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Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club May 2021

58th Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club’s AGM 2021

Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club Annual General Meeting 2019
Photo credit: Marg Yaraskavitch, 2019.

This year’s AGM will be virtual again. Thank you for making last year’s a success with strong participation.

Our aim is to keep the virtual AGM succinct and easy, to keep you informed and involved. You will still receive the expected update on how your membership is making a difference, and the accomplishments that have been achieved over the past year.

A few key dates to keep in mind:

May 10 – Nominations and supporting statements for Keith Solomon Award close.
May 25 – Nominations for BVBTC Board close. Please see BVBTC Board Nominations for details.
June 3 – AGM Report with voting instructions will be emailed to members and will also be available on the BVBTC website.
June 10 – AGM voting closes.
June 11 – AGM results and annual award winners to be published.

Members, please send any questions, comments and nominations to Kelly Killoran at info@beavervalleybrucetrail.org.

We invite all our members to participate in the voting. A “quorum” of members voting is needed for a decision. Since we can’t meet in person please take a moment to vote online so we can continue to keep the business of our Club moving forward.

You will be voting to accept the minutes of the 2020 BVBTC AGM, the Financial Report for the Club’s year ending May 31, 2021 and the election of the Board of Directors standing for the 2021–2022 fiscal year.

Every vote matters!

Nominations Open for Volunteer of the Year Award

Beaver Valley Club 2020 Volunteer of the Year with ceremonial walking stick
Photo credit: Alan McPherson, 2021.

In 2017 volunteer Joëlle Martin left a walking stick to be presented annually to the volunteer in our Club who we recognize as having gone well beyond the regular duty of a volunteer during the current season. So many of our volunteers have contributed countless hours to our Club but only one can be selected. This award is usually presented at the Volunteer Celebration in the fall but due to COVID restrictions again this year we will recognize this volunteer at the AGM as well as the Milestone Awards.

Please send your nominations for the Volunteer of the Year to Kelly Killoran.kel@gmail.com before May 20, 2021.

Spring Hunt Advisory

Wild turkey strutting on grass with rock outcrops
Photo credit: JP Valery, 2019 Unsplash.

The spring wild turkey hunt in Grey County runs from April 25 to May 31. Hunters may use shotguns or bows. Be aware that public land is open to hunters, including Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry tracts, such as Loree Forest, and almost all Grey County Forests.

Trail users are advised to take safety precautions. See tips for Hiking During Hunting Season.

A section of the Bruce Trail on private land west of Metcalfe Rock is closed by request of the landowner from April 25 to May 1. For your safety, do not use closed trails.

Your Beaver Valley Section Photos Wanted!

Trio of thank you cards used by Beaver Valley Club

The Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club has thank you cards that are given out by Board members and other “Heads”. We are running out of our current supply of cards.

We invite members to submit their photos to use in the next order of thank you cards. Please submit only photos that are taken on a section of the Trail in the Beaver Valley. If there are people in the photo, the people/person should not be really distinct. Send your photos to info@beavervalleybrucetrail.org.

Self-Guided Badge Hikes

Beaver Valley badges available to independent hikers

Now that spring has returned, many of us will be on the trails again We’re all itching for more outdoor activities to enjoy sunshine and temperate weather. Prior to heading out on the Trail, please check the BTC Guidelines on hiking responsibly and safely during the pandemic. And note that while the province-wide Stay-at-Home Order is in effect, group activities are restricted to members of the same household.

Some hikers may also be looking for more of a challenge. As we are in a third wave the of the pandemic, badge events will continue to be on hold. But there are a number of badges that can be earned by independent hikers. One of the best things about an independent challenge is that you can make the hikes as easy or hard as you like by personalizing the distance or pace! Each hike you complete will count towards one badge. Just remember to keep a hiking log to document each of your hikes. You will submit the hike logs with your badge application. See Badges for details on submissions.

Falling Waters Badge. The route takes in some of the most rugged terrain in the Beaver Valley. There are a couple of ways to earn a Falling Water Badge. For those who relish a challenge, you can earn the round Falling Water Badge by hiking all 31 kms in a single hike. The triangle Falling Water Badge is awarded to hikers who finish the route in two or more hikes within a year.

Beaver Bites Badge. Side trails are combined with portions of main trail to form a series of looped hikes. Hikers can earn the badge by completing all the loops.

End-to-End. Yes, the 100+ kms of main trail is a big challenge, but you can break up the distance into managable hikes and there is no time limit on how long it takes to complete. The new Green Apple End-to-End Badge is the sweet reward at the end of all the hiking!

Spring Wildflowers Presentation

Watch the premiere as Stew Hilts gives a live YouTube talk on the unique spring flowers in the Beaver Valley. May 5 at 7 pm on the Blue Mountains Public Library YouTube channel

See the BVBTC website for a PDF version of the poster to print or download.