Happy New Year! Isn’t it exciting to see snow falling, again. I hope everyone is looking forward to the “Best Hand Fun Ski and Snowshoe” event this Saturday (January 4th). It should be a lot of fun. According to the forecast the temperature may be on the mild side, making for a comfortable prize award ceremony. And with any luck it might be snowing that day, hopefully without rain.
On another note, at the moment there are at least 21 prizes that have been donated, so there is a good chance of winning if you get a good hand. I really want to thank the folks that have been helping, and will be helping, prepare for and implement this years event. Your time and effort to secure or donate prizes, helping out with the logistics and support is greatly appreciated by the club.
Considering that snow for skiing and snowshoeing is pretty important for the event, Goeff skied around the inner loop recently and reported that it is skiable, but a little thin. Nancy Lewis was out also, and confirmed Geoff’s report. If this weeks snow hangs in there the conditions could be a lot better by Saturday. So be optimistic, and come up planning for a day of skiing or snowshoeing.
If you are a fan of the Scotchman Peak area, Phil Hough from the “Friends of Scotchman Peak” will be joining us at the next club meeting (January 7th). He will presenting information about the area and possibly bring everyone up to date on the future plans.
As I mentioned at the last meeting, an important issue that the board has identified is “Recruitment” of new members. To bring you up to date, the board identified a few potential target groups (e.g. KROC winter sport group, NIC, Boys & Girls Club of America), which will be contacted in the future. But before we start making contacts we agreed a presentation message needs to be developed. The approach we are pursuing will include trying to educate the contacts about PNC’s volunteer efforts to provide groomed/cleared trails and facilities for public use, the clubs social activities, and information and training opportunities we can offer. Our hope is that the message will be shared with the members of other groups by the contacts we make. If we’re lucky other folks might become interested in finding out more about PNC, come to our meetings and eventually join.
How can you as a member help? All of us can encourage folks to come to our meetings and learn about PNC and maybe join, and we can all spread the word to friends about the club and what 4th of July offers. Perhaps you already have, and I applaud your efforts. Keep it up!
See You Saturday!