So far this season we have been blessed with good skiing conditions! It was so cold on the day of our January 20th trip to Hardwood that not a single photograph was taken – we assume this based on the fact that there was a historic non-response to the first of our series of the annual photo contest! Since then, we also visited a club favourite, Kawartha Nordic, during white-out conditions. A bit of cold and lots of snow is what it’s all about when skiing with Trakkers. Love winter!
The first of our weekend trips to Woolner House in Duntroon took place over the weekend of January 26 – 27 weekend. A great time was had by all! The next weekend trip to Blue Spruce (Algonquin Park) will take place on February 9 & 10.
Trakkers have proven their great sense of humour with their literal interpretation and submissions to the latest photo contest with the theme of “forest bathing”. The winner of this theme was Florence with “I don’t take baths; I take showers!”
Upcoming themes include:
Winter sculpture — closes noon, Saturday, February 23
In movement: a video — closes noon, Saturday, March 2
The last theme is our rule-breaker. The photo contest has opened to video for this very special theme: capture a movement in 4 to 6 seconds. Have fun and stay safe!
Upcoming Wine & Cheese
Mark your calendars for February 24th , our Wine & Cheese social at Scenic Caves.
This is a great mid-season opportunity to socialize with other members in the club and we will have the very cozy log cabin at Scenic Caves booked for our exclusive use again this year. Remember to sign up for the trip early, since seats on the bus fill up quickly for this trip!
Festivities will begin at approximately 3:00 p.m., giving us lots of time to socialize before we board the bus back to the city at 4:30.
Update on Board Positions and Volunteer Recruitment for 2019-2020 Season
Although there is still a lot of skiing ahead, we are beginning to work toward ensuring that all of our volunteer board positions are filled for the next skiing season. We have formed a Recruitment Committee for Trakkers Board of Directors Positions which will become vacant at the end of this season. The Committee consists of: Florence de Lannoy, Jen Liptrott, Barb Williams and myself . We have been steadily recruiting on weekend trips. Board positions which will become vacant are:
Director Responsible for Ski School. This is the position which coordinates lessons and supports our fabulous instructors in both their own training and certification, as well as in the lessons they provide for the club. This role involves scheduling of lessons for Sunday trips.
Director Responsible for Bus Captains. This is the position which coordinates our wonderful bus captain volunteers . It involves training of bus captains, scheduling for Sunday trips, preparing the bus captain check-in kits for trips, and working with the Treasurer to reconcile the finances after trips.
Director Responsible for Communications. This is the position responsible for managing the club’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, posting updates and promoting the various activities of the club throughout the week and supporting the club’s blog (not responsible for generating content for blog). If you have some social media savvy (or would like to challenge yourself to become more so) this is the position for you.
Treasurer: This position speaks for itself. Outside of managing and reporting to the board on club financials, this position is responsible for regular banking tasks.
All board members participate in 2-hour monthly board meetings (Sept through May). Average time commitment through fall, summer and spring is 6-8 hours per month (including the board meeting).
All portfolios are in tip-top shape due to the super contribution of the existing directors, Anita, Sam, Laure, Gleb and their contributing volunteers. New directors will be fully oriented to the role by previous directors and supported by the rest of the board.
Please consider volunteering, since this is at the heart of what makes Trakkers tick. If you are interested in any of the above positions please contact Florence, Jen, or myself for further details. Our contact information is found at this link.
Non-Board Member Volunteer Needed:
Website Copy Editor and Assistant is a new volunteer position that is designed to help the current webmaster in his day-to-day and week-to-week responsibilities. Do you have some understanding of HTML and the basic concepts behind websites and the formatting of web content? Do you have experience editing a website’s content on a Content Management System (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc)? Do you have experience with more in depth CMS operations (template editing, CSS formatting)? If yes, this might be the position for you. Training on the specific flavour of our CMS system would be provided.
With training from and working with our webmaster, this volunteer would perform timely edits and updates to the website content using our CMS system and a Richtext Editor; occasionally edit content in HTML; respond to requests for copy changes from other board members; make appropriate copy edits to fit our website format when necessary; perform occasional other tasks such as resetting a member’s password and responding to email enquiries from the general membership; post images and other file updates (such as the winners of the photo contest or the minutes of the AGM); and provide suggestions on how to improve the experience of our members when using our website
Most of the work will be required during the main part of the ski season and take no more than 3 hours per week. A huge bonus for Trakkers would be your interest in eventually taking over the Webmaster position.
Save the Date for our AGM and Year End Event
This year’s combined AGM and Year End Event will take place on Thursday, April 11th. This will be your opportunity to hear the annual report of the club’s operations and finances, vote on any key issues, as well as your board of directors for the 2019-2020 season. There will be food, fun and drinks at very reasonable pricing. It’s our chance to celebrate a great season and connect one more time before we sally on into the off season. Particulars on location and ticket pricing to follow. Information will be posted on our website.