The Obsidian Bulletin, June 1937, p. 1

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The OBSIDIAN

VOL. I NO. 5 JUNE 1937 EUGENE, OREGON

ALL PLANS FOR OBSIDIAN LODGE REJECTED BY MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL MEETING HELD

FORTY SIX OBSIDIANS ATTENDED THE DINNER AND SPECIAL MEETING JUNE SEVENTH, AT THE RIVER ROAD WOMEN'S CLUB HOUSE. OBSIDIAN SONGS WERE LED BY LOUIS WALDORF DURING THE DINNER.

PAUL LAFFERTY GAVE A REPORT OF HIS RECENT UNUSUAL ASCENT OF THE MIDDLE SISTER ON SKIS.

MINUTES OF THE LAST ANNUAL MEETING WERE READ AND APPROVED. AFTER EACH OF THE PRESENT BOARD MEMBERS WERE INTRODUCED A FEW GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS WERE MADE BY THE LEADERS OF THE NEXT MONTHS TRIPS.

ROBERT LEMON, PRESIDENT OF THE OBSIDIAN CLUB BOARD ANNOUNCED THAT SINCE LAST FALL THE BOARD HAD BEEN FORMULATING PLANS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MUCH DESIRED OBSIDIAN LODGE, AND THAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS SPECIAL MEETING, WHICH HAD BEEN CALLED BY THE BOARD FOR ALL MEMBERS, WAS TO VOTE THEIR APPROVAL OF THE SITE, THE GENERAL PLANS, AND THE AUTHORIZATION OF BONDS TO BE ISSUED OVER A GIVEN LENGTH OF TIME. THE LEASE TO THE PROPERTY FROM THE FOREST SERVICE FOR FIVE ACRES WAS READY TO BE SIGNED AND ANYONE MISTAKING THE LODGE FOR A CABIN SHOULD BE FINED FIVE CENTS. MONITORS WERE THEN APPOINTED AT EACH TABLE AND THE FUN STARTED. AS FOR THE FIVE CENTS COLLECTED TO GO TOWARD THE BUILDING OF THIS LODGE, SEVERAL SPEAKERS HAD A LAPSE OF MEMORY OR SLIP OF THE TONGUE WHICH BROUGHT THE TOTAL FUND UP TO SEVENTY CENTS FOR THE EVENING.

THE DISCUSSION FROM THE FLOOR BEGAN WITH THE SUBJECT OF THE PROPOSED LOCATION AND WE MAY SAY THUS ENDED SOMETIME LATER.

PAUL LAFFERTY WAS WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENTHUSIASTIC OVER A LOCATION ON OR CLOSE TO SIMS BUTTE, FOR THE REASON THAT IT WOULD BE UP FAR ENOUGH FOR SKIING WHERE THE BEST SNOW CONDITIONS ARE, AND IN THE FUTURE WOULD RIVAL ANYTHING TO BE FOUND NEAR RAINIER OR MT. HOOD. HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THIS WOULD BE CLOSER TO THE THREE SISTERS AREA FOR SUMMER CLIMBS. HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT TWO OF THE

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BOVARD DINNER AND CAMPFIRE AT KORNS'; ENJOYABLE REUNION OF CLUB FOUNDERS

"OUR DREAMS ROSE IN THE SMOKE OF OUR CAMPFIRE IN THE WILDERNESS,

"AND OUR FRIENDSHIP GLOWS WITH THE EMBERS OF THE FIR FIRE,

"AND THE GREAT STRUGGLE TOWARD THE MOUNTAIN TOP;

"AND WE SHARED PEACE AND GOOD FOOD AND PLEASANT REST OF OUR NIGHT CAMP."

DON BLANDING

TO DR. JOHN BOVARD, FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE OBSIDIANS."

THIS INSCRIPTION, ENGRAVED ON THE BOOKENDS PRESENTED TO DR. JOHN BOVARD, SET THE KEYNOTE FOR AN EVENING OF GREAT PLEASURE AND REAL OBSIDIAN GOOD-FELLOWSHIP, WHEN OBSIDIANS GATHERED TO HONOR DR. BOVARD, WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 19.

DR. BOVARD IS LEAVING SOON TO BE WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES. HE AND MRS. BOVARD ARE AMONG THE FOUNDERS OF OUR CLUB.

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MIDDLE CLIMBED IN WINTER? BY PAUL LAFFERTY

WAS IT FEASIBLE TO TRY TO CLIMB THE MIDDLE SISTER ON SKIS? ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT, SO MY BROTHER AND I BUCKLED ON OUR SKIS

WITH CLKMBERS ON THE SKIS, WE EXPERIENCED NO DIFFICULTY IN GETTING UP. IN FACT WE FELT THAT WE WERE MAKING BETTER PROGRESS THAN WE WOULD HAVE MADE ON THE BARE GROUND UNDER SUMMER CONDITIONS. NEAR THE SUMMIT, WHERE THE SNOW HAS PRETTY WELL BLOWN OFF THE BARE ROCKS, WE LEFT THE SLIP STICKS AND FINISHED ON FOOT. WE HAD QUITE A TIME FINDING THE BOX IN THE SNOW, THOUGH, AT THE TOP. IT WAS SWELL UP THERE--GRAND VIEW.

COMING DOWN WE MADE IT IN FIFTEEN MINUTES! YEP, THAT'S RIGHT. AT FIRST WE THOUGHT WE MIGHT SHOOT OFF SOME CLIFF EDGE COMING DOWN, THE SNOW WAS SO FAST GOING UP.

BUT BY GOING-DOWN TIME IT WAS MID-DAY, AND THE SUN HAD SOFTENED UP THE SNOW JUST ENOUGH AND NOT TOO MUCH.

IT WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. I HOPE ALL OF US CAN HAVE THE SAME THRILL IN THE FUTURE. PERHAPS WINTER CLIMBING IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE, AFTER ALL.


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