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Don't forget to give March 28, 2019.

“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
40% Funded
$31,185 Raised
52 Donors

Special thanks to our Matching Donors and Nancy Wittenberg, AVA Vice President, for her generous Big Give matching contribution.

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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.

AVA Biennial Publicity Contest

AVA Biennial As the excitement builds for the 2019 Convention in Albany, New York so grows the anticipation for all the interesting and unique entries in our Biennial Publicity Contest! Winners of our 2019 national competition will be recognized at the 22nd AVA Biennial Convention, June 9-16, in Albany, New York.

All entries must have been created or occurred during the time-period from January 1, 2017 to April 1, 2019. Specific rules and submission category guidelines are attached. A separate Official Entry Form must be submitted with each entry and this form may be reproduced as needed. Submit your form in an envelope and attach it to the items submitted for judging. All photography category entries must include the Photo Release Form.

Competition in the AVA contest is open to AVA members, clubs and state organizations. Names of the winners will be published in the American Wanderer newspaper, the AVA website, and other promotional outlets. Winning photographs or other images may be used on our website or for other purposes such as the cover photo on the “Starting Point” book.

AVA cannot be responsible for any late, damaged or incomplete entries. All entries submitted to the contest will become the property of AVA and may not be returned.

All submitted entries must arrive at AVA National Office no later than April 15, 2019. Mail them to the American Volkssport Association, 1001 Pat Booker Road, Ste. 101, Universal City, Texas 78148, Attention: Publicity Contest or email with the subject line “Publicity Contest Entry” to hector@ava.org.

Entry submission deadline is April 15, 2019 Midnight/Central Time

Photo Release Form      Categories/Guidelines      Official Entry Form


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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Members, please be aware that when you share any photos, via digital image or otherwise, with AVA, such photos or images become the property of AVA and AVA, its legal representatives and assigns, retain the right and permission to publish, any such photo or image in any written or electronic publication, including Checkpoint or TAW, on social media, websites, or in audio-visual presentations, promotional literature, advertising or in other similar ways.

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