Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

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

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

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


  • 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:



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

Submit your entries to 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!


      • 3 independent judges will announce three winners, one per category at 2017 AGM
      • Winners take all money collected in their category.

Ride Reminder – Saturday, November 4 – last official ride

Say it isn’t so! The season is coming to a close. Join us for our last ride. Here’s a message from your hosts, Jacquie and Brian:

We will host the ride on Saturday starting at our home at 2:pm to be followed by a pot luck dinner at around 5:pm. If you don’t ride, join us anyway for the grub.
Having studied local routes again, I believe the ‘Up Shelter Valley and King’ is still a good route for the last scheduled ride of the season. There will be maps for anyone who is not familiar.The weather looks ok so far – see you there!

Cancelled – Saturday, October 28 Ride

Tomorrow’s ride is cancelled. Here’s a message from your host:
We have decided to cancel the ride planned for Saturday from Orono.
I usually am not afraid of getting my bike wet but the predictions for a combination of 90% rain, 8* temperatures, and wind gusts to 25km/h have dampened most folks enthusiasm for a ride.
I hope everyone can find something warmer and drier to do.  If you had your heart set on a treat from the village bakery let us know and maybe we can meet up.
Doug Barlow

Ride Reminder – Tuesday, October 31

Lilianne and Barry are hosting our Tuesday Oct 31th visit to Warkworth. The Pike Ride has an approximate short ride of 35 kilometres, with the long ride being 60 or so kilometres. Please print your maps from the website.

We are cycling at 10am from the town park on Highway 29, just West of the Co-op. There is parking as well on the West side of Old Hastings Road.

Lunch will be at the Lucky Star Cafe on the main street. There is a diverse menu sourced from locally grown foods, a warm atmosphere and nice teas and coffees (no alcohol). They roast their own beans and bake in house.


Join the Ganaraska Freewheelers in 2018!

Visit our New Members page for more detail!

First Ride of the Season

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