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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                              April 2019

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Notice of BVBTC Annual General Meeting

BVBTC Annual General Meeting June 6. Beaver Valley Ski Club 6 pm. BBQ potluck dinner. Meeting to follow.

Long-time Volunteer Gets on Board

Mike Osborn volunteers with staking BTC property. Photo Ken Yaraskavitch 2018
Photo credit: Ken Yaraskavitch, 2018.

Mike Osborn is a man who relishes a challenge. He has had many roles in the Beaver Valley Club, but this is his first time on the Board. Fittingly, he is taking on roles as both Land Steward Director and Information Systems Director.

Mike has been a part of the Bruce Trail from nearly the beginning, when, along with friends, he took an interest in hiking. He purchased his first membership in 1970, bought the Guide Book and began exploring the Trail. He had hiked in the Beaver Valley section several times over the years before settling in the area.

While a busy career in technology at Bank of Montreal kept his leisurely pursuits minimal, Mike rekindled his interest in the Bruce Trail when he and his wife, Ros Rossetti, purchased a home in Meaford in 2004. He rejoined the BTC and became increasingly involved with the Beaver Valley Club as he eased into retirement.

When he met Fred Young in 2008, Fred was doing the job of Land Steward Director with paper, phone calls and faxes. Mike set about to change all that. With his knowledge of data storage and online file systems, and an aptitude for logistics and organization, Mike revolutionized the way the Club dealt with information. He has been deeply involved with the BVBTC since that point. He set up and maintained the database of Properties, Land Stewards and the Club’s volunteers. Then, working with Bob Hann, they expanded it to include trail information, Trail Captains and Land Ambassador’s information. His database is now transformed into the Beaver Valley Updated information on Lands and Trails (BUILT). His initiative has become an invaluable resource for our Club and is a model for other Bruce Trail Clubs.

With all the hours Mike works “behind the scenery”, he still enjoys getting out on the Trail. The Peninsula section, and Lion’s Head in particular, is a favorite area to hike. Mike enjoys spring hikes around Blantyre for the wildflower displays. When not on the Trail, Mike loves to play golf. He has set a goal to play his age this year. Lets wish him luck on achieving this goal!

Spring Hikes with Views

Torrents of water spill over Eugenia Falls during spring melt. Photo M Yaraskavitch 2017
Photo credit: Marg Yaraskavitch, 2017.

Join Ed and Dale Stedman April 18 for a two-hour hike taking in the sights along the Bruce Trail in Eugenia. Eugenia Falls is a favourite attraction and spring offers the best viewing opportunities when the Beaver River is full to capacity with melt water. After the hike, Ed and Dale host a potluck at their home.

Membership is not required to join our hikes. New hikers are always welcome. See April Hikes for details on our organized hikes.