Annual MLSTA General Meeting


To Quote our FB Page

Urgent Reminder. Annual MLSTA General meeting this Saturday May 7, 10:00 am at the Glen Orchard Community Center. This year will bring about major changes in club and district operations. Our executive leadership have announced their plans to retire, and if we do not secure new leadership the future of the club is in serious jeopardy. If you love our trails and can spare some time we would love to see you on Saturday!

MLSTA Annual AGM.


Steve said it well from our FB page:

Urgent call for all interested snowmobilers to attend the MLSTA annual Saturday May 7th 10am Glen Orchard

After more than 10 dedicated years of dedicated service, our executive directors are retiring. We cant thank them enough for all their service, but this leaves a huge gap in leadership for our club. Please see the message below from our club president Rene, and if you care at all about keeping a trail network in Bala and Port Carling please think about becoming a member of our club.

MESSAGE FROM:

Rene’ Leenaars

Hello everyone, just a reminder that our AGM is coming up on May 7, 10:00 am at the Glen Orchard Community Center. This year will bring about major changes in club and district operations. From this point forward all clubs in all the snowmobile districts will operate as a cohesive unit. For our district, (District 7) the change will not be too severe since 9 of the 11 clubs already operate as a unit. The 2 “stand alone” clubs will now join with the MSR and we will all operate as District 7. Club operations are also undergoing a slight overhaul as well. Currently all clubs are incorporated entities and therefore must operate with a full board of directors. This has proven to be a real difficulty over the past few seasons. There is now going to be an option available to clubs to become “unincorporated” and operate as was done many years ago with no board of directors. There would essentially only need to be a President to oversee club operations and sit on the District board to represent the club. This, however does not mean that the club would not still be responsible for the same  things it always was. It simply allows clubs that are not able to put together a board of directors to still be a club in “good standing” with the OFSC and be eligible for insurance coverage and eligible for trail and equipment grants. The down side is that the District 7 administration would be responsible to oversee all funds the club currently has as well as any monies collected from fundraising and donations. The District administration staff would oversee all the financial aspects of a club to be sure the resources are properly recorded and disbursed. The club is still the one who directs what and where the money is spent on.

With our AGM coming up and the difficulty we have had getting active directors in the past I feel this is something we may want to discuss. This year all our executive directors will be retiring. Most have been with the club 10 years or more and some many more than that. We are all starting to feel “burned out” and with the workload and age it is becoming more difficult  to stay interested in snowmobiling. This will leave a large void in our club. There have been a few of our volunteers that have agreed to undertake some responsibilities that are substantial but there are still many jobs that need to be looked after. Steve Elliot has agreed to look after organizing the removal and installation of the bridges in Port Carling which is a big load off my shoulders. However, we still have numerous jobs to be looked after. One such responsibility is Landowner Relations. This one consists of getting in touch with new landowners, requesting permission to install or keep an existing trail on private property, identifying the lot location and trail location on said property and making sure the LUP’s are signed and registered with the District and dealing with correspondence from existing landowners, keeping record of specific requests that certain landowners have and making sure we are complying with them. Some Landowners who request copies of our insurance certificate are sent them. Basically anything dealing with landowners in general. Another position is as trails coordinator. The responsibility of this position is to plan trail upgrades and any repairs or re-routes that may be necessary. Also involved is long range planning for new bridges and old ones that  need to be installed. Part of the job is to apply for funding from various sources of government. Currently I am working with the Township of Muskoka Lakes to apply for funding to install a new floating bridge crossing in Bala so we no longer have to travel along Hwy. 169 over the falls. This could be in place for our next season. All the engineering is now completed to the proposed CP rail crossing bridge in Bala as well. This is a long term plan as preliminary estimates put the cost at close to half a million dollars and will depend on being able to keep our club running as a going concern. Funding for this project would be through the OFSC as a continuation of the original Oka Road Trail.

I am hopeful that Bob Hogg will continue to look after our website and work with Steve and everyone else that contributes to our Facebook page. This had pretty good response over the past couple of seasons. The grooming operations were at best “difficult” this past season with all the mild weather and trail closures. I must thank Rainer Hacker, our lead operator for all the time put in to open trails as well as train 1 new operator. Our second new operator will be trained next season and a brush up session for Trevor Quinton, who has been operating the Centaur the past couple of years, to get used to running our Husky and become a full time operator as well. I plan to stay on and help with  grooming operations over the next few years.

So as you can see there are many jobs that need to be done. Many helping out will make all these  jobs go easier and faster  and not as daunting as they sound.  I ask everyone to PLEASE come out to the AGM and be involved in the planning of our club for the future. If you don’t get involved NOW there will be nothing left to get involved with!

 

See you all on Saturday, May 7, 10:00am at Glen Orchard Community Center

Rene’ Leenaars

Muskoka Trail Situation


Hello everyone, just a last minute update on our trail situation. Discussions are still on going with the Government and the Landowners so all trails North of Bala will again be closed. That is C114 North as well as C102D from Brandy Lake to Bass Lake Restaurant are “CLOSED”. The system to the South of Bala is open for riding. That includes C114 South from Bala to the C101D intersection, C101D from Southwood Road to the “C” trail junction as well as Trail #17 to Nine Mile lake are open. Also “C” trail is open South to the B105 junction and North to the Moon River Bridge connecting to MacTier trails. Trail #21 is also open to Big Bay on Georgian Bay. All these trails are “OPEN LIMITED”  so please be careful out there. we plan to keep these trails open as long as we are able and get some cold weather and snow to be able to start grooming on a regular basis. we will also be keeping in contact with the MSR office and as soon as we get the “GO” we will start to groom the trails now closed. Please respect our landowners and stay off closed trails. 

Rene’ Leenaars

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Last minute update


Hello everyone, just a last minute update on our trail situation. Discussions are still on going with the Government and the Landowners so all trails North of Bala will again be closed. That is C114 North as well as C102D from Brandy Lake to Bass Lake Restaurant are “CLOSED”. The system to the South of Bala is open for riding.

That includes C114 South from Bala to the C101D intersection, C101D from Southwood Road to the “C” trail junction as well as Trail #17 to Nine Mile lake are open. Also “C” trail is open South to the B105 junction and North to the Moon River Bridge connecting to MacTier trails. Trail #21 is also open to Big Bay on Georgian Bay. All these trails are “OPEN LIMITED”  so please be careful out there. we plan to keep these trails open as long as we are able and get some cold weather and snow to be able to start grooming on a regular basis. we will also be keeping in contact with the MSR office and as soon as we get the “GO” we will start to groom the trails now closed. Please respect our landowners and stay off closed trails. 

Rene’ Leenaars

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Brandy Lake Work


I just want to send out a HUGE “Thank You” to the three guys, Sean Roberts, John Walsh and Tony Molica who showed up at 9:00am on Saturday morning (having fight their way through 5″ of freshly fallen wet snow) to help do some tree removal on only 24 hours notice and no machinery to assist !  The day was a huge success as we were able to remove about 40 trees to widen a section of C102D. About 28 trees were the normal 10″-12″ in diameter but the rest were anywhere up to 20″ and a few even larger! A great job done safely and expediently.

We now have another section that the Husky will be able to get through without banging up the protection cage around the cab. Next Saturday, weather permitting, I would like to again get a small crew together for and get another section widened out as well. As long as we are not yet able to sled, we may as well get as much widening done as possible. This will allow us to move through the trails with the groomer at a much faster rate allowing us to do more trail every night! If anyone can help out please let me know and I will start planning where we will go.

Thanks, and pray for COLD weather and then SNOW!!!!

Rene’ Leenaars

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Groomer Operators


Facebook friends..sorry for the double posting..

Good day everyone, we are currently facing a major crisis within our club. At the present we have only 1 full time operator and 2 part time groomer operators. This is insufficient to keep our trails in good riding condition. We need to find at least 2-3 new groomer operators either experienced or willing to be trained.  The person will need to have a current drivers license and provide a “Drivers Abstract” of their driving record. The applicant should have some mechanical knowledge and be prepared to perform 40 hours of training. The applicant must also view an on-line video from the OFSC and take a basic information test on-line as well. If you know anyone who would be interested in applying please let me know as soon as possible so we can get the process moving. The applicant will be required to work evening and night shifts as many nights as they can handle. Weekend shifts also need to be filled.

If you know of anyone that might be interested,please have them send me their contact information at my e-mail address and I shall contact them right away.

Thank you,
Rene’ Leenaars
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Port Carling Bridges


Hello everyone, I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy our club trails this past winter. We were somewhat late in getting them all open at the same time but we did our best. With all the early snow it was a very long process to pack all our trails this season. The Husky and it’s operators put in over 150 hrs. and the Centaur logged over 75 hrs. to get the trails packed. this is even higher than usual. However, once the trails were packed and we got first grooming pass in we were up and running. from all the comments we received this winter I think we did a very good job ay keeping our trails in good shape for the entire season. We had a corduroy section to do on a busy weekend in February on C101D this winter and got a great turn out to help with this project. Thanks also to those who got caught on the trail while this project was taking place and pitching in to help us out. There about 40 sleds waiting to get through. These  riders were quite fascinated to watch a project of this kind going on. Many said they had no idea at the amount of volunteer hours it takes to put in a section of corduroy in place. Next season we have another section to corduroy and more brushing to do as well.

The next item is the Port Carling bridges. we are planning a work day for this coming Saturday, Mar.28. There is still snow on the bridges at this time but with the warmer weather coming this week most of it should be gone. If it is not, it will have to be shoveled off first. We also need to get the “T” bar posts out and the retaining lines removed as well. This can be a big job, but in the past few years we have a fair number of volunteers who have done this before and it has gone very smoothly and rapidly. We ask for your help again and possibly bring a friend along as well. Gary will be coordinating this event so please let him know as soon as you can to let him know if you can help out. I ask that you copy me as well. I will be away on a much needed break in the sun for a few weeks.
Thanks for your on going support, without it we could not accomplish as much as we do every year.
Regards,
Rene’

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