Hello Everyone! It’s ski season!!
As I’m working on this newsletter it’s snowing hard in Kitimat and at the trails. Dean, Cliff and Jim have been working hard with the Yamaha, our (very old) smaller snow mobile, to pack, smooth and lay a classic track. This has been extremely time consuming and now it will all be covered in deep, white, snow. We hope. They will be out again asap but the Yamaha may not be able to handle snow that’s very deep. So it’s a very good thing that…...............Drum roll...........…
On Wednesday, Dec. 16 we are expecting the culmination of the last 4 years of fundraising! And only someone who’s actually filled out funding grant applications can tell you what a relief this is to Dan who has done ALL the paper work for this. Our new (to us) Prinoth Snow-Kiti will arrive! A large work party to move supplies and equipment from the old garage by the highway, to the big new garage is planned. If you’d like to help or just be there to see history happen, show up about 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Everyone welcome!
Just a reminder before we all get really excited. We need a minimum of 2 feet of snow on the ground before we can put the Snow-kiti on it. THINK SNOW!
The Jack Rabbits have been fitted with their skis for the season. If you missed out on Saturday, please call Julie and set up an alternate time over the holidays. Half an hour before the first lesson is not a good alternate time, btw.
Dec. 15/16: arrival Snow Kiti
Dec. 18: potluck supper 6:30
January 2, 2016: Jack Rabbits start
January 3, 2016: Open House
January 16, 2016: Snow Valley Open
January 31, 2016: Women’s Fest
February 20, 2016: Marathon
The potluck on Friday (Dec. 18) is to celebrate the arrival of the Snow-Kiti and snow and Christmas and good times! Everyone welcome! We start eating at 6:30.
The Club owes many thanks to many people but at the top of our list this month are:
Mark Graydon (Granite Creek Contracting) for lending us his excavator. And Anthony Vandermeulen for donating his time and expertise in driving the excavator and fixing up the Clearwater Trail. It looks great! Even better when covered with snow!
United Rentals for giving us a very good deal on a crane to unload the Snow-kiti and move equipment from the old garage to the new one.
Noah Timmons, a new member with carpentry skills, who spent a morning rebuilding the shelves in the ski shed. There’s room to turn around in there now!
Thornhill Fire Dept. for donating a fire extinguisher for the kitchen. We still need one for beside the wood stove. A donation would be hugely appreciated as we’re a bit short of cash at the moment.
A guy who wants to remain nameless, for hosting our website on his server and who is now spending a lot of time sorting out some major glitches in the templates we use. Nobody’s fault but computers consume all the time they save us when problems arise.
Cliff Doiron for investigating and organizing the purchase of new lights for the big garage.
Terry Brown for putting a lot of time and effort into choosing and finding the Snow-kiti, negotiating its purchase and the sale of the old PB.
And finally, Dan McElheron, for doing 90% of the fundraising for the purchase of the Snow-kiti. He never got discouraged and he always had another idea. We are so lucky to have him as president.
Thank you one and all! This Club would not exist without volunteers and community minded citizens.
I thought people might like to know a bit about the members of the executive who volunteer so much time to keep the club running. So I’ll do a small profile each newsletter.
Recognize this lady? Cathy Vandenberg’s job title is Membership Secretary. The job description is something else again! The Membership Secretary is in charge of registering members and issuing ski passes, also keeping the day pass boxes full. Aside from that Cathy helps out in the Snow Flake Café; helps coordinate the rental shed and its volunteers; organizes adult lesson; calls up volunteers for work parties; spearheads the Women’s Fest; takes care of the Club Website (she’d really like someone to take that over please); comes up with great ideas for increasing and serving the membership; and homeschools six children in her spare time. Cathy can always be counted on for work parties and for helping out at any event the Club puts on.
Oh yeah, at our last executive meeting, she provided baked goodies, lit the fire, made the tea, took the minutes and cleaned up the kitchen before leaving. This woman is gold! When you see her, say thanks! I don’t know what we’d do without her!
It’s snowing quite heavily out there as I wrap up this letter. I’m really hoping we’ll be able to groom with the Snow-Kiti when it arrives. So merry Christmas everyone and….
Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club.