TVA Awards

The Texas Volkssport Association has its own Special Programs designed to help you explore the unique heritage and landscapes of Texas.

 

Texas Hill Country Challenge

San Marcos, Bandera, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Llano, rivers, wildlife, and wildflowers are all part of the Edwards Plateau region famously known as the Texas Hill Country. $10 for booklet, with patch awarded upon completion. For details, contact Susan Medlin.    

Make check payable to:

Randolph Roadrunners
c/o Susan Medlin
12527 Fern Creek
San Antonio, TX 78253

 

El Camino Real de los Tejas

Learn about the vast, rich history of Texas following the footsteps of those who travelled this land before us, from Texas' southwest border with Mexico to Louisiana. $10 for booklet, with patch awarded upon completion. For details, contact Susan Medlin.    

Make check payable to:

Texas Volkssport Association
c/o Susan Medlin
12527 Fern Creek
San Antonio, TX 78253

 

Texas Historic Landmarks

Learn local and state history from among the thousands of historical markers placed throughout Texas. $10 for booklet, with patch awarded upon completion. For details, contact Ellen Ott.    

Make check payable to:

Texas Volkssport Association
c/o Ellen Ott
11906 Pepperidge Cove
San Antonio, TX 78213

 

Walk Texas

Walk throughout Texas, completing events in 7 different regions: North, West, Southwest, Central, North Central, East, and Coastal. $10 for booklet, with patch awarded upon completion. For details, contact Ellen Ott.    

Make check payable to:

Texas Volkssport Association
c/o Ellen Ott
12527 Fern Creek
San Antonio, TX 78253

 

Texas Coastal Cities and Rio Grande Valley

Explore the beautiful coastline and Rio Grande Valley including McAllen, Corpus Christie, Port Aransas, and Galveston. $10 for booklet, with patch awarded upon completion. For details, contact Susan Medlin.    

Make check payable to:

Texas Volkssport Association
c/o Susan Medlin
12527 Fern Creek
San Antonio, TX 78253

The American Volkssport Association (AVA), the Texas Volkssport Association (TVA), and local clubs all provide incentives for you to enjoy and track your achievements.

The core of these incentives is to log the events you participate in and the distances you achieve. As each of these milestones is completed, you receive a patch, a pin, a certificate, and recognition in The American Wanderer, AVA's national newspaper. Recognition awards, explained in the IVV Book Guide, start at completion of as little as 10 events.

 
 

 

 NEW WALKER PACKET

AVA makes it easy to get started! You can purchase a New Walker Packet (at least a $21 value) from a local Club for $5.00 or from AVA Headquarters for $6.50 (plus tax for Texas residents, includes shipping). The packet includes a record book for your first 10 events, a distance book for your first 500 kilometers, 3 coupons for free event credit, a coupon for a free copy of The American Wanderer, a 10% off coupon for your first purchase of AVA merchandise, and more information about volkssporting.

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

The AVA also authorizes Special Programs that add enjoyment and challenge to your walking adventures. Some of these include walking: a sanctioned event in any city whose name starts with "A", "B", . . . "Z"; in all 50 states and capitals; 100 events in a calendar year; with the Girl Scouts; through a city park; past U.S. Post Offices; and many more! These are purchased separately and, upon completion, you receive a patch (like those below) and/or other recognition.

     
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UPDATE ON TVA PETALS AND PATCHES AWARD PROGRAM

MARCH 3, 2017

 

The TVA Petals and Patches Program began in 1982 with the 10 in Texas portion of the program.  The Ten in Texas program required a participant to complete 11 sanctioned walks in Texas in one year to qualify to purchase the 10 in Texas Patch.  The participant could qualify for the first petal the second year when they completed their first 10 sanctioned events in Texas.  The program proceeded to follow this pattern until the petals (10) surrounded the patch.  Then in 1992 the 20 in Texas Program was started and the same procedure was followed.  The patch could be purchased when the participant completed their first 11 sanctioned events in Texas and the following years they could purchase the 20 in Texas petal when they had completed 20 sanctioned events in Texas.

This program has been available for 34 years.  In the beginning a number of people were active participates.  However, in the past 20 years very few people have participated.  Every year the TVA purchases 50 (the minimum purchase allowed) of each petal. Maybe 4 or 5 are purchased a year.  Thus, the TVA has a buildup of inventory which is valued at $1210.72 and continues to create expense that is not recouped by sales.  

The TVA Board has decided to discontinue purchasing the petals each year, but will continue to offer the current inventory of patches and petals at a greatly reduced price. This means that those of you who have completed the programs but was not aware the programs existed, can now take a look back at your walking records and  purchase the patches and petals to complete your own record display of completion.  Please take a look at the attached documents that show how the patch and petals should be displayed and what an attractive display they make.

 In order to make it a reasonable project for you, reduce the TVA inventory and add additional income for the TVA, the price of the patches and petals have been greatly reduced in price.  An example:  The patch originally sold for $4.00—now they are $2.00.  The petals originally sold for $2.50—now they are $1.00.  The set (1 patch and 10 petals) originally cost $29.00—now they would be $12.00.  This applies to the 10 in Texas as well as the 20 in Texas.  I was not an active Volksmarcher when these programs started, but have gone back and created my display of the years I walked at least 10 sanctioned events in Texas and then completed the 20 in Texas if I walked 30 (the first 10 plus additional 20) events in that year.  Of course, we would not oppose you lining the rim of your cap with the petals for the years you have walked 10 or 20 in Texas.  We need to recoup some of the monies the TVA has tied up in all this accumulated inventory and hopefully give you incentive to create your own display of your accomplishments.

I have made up information kits for your convenience.  The kit includes, a brief history and current status of the TVA Petals and Patches programs (this webpage), an inventory listing of available petals and patches (click here), an order form (click here) and pictures showing the design of the each display (shown above).  You may order by emailing or mailing your order to me at the address shown on the form or see me at any walk you see me with the display.  

If you have question, please call or email me.  I will be happy to help you create your own display. 

Always,

Joanne Forinash

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Just what is "Volkswalking"?

Volkswalking comes from the German term "Volksmarch" that literally means "a people's walk." It's a noncompetitive outdoor walk, usually 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) through a scenic, historic, or interesting area over a predetermined route. Sometimes there is a 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) option. Volkswalks provide opportunities for people to see new countryside and landmarks, meet other people, and collect incentive awards. It's not a contest. Anyone who completes the course is eligible to receive an award designed for the event. This is usually a medal or a special patch with the payment of the appropriate fee. Everyone is a winner.

The purpose of Volkswalking is to encourage people of all ages to participate in the healthful hobby of hiking/walking/running on a noncompetitive basis. This makes Volkswalking an excellent recreational activity for the entire family.

The IVV, or International Federation of Popular Sports, was founded by Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein in 1968. It is the parent organization of an ever-increasing number of affiliates around the world. Among the largest is the AVA, the American Volkssport Association, located in Universal City, Texas, which oversees the events sponsored by more than 350 Volkssporting clubs in the United States.

Brought to the U.S. by servicemembers returning from Europe, Volkswalking is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States. Come participate in one of these walks, and discover for yourself why thousands of people of all ages in this country have joined the sport of Volkswalking.

The IVV, which governs volkssporting, has an incentive awards program which is separate from the medal/patch offered at each event.

You can participate in this program simply by purchasing (for $6.00 each) record books for events and distance, which are valid indefinitely and are honored at any IVV sanctioned Volkssport event worldwide. At each IVV event you complete, you are eligible to present your IVV distance and event books at the finish point and receive the official IVV ink stamp when you turn in your validated start card.

The different levels of achievement for events are: 10, 30, 50, and every 25 additional events, and for distance: every 500 km.

The first event book is completed when it contains 10 different IVV ink stamps; the first distance book is completed when it contains at least 500 km. All kilometers over 500 are automatically credited toward the next 500 km. When one book is completed, it must be sent to the AVA National Office, who will then mail the appropriate award, consisting of a stick pin, patch, and certificate. The name of each person receiving an achievement award is published in the official publication of the American Volkssport Association, "The American Wanderer." IVV record books are always on sale at each Volkswalk.

How do I find out about walks?

Volkswalks are sponsored by individual clubs. Some clubs sponsor one walk a year; many will sponsor several. Some clubs maintain mailing lists, but a person can always write to a club and ask to receive information (brochures) about their scheduled walks. A calendar of scheduled walks is published in The American Wanderer, the official bimonthly publication of the AVA. You may subscribe to The American Wanderer by writing to the American Volkssport Association, Suite 101, 1001 Pat Booker Road, Universal City, TX 78148. However, the best way to find out about walks in your area is to participate in a Volkswalk and pick up brochures about upcoming walks. There will always be a table at the start area at each walk with these free brochures.

Brochures contain a drawing of the award on the front, and the location (town) and dates for the event. Inside the brochure will be other important information such as start and finish times, where to send preregistration fees, last day to preregister, description of the course. There will also be a map or directions to the area, and a contact person to call or write for more information, if needed.

Do I have to be a member to participate?

You do not have to be a member of any Volkswalk club to participate in walks. However, if you would like to become involved with others who are interested in walking and in helping to plan walks, all clubs are happy to have new members. Benefits to club members and membership fees vary from club to club. It is a good way to meet new people, and it is a lot of fun to work together at a walk and participate in walks together.

How much does it cost?

Anyone can walk free at any Volkswalk event. However, if you want an award, the fee is usually $6.00 or $7.00 for the patch or medal and the IVV credit stamps in your books. The fee for the award is usually $1.00 less if you preregister for the event. If you want only the IVV credit stamp in your books, fees are normally $3.00.

The award may be an embroidered patch, and enameled, cloisonné or pewter medal or pin, or some other item, as designed by the sponsoring club. The brochure will describe the type and appearance of the award.

How do I register for a walk?

You may preregister for a Volkswalk by sending the required fee and form to the sponsoring club. Brochures will contain a preregistration form and information as to the fee and cutoff date.

An advantage of preregistering is to assure receiving the award on the day of the walk, as awards are set aside first for those who preregister. Walkers who register on the day of the walk will receive their award as long as the supply lasts; others will have their awards mailed, and award reorders can take eight to twelve weeks.

There is no refund if you are unable to make it to a preregistered walk. Volkswalks are not canceled because of bad weather.

How do I get to a Volkswalk event?

The brochure will give directions to the start place from the nearest highway. Look for directional signs as you near the start point. Walks often begin at a recreational area or a park.

When do the walks normally start?

Volkswalks usually open between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and close between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.. Check the times listed in the brochure because different walks may have different hours. Take your time and enjoy the walk and the companionship of other participants.

Walkers may walk alone or in groups. Some Volkswalkers will walk the course two or more times; this is allowed providing they finish before the announced closing time. Distance credit is given for completing the walk multiple times, but only one event credit is given for a walk.

Generally, the sponsoring club will place a large start sign and IVV flag or banner at the start place to make it easily seen by approaching motorists. The start place will include multiple tables with signs showing registration, start point and finish point, etc. Register if you did not preregister, then pick up your start card. Each person walking, even free walkers, must obtain and fill out a start card and carry it on the walk.

How will I know where to go?

Directional signs or bright plastic tape will be posted by the event sponsor to designate the walk route. To be sure a walker completes the required distance (and to keep people from getting lost), checkpoints are set up along the course, at which all walkers must stop and got a stamp or punch on their start cards. There may be one to four checkpoints on a walk.

What can I expect at the completion of the walk?

When you arrive back at the start/finish point, you will turn in your start card so that the event sponsor knows that you completed the course, and you will have your IVV books stamped for credit and receive your award, depending on the fee you paid.

Year-Round Events

Another kind of Volkswalk is the Year Round Event (YRE). Rather than being a scheduled, one-time Volkswalk, this is a permanent, any day walk. A YRE is typically available 365 days per year, during daylight hours. The start point is usually at a local business that has agreed to keep the self-service briefcase/box/kit. Hours and days available will depend on the business at the start point. Check points may also be located at a business.

The start point kit will contain an instruction sheet describing exactly what to do at the start and finish of your walk. Be sure to take a start card and a directions sheet/map from the kit to guide you along the trail which will not be marked like a scheduled Volkswalk. YRE award patches/medals are usually $6.00/$7.00 and may be available immediately in the kit or may be mailed to you one to three weeks after completing the walk. The award fee includes IVV credit stamps; for IVV credit stamps only the fee is is normally $3.00. For a YRE, the IVV event credit can be stamped once in the first half of the year and once in the second half of the year, but the distance credit book can be stamped as often as you complete the YRE.

YRE walks provide opportunities for participating in a Volkswalk at your own convenience any day of the year. Many people walk YRE walks regularly, providing them with healthful exercise as well accumulating kilometer credits toward IVV awards. Vacations can often include YREs. There are several hundred YREs now available in the United States, with more added each year.

 

The Texas Volkssport Association (TVA) meets twice yearly on the 1st Saturday in March and the 1st Saturday in August. Typically, a Club hosting these meetings will sponsor events each day of a 3-day weekend (Friday evening through Sunday morning), with the business meeting held that Saturday afternoon. The host Club may also optionally coordinate a Friday dinner and Saturday lunch. No other sanctioned volkssporting events are held in Texas on these weekends. The annual TVA budget is voted on at March meetings and the TVA officers are elected at August meetings.

Next TVA meeting
Abilene - August 03, 2019  (agenda)

Future TVA meetings
TBA - March 2020


Past TVA Meetings*

Waco March 2, 2019 Agenda Minutes
San Angelo August 4, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Del Rio March 3, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Kerrville August 5, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Coldspring March 4, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Granbury August 6, 2016 Agenda Minutes
McAllen March 5, 2016 Agenda

Minutes
TVA Bylaws - Final Amended 02-07-2015

Irving August 1, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Corpus Christi February 7, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Addendum A - TVA By Laws Changes

 *For materials older than those listed here, contact the TVA Secretary (see officers page for contact info).