President & Treasurer's report




The only constant in the operation of the modern cross country ski club seems to be change.  Last year at this time I remarked on the unusual weather, but that changed to a wetter, milder winter, in spells, followed by cold when we didn't expect it.  It was a challenge for all our activities.  Races were rescheduled and delayed. The trails were closed then open again in wonderful condition. Things ever changing.

More changes are in store as Peter Daleman and Mary Lynne Black leave the board while Andrew Manwaring and Steve Krause have joined.  Changes occurred in grooming as Don Brisbane developed a new team.  Even the equipment has changed as we put a new groomer and a snow machine into service.  Likewise, in the Burrow, Aleesha Mullen made changes as coordinator of Skier Services.  More refinements will be introduced next year to smooth Burrow operations,

The rental program is being changed by an outside force as Salomon stops producing SNS boots and bindings.  We hope for a gradual change over as older equipment wears out and is replaced.  Our rental skis, boots and poles were in heavy rotation as school groups and racers from public elementary and First Nations schools dodged the raindrops to take advantage of our facilities.

Our events and ski programs were successful in spite of challenging thaw cycles.  The Sounder tested the wills of event organizer Ghislain Henry and trail boss Don Brisbane.  One of the guest skiers said, “Thank you for your perseverance.”, as the rain eased and the delayed start time loomed.  That just about summed it up. Mary Lynne Black has left the books in good shape and our financial affairs well managed.  She has made quite a contribution.  Another contribution was made by Emily Fells who pulled together another great Women on Skis event.  Greg Mason was a groomer, Jack Rabbit coordinator and grant applicant on our behalf.  The many Sounder and elementary race volunteers also deserve a vote of thanks.

Our successful ski programs for children come with challenges.  Peter Wiltman's Junior race program graduates are doing very well, but costs associated with going to events need to be addressed.  The midget racers under Ghislain also represent a monetary challenge.  To this end, Ron Chase has struck a committee which is working hard to develop policies, fee structures, guidelines and promotional materials to make the race program sustainable.  Some form of honoraria to defray the costs of team leader and volunteer support staff seems essential at this point.  A successful fundraising program would solve a lot of problems.

Tim Redmond records and publishes our minutes, but also monitors the webmail.  As a result we have been able to host various bus tour ski groups from the Toronto area.  Speaking of publishing, how about the excellent on line Beaver Tales produced  by Charlene Payerl?  Regular readers of the Beaver Tales are kept well informed by this attractive newsletter.  The website is also the place where Facebook and Twitter provide interesting items like the entertaining Racing Rabbit Olympic themed video.

Next season we must look at working with the Rotary Club to reinvent the Ski-a-Thon which has lost a certain lustre.  Picking a weekend which will not conflict with other activities is key.  We may also have to introduce an element of competition to spice things up.  Looking forward, we also anticipate the development of a Parry Sound High School ski program as part of Sue Badger's physical education curriculum.  Graham Poole did a joint PSHS ski team training session with Huntsville High at our club and this may be another opening door.

As summer sets in, Aleesha and Wil Smith plan some cycling events for our trails.  The Get Outdoors Parry Sound group will also be helping Don with the summer trail development program.  Last summer and fall's work on the Wolf has made it a much better trail to ski so the benefit we derive from their efforts is easily seen.

As we put away our skis and climb onto our bikes, we salute a very successful season and the great people who made it so.



 Treasurer Report overview 2018

Treasurer Report 2018




What a year!

We have never seen weather like that. It was a big challenge for our amazing groomers. Don Brisbane had to employ all his super powers. The result, after a titanic struggle, was a clear victory for our skiers. That is to say, great trail conditions from December to March. A toll was taken on our equipment, though, and we will be purchasing a new Ginzuu Groomer to better chop the ice.

The Royal Bank granted us some money with an enabling hand from our peerless treasurer, Mary Lynne Black and we were able to purchase rental equipment for elementary school children. With the invaluable assistance of our school partners, this equipment was in constant use.

Children are also the centre of our Jackrabbit program. Led by Graham Poole and enabled by adult and student volunteers, Jackrabbits was operating at full capacity. Young skiers who have completed this program have gone on to amazing success at the high school races, provincial races and national competitions; a tribute to efforts of parents and volunteer coaches who have developed a recipe for success that is truly admirable. Greg Mason will take over as Jackrabbit co-ordinator for the coming season looking forward to a bright future with all our support. Graham will now be Jackrabbit godfather so treat him with respect.

Our excellent treasurer, Mary Lynne Black has managed our money very well and ensured our financial stability. She has also worked with the Rotary Club and Active Women to enable important fund raising initiatives key to our ability to providing quality grooming and rental equipment.

Raising funds is a constant endeavour and through the efforts of Wendy Grater, we were able to hold the Ontario Masters Championships at the beginning of February. The club realizes a considerable net profit from holding events like the Masters and the Sounder because the organizers and their crews work on a volunteer basis. A cross country ski club is an expensive undertaking and we would not exist without the generous gifts of time we receive from our volunteer base.

In order to better advise and manage our ever-capable Burrow staff, Aleesha Mullen suggested we have Director of Visitor Services. She soon got the job and will, in the coming year, be instituting policies that will please our visitors. Aleesha was a key operative in the Active Women Weekend which was headed by super volunteer Nora Alexander. That was a great success, but also totally exhausting. A somewhat less elaborate event may emerge in the future. Acting as membership co-ordinator is just a tiny part of Ghislain Henry's contribution to the Georgian Nordic. He is also key to events like the Sounder and the Masters. These events are so well organized that provincial organizations want to hold events at our club in the future. Ghislain is also our leader of Racing Rabbits and Track Attack skiers and a force majeur behind our elementary school ski program. C'est incroyable!

When Peter Wiltmann came to the board with the proposal to organize a racing team about eight years ago, we had no idea what would ensue. Our young skiers can now train year round under his supervision and participate in provincial and national competitions. What an opportunity! Children can aspire to a whole new world of experience and we older adults can only look on in envy. Hard working young skiers with dedicated and supportive parents have made a great race team under Peter's leadership.

And what about Beaver Tales, our club newsletter? Charlene Payerl has produced a monthly gem. Through this modern, bright, on-line publication we keep the membership informed and enthused. There should be some kind of award. We occasionally have moose on our trails and this season we have our trails on the Moose. It has had a positive effect bringing in visitors to the area who rent equipment and buy trail passes for which we are most thankful.

Tim Redmond is board secretary. He writes and keeps our minutes, which are an invaluable aid to our memories in that they point out the decisions we have made and where that should lead. He also manages our email, keeping us abreast of arising issues. And that not being enough, he volunteers for our various events and Racing Rabbits activities whenever possible.

Wil Smith, our vice-president, is the board leader for summer programming. This is a hands-on enterprise leading to hours spent in fly-infested bush hacking out trails, building bridges, installing drainage and generally enhancing our trails. This being not nearly enough, he organizes and participates in bike and Exterra races that raise our profile as a summer activity destination. Also, to this end, he was our liaison to the Georgian Bay Biosphere which has resulted in an impressive array of new signage. Signage is key to avoiding that lost in the woods feeling.

After years of working on our water, plumbing and electrical systems, Doug MacDonald is taking his leave from the board. We have not got a replacement at the time of this writing and hope some equally skilled club member will step up to fill this considerable void.

Not all our efforts are successful when we depend on far away officials to appreciate our needs and value to the community. This explains why in spite of the efforts of Ron Chase to garner a Trillium grant we were turned down. Ron spent a lot of time and pulled out a lot of hair trying to satisfy Trillium's constantly shifting criteria. He may yet be convinced to try again soon.

Finally, we are also a club of paddlers and Lisa Robinson is central to our on the water activities with her paddling committee. They are constantly raising funds and trying to develop a comprehensive paddling program. A good deal of time and patience will be required but as paddling represents a good cross training activity for winter sports persons and as Nine Mile Lake beckons from just down the road, Lisa has every prospect of success.

And, in closing, I must say how impressed I am with the skill and effort of the members of the GNSCC board of directors. All members of the club can be proud of what has been and is being accomplished. Just to underline the extent of these efforts you should know that, while in semi-retirement from the board, the stalwart Peter Daleman helped fill our coffers by running the Burrow during an unplanned for Christmas rush of skiers from away.

What a year!



April 2016 PRESIDENT'S REPORT for the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the GNSCC What a momentous year of change, addition and subtraction. In the first case, and after many years of exemplary service to the club, our Trails Supervisor and veteran board member, Peter Daleman was forced to withdraw to a minor role. The excellence of our trails in a difficult weather year stand as mute testimony to the success of his efforts over many seasons. We were then most fortunate to have Don Brisbane step into Peter's role and provide excellent leadership in grooming our trails and maintaining our equipment. Club members have been full of praise. It was a seamless transfer of responsibility. It was our designated club thief who occasioned the subtraction we endured. He may have been successful, but we suffered a series of losses as a result. Not only did we lose our computer, two chainsaws, a pole saw, a winch and some tools, but we were forced to install an alarm system and a video surveillance system as a result. Ardco Systems of Parry Sound came to our aid, installing the system for a minimal fee. We are most appreciative. The club's programs ran smoothly and with great success this year. Clever management of the weather enabled us to get our events off in fine style. Jackrabbits, under the guidance of Graham Poole added elements for skiers with special needs. Jackrabbits had training sessions for coaches and volunteers were also instructed in techniques for assisting visually impaired skiers. The club continues its outreach to schools and special needs members of the community by offering our facilities and rental equipment at minimal to no cost. We have seen good results and hope to expand our involvement. Our Burrow staff and club volunteers have made such programming possible. Ghislain Henry and Peter Wiltmann have provided countless hours of coaching for our young skiers and the results of their work are evident in the success our team members have enjoyed provincially. Because we have a pool of many Jackrabbit skiers, we have many Racing Rabbits and they feed into our junior race program. We are proud to be Provincial Midget Champions and to have a number of highly ranked skiers in the provincial development program. Mary Lynne Black, our treasurer has done a fine job shepherding our finances, assisting the Canoe Club sub-committee in its reintegration into the club, managing our insurance issues, coordinating the board and Rotary Club efforts to include special needs skiers and assisting with the Rotary Ski-a-thon. Lisa Robinson is the chair of the Canoe Club committee and has worked with her team to establish themselves within the structure of the board. So, we are not just skiers, but also paddlers and, with Get Outdoors Parry Sound, we are cyclists. Our VP, Wil Smith has been building a cycling presence at the club. He developed a winter cycling insurance protocol to ensure all trail users and our club are properly insured. He has an exacting calendar of summer events in store. Speaking of summer, the summer use of our trails should increase with the cooperation of our local partners, the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. They are helping to promote our trails as a hiking destination and will provide signage to guide folks around our “Amazing Place”. Beaver Tales continues to develop its on-line presence under the skilled hand of Charlene Payerl. Running a newsletter through a website involves accepting the challenge of dealing with a steep learning curve. The result has been terrific and is a point of pride for our club. Charlene has now integrated some advertising into the newsletter to help sustain it and we hope more ads will follow. She is also spearheading our efforts to publicize the work of our coaches, skiers and ski programs to a wider audience. Doug MacDonald manages our buildings and our tireless, knowledgeable, competent and irreplaceable Burrow staff. Without his and their efforts, our programs simply would not function. Our club seems to do a little more each year and next year our Women on Skis coordinator, Nora Alexander is teaming with Aleesha Mullen, from the board, to develop a series of activities for active women. Aleesha is also a key member of the summer cycling initiative on our trails at Nine Mile. The board itself would be lost in confusion without the efforts of Tim Redmond, our secretary. He not only keeps our minutes and reminds us of our past decisions and those deferred, but also passes on our web-mail. His efforts are key to our efficient operation as a board. The goals, functions and activities of the GNSCC are becoming much more complex. The work of our board members is expanding and we are functioning now as a twelve month organization. As such, we need funds and Ron Chase has taken on the task of obtaining for us a Trillium Grant. It is no easy task and we wish him success. We need a new snow machine and some grooming equipment which, if obtained by grant, will greatly ease the financial pressure. Nevertheless, these are exciting times for our club and the future is full of promise. Cec Smith Treasurer's report 2016 Mary Lynne Black GNSCC Membership Report April 12, 2016 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 (new) 2010-2011 (new) 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 Adults 107 116 226 221(47) 203(33) 181 182 172 189 187 Couple 42 45 Family 69 77 85 79(12) 90 (21) 84 (for 339 members) 74 (for 344 members) 46 (194 members) 49 (207 members) 36 (157 members) Student 18 22 33 25(10) 33(5) 34 22 34 28 28 Total # of members 482 527 611 586 600 554 548 400 424 372 Membership Report 2015-2016 GNSCC had 372 members this past season. There were 187 adult memberships, 36 family memberships that includes 157 individuals, and 28 student memberships. We continue to observe a trend where fewer families are joining GNSCC. This trend could be attributed to demographics, as well as the fact that we have not received consistent snow to operate in November and December in the past few years. The adult membership as well as the student membership remains mostly constant over the past few years. It is recommended that the membership campaign be started in September for the coming season and that we continue to publicize our “member benefits” better. Ghislain Henry Georgian Nordic Ski and Canoe Club Link to Treasurer's report at bottom.

President's Report 2015 The 2014-15 ski season started slowly and steadily gained momentum. Well, actually, from an administrative point of view, it started with a real rush of activity as the Board and particularly Peter Daleman had to work hard and fast to implement a partnership agreement with the North Bay and Parry Sound District Health Unit. We had to complete our part of the arrangement by December 31, 2014, but it was well worth the effort as the new snow machine and signage we obtained took a lot of potential financial strain off the club. Thanks to the Health Unit we were also able to expand our support for the elementary schools ski program. We made free rentals available and that allowed more kids than ever to take part. You will note that our big sign in the parking lot acknowledges the sponsorship of the Health Unit. The first event of the year was the ski swap held on November 29th where goods changed hands at bargain prices and parents signed children up for the Jackrabbit Program. That Saturday morning program began in January and ran into March with great weekly success due to the efforts of Graham Poole, Zack Crafts and their wonderful army of volunteers. Springing into action at the same time we saw Racing Rabbits under Ghislain Henry and the Georgian Nordic Race Team under Peter Wiltman. They had been preparing, training, conditioning and planning for some time before they appeared on the snow. Committed racers, and we have some of the best in the province, train and prepare all year round. Nora Alexander chaired the Women on Skis program this year. The event teaches skills and is a great social occasion at the same time. Women on Skis also raises money for the club, particularly when fully subscribed as it was. Nora and her team of volunteers deserve a vote of thanks from all of us. Ghislain Henry who is our membership maven and Racing Rabbit co-ordinator was also responsible for mounting the Sounder Race event. As you can imagine, he is anxious to recruit a new Sounder coordinator and would be very helpful to any or all applicants. With his group of able helpers he was able to stage a great finale as Sounder headman this year. It was, as usual, a great success with prizes for innumerable participants from all over West Central Ontario. In spite of reasonably cold weather the club hosted two elementary school race events and again club members volunteered with enthusiasm. The results were excellent. The teachers and school system in general are our partners in skiing at the Georgian Nordic. They are an important ingredient in our success present and future. Agnes Wong of the Rotary Club worked with the Board and Scotia Bank to hold the Rotary Ski-a-thon on Family Day weekend. This event is a key fundraiser for us and the $ 5 000. raised will help us continue to provide quality ski experiences for our members. Managing a ski club in this day and age is no easy task. We have to watch our costs carefully and manage our finances skillfully. Luckily we have a treasurer who not only looks after our money, but helps to raise funds as well. It would be an anxious occupation chairing a board without a good treasurer like Mary Lynne Black. Most recently, she examined our insurance costs and was able to find coverage at a lower premium. No small feat in the current climate. When Doug MacDonald took a short winter vacation our reliance on his skills became readily apparent. The water system malfunctioned and we were thrown into a well of confusion until he returned to set things right. He also has electrical skills which save us from the expensive service calls we might otherwise incur. Doug also helped with the timing of the Ontario Masters Championship Races at the juncture of February and March. A fabulous team of volunteers presented this amazing three day event for skiers from all over the province. Importantly it was a money maker for the club and the many members who worked to achieve this success deserve a great deal of credit. When the club holds events for local skiers and those from away, the quality of our trails is always commented on in the most favourable terms. The credit for this is due to Peter Daleman and his early rising, tireless and immensely capable team. The new snow machine we were able to purchase due to the partnership with the Health Unit also played a part. Even as March wears into April, people are calling from out of district, wondering if our trails are still in good shape, such is our sterling reputation. Our secretary, Tim Redmond has been an important link in the management of our new website. Hardly a day goes by that he hasn't put something in my email inbox. Along with this task, Tim is the custodian and creator of our board minutes. It is no small feat to make sense out of our various discussions. Minutes provide the board with focus and a sense of continuity so Tim's contributions are most important. Setting up our new website and using it to promote the club, report on conditions and activities and publish our newsletter has been rather like inviting a dragon into your house. Peter Wiltman and Charlene Payerl have battled valiantly to keep it under control. The bright new image it gives the club and its use of modern communication tools and technologies has been a huge step forward. Charlene and Peter deserve great credit. Beaver Tales has morphed into a website driven publication and Charlene can tell you that hasn't been nearly as easy as it looks. Next year we'll see further website development and we can look forward to that with eager anticipation. The club is entering a new phase of summer activity under the aegis of Wil Smith. He is organizing two events for this summer involving running, swimming and trail biking. Wil is also our Vice President and is our chair when the President is unable to attend. I can only say things seem to run quite smoothly without me. In closing, let us acknowledge the contributions of Ron Coulson, who maintains our rental stock and our unfailingly conscientious Burrow staff who make visitors welcome and facilitate all of our events and programs. Mary Lynne Black Treasurer Report March 31, 2015