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Highpointers October 12, 2009 E-Bulletin

Here’s the October 12, 2009 e-bulletin.

Here is some important information about what’s hppening with the Highpointers Club.

Thanks, be safe and have fun out there!

Craig Noland
The Membership Guy


The Highpointer Foundation “Silent Auction” Ends November 30th…

The Highpointers Foundation has launched a Silent Auction capability on their website so check it out!!! The first Silent Auction ended at the NJ-09 convention, with $500 being raised when a Frank Ashley US State Highpoints signed guidebook was auctioned.   This particular Silent Auction is being held from October 1st, 2009 thru November 30th at 6 p.m. EDT.

The featured item this quarter is an original, signed, “Sir Edmund Hillary – Nothing Venture – Nothing Win Autobiography” from 1975 (author Edmund Hillary passed away in the year 2008 so this is a rare opportunity to score a signed copy of his autobiography).  This treasured item can only be seen in the libraries of a few venerable alpinists.  Copies of this book, depending upon condition, printing date, etc, are offered for sale on Mike Chessler’s website from one hundred to several hundred dollars.

Get more information from The Highpointers Foundation at: and click on the”Fundraising” button at the top of the page.

Their Fund Raising Page at: and then click to the “Silent Auction Page” prominently displayed as a link.

Fill out the Bid form, and submit a bid.  Bids must be at least $10 higher than the current high bid.

All bid activity will be updated daily, but is not instantaneous. The amount of the donation above and beyond the value of the book from the winning bidder is tax deductible so please consult your tax professional.

(About the Foundation:  As a 501-C-3 non-profit organization, The Highpointers Foundation is dedicated to education, support and conservation of the highest point in each of the 50 US States, provides a forum for education about the highpoints, aids in the conservation of the highpoints and their environs, maintains positive relationships with owners of highpoints on private property, assists in the care and maintenance of highpoints and supports public and private efforts to maintain the integrity of and access to state highpoints.

The Foundation is is currently working with the Foothills Trail Conference regarding an ambitious signage project to better mark the trails that go over and around the South Carolina highpoint at Sassafrass Mountain by providing financial assistance.  Discussions are on-going regarding making repairs to vandalized improvements at the Indiana Highpoint.

The Highpointers Foundation needs your support, please give something back to the hobby you love! Our grandkids will appreciate what we leave for them as our legacy.)



You will be able to leave your count changes, as well as address changes on the voice mail, or send via text messaging.  So far, this is working great!!!  Keep them coming.  Our records show that your last count is .  If that is not correct, please update us and any Family Members as well

Just listen to the directions, don’t get excited (it’s just a recording) and give us your updates, reports, address changes, email changes, etc.  If you think you didn’t get it right, just call us again.  Remember, text messages work very well too.

***  (865) 660-0027 ***

This number WILL NOT be manned.  In the future, we hope to have highpoint information available also.


We’re Now on Twitter…

This seems to be that fashionable thing to be doing these days.  So go to and sign up today.


Spreading the Highpointers Gospel…

More Highpointers Club Members needed in doing “The PowerPoint Highpointing Presentation’s.” If interested, please contact Bill Deitzer at: or 513-777-4435.  Bill and Rosemary would like to also thank the many Club members for their Highpointing pictures that permitted this PowerPoint presentation to come together!  More pictures… send them on!!!

Please include your mailing address with your offer to present.  Bill will send you a CD with the PowerPoint file and other helpful information.  You are encouraged to personalize the presentation with your highpointing experiences.  Brochures, and other club information, will be sent to you as well.

Local groups, civic groups and any like minded organization would surely like this presentation.  Here’s your chance to step up and help Highpointing while doing it.


2010 Highpointers Convention October 7th – 9th at Woodall Mountain…

The 2010 Highpointers Club Annual Convention will be Oct. 7th – 9th 2010 highlighting the Mississippi highpoint at Woodall Mountain.  The convention is being held in the Fall due to the brutal heat that befalls the “Deep South” in the Summer.  It is understandable that some of the younger members will not be able to make it due to school commitments so that’s why it’s going to be held over Columbus Day Weekend with hope that as many as possible will be able to make it.  Gary White is hosting this Highpointers Club event.
Convention headquarters is at the Holiday Inn Florence, 4900 Hatch Blvd., Shefield AL 35660 and is located in the center of the Sheffield, Muscle Shoals and Florence area in beautiful North Alabama near the intersection of US Highways 72 and 43.  More information will be passed out via the newsletters, the website and by other means.


Crew Members Needed!!!

The “CREW” needs you for the NJ/09 Konvention.  Contact Nikki Hemphill or  219-545-2169 to become a “Crew Member” and work with our hosts for a great Convention.  One hour or two – what ever you can spare.  We look forward to having you join us.


Kentucky Waiver’s – The Latest Information and the Waiver…

The latest procedure for visiting Black Mountain is now as follows:

–  You MUST first obtain this waiver by clicking this link to download:

Black Mountain KY Waiver

–  Complete this waiver and mail it to the following address before you visit:

Penn-Va Operating Co
Attn: Steve Looney
2550 E Stone Dr Ste 200
Kingsport, TN  37660-5863

If for some reason you cannot return it in time, please make sure you have it with you!!!

Black Mountain is privately owned by the coal company and there are active mines, as well as sink holes, in the area so the company has made the waiver mandatory for visits.  Since 2004, the waivers had been processed at the Kentucky Coal Mine Museum in Benham.  Earlier this year the Kentucky Department of State Parks took over the museum and  the Kentucky state lawyers have forbidden the museum from handling the waivers any more.


Highpointing Gear, Books, Guides…

Don’t just head out on the quest of the Highpoints without the proper apparel or the latest guidebooks.  Keep Jean “Mother Merc” Trousdale busy and order ’til your hearts content at:

The Highpointers Merc

***   We are now accepting credit cards through Paypal.  The process is totally automated and secure.   ***


Returning or Renewing…

You may renew your membership dues by either going to, click on the “Membership Tab” at the top of the page and paying online or send the dues of $20 per year to: Highpointers Club, PO Box 6364, Sevierville TN 37864-6364.  Help us out by renewing for 3 years at a time ($60).  It saves us loads of time and money.

The latest issue of “Apex to Zenith” is getting ready to hit the streets.  Be sure to email your most recent changes in address and counts.  You may send me your trip reports and I’ll pass them along to the Editors as well.


Please pass this information along to interested parties as they may not have email notification.

***  This is a friendly reminder, not intended to be SPAM.  Simply delete this message after reading if you wish.  But, please keep your email address updated for important reminders and highpoint issues.  Don’t worry, we use these addresses for club use only and they are never given out for any purpose.

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