EXECUTIVE CORNER

The AGM

CORE held its annual AGM on May 29 with a membership attendance of about 45 people. The business part of the meeting saw the election of a full slate of Executive members to guide the club for the coming year. See the “Meet your new Executive” paragraph below for your new executive members.

The members in attendance passed a motion to waive membership fees for the following year for Executive members who serve the full year on the Executive.

The minutes for the CORE 2018 AGM are available on the CORE website at this link.

The “social” part of the evening included recognition of the club members who have organized summer and winter events throughout the year, presenting of the “Chicken Mountain Award” for the leader of the hike most gone awry – Harvey earned the title  this year -, and a well laid out table of food and refreshments, again, thanks to our energetic and well organized past executive.

Renewing Your Membership

CORE’s new online membership and electronic payment APP has been very successful, with around 100 members signing up by the time of the AGM. A few memberships were submitted as paper hand-written forms at the AGM, but we hope in the future to keep these to a minimum to help streamline the membership signup process and, of course, save paper.

 

Trip Photography

July 2017 East End of Rundle Summit

One very successful feature at the AGM was a photo slide show with pictures from almost every outing from May 2017 to May 2018. There were 125 great photos of places and people to remember from the previous year’s activities, and this was only possible to compile thanks to the great photographs posted on the website by participants in the events. To all you club photographers, please keep up the good work, and remember to post your photos. It helps some of us remember where we’ve been, and certainly makes our club website more interesting.

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You could be the next Event Leader!

—In case you wondered, last season from June 2017 to May 2018,  CORE volunteers put on around 140 hiking, city walks, snowshoeing, skiing and cycling events, plus another 37 socials such as dinners, tennis, skating, slo-pitch, movies, music, Trail Fest, and CMC presentations. These don’t just happen. Last year there were just 10 members who put in most of the effort to organize events. It takes a bit of time but we could use some more volunteers to organize outings and keep the calendar populated with interesting activities. If you have some ideas about trails to explore, or if you would like to get some ideas from people who have done lots of trails, and would like volunteer to organize some trips, please contact executive at mailbox@corehike.org, talk to an event leader when you are out on a hike, or come to one of the CORE monthly meetings.

June 26, CORE Monthly Meeting

Cambodia, land of Angkor Wat, Mekong River, and the Famous “Tuks Tuks”

Mark June 26 on your calendar as long time member, Jeanette, takes us on a colourful journey through much of Cambodia, where she was joined by Harvey and Carol, other long time CORE members.

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

May/June 2018

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for mid May to mid June. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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May 19 – Tennis anyone?

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May 20 – Kananaskis – Terrace Trail

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May 25 Long Prairie Ridge and Macabee Creek Loop

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May 26 – Barrier Lookout

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May 29 – When shall we four meet again, at the next CORE AGM

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June 2 – A mountaineering K9 on Wasootch Ridge

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June 2 – Break time on Wasootch Ridge

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June 9 – Grotto Canyon

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Meet Your New Executive

For the 2018-2019 club year we have a full slate of Executive members whose goal is to ensure that activities are run safely, keep the membership informed about what is happening within the club, as well as in the wider outdoor community, organize training programs and presentations, and maintain the website so we can continue to provide online information and the events calendar for the club. Here is your executive for the coming year:

Chair – Julia Trangeled

Julia is a longtime CORE member and has served may times on the Executive. She is an avid summer and winter activity participant, and is one of the organizers of weekend events, as well as weekday evening urban hikes.

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Co-Chair – Jeanette Nelder

Jeanette hails from Kiwi land and is also a long time member of the club and has served several time on the Executive. She is an efficient organizer.

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Treasurer – Craig Morris

Craig has taken on the task of treasurer for the second year now and has been key to getting our online membership payment  system up and running.

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Secretary – Laura Hood

Laura is new to the Executive this year and has volunteered to take on the role of Secretary. After participating in many enjoyable core outings, she felt it was time to get more involved to ensure the good times continue.

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Membership Coordinator – Marian Smith

Marian also has been a member of CORE for many years and has served on the Executive before. This year she has volunteered to take on one of the more challenging executive positions, that of Membership Coordinator. Thank you Marian.

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Executive Trip Coordinator – Mike Galbraith

Mike has been around the club for a long time and has filled various roles on the executive in the past. He is also a member of the Calgary Mountain Club, as well as serving on the executive of the UIAA – the international federation for climbing and mountaineering, so he knows a little bit about safety in the mountains. His role is to monitor and coach our volunteer event organizers to ensure basic practices are followed to keep participants safe on the trails.

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Communications Coordinator – David van den Eikof

Dave is an avid summer season hiker and event organizer for some of the more difficult terrain in the mountains. He too has spent more than his fair share of time on the executive in various roles. He is also a keen photographer and amateur artist.

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Presentations Coordinator – Kim Payne

Kim has been in the club for a few years, and spent her first year on the executive getting our club banner (as in physical banner) and an excellent first aid training course that year. This year she means to line up some interesting presenters for our month-end club meetings.

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Website Administrator – Stu Cox

Stu hails originally from the east coast, so came to mountain pursuits rather late. He is now a great believer in the slogan you see on the sign entering Yoho National Park – “The mountains shall set you free”-. Somehow he fell into the role of CORE Webmaster about 8 years ago, and has so far been unable to convince anyone else to take on the task.

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Member at Large – Kevin Jones

Kev moved from the UK, with Sarah, in 2012 to take advantage of the mountains without having to fly transatlantic to do so.  He has been a member of CORE for about four years, and enjoys hiking in the summer and tries to find time for cross country skiing, downhill skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.  Having joined the Executive for the first time at the 2018 AGM he is wondering what is really involved in being a ‘Member at Large’.  So if you have a suggestion or constructive criticism that you want to feed into the Executive, Kev is a point of contact for you.

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NATURE NEWS & NOTES

Tick bite prevention during tick season

Tick-borne diseases occur worldwide, including in your own backyard, city parks and paths.

Some of the best ways to avoid tick bites are: wear clothing that covers your arms and legs; tuck your pants into your socks or even put tape around openings in clothing so ticks have no access; and wear light-colored clothing to help you see if a tick is on you. When you are in the woods, keep to the centre of the trail, where ticks are less likely to be (ticks tend to stay in shrubs and bushes).

Use a chemical repellent with DEET, permethrin or picaridin.

  • As soon as you are home, check yourself or have a family member help check you for ticks. Use a fine-tooth comb through your hair and check folds of the skin. You should also shower and wash your clothes at a high heat so any ticks are killed.

The most common symptoms of tick-related illnesses are:

Fever/chills 
With all tick-borne diseases, patients can experience fever at varying degrees and time of onset.

Aches and pains 
Tick-borne disease symptoms include headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. With Lyme disease you may also experience joint pain. The severity and time of onset of these symptoms can depend on the disease and your personal tolerance level.

Rash 
Lyme disease, southern tick-associated rash illness, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and tularemia can result in distinctive rashes

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BIRDS EYE VIEW

Charming Spring © Patricia L. Cisco

Reminiscent melodies
serenade the morning breeze.

Feathered creatures nest with care
in cherry blossoms pink and fair.

Perfumed scent of roses flow.
Tiny blades of green grass grow.

Misty showers soak the earth,
glorious colors come to birth.

Gathering clouds come and go,
rain, sun, and vibrant bow.

Dainty petals, fancy flair,
dancing in the warm, sweet air.

Violets, yellows, purest white,
graceful, gentle, welcomed sight.

Thank you, oh sweet lovely Spring,
patiently waiting the charms you bring!

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/charming-spring

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For all CORE members, this spot is for you. If you have a little story to tell about something you’ve seen on a CORE outing, or some article or book you may have read that you would like to share, please send it along and we’ll publish it in the next newsletter. Keep it to a couple paragraphs, and stick to topics related to the outdoors or the environment. Please submit via email to mailbox@corehike.org.

….see you on the trails …

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