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OFSC Convention Update

The annual OFSC Convention wrapped up last night and was, as usual, an informative event.  One of the highlights included the membership approving a recommendation to increase permit prices by 7% for the upcoming season, to help offset significant cost increases clubs have been seeing in fuel, lumber, steel and labour for the work that contractors do on our trails.  The new pre-November 1st price will be $214 plus the $7.50 service and handling fee.  It's new for the OFSC to have more say in permit pricing and it'll all be going to the snow.

We also attended workshops on initiatives to improve the consistency and correctness of signage across the entire system, on volunteering and on places where clubs can access additional funds for trail, facility and other improvements.

We also got to see some of the latest groomers and drags in the pipeline from various suppliers.

This event is often a reminder that the season is right around the corner and while the club is  working on things 12 months of the year, activities are starting to ramp up.

Watch for more updates on projects we will be undertaking as well as opportunities for volunteers to help get the trails ready for this season.
We'd Love to See You

Our Annual Meeting is this coming Tuesday (May 16) at 7pm via Zoom.  Please plan to attend.  Click here to register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcld-qgpzstGNAW9eCbOOkmzh5uQL8EVNXg
The club will be holding its Annual Meeting on May 16th at 7pm via Zoom.  While we have a planned agenda (brief review of the financials, a recap of the past season's activities and the nomination of the club's "committee/Board of Directors", President and representative on the District Board of Directors), we are very eager to hear from the members themselves.   If you have questions about trails, grooming, club operations, events, etc., we would be pleased to answer any questions you might have.

Also, while we have a dedicated group of core volunteers on the Committee, we are always looking for people to get involved to help out.  If you want to get involved in activities and have ideas on fundraising or events or want to help the club organize trail projects, please come to the meeting and introduce yourself.  We promise that you won't get thrown into the deep end without a life jacket and that getting involved will be a very rewarding experience and you will make new friends.

Here is the link to get registered for the event.
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcld-qgpzstGNAW9eCbOOkmzh5uQL8EVNXg

Once you register, you will receive an email with the Zoom coordinates for the meeting itself.

As an added incentive to finding out what's going on, we will be giving away a "door prize" to one registered attendee.
March Break Update

Spring riding conditions are what you can expect this weekend and into the March break week.  With the amount of sun we have seen and slightly warm temperatures, road sides are pretty bad, rocks are poking through, hills facing the sun are starting to get bare and ice is getting exposed.  We will continue to groom for as long as we have snow, groomers keep running, and we have temperatures which are cold enough at night.

We were notified by a few people of some downed trees just north of the clubhouse yesterday on TOP E.  A quick shout-out to Brian M. and Darrin S. for responding quickly and getting those trees cleared.   They also had some help from a couple of riders that came along, one of whom gave our guys a gift card to thank them.  How great was that!!!

There is still lots of great trail out there and conditions should be good most places but remember, you should expect spring conditions.
Trails Update

We are happy to report that the promised snow did arrive.  We didn't get quite as much as was forecast but it was very helpful.   Groomers have been rolling as this white gold covered bare spots and allowed us to put something on top of our still-good base.

Keep an eye on the ITG for trail status updates.
Update for February 8, 2023

We are happy to say that we got the trails around Gooderham (607 Wolf Lake and 610 into Gooderham) cleared yesterday and we hear that HCSA was able to battle their way down their 9 trail to Gooderham as well.  We know people have been eager to see trails open in that area - keep an eye on the ITG for updates.

We still have one groomer down (probably for the season) and we keep having to fix issues with our second one but we seem to be able to keep things in reasonable shape.  We continue to use the District spare (fixing it occasionally too) and share the load with other clubs in the District.  Equipment problems seem to be a significant problem all across District 2.

With the warm spell and rain coming, we are not certain what the impact will be on trails or on grooming operations but are confident that the trails won't be completely destroyed.  It would be best if everyone stayed off the trails while they are soft so that we have something reasonably smooth to start with when things get cold again.
Thinking of Local Businesess....

As many of you are aware, the Municipality of Highlands East closed the bridge (temporarily) on the IB&O rail trail that runs between Wilberforce and Tory Hill.  This trail was a key feeder of snowmobile traffic from the west into Wilberforce and on to the north and east.

With this link cut, we wanted riders to know that businesses in Wilberforce have been significantly affected and some of these are great supporters of the club.  They have purchased advertising on our map boards and the paper maps and do a lot to support the club in other ways.  We want to especially acknowledge the impact on and thank the South Algonquin Diner, Wilberforce Service Centre and Ironview Retreat.

Please give them a thought as you are planning your ride.  You can still access Wilberforce from the east via our 605 trail from Harcourt and there is a great loop (Trailblazer Tour Loop) that runs from Wilberforce west to the 601 Miskwabi trail up to TOP E. 

Those businesses in Wilberforce would greatly appreciate your patronage.
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