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Travel Circle Videos

Posted by ScottC on January 11, 2022 at 3:50 PM

Watch recordings of 2021 and 2022 Travel Circle Presentations

2022 recording

Iconic Cities: Chicago, Havana, New Orleans by Barbara Laird, Jan 8, 2022

2021 recordings

Japan: Timeless Beauty into the 21st Century by Vince Walsh, Jan 2, 2021


CaptainK’s 2015 Appalachian Trail thru hike by Kevin Wietrzykowski, Jan 9, 2021 ;


European Adventure: Munich Tyrol Vienna by Anthony DiVitto, Jan 23, 2021


Cruising Norway by Judy Pfaffenberger, Jan 30, 2021


Business Class Travel: Never pass up an opportunity to explore - by Scott Grenerth, Feb 6, 2021


Egypt Turkey Georgia & Armenia - by Mike & Julia Walsh, Feb 13, 2021


Arizona Less Traveled: History and Nature in Southeast Arizona - by Steve Lauer, Feb 20, 2021


Petsitting Your Way Around The World - by Tricia Kandik, Feb 27, 2021


Beautiful & Interesting Taiwan - The Isla Formosa, Mar 5, 2021


La Dolce Vita: Rome & Venice, Mar 13, 2021


Sri Lanka: An Island Beauty, Mar 20, 2021


Following the Silk Road Through Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan: Arts, Crafts, Textiles and Architecture, Mar 27, 2021

Benefit MVA Each Time You Shop Online

Posted by ScottC on November 29, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Help MVA while you shop online, and it won’t cost you anything.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Maumee Valley Adventurers when you shop using Amazon Smile. Here’s how:

Instead of logging into, go to this link and enter your username and password.

Shop as you normally do.

That’s it! There is no cost to you, but MVA will receive a donation.

If you use the Amazon smartphone app, simply shop as you normally do, adding items to your shopping cart. Then login to the link above in your web browser to check out and complete your purchase.

Make MVA Your Community Rewards Designee at Kroger

Posted by ScottC on August 29, 2016 at 9:20 PM

Maumee Valley Adventurers has been accepted into the Kroger Community Rewards program. It is one of the easiest ways for you to support our organization. Based on our collective purchases each quarter, Kroger will make a contribution to Maumee Valley Adventurers. There is no extra charge to you; it comes directly from Kroger as part of their community involvement.


If you already have an online Kroger account and wish to select Maumee Valley Adventurers as your Community Rewards designee or if you have already made a Community Rewards selection and wish to change your designation to Maumee Valley Adventurers, you may do so by following the instructions below:

  • Sign on to your account.
  • Click the Community option and then select Kroger Community Rewards.
  • On the next page, select View Your Rewards Details and click EDIT in the Community Rewards section.
  • You can then enter our organization number 41609 or our name, Maumee Valley Adventurers, in the appropriate space.


Remember, you must renew your Community Rewards designee in May of each year by following the above instructions.


If you need help in obtaining a Kroger Plus Card or creating a Kroger online account or if you need help with any of these instructions, please call Tom Verner at 419-878-6440 or send an email to [email protected]

MVA Purchases Fixit Station For Metroparks

Posted by ScottC on May 15, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Five Groups Work Together To Improve Cycling For Everyone

Maumee Valley Adventurers recently helped bring the first self-service bicycle repair stations to northwest Ohio. MVA was one of five local clubs to purchase Dero Fixit stations, four of which have been installed. Board member Keith Webb, who proposed the idea to Metropark and contacted the bike clubs, and President Judith Wilkinson (left) visited the first bike station at the McCord Road access to the University/Parks Trail May 15, along with representatives of the other clubs and Nate Ramsey, supervisor of the trail and adjacent Wildwood Preserve Metropark.

[See Metroparks News Release]

Maumee Valley Adventurers Seeks Grant Proposals

Posted by ScottC on February 17, 2015 at 4:25 PM

Maumee Valley Adventurers, a local group known for hosting bike tours and travel-related programs, is seeking applications for grants to support initiatives that further the group’s healthy lifestyle mission.


One-time grants, typically under $1,000, will be made to non-profit organizations, schools and similar civic-minded organizations. In awarding grants, the MVA board will be guided by the following priorities established by its purpose and bylaws:


• To promote and encourage outdoor activities and healthy lifestyle.


• To train and educate MVA members and the local community by using outdoor activities, educational and recreational travel and related programs; to develop fit, self-reliant, well-informed citizens


• To advise, support, and assist community groups in furtherance of the uses of bicycles for recreation, travel, and transportation by cooperation with schools, colleges and other educational, recreational and civic organizations in the development of programs of mutual interest

• To assert, safeguard, and advocate the rights of all bicyclists and to seek better public understanding and respect for existing rights and greater cooperation with the public authorities in the observance of traffic regulations by all users


Complete grant guidelines and an application are available at

Maumee Valley Adventurers, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, was formed by the board of the former Hostelling International-Toledo Area Council, to promote healthy, social lifestyles for the betterment of the community. MVA is funded by four annual bike tours: The Portage River Tour, Metroparks Tour, Irish Hills Tour and the Tombstone Tour/Family Haunted Bike Ride. The group also hosts weekly hikes or bike rides, participates in community events and sponsors a winter Travel Circle travelogue series in various Metroparks attended by more than 1,000 people.


MVA Assists UT Student Traveling To Japan

Posted by ScottC on May 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

MVA is pleased to award a grant for $100 to Jasmond Young, a University of Toledo student, to assist with expenses for a study abroad program. A junior studying marketing and entrepreneurship, Jasmond will travel to Japan for three weeks, where she will visit Tokyo, Toyohashi and Kyoto. Look for Jasmond to share stories from her adventure in an upcoming Travel Circle presentation and article on our website.

Maumee Valley Adventurers Awards Grant To Safe Kids For Bicycle Education

Posted by ScottC on March 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Maumee Valley Adventurers has awarded a $1,000 grant to Safe Kids Greater Toledo to help continue the program’s youth bicycle education efforts. The grant will pay for bike helmets, supplies and staff time to coordinate three bike rodeos.

MVA is a local organization formed by the board of the former Hostelling International-Toledo Area Council that provides education and affordable recreational opportunities for the community. Among other activities, MVA sponsors four annual bike tours in partnership with Toledo Bikes, the Elmore Historical Society and Metroparks.

“Bicycling is good for our health and environment, and it’s an important part of kids’ development,” said Judy Wright, president of MVA. “We support the work of Safe Kids because it’s important that children learn at an early age how to be safe and responsible riders. We hope that we are helping in some small way to develop in kids a lifelong love of bicycling – a passion that many people in our organization share.”

Safe Kids Greater Toledo is a community-based initiative of Safe Kids Worldwide. With ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital as the lead agency, Safe Kids is focused on the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries through public education, community programming, safety product distribution, legislation, and media outreach.

Thank You!

Posted by ScottC on January 8, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Dear MVA Member,

As we begin our second year as an organization I want to express my gratitude to all of you who have supported the organization throughout the year. Your participation and willingness to volunteer in an activity or program is very much appreciated. Giving of your valuable time and energy is nothing to be taken for granted.

I am honored to be a part of such a vibrant group.

In closing I want to invite you to our annual meeting that will be held this year on Sunday February 2nd at noon, Pearson Park. It will be a pot luck, beverages and chili provided. We have an excellent program planned. It is an important meeting to attend. It is the one time to meet your board. This board has worked diligently and spent countless hours on bylaws, 501c3 application etc. Words cannot thank them enough for their dedication.

Your membership is valued, your ideas and input are always welcome.

I look forward to seeing you February 2nd.



Judy Wright
President MVA

[Annual Meeting Invitation]


Logo Approved

Posted by ScottC on January 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM

MVA Mission Statement

Posted by ScottC on January 30, 2013 at 4:40 PM

The mission of Maumee Valley Adventurers is to educate and empower people of all ages, cultures and economic backgrounds by providing and advocating for affordable recreational and travel opportunities.