"Fall, Food & Friendship" FTA Chapter Picnic (FTA Members Only)
September 26

In lieu of a September virtual meeting, lets celebrate a "Fall, Food & Friendship" picnic at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park (picnic pavilion overlooking Lake Hall ).

Arrive early to enjoy a morning hike on the local trails or through the fabulous gardens on your own or perhaps join the group 5-mile hike beginning at 10:00 am (park at the Lake Overstreet Maclay Gardens trailhead). After the hike, head over to the recreation parking area where the large pavilion has been reserved until sunset. Bring a yoga mat or towel to participate in a demonstration at 12:30 by Amanda Cannon on yoga stretches for hiking. Lunch is planned for 1:00 pm. Remember this event is for current FTA members only. Interested in joining FTA – visit

Your local chapter will provide hot dogs, buns and toppings, paper products/utensils and we ask folks to bring a side dish to share (ex: salad, beans, fruit, dessert), your own non alcoholic beverages and optional chair. There are picnic tables at the pavilion. Bring your paddle boat, bike, yard games (perhaps you have Jenga, corn toss, or volleyball equipment), an instrument to share your musical talents (no amplified music permitted). Enjoy all that this great park offers. Entrance Fee: $6.00 per vehicle, Free with state park annual pass. Check out:

Look forward to seeing everyone there and celebrating Fall, Food & Friendship!

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Updated COVID-19 Operating Procedures

From: Royce Gibson
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 2:00 PM
Subject: Fwd: Updated COVID-19 Operating Procedures

Good afternoon Chapter Chairs and Trail Coordinators,

I hope you all are well and had a good summer. I am writing to inform you that last night the FTA Board of Directors voted to pass an update to our COVID-19 Operating Procedures. These guidelines are effective September 24, 2021. The key changes include that:

· FTA events should be conducted in accordance with the requirements and guidelines established by the Federal Government, State of Florida, the CDC, local government or a facility, whichever is more strict.

· Event participants must submit either the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Form OR the COVID-19 Test Submission Form in advance of participating in an FTA event (details attached)

Visit the FTA for updated documents pertaining to updated procedures -

· The official updated FTA COVID-19 Operating Procedures

· An FAQ document about the new procedures and how to implement them

· An updated Assumption of Risk form, which includes language stating that the person signing has reviewed our new operating procedures and has submitted either the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification form or COVID-19 Test Submission form.

· The COVID-19 JHA, which has not changed since last season

We ask that you please share this update with anyone in your chapter who will be leading a volunteer event, activity, meeting or other event. Note that the new operating procedures do state that regardless of vaccination status, in-person activities which can be accomplished remotely (e.g., Chapter Meetings, Board Meetings) should be.

If you still have questions or concerns after reading the new procedures and FAQ document, do not hesitate to reach out.

As always, thank you for all you do for our organization, and your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We are looking forward to another safe and rewarding season on the trail.


Royce W. Gibson, Executive Director
Florida Trail Association
1022 NW 2nd Street
Gainesville, FL 32601

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