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President's Report 2010 / Rapport du président 2010
Well, we had four inches of snow up on Boar's Hill for Hallowe'en, so I guess it
is time to write the seasonal letter. Besides, David Stanger gave me a deadline.
We started off last year with a fascinating and informative talk by Tom Kovacs
on the national parks of Croatia and Macedonia. Tom's 30-year career with Parks
Canada saw the number of parks grow from 18 to 40 or so, and he retired as
Director of Operations for Ontario and Superintendent of Pointe Pelee National
Park and of the Rideau Natonal Historic Waterway. His talk on his subsequent
advisory roles in Croatia and Macedonia was as good as a holiday there.
This year we will start with "Murder for a Living", a talk by the Townships
writer Louise Penny, whose sixth Chief Inspector Gamache mystery has just
appeared. GNS will be joined by Studio Georgeville in sponsoring Louise, who
is winning international awards and will soon appear in French translation,
as well as being a scintillating speaker. See www.studiogeorgeville.com for
more. Friday, Nov. 27, 4:00 pm at Murray Memorial Hall.
Last December's Peter Landry Audubon Christmas Bird Count was fun and
productive. Thanks to John Hoblyn, again, for putting it together. This year's
will be Monday Dec. 27, with Tuesday Dec. 28 being the fallback for bad
weather. John will once again organize it and host the reportage party, with
the kind indulgence of Sarah. For more information: email@example.com
The Barbara Clift Memorial Ski Day 2009 saw 29 skiers and two snowshoers brave
the quite benign weather. John Boynton classic Ski Bird medals went to Dave
Pascal, Allan Smith, Jean-Pierre Lefebvre and Lucille Delorme. Nancy Amos
provided another wonderful meal, for which our appetites were whetted and our
inhibitions (what inhibitions?) suppressed by Jean-Paul Clermont's (Barbara
Clift's) excellent punch. Ski Day 2011 will be Feb. 5. Don't worry about
global warming: we have planned first-rate skiing all winter. (Maybe not
starting on Hallowe'en, though.)
GNS Family Fun Skis were hosted last winter by Barb Wolf and by Francine and
Ed Markwell. Join us this year on Jan 22 and Feb 26 for an unchallenging toot
around some easy but attractive terrain, and for a roll-and-soup lunch (cost
1 doubloon) following.
GNS Nature Walks attracted a typical dozen and a half people each time and we
visited the Mueller inuksuk, Katevale Marsh and the Stanstead Stone Circle.
We are grateful to Fred and Denise Mueller, Louise Cousineau and L'Ile du
marais inc, and to Kim Prangley for permission and, in the latter two cases,
for guiding us over the sites. L'Ile du marais (Katevale Marsh) is written up
separately in this newsletter and is in need of members and volunteers despite
a heroic effort on the part of Jean-Pierre Lefebvre and the other board members
which replaced much of the walkways and bridges. Write to L'ile du marais inc,
C.P. 121, Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley, J0B 1W0: you can join for 10 dollars.
Our own trails were helpfully kept clear last year by Francine & Michelle Caron,
Jean-Paul Clermont, Guy Lord, Wayne McTavish, Mary Ann and Tim Merrett, and Dave
Pascal under the attentive eye of trail boss Ed Markwell. We'll be clearing
trails again this year as soon as hunting season is over: stand by to help on
I hope you caught the GNS float again on Canada Day: Mary Ann Mongeau's large
ski bird was flanked by really old skis courtesy of Gael Eakin and Barbara and
Erroll Clift, and by some enthusiastic young Georgeville-Nature-Skiers. Thanks
again to Ed Markwell for putting it all toghether and to Steve Hamilton for
providing motive power.
Once again, I would like to thank our Executive members, who infallibly say
"I'll do that!" and who make the presidency a pleasure.
This newsletter includes membership and waiver forms for your continuing
membership. Please fill and return them early and think about who else might
like to join (or re-join) GNS, especially among the younger generations.
I hope to see you at many GNS activities this year!