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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

VOLUNTEERS:

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

President

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.

Memberships

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: https://ganaraskafreewheelers.com/members-only/member-forms/

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 ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com 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 ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com 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 ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com prior to Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Looking forward to a lovely evening!!

A message from Brian, your friendly Friday Ride Coordinator

 

As you undoubtedly know by now, I am looking after the Friday evening rides until the end of July when Peter takes over the onerous task.

Club members have been wonderful at hosting this year and we only need six more hosts (five Friday evening hosts and one Saturday / Sunday morning host) between now and the end of my watch.

Either you can host a ride from your home or from any other location in our riding area. You need to decide upon a route (which could simply be one of the many routes available on the Wonderful Website!) and either provide (paper) maps or ask folks to download them.

Most members who host rides from their homes also host a pot-luck supper afterwards, but this is not essential. Alternatively, you may elect to host a ride from a location other than your home and simply arrange for somewhere for folks to eat (restaurant, pub, picnic, etc.).

Also, July is my stay-at-home month, so if you would like to host a ride from your home without the hassle of planning a route, I would be delighted to look after the riding (route planning, ride leading, etc.) aspects for you.

The following rides need looking after as of May 25th, so step right up and volunteer for the good of your Club.

  • Friday June 8th
  • Saturday June 16th or Sunday June 17th (you get to choose!)
  • Friday June 29th
  • Friday July 6th
  • Friday July 22nd
  • Friday July 29th

If by the Tuesday before the Friday ride, no-one has volunteered as host, then “Plan B” will kick in. In that case, the ride calendar will say that the ride has no host. However, a starting location and route map for the ride will be announced by a post on the Website. It will be up to participants to figure out where to eat after the ride. One of the Friday Coordinators may, or may not, be there.

Thanks to the generosity of our members we haven’t actually had to enact “Plan B” yet this year. Wouldn’t it be nice to keep it that way?

Hosting a Friday ride can be quite painless – all you have to do is to email me at bhedney@gmail.com and say “I’ll do it!” and I will take it from there.

 

Tuesday Morning Rides

Sue and Marshall, your Ride Coordinators for Tuesday welcome you below to the 2018 riding season.

Temperatures are warming up, snow is pretty well gone, roads are clearing up and the beautiful Northumberland hills are calling out to the Freewheelers. It’s time to start scheduling our 2018 Tuesday rides.

Your Tuesday Ride Coordinators (Marshall J. – until the end of July and Sue P. – for remainder of season) invite you to jump in now and help get this season planned and on its way.

  • Do you have a favourite local riding route on our website? Then put a date on it now before someone else picks the route.
  • Do you have a preferred date or time of year when you would like to host a Club ride? Then grab that date now before someone else does.
  • Do you have a favourite restaurant/pub for an après-ride food and drink social? Then pick a date and get it booked before you become the 3rd host this year to use the same venue.
  • Do you have a neat theme ride in mind that you always wanted the club to do? Then get planning, grab a date and put that idea in motion.
  • Are you that procrastinator who always waits until season end to host a ride and finds that all the good routes have already been done 3 times? Then jump in early, pick an early date and get your club obligation out of the way and now with that done, you might also consider hosting another ride in the Fall.

Klaus has volunteered to host our first Tuesday ride of the season on April 3rd. Check out the calendar to get all the details of this ride. While you are there, put your claim on a date, or maybe 2 if you are so inclined. You can find the email address of the Ride Coordinator to contact in the notes of each date’s entry in the calendar.

Let’s get this season up and running and the calendar filled up.

See you on the road!

Friday Evening Rides

Introducing your Friday Ride Coordinators:

  • From April through July: Brian H.
  • From August through October: Pete R.

Here are your Ride Coordinators’ thoughts on how we’ll roll this season on Fridays:

Friday evening rides typically start at 5:30 PM.

The routes vary slightly in length but are usually around 50 km. There will always be a shorter, usually less hilly option of around 30 km.

We strongly encourage you to host one, or more, of these rides. Either you can host the ride from your home or from any other location in our riding area. Either way you need to decide upon a route (which could simply be one of the many routes available on our Wonderful Website!) and either provide (paper) maps or ask folks to download them.

Most members who host rides from their homes also host a pot-luck supper afterwards, but this is not essential. Alternatively, you may elect to host a ride from a location other than your home and simply arrange for somewhere for folks to eat (restaurant, pub, picnic, etc.).

In other words you are most welcome to host a Friday ride in the same manner that most Tuesday morning rides are hosted.

Approximately once a month, we switch the Friday evening ride to a Saturday or Sunday morning ride, so you may wish to consider that as a hosting option.

The Calendar on the Website will inform you as to which rides have hosts. If it says “Ride Needs Host” then why not consider volunteering for it? Simply email the Ride Coordinator whose name and email address for that date will be provided in the calendar entry’s notes.

If by the Tuesday before the ride no-one has volunteered as host, then Plan B will kick in. In that case, the Calendar will say that the “Ride has No Host”. However, the Calendar and Website post will announce a starting location for the 5:30 PM ride and post a route map. It will be up the participants to figure out where to eat after the ride. One of the Friday Coordinators may, or may not, be there.

Hosting a Friday ride can be quite painless – all you have to do is email your Ride Coordinator with the starting location, route details and apres-ride eating arrangements.

Remember, our Club’s success is based on the participation of its wonderful members 🙂

See you on the road!

Ride Calendar is Up – Claim your Rides!

Attention all Ganaraska Freewheelers. The 2018 Ride Calendar is up. Your Ride Coordinators for the season’s first 4 months (Brian H. for Fridays and Marshall for Tuesdays) await your bookings. You can find their email address in the notes at the bottom of each date’s entry in the calendar. More details about hosting will follow in separate posts.

Note: Password has not changed yet – it will be updated in early April – watch for an email.

Great image Jennifer B. – thanks for sharing!

Join the Freewheelers for a Ride in 2018

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If you’ve never ridden with the Ganaraska Freewheelers, we encourage you to join us in 2018 for a Tuesday morning or Friday evening group ride. Especially if you:

  • Live in or near the Port Hope/Cobourg area
  • Think that a 2-3 hour recreational road bike ride a couple times a week is a fine way to stay fit and enjoy the great outdoors
  • Want to discover some of the best cycling routes Southern Ontario has to offer
  • Enjoy sharing the sweet taste of cycling with other like-minded cyclists
  • Appreciate the chance to exchange those hard-earned calories burned for an apres-ride food and drink social

We are a social non-competitive cycling club in Northumberland County. We ride Tuesday mornings, Friday evenings and occasional weekend mornings. Our members take turns hosting rides, which means we enjoy a variety of scenery and start locations from Newcastle to Trenton and from the Lake Ontario waterfront to Peterborough. We generally ride 30 to 60 kilometres at a moderate pace and reward ourselves with an after-ride social at a restaurant, member home or park.

Our season opens on Easter Friday, March 30. Here are just a few of our special events planned for the 2018 season:

  • The Port Hope Blossom ride that winds through the area’s most fragrant apple and lilac blossom trees at their peak
  • The Golden Beach Resort ride with three of the best downhills in the area offering spectacular views of Rice Lake
  • The Good, The Bad and the Waffle ride, followed by homemade savoury and sweet waffles and local maple syrup
  • The Wobbly Tour of wineries in the Picton area, followed by lunch at Casa Dea Estates Winery
  • Annual Thanksgiving Potluck with an unforgettable smorgasbord of traditional and trendy delights
  • Weekend cycling tour to Ottawa, taking in our Nation’s capital’s extensive bike trail network and the beautiful Gatineau Park

Want to know more about becoming a Ganaraska Freewheeler Member? Visit our new member page to fill in our contact form and start the conversation or email ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com.

Already a member? Download our 2018 Brochure and share it with a friend!