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Travel Circle Schedule for 2018

Posted by ScottC on November 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (16)

Travel the world this winter with Maumee Valley Adventurers and Metroparks Toledo.

Each Saturday in January, February and March, a different, local speaker presents photos and narrative from his or her world travel adventure. Programs begin at 2:15 p.m. Come at 1 p.m. for a walk in the park. Refreshments provided. Free.

Locations alternate between Oak Openings Lodge at Oak Openings Preserve, 5440 Wilkins Road, Whitehouse, and the Ward Pavilion at Wildwood Preserve, 4830 W. Central Avenue, Toledo.

January 6
Scenic Byways and Villages of France
By Judy Pfaffenberger
Lodge, Oak Openings Preserve


January 13
Three Weeks in India: a Desert, the Taj Mahal and My Wedding
By Jennifer Christensen
Ward Pavilion, Wildwood Preserve

January 20
Rambling Around Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn
By Tom Garey
Lodge, Oak Openings Preserve

January 27
Four of our Western National Parks – Their 100th Anniversary
By Ruth Rittichier
Ward Pavilion, Wildwood Preserve

February 3
How NOT to Hike the Appalachian Trail
By Paul Fuzinski
Lodge, Oak Openings Preserve

February 10
Vienna, Salzburg & the Nendaz (Switzerland) Alphorn Festival
By Susan Lang
Ward Pavilion, Wildwood Preserve

February 17
Off the Beaten Path in Great Britain
By Tom & Nancy Verner
Lodge, Oak Openings Preserve

February 24
From Reykjavik to the Faroe Islands, Norway and Doublin
By Richard & Christine Weisfelder
Ward Pavilion, Wildwood Preserve

March 3
Russia – St. Petersburg to Moscow
By Beverly Wolcott and Lou McLove
Lodge, Oak Openings Preserve

March 10
The Spectacular Canadian Rockies
Sally & Bernie Albert
Ward Pavilion, Wildwood Preserve

March 17
Hiking in Mexico’s Copper Canyon
By Larry Lindsay
Lodge, Oak Openings Preserve

March 24
Treasures of Asia: Singapore, Malaysia, Shanghai and Beijing
By Vince and Meng Walsh
Ward Pavilion, Wildwood Preserve

March 31
Around the Block and Back – Xi’an, China
By Barb Laird
Lodge, Oak Openings Preserve

Make MVA Your Community Rewards Designee at Kroger

Posted by ScottC on August 29, 2016 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (7)

Its official! Maumee Valley Adventurers has been accepted into the Kroger Community Rewards program. It is one of the easiest ways for you to support our organization. Based on our collective purchases each quarter, Kroger will make a contribution to Maumee Valley Adventurers. There is no extra charge to you; it comes directly from Kroger as part of their community involvement.


If you already have an online Kroger account and wish to select Maumee Valley Adventurers as your Community Rewards designee or if you have already made a Community Rewards selection and wish to change your designation to Maumee Valley Adventurers, you may do so by following the instructions below:


  • Sign on to your account.
  • Click the Community option and then select Kroger Community Rewards.
  • On the next page, select View Your Rewards Details and click EDIT in the Community Rewards section.
  • You can then enter our organization number 41609 or our name, Maumee Valley Adventurers, in the appropriate space.


Remember, you must renew your Community Rewards designee in May of each year by following the above instructions.


If you need help in obtaining a Kroger Plus Card or creating a Kroger online account or if you need help with any of these instructions, please call Tom Verner at 419-878-6440 or send an email to


Thank you for your support.


Tom Verner, Treasurer

Maumee Valley Adventurers


MVA Purchases Fixit Station For Metroparks

Posted by ScottC on May 15, 2015 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (7)

Five Groups Work Together To Improve Cycling For Everyone

Maumee Valley Adventurers recently helped bring the first self-service bicycle repair stations to northwest Ohio. MVA was one of five local clubs to purchase Dero Fixit stations, four of which have been installed. Board member Keith Webb, who proposed the idea to Metropark and contacted the bike clubs, and President Judith Wilkinson (left) visited the first bike station at the McCord Road access to the University/Parks Trail May 15, along with representatives of the other clubs and Nate Ramsey, supervisor of the trail and adjacent Wildwood Preserve Metropark.

[See Metroparks News Release]

Maumee Valley Adventurers Seeks Grant Proposals

Posted by ScottC on February 17, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Maumee Valley Adventurers, a local group known for hosting bike tours and travel-related programs, is seeking applications for grants to support initiatives that further the group’s healthy lifestyle mission.


One-time grants, typically under $1,000, will be made to non-profit organizations, schools and similar civic-minded organizations. In awarding grants, the MVA board will be guided by the following priorities established by its purpose and bylaws:


• To promote and encourage outdoor activities and healthy lifestyle.


• To train and educate MVA members and the local community by using outdoor activities, educational and recreational travel and related programs; to develop fit, self-reliant, well-informed citizens


• To advise, support, and assist community groups in furtherance of the uses of bicycles for recreation, travel, and transportation by cooperation with schools, colleges and other educational, recreational and civic organizations in the development of programs of mutual interest

• To assert, safeguard, and advocate the rights of all bicyclists and to seek better public understanding and respect for existing rights and greater cooperation with the public authorities in the observance of traffic regulations by all users


Complete grant guidelines and an application are available at

Maumee Valley Adventurers, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, was formed by the board of the former Hostelling International-Toledo Area Council, to promote healthy, social lifestyles for the betterment of the community. MVA is funded by four annual bike tours: The Portage River Tour, Metroparks Tour, Irish Hills Tour and the Tombstone Tour/Family Haunted Bike Ride. The group also hosts weekly hikes or bike rides, participates in community events and sponsors a winter Travel Circle travelogue series in various Metroparks attended by more than 1,000 people.


MVA Assists UT Student Traveling To Japan

Posted by ScottC on May 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (1)

MVA is pleased to award a grant for $100 to Jasmond Young, a University of Toledo student, to assist with expenses for a study abroad program. A junior studying marketing and entrepreneurship, Jasmond will travel to Japan for three weeks, where she will visit Tokyo, Toyohashi and Kyoto. Look for Jasmond to share stories from her adventure in an upcoming Travel Circle presentation and article on our website.

Maumee Valley Adventurers Awards Grant To Safe Kids For Bicycle Education

Posted by ScottC on March 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (9)

Maumee Valley Adventurers has awarded a $1,000 grant to Safe Kids Greater Toledo to help continue the program’s youth bicycle education efforts. The grant will pay for bike helmets, supplies and staff time to coordinate three bike rodeos.

MVA is a local organization formed by the board of the former Hostelling International-Toledo Area Council that provides education and affordable recreational opportunities for the community. Among other activities, MVA sponsors four annual bike tours in partnership with Toledo Bikes, the Elmore Historical Society and Metroparks.

“Bicycling is good for our health and environment, and it’s an important part of kids’ development,” said Judy Wright, president of MVA. “We support the work of Safe Kids because it’s important that children learn at an early age how to be safe and responsible riders. We hope that we are helping in some small way to develop in kids a lifelong love of bicycling – a passion that many people in our organization share.”

Safe Kids Greater Toledo is a community-based initiative of Safe Kids Worldwide. With ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital as the lead agency, Safe Kids is focused on the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries through public education, community programming, safety product distribution, legislation, and media outreach.

Thank You!

Posted by ScottC on January 8, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Dear MVA Member,

As we begin our second year as an organization I want to express my gratitude to all of you who have supported the organization throughout the year. Your participation and willingness to volunteer in an activity or program is very much appreciated. Giving of your valuable time and energy is nothing to be taken for granted.

I am honored to be a part of such a vibrant group.

In closing I want to invite you to our annual meeting that will be held this year on Sunday February 2nd at noon, Pearson Park. It will be a pot luck, beverages and chili provided. We have an excellent program planned. It is an important meeting to attend. It is the one time to meet your board. This board has worked diligently and spent countless hours on bylaws, 501c3 application etc. Words cannot thank them enough for their dedication.

Your membership is valued, your ideas and input are always welcome.

I look forward to seeing you February 2nd.



Judy Wright
President MVA

[Annual Meeting Invitation]


Logo Approved

Posted by ScottC on January 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

MVA Mission Statement

Posted by ScottC on January 30, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The mission of Maumee Valley Adventurers is to educate and empower people of all ages, cultures and economic backgrounds by providing and advocating for affordable recreational and travel opportunities.

We're Online!

Posted by ScottC on November 25, 2012 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (2)

MVA is now online!

Within the website, you'll find links to our new Google Calendar and a Facebook page.

Next, we'll be setting up an email system to send members invitations to upcoming events.