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President's Report 2002 / Rapport du président 2002

The snow finally came, two months after Ski Day, but in time for some lovely excursions on the weekend of March 23rd. Despite the dearth of snow, GNS has had a successful skiing winter.

The three "Fun Ski" Saturdays, on Jan. 13, Feb. 16, and March 9, featured easy ski outings on village trails, followed by informal soup and sandwich lunches, provided respectively by Loy and Peter Denis, Betty and David Stanger, and Mary Ann and Tim Merrett. They were enjoyed by Amoses, Cowanses, McTavishes, and Kohls, among others, as well as by the hosts.

Barbara and Errol Clift's Kids' Ski Day was reintroduced very successfully this year, with Penny and Wayne McTavish as principle hosts, aided by GNS executive members, enthusiastic parents and Fraser Adams' hay bales. On Feb. 17, Diffley, Doherty, Dugas, Kisber, McIlhone, Partington, Pickle, Power, and Whittier families gathered on the golf course for an afternoon of obstacle racing (the hay bales), slalom, one-ski racing, a distance race from the McTavish house around the bell and back, and John Boynton's scavenger hunt. Then all adjourned to Murray Hall (some via Wayne's new ski trail linking it with the golf course) for hot chocolate, cookies, and the distribution of Peter Denis' desirable birchwood medals for achievement, valour, and popularity.

The regular features of the GNS winter, the Bird Count (reported in detail in this newsletter) and the Barbara Clift Ski Day, were highlights as usual. Despite the lack of skiing (even your president racked his skis that day and went for a walk instead), the delicious Ski Day dinner, prepared by Nancy Amos and assistants, and lubricated even in his absence by Jean-Paul Clermont's traditional and acclaimed Punch, was overwhelmingly attended and successful. Apologies to those who could not get in, and we hope to see you next year.

When the snow finally vanishes, GNS will just move up from S mode to N mode: the Nature Walks planned for this year are
May 4 Spring Flowers Saturday, 10:00 a.m.
May 18 Ile du Marais/Katevale MarshSaturday, 10:00 a.m.
June 23 Marlington Bog Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Aug 31 Cherry River Saturday, 10:00 a.m.
Oct 12 Tree Walk Saturday, 10:00 a.m.
Meet us on these Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. at Murray Hall (except for June 23rd, a Sunday, when we meet at Murray Hall at 10:30 a.m.)!

And don't forget to bring a friend, and invite hem to join GNS!

Tim Merrett