Richard Spener and Toni Armstrong Spener
The Alaskan Arctic by Camera and Canoe

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time Details: 6:00PM Cocktails (cash bar)
6:30PM Dinner
7:15PM Lecture
Location: Location included on invitations mailed to members and friends


Richard Spener and Toni Armstrong Spener will be presenting regarding their travel by canoe, camping and photographing in the remote areas of Alaska as an adventure. It is a major expedition that they plan and execute themselves. Their typical group is 6 people. The many pallet loads of gear that must be shipped to the bush pilot in Alaska include canoes, paddles, food and camping gear for 2 weeks. In their presentation they have you join them on the journey from planning through the adventures on land and river as they explore three remote wild areas above the Arctic Circle.

Adventuring in Alaska is a passion for the Spencer’s: Toni has been to Alaska 18 times and Richard has been there 16. They have explored from the Arctic Ocean to Southeast Alaska on their own trips. They have become passionate advocates of wild Alaska and have over the years presented programs on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Western Arctic to various local universities, Canoeopia (Madison, Wisconsin), Rotary Club, Audubon, Sierra Club, MONEP and to the St. Louis Camera Club.

Toni and Richard Spener are avid outdoors people and environmentalists. They are both on the Board of the Alaska Wilderness League ( Toni serves on the executive committee of the Eastern Missouri group of the Sierra Club.  Richard is a dedicated whitewater kayaker and an active member of MONEP.

The two have spent more than two years photographing the eight wilderness areas in Missouri. Their photographs were developed into an exhibit “50 Years of Wilderness Through the Lens of Missouri's 8 Wilderness Areas” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the wilderness act. The exhibit was on display at the Missouri History Museum through January 5, 2014. It is currently in Jefferson City and then on tour around the state.

Richard's photographs have appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, The County Journal, National Wildlife Federation publications, on line publications of St. Louis Audubon, and Alaska Wilderness Leagues publications.  Richard has had several one-man photo exhibits in the St. Louis area. Toni won this year's St. Louis Post-Dispatch travel photography contest with her photo of a buffalo at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Richard has a similar picture that is the header on the park's website and in their 2014 calendar.

Reservation Deadline: April 18, 2014
Payment Information: Pre-payment is required for dinner; payments will no longer be accepted at the door. Please see flyer sent to members/friends for details.
Member/Spouse Price: $55
Guest Price: $60

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