Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

Join Randy & Anita for a hike on New Years’ Day

Bring in the new year with some fresh air and good friends. Randy and Anita’s invitation is below.

What better way than to start off 2019 than a Hike & Potluck? We know you’ll all be recovering from your celebrations the evening before so we won’t start until 2:00pm.

If you are around and are feelin’ social, meet at Randy & Anita’s home at 2:00 where we’ll head out for 1.5 – 2 hour hike. We’ll return around 4:00ish and share in a Potluck. If you can’t make it out for the hike but can make it to the Potluck, you are most welcome. And of course, you may bring a friend! All NHCC and Ganaraska Freewheelers members are welcome, just let us know you are coming so we can plan accordingly! 

Date: January 1, 2019
What to bring: A yummy shareable dish, your own utensils and favourite drink
Start time for Hike: 2:00pm
Start time for Potluck: 4:00pm
RSVP: Please let us know you are coming by either leaving a comment or sending us a quick email for our address at

A Message from your new President

Outgoing Tuesday Ride Coordinator Marshall, Incoming President Barb

I am pleased and honoured to have been elected President of the Ganaraska Freewheelers at the 2018 Annual General Meeting.  I know that all of the Freewheelers will join me in expressing appreciation and thanks for the substantial creative contributions made by the outgoing executives and volunteers. We also welcome back those continuing in their roles and are pleased to have input from new executives and volunteers.

Our Past President Willy Elzner is retiring after making much appreciated and substantial contributions to the club during his term. Early into his term, he enlisted support from the Exec team, Social Committee and Ride Coordinators to conduct a club survey, renewing members’ interest in organizing an annual tour, which led to our very successful Welland and Ottawa tours. Among other leadership initiatives sparked by the survey, Willy organized great joint rides with the Northumberland Hills Cycling Club and spearheaded getting the word out that we were welcoming new members with great results. Under his leadership, the club now has new by-laws and a stronger emphasis on safety.

We thank Harold Wontorra for his very capable past service as Vice President and Ruth Louden who is handing over her position as Secretary after capably managing two labour intensive jobs as Secretary and Webmaster. We are thankful that she is continuing as our Superwoman of Webmasters. Marshall Johnstone is taking a break from his Ride Coordinator position and we thank him for his great work rounding up and keeping track of ride hosts.  We continue to appreciate his creativity in originating what are now popular and traditional annual club rides. Vivian Vandenhazel is stepping down as  Membership Coordinator after a long term of welcoming guests and new riders.  Thank you Vivian.

Filling vacancies and continuing on are the following Executive members:

President:  Barbara Spencer

Vice President:  Peter Reitknecht

Treasurer: Richard Pike

Secretary: Brenda Smith

Webmaster: Ruth Louden


Tuesday Ride Coordinators:  Sue Pott, Peter Reitknecht

Friday Ride Coordinators:  Brian Hedney, Katherine Smith

Membership Coordinators:  Brenda Smith, Barbara Spencer

The Minutes of the AGM, amended By-Laws and changes to the Incident Report may now be found in the Members Only portion of the website.

We have a great club.  Every member of the Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club is a volunteer.  It takes work and effort by each member to host and organize rides, social gatherings and events but the rewards are a hundred times any effort expended.  2018 was a superb year and 2019 will be even better with new members, new volunteers and beautiful routes to travel with friends.

Barbara Spencer


AGM Reminder – Saturday, November 17

Barb and John are looking forward to hosting the AGM on Saturday to celebrate an outstanding cycling season. Join us as early as 5. The AGM official discussion will start at 6. Food will follow.

A few reminders:

  • The evening will be catered by Ketch’s Korner of Cobourg. Please bring a $10 contribution per person.
  • Remember to bring your plates, utensils and beverages.
  • If you have lost items from previous events, bring those as well. There will be a lost and found table.

See you on Saturday!

Share Your GFW Photos!

Brian H. has graciously accepted the challenge of pulling together a slide show for our upcoming AGM. We welcome your photos to celebrate our club’s outstanding 2018 cycling season. And if you like, add some from previous years!

Below is Brian’s invitation and detailed instructions to help you share.

I have been charged with the task of compiling GFW photographs for a slide show at the upcoming AGM. So, do you have photographs that you would like to add to the collection?

  1. Organize your photographs in to folders. If possible, use separate folders for:
    • 2018 OTTAWA TRIP
    • PRE-2018 PHOTOS
  2. Give each folder a suitable name that includes your name. For example,I have labelled my three folders as follows
    • 2018_Photos_BrianH
    • Ottawa_Trip_BrianH
    • PRE-2018_BrianH
  3. Go to Google Photos (either on your browser or with the Google Photos app. on your phone or iPad).
    • You will need to sign out if you are automatically logged in to your own Google account.
    • You need to be logged in to using the same password (the one that has to do with eating!) as for the GFW Website. 
    • Click on ALBUM (left menu bar) and you will see the existing albums (folders) in the image below.
    • Drag your folder (which will become an album) over and your photos will automatically load.
    • When your photos have finished loading, click on ADD TO ALBUM and choose NEW ALBUM. Give this New Album a title (which will likely be the same as the title you gave the folder), hit the check sign (top left), and you are all done!
  4. Now, wasn’t that easy?

Note: If you are given the choice of HIGH QUALITY or ORIGINAL SIZE, please choose HIGH QUALITY. We can save an unlimited number of HIGH QUALITY images.

Join Randy & Anita on Friday, November 16 (SOLD OUT!)

This event has sold out as of Monday, November 5.

Randy and Anita of the Northumberland Hills Cycling Club are hosting an event at their home on Wednesday, November 14 and Friday, November 16. GF members are welcome to attend.

Tickets have sold out for the November 14 event and there are 10 spots only remaining for the Friday event. Act fast if you’re interested.

Their two invitations are below – the most recent one, reminding you that tickets are moving fast for Friday’s presentation and the first one that includes full details about the presentation and the presenter.

We have had tremendous response to the free Dave Trattles presentation and have already reached the 25 person limit for the Wednesday event. So, we are adding a second date just two days later on Friday the 16th! All the same details, including the pre-show Indian dinner option. 

Date: Friday November 16, 2018
Dinner (optional): 6:00pm ($20 pp)
Presentation start time: 7:00pm

RSVP: We can accommodate up to 25 people. Please let us know you if you’d like to come and also let us know if you plan to partake in the pre-show Indian dinner. Email us at We’ll reply to your RSVP with th

Below is the initial invitation for the November 14 event.

On the evening of Wednesday November 14th members of the NHCC and the Ganaraska Freewheelers are invited to a unique presentation by photojournalist guest Dave Trattles at Randy & Anita’s home, in the “Person Cave” (FREE).   We have one evening planned, for up to 25 people. If there is enough interest we’ll consider adding a second event.

About Dave:
Dave knows cycling and slow journalism: for 25 years he has been traveling by bicycle through 75 countries, and working as a social documentary photographer (National Archives of Canada, Canadian Geographic, Macleans, Elle). This presentation will be about why you should travel by bicycle and what happens when you do – shared largely through stories that will have you out there in the world, living a specific time and experience.

Along the way, Dave reveals the joy of human relations. By learning who the people are and how they live their lives, rather than focusing on what they are doing, he will share stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things (Muslim girl boxers of Calcutta, German cowboys, cheese rollers of Sicily, Tomato throwers of Bunol, marathoners of Calcutta..).

This evening, Dave Trattles will inspire you to get in touch with your own life force – to go out into the world on your bicycle and express your own individuality, your own richness – and to engage deeply in the lives and experiences of others.

Pre-show Indian Dinner (optional, $20 pp): For those interested in a little Indian cuisine, we are putting together a simple Indian Food buffet style dinner sourced from Cobourg’s new “Taste of Agra” restaurant. A few tasty dishes, with vegetarian and mildly spiced entrees along with naan and rice. 

Date: Wednesday November 14, 2018
Dinner: 6:00pm (optional) ($20 pp)
Presentation start time: 7:00pm

RSVP: We can accommodate up to 25 people. Please let us know you if you’d like to come and also let us know if you plan to partake in the pre-show Indian dinner. Email us at We’ll reply to your RSVP with the address.

Cycling from Brighton – Tuesday, November 6

Klaus is hosting our last Tuesday ride of the season. Join us for a 10:00 a.m. start to the ride at 75 Harbour Street in Brighton. Let’s all hope for decent weather.

We’ll be following the First Half Flat route starting and ending at the Whistling Duck in Gosport/Brighton where we will enjoy lunch together.

The Freewheelers cycle from Harold’s in Castleton early in the season. Klaus is front and centre at this ride, and leading Tuesday’s ride from Brighton.

2018 AGM: Details, Membership Renewal, Nomination Call, Reading Materials & Agenda

The Ganaraska Freewheelers Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the home of Barb and John Spencer on Saturday, November 17, 2018. See Directory on the “Members Only” page for address and directions.

AGM Details

The actual AGM meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. followed by food catered by Ketch’s Corner in Cobourg. Please remember to bring a $10 contribution per person. 

Members are invited to arrive around 5:00 p.m. for some socializing prior to the meeting. Guests are welcome. Please comment on this post if you plan to come and whether you will bring guests to ensure that we order sufficient food.


Membership and waiver forms for the 2019 season will be available for you to complete. If you prefer, print your own updated forms from our password protected member page:

Nominations for Executive Positions & Ride Volunteers

There are four executive positions in the club that need to be filled for next season:

1)     President (2-year term) (One nomination so far)

2)     Vice President (1-year term)

3)     Secretary (2-year term)

4) Webmaster (2-year term) (One nomination so far)

Any Club member may apply for any one of these positions, duties of which are outlined in our proposed new By-Laws discussed later in this email. However you are required to have another member nominate you and yet another member as seconder. If you wish to be considered for one of these positions, send a confidential email to the Club executive at to express your interest. This must be done on, or before, Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Be sure to include the names of your nominator and seconder. As noted, we have already received one nomination for President and for Webmaster, a proposed new position on the Executive.

We are also seeking a volunteer for one of the Tuesday Ride Coordinator roles. As this is not an Executive position, you may email or simply comment on this post.

To be Read Prior to the AGM

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. 

Also on our website in the same place as our member application and waiver forms are:

1)     Proposed new bi-laws for your careful review prior to the AGM that include one new Executive position (Webmaster) and job descriptions for all Executives, among other refinements. A motion will be made at the AGM to adopt them, followed by a discussion.

2)    A proposed incident reporting form and process

3)     A copy of our insurance policy which we have discussed with our Insurance Provider to clarify liability concerns.

Finally, earlier today, a draft agenda was shared by email with all members. If you did not receive this email, or have questions about the upcoming AGM, please send an email to prior to Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Looking forward to a lovely evening!!

Join the Ganaraska Freewheelers in 2018!

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