Ganaraska Freewheelers

AGM 2016 Update

Two new execs!

Two new execs!

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the AGM held at Pete & Ruth’s on November 12, 2016. The minutes from the meeting are now on the website.

Your Executive Team for 2017 is:

Willy Elzner, President
Harold Wontorra, Vice President
Turney Wong, Treasurer
Ruth Louden, Secretary

If you have any questions or comments, please email Note that our new President Willy can also be reached at this email address, so if you wish to email him about club business, please use this email address.

A great group of close to 30 members (see the photo album!) were in attendance and all took advantage of the opportunity to update their membership.

To all those who were not able to join us at the AGM, Ruth will email you separately with instructions to submit your forms and waivers, along with a cheque for $50. We’re aiming to have everyone’s details by December 20 of this year!

Invitation from Harold & Vivian for a New Year’s Eve Celebration


Hike reminder – Tuesday, November 22

Apologies folks – I overlooked Brian’s notice to post this for tomorrow:

For this week’s hike we will meet at the Woodland Trailhead in the Northumberland Forest and hike our wonderful “Two Lookouts” circuit. Although the complete route is approx. 11 km in length, there are numerous opportunities to shorten the hike. In case you are unfamiliar with it, the Woodland Trailhead is on the east side of County Road 45, 3 km north of Beagle Club Road.

Saturday Mountain Biking

Brian H. invites you all to consider joining him this Saturday:

For the past two years we have held a series of Saturday morning mountain bike rides during the month of November in the Northumberland Forest. I am prepared to organize the first one this Saturday, November 19th, but will defer to others to organize the next one or two. For this week’s ride, meet at the Beagle Club parking at 10:30 AM. After warming up on the BLED (now, what’s that I wonder?) we will head out on the Dragonfly trails and eventually return by coming DOWN the Hogsback.

Saturday could be the last of these gorgeous November days, so be there!

Join Brian: Tuesday, November 15

Brian getting ready for ChristmasYour host with the most Brian invites you to join him tomorrow for some invigorating outdoor activity!

Join me tomorrow and choose from hiking, mountain biking or road riding from the Beagle Club parking in the Northumberland Forest. Choose from one of the three activities, detailed below, then meet at the Beagle Club Trailhead at 10:00 AM.

Pay attention to the weather forecast as this could influence your decision. You may wish to bring a sandwich and a libation to consume afterwards. It would be wonderful if you could use the Comments to declare your interest as this will greatly assist folks in deciding what to do.

Some thoughts on the activities:

HIKING: Unless someone else wishes to do so, I will lead a hike most likely on the Dragonfly trails.

MOUNTAIN BIKING: Several of the “Tuesday Riders” are well versed with the Northumberland Forest trails, so there should be someone available to lead the mountain bike group.

ROAD RIDING: Link to the road riding route on our website Three Hilly Loops listed under Northumberland Forest at the bottom. Since making this route map, a paved shoulder has been added to C.R.45 between Beagle Club Road and C.R.9, so there are even more options.

So, you have no excuse not to be there🙂

AGM Reminder – Saturday, November 12

The Ganaraska Freewheelers Annual General Meeting will be held at the home of Peter and Ruth on Saturday, November 12th, 2016. See Directory on the “Members Only” page for address and directions.

Members are invited to arrive around 5:00 p.m. for some socializing prior to the meeting or, as set out below, after a road ride or a walk. Membership and waiver forms for the 2017 season will be available for you to complete. If you prefer, print your own forms from the  member section.

As it is Saturday, Jen will will lead a ride from Pete and Ruth’s, starting at 2:00 p.m.  You are welcome to get ready for the AGM at Pete and Ruth’s place after the ride. If you prefer to walk, Pete will lead a walk starting at 3:30 into Garden Hill and the local conservation area.

The actual AGM meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. followed by pizza. Members are asked to please pay $5 to cover the cost of the pizza. If you wish, you can bring a salad or dessert. Please bring your usual plates, utensils and the liquid refreshment of your choice.

Members are invited to bring their partners. Please RSVP through the comments section of this post so we can pre-order pizza.

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 draft agenda is below. If you have any additional items, please send an email to Jen Poole and copy

Looking forward to a lovely evening!!


Club Executive:

  • Secretary: Ruth Louden (continuing)
  • Treasurer: Turney Wong (continuing)
  • Vice President: Jim Wopereis (stepping down)
  • President: Jen Poole (stepping down)

Other Volunteer Positions:

  • Marshall Johnstone – Ride Coordinator – Tuesday
  • Sue Pott – Ride Coordinator – Friday
  • Doug Barlow – Ride Coordinator – Friday
  • Vivian Vandenhazel – Welcome Committee
  • Barb Spencer – Welcome Committee


  • Treasurer’s Report (Turney)
  • Friday Rides Report (Doug and Sue)
  • Tuesday Rides Report (Marshall)

General Business:

  1. Welcome Committee report (Vivian)
  2. Website review (Ruth and members)
  3. Membership fee increase (Turney)
  4. Safety concerns on the road (Jen will speak about this on behalf of Jim)
  5. New Year’s Eve party: where will it be?
  6. Executive positions to be filled; nominations will be accepted and a vote will follow:
    • President (one nomination)
    • Vice President (no nomination so far)
  7. Volunteer acknowledgement (Jen)

Ride Reminder – Tuesday, November 1

Marshall, Sue & John

Your hosts for Tuesday’s ride, Glennis and Marshall invite you:

Join us at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1st for the last official Club ride of 2016 followed by homemade chili and biscuits afterwards at our home. Come out and celebrate a very successful Tuesday ride season.

Maps will be provided for a 52 kms (not too hilly !?) ride with 32 and 37 kms shortcut options.  The celebration will take place rain, snow, hot, or cold……..  If your bike has been put away for the season we can point you to a pleasant walk in the forest below us or just drop by for lunch.
Please comment if you plan to join us so that we can plan on how much chili and biscuits to make. Hoping to see a crowd.

Hiking in Orono and Send your Photos to Ruth

Sue wanted me to pass along to all of you considering tomorrow’s ride that there are some nice walking trails nearby. If you prefer to walk rather than ride, bring your pup(s) to the same start location at Orono Park and Sue will point you to the trails. Wish Monster and me could join you!

Also, remember to put November 12 on your calendar for the AGM at Pete & Ruth’s (2:00 p.m. start for an outdoor activity and 5:00 p.m start for meeting arrival – more info to come!). As I’m aiming to have a slide show of photos from the season, please aim to get your photos to me by the first weekend in November.

If you only have a couple, just send them with the subject line (AGM photos from ??) to

If you have a bunch of them, like Brian and Paul, a USB or a photosharing site are the best options to get them to me.

Thanks for sharing your top 2016 cycling moments.

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