Rita Vickers, Tony Vickers wife, wants to express their appreciation for all the cards sent to Tony. Tony suffered a hemorrhagic stroke earlier this month (an internal bleed in the left side of his brain). Tony is experiencing difficulty with reading-he reads the words but has difficulty with the meaning. He seems to have no physical difficulty other than no peripheral vision in his right eye. He is in therapy for the language deficit. Plans are that he will be released from the hospital on the 21st with continued out patient therapy.
Keep the cards and thoughts going their way.
"Alice Olson was in ICU for two days at Oro Valley Hospital and was removed from all life support this morning. She had a stroke about two days ago. Our dear Alice passed away at 11:15 this morning.
Jack is really down and he is very tired. He has quit answering his phone for a few days and has requested that no one call him. He wants a few days of privacy.
It is OK if you folks pass the word along. I will give an all clear when he is able to accept future calls. Thank you all. Please say a word of prayer for our Miss Alice. She will certainly be missed."
As you know, both Alice and Jack have led hundreds of hikes. Their leadership in SAHC is valued and cherished. Alice will be missed.
I am sorry to say that the Southern Arizona Hiking Club Winter Picnic was canceled. The road into Catalina State Park crosses a wash that was flooded, causing a significant load of sand to wash onto the road, and park officials have closed the road.
I looked at alternatives with Sally Gauthier and Mike Harris for the day of the picnic, and the near future for postponing the Winter Picnic to another date. None of the alternatives gave us enough upside due to current weather conditions.
As a result, we will meet as a board this week to discuss what happened. At this time, my thoughts are to save what we can of the Winter Picnic food and have a bigger celebration at our SAHC Spring Picnic, including awards. The board will communicate further information soon.
Southern Arizona Hiking Club
Access to the picnic area is impassable resulting in the cancellation of the SAHC Winter Picnic.