October was a very busy month.
First, our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee has been scrambling to get as much done as possible before Volume 2 of New River Rock goes fully to press. This includes helping Wolverine Publishing address route names and compile as much diverse photo representation as possible. We've also submitted ad art for an ancestral lands message and are wrapping up a diversity and inclusion statement to include in the book's introductory sections.
Our Rocktober Fundraiser was also a huge success thanks to all of you! We raised more that $1650 per month in recurring donations, plus another $4000+ in one-time donations. And in the process, we qualified for a one-time $5000 match from a local family of climbers. In short, Rocktober 2020 was the most successful fundraiser we've had since the days of the New River Rendezvous. Remember those?
Of course, it helped that we undertook a couple of giant service projects with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Summersville Lake, both of which gave us no shortage of things to talk about. During the course of the work, a number of questions have popped up on Facebook and Instagram regarding the relationship between climbers and the Corps. Indeed, some people seemed surprised there was a relationship at all, let alone a good one. We hope the above video will help explain things a little. It is our hope that this video will advance a discussion of climbing issues on Corps land at the regional and national level, as well, so that one day...maybe...we can regain legal DWS privileges. Big shout-outs to everybody who lent a hand out there!
We are all stewards of land once explored and occupied by Moneton and Tutelo tribes, as well as many others now long lost to history. Respect for them must be present in everything we do.