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Moonlight Ramble(R) Rides Again!

The Gateway Council of Hostelling International-U.S.A./A.Y.H. made a momentous announcement yesterday at their annual meeting.

Over a year ago, Hostelling International-U.S.A./A.Y.H. began taking steps to streamline itself by absorbing its 23 local councils. One of these, The Gateway Council of A.Y.H., had been active for over 60 years in youth travel and recreational activities of hiking, biking, and canoeing.

Last night, at its annual meeting the Board of Directors of Gateway Council presented dissolution steps to its membership. The members voted to dissolve the local council.The effects of this are far-reaching. St Louis will now no longer have a structured entity to promote hosteling and travel. Instead, volunteers or "Friends of" may be started locally.

What happened to Gateway Council's signature event, The Moonlight Ramble(R)? Joe Rusch, Director of Emmis Marketing Group, was at the meeting to announce that The Ramble would be continued by them as a charitable event. In return for an undisclosed sum of money and a legal agreement to plough 10 percent of proceeds back to local charities, The Ramble will continue. 

The wildly popular local bicycling event held under the light of the full moon will see its 49th year in August; route is kept secret until the night of the event and is still being planned with various police and public officials. Stay tuned to the Emmis website for KSHE, www.kshe95.com, for further upcoming announcements.

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LeeAnn Tapscott June 15, 2012 at 01:54 PM
A most divine full moon was in the sky last year. This is a fun event!
Bob Harsh June 15, 2012 at 07:30 PM
It is all sad to hear, however we must move on and have a positive attitude for AYH's new/expanded role in hostelling. I am very glad that the Moonlight Ramble will continue. Mark C. was one of the very best Exec. Director's at AYH. I hope he plays a role in the Ramble. Best of luck to them - see them on the route!!
LeeAnn Tapscott June 15, 2012 at 08:03 PM
It's wonderful they're going to continue the Moonlight Ramble this year. We will miss the many years of Moonlight Mark's character and expertise. I believe he will play a significant role in the Ramble this year. From the bike path.

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