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The contact information for all clubs associated with the MVA are listed below. You can also get this information from the the AVA website.

Robert P. Schmick, President
824 Buckingham Dr.
Annapolis MD 21146
410.960.6226 H
410.647.5919 C
410.867.2724 fax
MVA Rep - Marie Wiser
Alternate - Betty Davis

Ann Shilling-Gwinnutt, President
11424 Crystal Falls Drive
Smithsburg, MD 21783-1824

Jim Farley, President
624 Camelot Drive
Bel Air, MD 21015
MVA Rep - Susan Osborne
Alternate - Don Koch

John Dye, President
6887 Garland Lane
Columbia, MD 21045-4616
MVA Rep - John Dye
Alternate - Rich Long

Bob Wolfe, President
311 Hidden Valley Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20904
MVA Rep - Bob Wolfe

Yvonne Pennington, President
2126 Gatewood Place
Silver Spring, MD 20903-1506
MVA Rep - Yvonne Pennington

Tony Laing, President
3504 Mount Olney Ln.
Olney, MD 20832-1116
MVA Rep - Carolyn Thurber
Alternate - Joan Parr

Club Related Information

When at all possible, Sanction Requests should be made through the AVA's on-line Electronic Sanction Request (ESR) process. Once that sanction request is submitted, the requestor should send an email message to President Bob Schmick to let him know there is a request awaiting his approval. In the event that your club is not able to use the ESR, you may submit a paper request. Such requests must be mailed to Bob at 824 Buckingham Dr. Severna Park, MD 21146. Email related to sanction requests should be addressed to MVA President, Bob Schmick,

One very important thing that we often forget to tell novice volkswalkers is how to identify a turn on a trail marked by colored streamers. We all often miss turns, whether we are following written directions, a drawn map, or physical markers like streamers, ribbons, stakes, etc. But it is easier if you know that double ribbons or streamers of the same color indicate that a turn is coming at the next intersection. The direction of the turn is indicated by the next single ribbon or streamer. So, when you see two markers together, at the next intersection look to the left and right and continue in the direction of the single streamer.