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New Club Shirts Reflect COVID-19 Theme

The 2020 HSCSS T-shirts reflect the unique social conditions we all face. Available colors include dark chocolate, sand, light blue, lime and others. See links in text for color charts.

By Joe Merkelbach

The photo image that is the basis for this year’s HSCSS T-shirts shows a stand of giant saguaros, Carnegia gigantica, on the Vineyard Trail above the southwest side of Theodore Roosevelt Lake in Arizona.

The image – from John Crossley ( – conveys the natural spacing characteristic that saguaros exhibit in habitat. This allows them to maintain root systems that support the plants and adequately share required water.

This spacing trait is a natural fit with the now-usual conditions of life with social distancing in 2020.

Theodore Roosevelt Lake is within the Tonto National Forest about 80 miles northeast of Phoenix. The lake is formed by a dam on the Salt River that holds a reservoir as a water supply for the city. The light-colored stripe in the background of the picture is a segment of the scenic Apache Trail, a well-known landmark in the region.

Shirt Order Completed

The 2020 shirts have been received from the supplier and are being processed for distribution. Details on how to pick up shirts will be available soon. The prices remain at $18 for standard crew- and V-neck shirts, $19 for size XXL and $20 for size XXXL. For further information, contact Joe Merkelbach at or 573-275-0021 (call or text).