Ganaraska Freewheelers

A New Year’s Invitation

Will you ring in the new year at Jacquie & Brian’s? Please comment on their invitation if you plan to join in the fun.

We are inviting you all to join us in welcoming New Year 2018 into our home on December 31. We will start gathering at 5:pm in order to enjoy a pot luck dinner in our well-established way – with only appetizers. Bring your favourite finger food to be shared with everyone (no knife and fork stuff). (K – I heard you !! Chicken on the 30th will not be acceptable!)

At 7:pm we will celebrate with the sounds of Big Ben at London U.K.midnight, thanks to the continued magic of our own Brian H., who started this tradition several years ago for a group of invited friends. It is still not a scheduled GFW event.

For anyone not familiar, this is an easygoing evening, much like our regular after ride gatherings but with a different approach to dinner – dancing pumps not required but please bring the usual utensils for your eating/drinking pleasure.

See you there

Jacquie and Brian

November & Early December Hikes by Brian

Your freewheeling host Brain invites you to walk with him in November and early December. Here is his invitation which many of you will have seen either through email or on the GF Facebook page. Please comment on this page if you plan to join the group for any of the walks

At the AGM on Saturday, a few of you expressed concern that have not been any Tuesday hikes thus far. It would seem that everyone is waiting for me to organize something 🙂 Since I plan to stay home for the next three weeks, I would be happy to organize three Northumberland Forest hikes on November 21st (tomorrow!), November 28th and December 5th. Here is what I have come up with:

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21st Already done and it was greeeat!
Northumberland Forest Hike
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Woodland Parking Area
Hike: Various distances available, varying from about 3 km to about 11 km. The longest hike will take in the two lookouts.
Bring: Drinks and lunch / snacks, especially if you plan to do the long hike

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 28th
Northumberland Forest Hike
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Beagle Club Parking Area
Hike: This will be the last opportunity to hike some of the ski trails before they close for the skiing season. Various distances available, varying from about 3 km to about 11 km.
Bring: Drinks and lunch / snacks, especially if you plan to do the long hike.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 5th
Northumberland Forest Hike
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Beagle Club Parking Area
Hike: Since the ski trails are now closed for hiking, we will head over to the trails on the north side of Beagle Club Road. More details to follow.
Bring: Drinks and lunch / snacks, especially if you plan to do the long hike

Middle-Aged Men in Lycra (MAMIL) Special Screening

Thanks to Gail for suggesting we post this event on our website.

There are still 36 tickets remaining for next week’s one-night only Thursday screening of a movie with a fitting title for our group.

According to it’s distributor, Demand Film:

. . . it just had its World Premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival and the screening had an amazing response.

Canada will be the first country to get to see the film in wide release (one night only November 30th), so we need these screenings to happen! Our last screening sold out quickly so please reserve your tickets today to avoid missing out.

When: 6:30, Thursday, November 30
Where: 1351 Grandview St N, Oshawa, ON, L1K 0G1, Canada
How: Click on the image or link below to purchase your tickets online. Make sure you comment so that others know you plan to attend!

https://tickets.demand.film/event/2804

 

AGM 2017 Minutes & Photos

At our 2017 Annual General Meeting, we celebrated a memorable year of old and new routes, old and new friends, and the awesome Tour de Welland.

Many thanks to Sue for hosting. Hopefully today she is resting her feet after being on them for long hours to take excellent care of the gang of close to 30 cycling buddies in attendance. Thanks as well to Mich for closing the evening by teaching us about our many wonderful local hills – all 42 of them!

For those in attendance and those unable to attend, you can read the minutes from the meeting. If anyone notices any inaccurate statements, please send them to ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com.

Check out our two picture galleries below – one for the 2017 photo contest and one for the AGM.

Though the cycling season has come to an end, hopefully we’ll all stay in touch (and active) for hiking, mountain-biking and cross-country skiing adventures. At a minimum, if you plan to be in town at year end, mark in your calendar a visit to Jacquie & Brian’s to ring in the new year.

2017 Annual Photo Contest

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2017 Ganaraska Freewheelers AGM

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Agenda for the 2017 AGM

The Ganaraska Freewheelers Annual General Meeting will be held at the home of Sue Pott on Saturday, November 18, 2017. See calendar entry for Sue’s address and directions on where to park.

Members are invited to arrive around 5:00 p.m. for some socializing prior to the meeting. Membership and waiver forms for the 2018 season will be available for you to complete. If you prefer, print your own updated forms from the  member section.

The actual AGM meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by food catered by the Fire Hall Bistro. Please remember to bring your $10 contribution.

Please read the minutes of last year’s AGM that are available for viewing in the membership section of our website. This saves time at our AGM.

The agenda is below. If you have any additional items, please send an email to ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com.

2017 Club Executives & Volunteers

2017 Club Executive:

  • President: Willy Elzner (continuing in 2018)
  • Secretary: Ruth Louden (continuing in 2018)
  • Treasurer: Turney Wong (stepping down)
  • Vice President: Harold Wontorra (continuing in 2018)

Other Volunteer Positions:

  • Marshall Johnstone – Ride Coordinator – Tuesday (continuing in 2018)
  • Sue Pott – Ride Coordinator – Friday (Joining Marshall for Tuesdays in 2018)
  • Doug Barlow – Ride Coordinator – (stepping down)
  • Vivian Vandenhazel – Welcome Committee (continuing in 2018)
  • Barb Spencer – Welcome Committee (continuing in 2018)

2017 AGM Agenda

Reports:

  • Treasurer’s Report (Turney & Willy) + Discussion of +80 free memberships
  • Friday Rides Report (Doug and Sue) + Discussion of options and opportunities
  • Tuesday Rides Report (Marshall)
  • Welland Tour Report (Marshall) + Discussion of interest in 2018 tour

General Business:

  1. New member welcome and plans for member recruitment in coming year (Willy)
  2. Club Identity Discussion (Willy & Ruth)
  3. Executive & Volunteer positions to be filled; voting to take place for nominees:
    • Treasurer: Richard Pike
    • Friday Ride Coordinators: Brian Hedney & Peter Reitknecht
  4. Volunteer acknowledgement (Willy)
  5. YMCA 2-week Membership, website survey, tipsheet and workshop schedule (Ruth)
  6. New Year’s Celebration (Jacquie & Brian)
  7. Photo contest winners and slide show (Willy)
  8. Adjourn meeting

Food & Fun

Following our feast, we have a fun game planned for you. Hope you can stay around for it!

And remember to bring:

  • Slippers (as floors can be cold)
  • Plates, cutlery and beverages
  • $10 for food
  • Printed application forms and waivers, along with $50 cheque or cash for next year’s membership
  • Cash for your photo contest entries
  • Any items left behind at your potluck that might be reunited with their owner

Join us on Saturday November 18

We hope you’ll join us for the 2017 Annual General Meeting at Sue’s home just north of Orono beginning at 5:00.

Please RSVP in the comments if you plan to join us so Sue can let the caterer know numbers.

Remember to bring:

  • Slippers (as floors can be cold)
  • Plates, cutlery and beverages
  • $10 for food
  • Printed application forms and waivers, along with $50 cheque or cash for next year’s membership
  • Cash for your photo contest entries
  • Any items left behind at your potluck that might be reunited with their owner

Looking forward to seeing you all to celebrate our 2o17 cycling adventures.

 

 

Photo Contest Deadline Extended to November 14

Yesterday was the official deadline for photo entries to our first Ganaraska Freewheelers Photo Contest. As we did not receive a flood of submissions, we figured you needed a little extra time to put together your offering. Below is a reminder of the rules for submission. You now have until Monday, November 13.

We’ll collect your money at the AGM – $1 per submission. Also, we will accept submissions that fit our categories but was not an official club ride or tour.

Who is eligible?

All 2017 Members of the Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

Photo entry categories

There are three categories for which you can enter your cycling season’s greatest photos:

Potluck

 

    1. Great Friends
    2. Great Food
    3. Great Fitness

Submit your entries to ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com. Make sure to mention the category of your entry!

Entry Format and Rules

Riders on bicycles

Great Fitness

      • Ideally from Ganarasaka Freewheeler rides
      • JPG format
      • Pictures of 2017 cycling season, identified by category
      • Submission $1.00 per entry (we’ll keep a running tab of what you owe!)
      • Payment and pictures must be received by November 13, 2017, but begin submitting your photos any time!

Prizes

      • 3 independent judges will announce three winners, one per category at 2017 AGM
      • Winners take all money collected in their category.
New Year's Eve at J & B'sDecember 31st, 2017
Bring appetizers! Ring in the new year at 7 with Big Ben.

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