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November 2019 President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

It looks like we may be in for an early season, given some pics friends have shared from north of the city.

Trakkers Open House

To kick off the season, come join us at our Trakkers Open House, this coming Friday, November 15th from 7 – 9 p.m. , Rousseau Room, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue.

You will have a chance to win a door prize from your favourite resort, including trail passes and ski rentals. This is your chance to join the club, learn about our ski school and Sunday trips. It’s also the time when registration for our  weekend trips begins.

Consider bringing someone new to XC Skiing or even new to Canada to introduce them to our wonderful winter activity!

Winter’s Not Far Off Pub Night

We had a fun time at our recent Winter’s Not Far Off pub night.  Thanks to all who came out!

Bus Captain Training

A reminder to all bus captains, new volunteers and those who will return as bus captains, Bus Captain training takes place on Saturday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We will be at Swansea Town Hall  for this as well.  Take the stairs up to the second floor and find us in the first room on your left.  There will be food and beverages.

Membership

For insurance purposes, a member of Trakkers must be of age of majority.  We would like to clarify our membership age, participation requirements and corresponding fares for the upcoming season:

  • To become a member, you must be 18 years of age or older (age of majority in Ontario)
  • Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times and present a waiver signed by a parent or guardian
  • In addition to membership fees, anyone 18 years of age or older will pay the adult member Sunday trip bus fare
  • Those under the age of 18 (17 and under) pay the child bus trip fare

Do stay tuned for notifications about our first trip by checking on our website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Webmaster Assistant

Do you have some technical ability or interest in web development or maintenance? Our Webmaster, Pascal Ethier, is looking for help with simple tasks, such as updating content on our website. If you have these skills and are interested or willing to learn, please contact Pascal at webmaster@trakkers.ca.

We very much look forward to seeing you at the Open House and out on the trails!

Katja Lutte

President, Trakkers XC Ski Club

 

October 2019 President’s Broadcasti

Hello Trakkers!

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Even though we are LOVING the fall, we are now well into planning for the season to come!  A few things to look forward to, as we reconnect and get excited about winter …

Winter’s Not Far Off Pub Night

Thursday, October 24, 2019; 7 p.m., The Wicket, 1671 Bloor Street West www.thewicket.ca

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Reconnect with fellow Trakkers! No need to reserve in advance. Just show up to join us!

November 15, 2019 Trakkers Open House

Come join us at our annual Trakkers Open House on Friday, November 15 from 7-9 pm at Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.

Meet up with old friends and, better yet, make new friends.  Think about bringing a someone you know, especially someone new to skiing or even new to Canadian winter.  Remember our tag line: Love Winter ….  Let’s share it!!!

If you would like to volunteer with set-up and related tasks for the Open House, please contact Gina Ang at social@trakkers.ca.

Bus Captain Boot Camp – Saturday, November 23, 2019

Our bus captain boot camp is scheduled for November 23, 2019. Existing bus captains, please come to polish up your skills.  This is a great opportunity to meet our new Director of Bus Captains, Lindsay Royston.

If you are not already a bus captain, consider joining our fabulous crew. The perks are significant, from free bus fair, half-price trail passes (for most places) to getting to know  Trakkers by name before the end of the season!  If you are interested in becoming a bus captain please contact Lindsay at buscaptains@trakkers.ca.

Posting of Trips on the Trakkers Website

This season you will see a change in posting of weekly destinations. We know that with unpredictable weather over the last few years, more than 60% of our trips have been rescheduled to different destinations from those originally scheduled.  This has been due to our search for better conditions. This year, rather than posting the actual schedule, we will post a list of the various destinations and an update on the actual destination chosen closer to the date of the trip.  The exception to this will be pre-scheduled trips to farther destinations, such as Arrowhead and Georgian Nordic. As always, keep an eye on the website and on our communications via Facebook. If you follow us on Facebook, you will receive notifications.

Upcoming Ski Swap Events

Ski swap events provide an opportunity for the sale of used equipment and the purchase of gently used or unsold (i.e. from last season) new items at reduced prices.

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Hardwood Ski and Bike is holding their annual Ski Swap on Saturday October 19th and Sunday October 20th.  For more information, go to this link.

Highlands Nordic’s Dust Em Off Ski Swap is on Saturday October 26th and Sunday October 27th.  For more information, go to this link.

 

A Note on the September Broadcast

Due to a technical challenge you may not have received our September broadcast. We do apologize for this.  Do scroll down to read the September broadcast after you have read this one.  If you follow this broadcast, you will always receive notifications.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend One & All! thxgvg

Katja Lutte

President, Trakkers XC Ski Club

 

September 2019 President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers, One & All!

September means back to school, and soon to skiing. After a nice hiatus, your Trakkers board is feeling energized to get the ball moving for the new 2019-2020 XC skiing season!

Welcoming New Board Members

We are pleased to welcome two new Board members and let you know about some role changes. Sylvia Crowhurst is the new Director of Ski School. Lindsay Royston has assumed the very front-facing portfolio of Director of Bus Captains. Jen Liptrot is now in charge of Communications and Laure Sabatier took the position Vice-President. We are in good hands indeed!

Off-Season Events

Bonds between Trakkers go beyond the tracks. It also happens when wheels hit the roads, especially around Niagara. Jim Girling & Jannette Porter organized the 8th annual Spokes & Spigots tour of the Niagara wine region; a bike ride enjoyed by all participants. Big thanks to Jim & Jannette for their contribution to Trakkers’ spirits! 🍷🍹

Membership Renewal

It’s that time again! Registration is now open. Take advantage of our early bird renewal rate! Here are the 2019 – 2020 Membership fees:

Until September 30 (early bird) $70
Until November 30 $75
From December 1st $80
After February 15 $50

Save the Date: November 15, 2019, Trakkers Open House

We will be holding our annual Open House on Friday, November 15th from 7-9 pm at Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue.  Reconnect with your fellow Trakkers and bring friends to discover our club.  This year, we encourage you to reach out to people within your community who may know little about cross country skiing, or even about the joy of Canadian winter altogether!

Volunteers Bus Captain Needed

Why would you want to be a bus captain?

  • A fantastic opportunity to meet pretty much each and every Trakkers member.
  • Free transportation to the resort and pay only half the trail fee once there.

If you like meeting people and are somewhat comfortable with electronic check-in – training and support provided – email our Director of Bus Captains, Lindsay Royston at buscaptains@trakkers.ca

Interested in being a Ski Instructor?

Trakkers has a long history of ski school. We are always interested in recruiting experienced skiers to become potential instructors. Come and see us November 15 at our Open House or email Sylvia at lessons@trakkers.ca.

Weekend Trips

As weekend trip planning is well underway, those interested in carpooling will be using a dedicated app this year. Stay tuned for details in future communications.

 

Katja Lutte, President

May 2019 President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

Well, folks, it’s a wrap!  After an amazing skiing season we had the opportunity to connect one more time at our AGM and Year-End Event and to wrap up the operations of the club for the 2018-2019 season.

AGM and Year End Event

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This year AGM and Year End Event marked a special occasion 40 Years of Trakkers!!! The events were, once again, held at the Madison Pub.  Turn out was healthy.  We were able to get through the business at hand, specifically presenting our Annual Report and finances, as well as take questions from the floor relating to both.  Most importantly, we confirmed our board slate for the upcoming  season.

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Most Board Members. Thanks to Claude, our photographer!

Your Board of Directors for 2019-2020 is:

President-Katja Lutte; Vice-President-Laure Sabatier; Treasurer-Gleb Jegaline; Secretary-Brigitte Balle; Director responsible for Membership-Florence de Lannoy; Director responsible for Communications-Jen Liptrot; Director responsible for Ski School-Sylvia Crowhurst;Director responsible for Sunday Trips-Liane MacGregor; Director responsible for Bus Captains-Lindsay Royston; Director responsible for Web Site-Pascal Ethier; Director responsible for Weekend Trips-Henry Furlott; Director responsible for Social Events-Gina Ang.

Much gratitude to outgoing board members, Anita Elash and Sam Tosaria for their huge contributions to our club.

Many thanks to Karen Olsen for being an excellent Chair! All materials relating to the AGM can be found at the Club Operations tab of the Trakkers website (accessible once you have logged in).

For all materials relevant to the AGM, such as the Annual Report, year-end financials, and draft minutes, please log into your Trakkers account and visit our “Operations” page.

After the meeting, long time member John Webb presented awards and anniversary recognition to Trakkers members.

The Bernie Award was presented to Henry Furlott, who was honoured for his

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organization of our weekend trips. It is on these trips where we relax, we socialize, and we tell all those war stories about the hills, the bends and the successes. Usually over a bottle of wine and with somebody’s family recipe cooking in the background.  The Broken Ski Award was presented to yours truly, for my role as President.  These awards will be retired as of this year, with Swansea Town Hall having agreed to showcase the trophies in one of their display cases.

 

These Trakkers received Membership Anniversary Awards:

 

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John, Ursula, Bogna & Hanna

35 Years Lawrence Rennie

25 Years Hanna Balakier, Sylvia Crowhurst, Ursula Nocon, and Bogna Pinkowska.

10 Years Alison Naughty and John Van Nostran

5 Years Nadia  Chenier-Yacoub, Huw Sangster, Patricia Jarosz, Julie Anderson, Sonya Bourgeois, Doug Seaborn and Jennifer Leavitt.

Thank-you, John, for your contribution to member recognition.  Thank you, also, to John and Xavier Lambert for offering to work with the club during the next season to create a historical archive of club members’ contribution.

Off Season Event – Save the Date!!!

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Annual Winery Bike Tour on Saturday, June 22, 2019

Join fellow Trakkers for a guided bike tour of 4 Niagara wineries and a chocolate factory. All you need is a multi-speed bicycle, a bike helmet, bike lock, and a pannier or backpack, and you are ready to go!

We start cycling from the Niagara Falls train station which may be reached by either car or by GO Transit’s special bike train. We will travel down to the vineyards below the Escarpment and will spend the afternoon visiting select wineries before returning to Niagara Falls for an optional after-tour supper.

The registration fee is just $10 in advance which is refundable on the day of the tour (wine tasting and winery tour fees cost of the supper are extra).

For more information or to register, please e-mail Jim and Jannette at jannette_jim@yahoo.ca or phone us at 416 921 7737.

For more details of the tour, visit the Trakkers website

For an overview of how these tours operate, click on https://vimeo.com/335345966 (Password: Pedalfun).

 

Have a great summer, One and All!

Katja Lutte (President, Trakkers XC Ski Club)

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Broadcast March 2019

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What a winter it’s been! With record snowfall and fantastic conditions, we may keep going a bit longer yet!

We are so lucky this year to have made it up to Arrowhead.  

 

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We  had a fantastic weekend trip to the Blue Spruce Resort, near Algonquin Park. A good time was had by both regular and new participants.

 

This Sunday we are going to Georgian Nordic.  Remember, tomorrow night is Daylight Savings Time, so don’t forget to set your clock one hour forward before going to bed!

Wine & Cheese – March 17, Scenic Caves

We are not going down without a fight for the chance to have a visit, shoot the breeze, and lift a glass with our friends.

We have, once again, booked the log cabin at Scenic Caves, so let’s hope that conditions hold.  ullrpodfull1Festivities will start at 3 pm. Remember to book early for this popular trip. We will be going with two busses only.

I would like to introduce you to Ullr, the God of Skis. Here’s hoping for ongoing good conditions!

 

 

Save  the Date: AGM and Year-End Social — Thursday, April 11

With last year’s Annual General Meeting and Year-End-Social being so well attended, we have decided, once again, to hold both at the Madison Avenue Pub in the Annex. Here are the details:

Thursday, April 11
Madison Avenue Pub
14 Madison Avenue (near Bloor Street West and Spadina Road)

6:30 p.m. — Annual General Meeting business
7:00 p.m. — Food and drinks

All Trakkers members are invited to attend the AGM. The board will report back on club activities and finances. Members will be able to vote on the proposed board slate for the 2019-2020 ski season.

Immediately following the AGM, we invite you to join us for our year-end social. Not only will you see your Trakker friends, but you can also join us for ample, yummy food and drinks.

Tickets are $20, which includes appetizers and two drink tickets.

Tickets must be purchased ahead of time through the “My Account” page, similar to the way you register for a Sunday trip.

A formal invitation and Notice of AGM will be sent to members in the near future. This and other key information will be available on the Club Operations page.

Volunteers Needed

Trakkers is an entirely volunteer-run club with so many of you helping to make it all come together.

We are still looking for someone to assist our Webmaster with various tasks. For details see last month’s President’s Broadcast found at this link.

If you have graphic design or artistic skills to help us re-vamp some of our materials for promotional events (Open House, MEC Snowfest), we would love to hear from you.

As a club, we love and really appreciate all our volunteers!

Other News

Big congratulations to Michael Kerwin, who recently obtained his Level 2 certification with the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI).  We are very much look forward to learning from him!

Katja Lutte

President, Trakkers XC Ski Club

 

February 2019 President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

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.

Photo Contest

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!”

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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!

Check out the Photo Contest page on our website for full details and watch our Facebook page for further updates on winners!

 

Upcoming Wine & Cheese

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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.