Information and News provides Items of Interest to walkers in and coming to Florida (as of 15 May)

Walk events are found on the left. YREs are at Walk Florida Events and Traditional weekend events are at Weekend & Club Events.

2017 Florida Multi-event Walks

Walk Around Florida 27

October, 27-29, 2017 - St. Augustine

Hotel Southern Oaks Hotel

2800 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. St. Augustine, Florida

Reservations open now to September 26 at $119 for King/2 Queens

904-342-2354 or 904-547-2191, Code “Walk Around Florida”

4 Walks, Swim, Social, and Fun - Brochure in Late May.

See TAW - SE Region - Walk In Americas Oldest City This October.docx.

POC at Southern Oaks Inn:

2017 AVA 20th Biennial Convention


Billings, Montana

5-11 June events and AVA Meetings

2018 Florida Multi-event Walks

13-15 January, St Simon Island, GA.

Late Oct-Early Nov Walk Around Florida 28

FVA Meetings and Announcements

NEW 29 April Meeting.  The location for the FVA meeting on 29 April is in Jacksonville. If 10 rooms are booked, we can have hotel meeting space for free; otherwise the meeting will take place at the Murray Hill branch of the Jax library at 918 Edgewood Ave. S., 4.7 miles from the hotel. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. The agenda FVA Meeting Agenda 29 Apr 2017.docx

FVA Volunteers are Club Volunteers

As an interface with the Regional Director, an advocate for Florida walking events, a manager for Walk Florida State Parks program, FVA officers and directors are from our eight clubs.

Elected officers are the President, VP, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Each of the eight clubs appoints a representative to make up the official 12 members of FVA Board. Adjunct positions are the Walk Florida State Parks coordinator and the FVA Website manager. There is an Executive Committee, a budget committee, and an Audit committee required by the Bylaws. 

Nov 2016. The semiannual FVA meeting was held at 2:00pm 6 November, Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library in Tampa. The draft minutes are posted . The Southeast Region Director attended and spoke on the future of AVA, President Wilma Shively noted that elections for Secretary and Treasurer are in April 2017 and that JoAnne Cross is nomination chair. She asked for volunteers for these offices and for a Walk Florida State Parks coordinator as Bev MacNeill will leave that position 1 January. Discussions on upcoming multievent weekends (14-16 Feb and 17-20 Mar) were held. The FVA Bylaws were amended to delete the South and North Coordinators.

See Florida club’s Facebook links.

FVA has available a FVA tee for sale to anyone desiring one by contacting the POC for WFSPs, Wilma Shively,

AVA Checkpoint (CP) is available monthly here. The AVA began directly emailing the Checkpoint to all club officers in December 2015.

The CP has some great information for Club officers and members. See the December 2013 issue for “Club Publicity Tools” including great brochures, lists of publicity contacts in every most Florida cities, and two professional “Everybody Walks” videos.

The “Tools” are found at

The videos are at:

"Volkswalking - Off the Beaten Path”

 "Volkswalking - A Family Affair"

AVA Special Programs: AVA Special Programs added for 2017 are ready to start - got your program books? The American Wanderer and the AVA web site have details.  Go to the Links page for all the programs and details. Remember that walkers have the year following to complete the Special Program and return the completed book (e.g. Program ends Dec 2016, book returned NLT Dec 2017).

Trail Ratings

These ratings are provided here.

Seven Southeast Florida Walks - Online Registration

The Mid Florida Milers sanction seven YRE events in southeast Florida. These are online registration events and the registration link is

Start by setting up a new account. If you have an account, login.

On January 1 these great walks are registered online only. See the 2017 Events page. The 7 Florida walks are in Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton (all in Palm Beach County), Ft Lauderdale, Miami South Beach, and Key West.

These walks require logging into a web site, paying via credit card to PalPal, and downloading digital instructions to a PC, a tablet or a smartphone.  Costs are $3 for credit (as normal) and $2 for non credit walkers.  Credit stamps on insert cards are provided via the same web site.  There are over 40 walks available online now.