East Tennessee Grotto

August 5, 2020


July 1, 2020

The July meeting will be a social gathering at Cherokee Caverns. There will not be a presentation so bring your best stories to share among friends. It will be an Outta-Luck PotLuck so bring your own food and beverage. Seating is limited, so bring your own or you may recline on the lawn for dinner on the ground. Gates will open at 7:00 and close at 9:30.

Please review the covid recommendations from the authority of your choice. Attend with the knowledge that some may be wearing mask and others may not. Social distancing may vary.

June 3, 2020


May 6, 2020


April 1, 2020


February 5, 2020

Our monthly meeting will be this Wednesday, February 5, at 7:30PM. We will be in our regular meeting spot at the Oak Ridge Civic Center. The presentation will be given by Don Spong on his recent Cavern Diving adventures.

January 8, 2020

Opening Introductions of new executive members

Abby – Secretary
Bill Devan – Treasurer
Stan and Natalie – Co-Vice Chairs
Mendy as Grotto Chair

Old Business
Membership Renewals for 2020 are due.

Swag and Books are available.

New Business
The Books need a new home. It seems the demand for them in the grotto has been saturated. Ideas needed on what to do with those that remain.

Plan highway cleanup for the spring - Jeanie to determine the best date and a cave trip for the day.

Goals for the grotto for 2020 – IE Grotto projects / Activities?

. Mammoth Cave Restoration Project, Grotto campout and volunteer work.
. Clean up at Spring Hill

Rebuild footbridge in the back of Cherokee Caverns

Vertical Day – consider inviting SMG to join in. Possible location is Spring Hill and could be coordinated with a clean up.

Change over practice on treadmill in Cherokee Caverns.

Suggestion for Electronic Trip log instead of paper log passed around at meeting. Jay has ideas on how this can be accomplished. Will be topic at next meeting.

December 4, 2019

The December Grotto meeting was a busy one as predicted. Several brought gear for the silent auction and the food for potluck was plentiful as always. Several memberships were renewed, and the grotto officer elections were held.

The ETG officers for 2020 are:
Treasurer: Bill Devan - Elected by acclimation
Vice Chair: by acclimation Natalie Pheasant and Stan White will continue as Co-Vice Chairs.
Secretary: Abby Harmon
Chair: Mendy Thomas-Swain

Due to the holiday's, The next meeting will be Jan 8 at ORCC at 7:30.

November 6, 2019

The upcoming December meeting activities were previewed. The next meeting will be a busy one! The grotto 2020 Membership dues will be accepted. We'll have a potluck dinner, a silent auction, and officer elections!

Membership Dues
The 2020 Membership dues are due and payable in December. Please see Bill Devan with cash or check.

The potluck:
The grotto will provide picnic ham for the meal. Others are asked to bring a dish and beverages to share and enjoy. Posting what you plan to bring on the Grotto Facebook page may help to coordinate side items.

A Silent Auction
Members can bring caving or other outdoor related items to include in the silent auction. Items will be displayed and bids made on the items bid sheet. The winner will be the highest bid at the end of the auction. Sellers may require a minimum bid if they wish. The silent auction will also include items donated by the family of Stewart Daw. The proceeds of these items will be donated to the grotto. (photos will be posted on the grotto facebook page in the coming days).

Officer Elections
Elections will be conducted for all grotto officer positions. The current Chairman and Secretary have decided they will vacate their positions.

Other upcoming events:
The NSS Is hosting a Conservation Expo Dec 28 - Dec 31 at the NSS headquarters in Huntsville, Al.
The NSS is also hosting the NSS New Year’s Eve Party, Member Appreciation Dinner and Fundraiser Benefiting the NSS. Tuesday DEC 31st, 2019 to noon Wednesday JAN 1st, 2020. Contact Fenn Spencer for more information or visit the NSS facebook or webpage for more information.

The November presentation was a selection of caving related videos.

October 22 2019

This months presentation is by Vickie Frazier on the impacts of urbanization to the geochemistry of several Knox-area caves. The meeting will be at 7:30 in the Civic Center.

September 4, 2019

This months presentation is by Matt Tomlinson on J3 at 7:30 in the Civic Center.

August 2019

The August ETG meeting will be a social one, a potluck at Cherokee Caverns. Bring some food to share and a chair.

July 2019

No grotto meeting this month.

June 2019

Our June grotto meeting will be this coming Wednesday at 730pm. It is a potluck & social meeting at Cherokee Caverns. Bring food to share and a camp chair.

There will not be a July meeting this year. There should be another potluck at Cherokee Caverns the first Wednesday of August, but these will likely be our only two at the cave this year.