other walking device, most devices work with the program. There are still a few out there that may not. Don't have a walking pedometer or device, you may also use a smartphone!

2019 Convention Hotel

The Red Lion Hotel in Albany has officially sold out! This is exciting news! We are happy to learn that we will see a lot of you at the convention. If you did not have the chance to book your reservation at the Red Lion Hotel, no need to worry. The AVA now has a block of rooms reserved with Red Roof Inn at a discounted group rate of $77.99. Please note, Red Roof Inn is not a full-service hotel and continental breakfast will not be included. To make your reservations please call the number below and ask for the American Volkssport Association group rate.

Red Roof Inn Albany Airport
188 Wolf Rd
Albany, NY 12205
For reservations dial: (518) 459-1971
Group Name: American Volkssport Association
Block code: B112AVA611

Registration is now open!  For more information please visit the 2019 Convention site by clicking here or on the logo.

The AVA appreciates the support of The Michele L. Vennard Hospitality Grant Program of the Albany Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region for their grant award of $2,500 in support of our 2019 Convention.


Appalachian Trail Join us as we hike portions of the Appalachian Trail, America's first National Scenic Trail. Pristine lakes, rugged peaks and quiet forests await us.

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If you are doing any Holiday Traveling you might want to take advantage of the Red Roof Inn discount for AVA members and their families and support the AVA!
The AVA will receive 5% of all room revenues when you book at a Red Roof Inn using the Volume Plus Number (623002)! Red Roof’ Inn’s great rates and quality rooms means that you won’t be breaking the bank to afford a comfortable room. Through the American Volkssport Association , Red Roof Inn is also offering additional value. When you book your reservation using Volume Plus Number 623002, you’ll save 15% off Red Roof Inn’s Best Available rate. Red Roof Inn’s Volume Plus Number works just like an online coupon code. Use this link — https://www.redroof.com/deals/partner/American_Volkssport_Association — and Red Roof Inn’s online discount code will automatically be filled in for you! Or go to www.RedRoof.com to make a reservation. All you have to do to receive a discount at participating inns is enter Volume Plus Number 623002 in the VP+ / ID # slot. You can also make a reservation with an inn directly by calling 1-800-RED-ROOF (800-733-7663). You are required to provide the Volume Plus Number 623002 to the reservationist when you make your reservation, BEFORE arriving at any Red Roof Inn property


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