February 2016 Newsletter
~ February 1, 2016 ~
Your CVOA membership is current through December 31, 2016
backtotopCalendar of Events
- click on any underlined event to go to our web site posting -

Every Sunday - Show 'n Go Skiing
February 6 - Bowling & Pizza Party
Feb. 25 - Mar. 3 - Whistler-Blackcomb
March 12 - Annual Meeting
March 18 - Whistler Picture Party
March 20 - Moonlit Ski/Snowshoe, pot luck
May 19-21 - Biking Weekend in Montreal
June 25 - Golf and BBQ at Lac Megantic
July 16 - South Bristol Cove Day
August 13-14 - Maine Huts Weekend Adventure
September 10 - Paddle, Picnic on Saco River
October 8 - 10 - Homecoming Weekend
October 21-23 - Bar Harbor Weekend
A note from the CVOA Officers
The vitality of CVOA...

... is a result of the efforts of many volunteers, from our officers, to our board members, our event and trip leaders, our range officers, and our range workers. As they say, "many hands make light work". Are you in a position to become more actively involved with CVOA? As we approach the end of the terms of our officers, and our Annual Meeting, we find that we have some positions to fill:
  • President
  • Board Members
  • Webmaster
  • Adventure Coordinator
  • Event and trip leaders
If you have any interest in becoming more active with CVOA, and would like to find out more about the opportunities, please be in touch with our outgoing president, Nancy Perry, at cvoa.president@gmail.com. We look forward to adding you to our roster!
By the way, the 'jobs' are not all work, we do have fun, too! And the board meets only four times a year.
~ Nancy Perry, Cindy Foster, Gail Miller - Nominating Committee

Future Events & Adventures
Show 'n Go Skiing
Every Sunday

Event: CVOA "Show and Go" Skiing
When: Sunday Mornings Starting January 10th, 2016
Place: U.S. Flagpole Outside Rental Center, in Front of Base Lodge-Look for the "CVOA Show & Go Meets Here" sign in the window!!!
Time: 9:00AM

For more information contact: Christopher Paradis at cvoa.adventures@gmail.com
Bowling and Pizza
Saturday, February 6

We have filled all the available space for this event. 
~ Elise Gebhardt and Sandy Osterrieder 

This could become a monthly event if someone would like to follow Elise and Sandy's lead and become the event coordinator!
Annual Meeting with Dinner and a Speaker
Saturday, March 12, Sugarloaf Inn
Make your reservations now for our Annual Meeting and Dinner. This year, CVOA will have a dinner that everyone should enjoy - particularly those volunteers who typically work for hours on dinner preparations; we will have dinner at the Avery Room at the Sugarloaf Inn.
For $23 per person, members will enjoy a Hearty Italian Buffet, including salads, entrees, dessert, and coffee/tea. The fixed price of $23 includes the meal, taxes, and gratuities. A cash bar will be available for those that would like to have wine, beer, or cocktails. (Per state law, it is not allowed to bring your own beverages to the event.)
Social time from 5:30 - 6pm, dinner at 6:00, followed by the meeting and guest speaker.
Make your reservations now by emailing Cindy Foster at cvoa.secretary@gmail.com, or replying to this email. Include the names of those in your reservation. Space will be limited, and you must have a reservation to attend. You will pay for your meal at the door by cash (exact amount appreciated) or check (to: "Sugarloaf").
Following the dinner, we will have a short business meeting, which will include annual reports, elections of officers and board members, and volunteer recognitions.
The meeting will be followed with a presentation by our guest speaker - many of you have read about Carey Kish, or seen news items on TV about his Appalachian Trail adventures. Here's more about Carey:
Two-Timing it on the Appalachian Trail with veteran hiker and
author Carey Kish
The Appalachian Trail is the most famous long distance footpath in the world, and for hikers who make the grueling 2,189-mile trek from end-to-end, it is unquestionably the adventure of a lifetime. One AT thru-hike is enough for most, but not 56-year old Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island, who decided twice was better.
Join Carey as he describes in words and images his 189-day AT journey from Georgia to Maine, starting March 18 on Springer Mountain and ending October 4, 2015 on Katahdin. Learn about the amazing mountain scenery, the camaraderie of fellow hikers, fun trail towns and precious trail angels, scary wildlife encounters, and the highs and lows of putting one foot in front of the other for six months. Discover how much the trail has changed since Kish first hiked it 38 years ago in 1977 as an 18-year old kid fresh out of Bangor High School. 
Kish is author of the AMCs new Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast and editor of the AMCs Maine Mountain Guide, and signed copies will available for sale before and after the program. 
We hope you will join us at this fun and friend-filled evening.
~ John Morey, Vice President

Moonlit Ski/Snowshoe and pot-luck supper
Sunday, March 20, Vernal Equinox

Save the date for this year's moonlit snowshoe hike and supper. Nancy Makin is looking forward to sharing her Village on the Green home and golf course location with other CVOA members. Details will be published in our March newsletter.
(The date was changed to March 20 for lunar reasons.)
Montreal Bike Trip - May 19 - 20 -21, 2016
Updated Info

Good News for all CVOA adventure bikers:

Our Montreal reserved Inn has extended our sign in time until the end of February.
And, our weekender members can book for just two days instead of three.
~ Glenn and Peggy Bickford, Trip Leaders

Range News
Annual Range Raffle Tickets
Support the CVOA Range

You should have received your raffle tickets in the mail in December. This is a major fundraiser for the CVOA Range, and your support is appreciated.
We have some great prizes again this year:
  • Sugarloaf 2016-17 Season Pass, no blackouts, $1000 value
  • Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm Shield, $450 value
  • Maine Huts & Trails overnight for 2 with meals, $200 value
  • Handcrafted Wooden Bench
  • Day Passes midweek Sugarloaf Golf Course
Raffle Tickets are $5 each OR 5 for $20.

Winning tickets will be drawn at the CVOA Annual Banquet in March, 2016.

Need more tickets to sell? Call Neal Trask at 235-2732.
~ Neal Trask
Winter use of Range increases
Range Driveway will be plowed all winter
With the plowing of the CVOA range, winter use of facilities there is growing substantially. 
"Now that the driveway, a parking area and the roadway leading to the rifle and pistol ranges are open, it seems like every time we're up there we're finding people making use of the facility," according to Neal Trask, Range Chairman.
That's been a somewhat surprising benefit of the decision to plow access to the new building which includes the CVOA storage area.
Reports of increased usage have come from members just checking on things as well as from our plowing contractor, Bill Casey.  "I'm surprised at how much traffic the ranges are getting," he explained.
There were some difficulties gaining access earlier this month when the combination lock froze solid and had to be thawed to open.  Since then a new lock has been installed with the same combination and, so far, no difficulties have been reported. 
~ John McCatherin, Range Secretary

Past Trips and Events
Annual Winter Social with Delta Knights Band
Food and Dance

The Stratton Community Center was a busy and fun place to be on the evening of Saturday, January 23. Event Coordinators Zoanne and Chris Paradis did a fantastic job organizing the event and lining up volunteers to help make a tasty and fun evening for all of the 90 people who attended. The tables were set with Sugarloaf-styled centerpieces, 
and the pot-luck suppe r held a wonderful assortment of delicious foods. There were many who danced the night away to the music of the Delta Knights, while others simply enjoyed the music.
Thank you to all who contributed to the pot luck supper, and particularly to those volunteers, too numerous to mention, who made the evening as successful as it was. And give extra thanks to Zoanne and Chris for heading up the event once again.

Board & Member Meeting

Our board and member meeting on Saturday, January 30, was well attended, with 12 board members and officers, and another 12 members-at-large, present. Members are always welcome at our board meetings. The minutes of the meeting are posted on the CVOA web site, Click Here to view the Minutes.
~ Cindy Foster, Secretary
Member Discounts
Maine Huts and Trails offers a $10 discount on the cost of an annual Maine Huts & Trails membership to all CVOA members. Use the code "CVOA" online, or contact MH&T.

Photo of the Month
A nice nap in the sun helps this Florida  gator digest the lunch (perhaps a turtle?) he just swallowed whole!

 ~ Photo taken by Nancy Perry during her recent stay in Florida. ~
Do you have a photo suitable for "Photo of the Month"? Are you a CVOA member? If so, send your photo to: Cindy Foster, Newsletter Editor -  cvoa.secretary@gmail.com.
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