Denver Member Initiatives Committee
Mission: To solicit, encourage, recruit, facilitate, and support Denver Group members’ engagement with the CMC, and to be a clearinghouse for ideas or initiatives members may seek to develop for the benefit of the Club and/or its members.
In other words, our projects are initiated by members, other Committees, Denver Group Council, and staff. Sometimes, the idea is a way to improve an already existing project. Other times it is to start-up a program and then hand it off to another Committee.
How We Work: DMIC membership is made up of small teams who work together on seasonally current projects. Although each of our projects has a lead, we all work to support each other as needed. Other Denver Group members assist on a project basis. We do our work online and rarely meet in person.
If you have an idea for DMIC or if you are interested in serving on DMIC, even for helping on just one particular project, write us at [email protected]. Trip Leader or School Instructor experience is desirable but not a must.
2020 DMIC initiatives include:
|New Member Trips
• An introductory hike for new and prospective members about how the trip sign-up, carpool, and TH process works. Learn about hiker classifications and CMC schools, meet other new members., and ask questions.
|About three trips offered per month, year-round on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.||Michael McMahon
Contact: [email protected]
• Program geared towards members seeking to increase their fitness and hiking difficulty with the goal of reaching the summit of a Colorado 14er by season-end.
|2019 Ascending Hikes series is now complete. 2020 will post in the Spring. Watch Mile High Mountaineer.||Jeff Stevens
|Beginner Snowshoes Clinics
• Designed to teach members how to snowshoe: equipment, preparation, and techniques. Includes an actual snowshoe practice trip.
• Afterwards, member should be comfortable signing up for any easy snowshoe trip on the calendar.
|2020 Snowshoes Clinics are posted. Three weekends a month, January through March.||Michael McMahon
• Specialty hikes explore one or more aspects of Colorado’s rich human and natural history as well as offer opportunities to learn and practice hiking skills in a non-classroom setting.
• The hikes are offered by CMC trip leaders on a somewhat regular basis, based upon their own personal interests. Members should search the calendar frequently for the specific topic word. If you are interested in a specific theme or hike please contact Mike Tischer.
|Trip Leaders: Birding, Wildflowers, History, Geology, Natural History, Archeology, Map and Compass Practice, GPS Practice and more have been offered with success. You don’t have to be an expert on the subject, just announce the trip, put your ‘theme’ in the trip title, and maybe ask fellow members to bring their equipment or guides. That way you can attract members who will enjoy the special subject with you!||Mike Tischer
|Quick Start School
• “Quick Starts” are a series of short seminars that highlight topics about recreating in Colorado. They’re a great place to learn something new or refresh something familiar!
|Once firmly launched, this project will move from DMIC to Schools Committee as a support to the other programs.||Cyndi Lehr, Coordinator
Mike Tischer, Publicity
Contact: [email protected]
|Day Hiker School
• Alternative path to complete Wilderness Trekking School, CMC’s foundational course and prerequisite for many more advanced courses.
• Modular segments for those who cannot devote six consecutive weeks to traditional WTS.
|Beta roll-out planned for early 2020. Once launched, this project will move from DMIC to Schools Committee Hiking and Camping Program.||Mike O’Connor, Director
Robbie Monsma, DMIC
|Track File Manager
• This volunteer service stores member-donated GPS track files for use by Club leaders and members. Members are encouraged to donate their tracks and to download tracks for their personal and Club use.
|DMIC collects GPS track files year-round. To gain access, write to [email protected]||Jeff Stevens
Contact: [email protected]
• A long, linked list of all the various acronyms Club veterans use: WTS, WFA, ACS, etc. To some members, especially new ones, these tend to be bewildering and even off-putting.
|We update this from time-to-time to keep up with State and Denver Group changes. Click here to view on-line.||Kirk Dielman
The DMIC has a Chair and five voting members, at least one of which must be a current or past trip leader (within the last three years), and at least one of which must be a current or past Denver Group Schools instructor (within the last three years). If you are interested in serving on DMIC, even for just one particular project, write us at [email protected].
Current DMIC Members:
Cyndi Lehr: A retired physical therapist, Cyndi is a member of Denver Group Council 2018-2022. A BMS Grad, she is a trip leader trainer. She assists with Basic Rock, Intermediate Rock and is a senior instructor for Alpine Scrambling Course. Cyndi’s DMIC Initiative: Quick Start Schools.
Michael McMahon: Mike has been a CMC member since 2017. Since joining CMC, Mike has completed WTS, Nav 1, Nav 2, WTS and WFA. He was an associate instructor for WTS Spring 2019. Mike has enjoyed hiking and snowshoeing frequently since joining CMC. He has completed LIT and will be leading the new member hikes.
Robbie Monsma: A retired attorney-mediator, Robbie is Co-Chair of the CMC Denver Group Council for 2018-2020. A BMS grad, she is a trip leader and a board director for the Bobcats Section. Robbie has worked on new member issues for the past four years. Robbie’s DMIC Initiatives include: New Member Hikes, Beginner Snowshoe, Day Hiker School, and Quick Start School.
Jeff Stevens: Jeff has been a member of the CMC since 2015, and a trip leader since 2017. His DMIC Initiatives include: Track File Manager, Ascending Hikes and DMIC survey. He is the Trip Leader School Director and serves on the Safety and Leadership Committee.
Michael Tischer: Mike is a geologist who has been a member of the club since 2012. He currently is a senior instructor for the Wilderness Trekking School and leads hikes for the club along the Front Range and beyond. Mike’s DMIC Initiatives include: Themed Hike Series and the Quick Start School.
Committee Minutes & Charter
August 2019 (no meeting)