Hello everyone – looks like it’s snow season! If only it would migrate a little further west! We have a ton of good news this month so let’s get started.
Our AGM on Oct. 28 was a success and many delicious deserts were consumed. The new executive is the same as the old one except for the Prez who is now me – Liz Thorne, again. I’m not my first choice but Dan has stepped down as prez and the rest of the crew are really happy where they are sooo…. Here I am.
The official exec. list is:
Prez. Liz Thorne
Past Prez. Dan McElheron
Treas. Sue Bergstrom
Sec. Karen Westby
Membership Sec. Cathy Vandenberg
Grooming: Dean Bergstrom
Facilities: Jim Thorne
Historian: Terry Brown
Director at Large: Adrienne Vandenberg
Goals for the next 2 years (that’s the maximum term I will serve) are:
1, Complete our electronic conversion to comply with the new Societies Act. Deadline is next November. Anyone out there good with data entry?
2. Get more people involved in running the club, everything from loading the wood box in the lodge to serving on the executive.
3. Sell lots of raffle tickets.
4. Follow through on projects we listed for spending our raffle money.
5. Have a terrific time skiing!
Memberships are beginning to flow in which is great. Remember, we’re in a contest to win lots of great prizes from CCBC (Cross Country BC) if we get the most early bird sign ups by Dec. 1. (After Dec. 1, the rates go up to the regular rates.) So get those forms sent in! To encourage everyone we’re having our own draws on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 for a hand woven blanket (thank you Cathy!) and gift certificates from Skeena Therapeutic Massage and Four Hands Body Renewal and one free adult membership for next season! You could be a winner! (Sign up for memberships here: mail-in form online registration)
Great news about the new access to the Doggie Trail! Anthony Vander Meulen spent many hours and days in October removing stumps and levelling the trail, and Mark Graydon from Granite Creek Contracting lent us the excavator for the job—thanks go to both of them for getting this job done before the snow falls! One can now enter the Dog across the road from the parking lot entrance and follow through to the figure 8 trail. We think you’ll love the new section!
Doggie reminder: Keep your dog leashed in the parking lot and on the first section of trail. Once you’re on the old logging road, then they can run loose. But also remember that dogs must be under your control at all times. If they won’t respond to voice commands, then they have to stay on the leash.
If you’re with your dog, ski in a clockwise direction, this pretty much eliminates head on encounters and unwanted aggression (although I have to say, our dogs are great and we don’t have problems very often). If you don’t have a dog with you, skiing is 2-way. Enjoy!
Raffle: Our application for holding the raffle has been sent in and we’re waiting for approval with baited breath. When it comes through, we need to get busy immediately as we’ve set our draw date for after the Moose Marathon on Feb. 24th. So plan who you’ll sell to! Think Christmas presents!
Spending plans for raffle income include trail improvements, a backup snow mobile (the current one is 30 years old), work on the Moose Hut, improvements on the lights, and building by-passes to some of our big hills.
So prepare to sell tickets! Also many thanks to Dean and Sue Bergstrom for the hours of work they have put into getting this organized!
Rabbits: Rental day is Sunday, Dec. 3rd @ 1:30 pm to 4 pm. take advantage of this early rental day. Volunteers work very hard to set it up at a time most convenient for most people.
Also, we’ve got some great coaches lined up for this year but we could still use some more assistants. If you think you’d like to help out contact Travis. Training is provided.
Rabbits registration can be done online when you sign up for club membership, or use the Rabbits registration form which can be mailed in or brought to the ski rental day.
You will probably notice some recent logging on and around the dog trail and more is planned for the area around our trails over the next few years. In coming newsletters we will be having articles from Kim Haworth who is in charge of Terrace Community Forests. We are located in the middle of said Community Forest and the profits from logging are distributed to Community groups, including us. So we need to understand what the plan is and go with the flow.
And last but not least, the Shames Mountain Annual Ski Swap will be held on Sat. Nov. 18 at the Kitsumkalum Community Hall starting at 10 am. Equipment drop off is on Friday evening. Nordic gear is always in demand and this is a bit of a problem because there’s hardly ever any Nordic skis or boots brought in. So we’re asking that if you have any surplus cross country ski gear sitting in the basement, consider pulling it out and getting it back into circulation. This is a fund raiser for the ski patrol and Shames Mtn. so it’s for a good cause. See you there!
Think Snow everyone!
See you on the trails real soon!
(da prez. SVNSC)