JANUARY 2017 Newsletter
~ January 2017 ~
Your membership is current through December 31, 2017. 
Thank you for renewing or recently joining.


" It has served as a launch pad for their dreams, connecting them with a supportive community ......."
....... and we are the community.   
Alfond Competition Center Ribbon Cutting
The CVOA January 22nd board/member meeting is at the new Bill & Joan Alfond Competition Center. The 1 PM meeting is in a conference room and will have space limits.  The opportunity comes at noon for you (the Community noted above) to come see what this is all about.  Space from Noon to 1 is abundant.  If the first tour is full, we'll do a second, and a third, and a fourth, until we all have a look.  The excitement of races will be happening and competitors will fill the great room.  We will be the spectators with front row seats to see all that supports their dive down the hill.
The Alfond Competition Center has offered a tour and explanation of their purpose, goals, and processes.  Join us for the education and, since you're there, bring a dish for a pot luck lunch. Tours and pot luck lunch are from noon to 1. If cooking just doesn't fit the schedule, bring $5.  I've yet to see a CVOA pot luck where we've eaten all the food.  Check with me when the date is closer for a food category to bring.
Join me on January 22, 2017 to enjoy the new competition center and show the support of our CVOA community. 
Calendar of Events

January 7 - Bowling
January 18 - Bowling
January 21 - Winter Social with Delta Knights
January 22 - Board and Member Meeting
Jan. 26 - Feb. 3 - Telluride
March 18 - Annual Meeting and Dinner
Range Events

Nothing  - Scheduled
Future Events & Adventures
Bowling Fun!
Two dates in January!

We continue to offer two specials a month at the Sugarbowl for CVOA members.
The first weekend CVOA Bowling Night of 2017 will be Saturday, January 7th from 5-7:00PM when it is only $25/hour per lane (up to 6 people per lane can split the fee), shoes are included for CVOA members, who also get $1 off wine and draft beers!

On Wednesday, January 18  there will be another midweek special, from 3-9PM when the cost of bowling is $15/hour per lane (split between up to 6 bowlers), shoes included. NOW Appetizers are half-off during this evening, as well as anytime Monday to Thursday evening for CVOA members (during non-holiday, non-vacation weeks).
There will be a more organized bowling function for all CVOA members sometime in February, so make sure you read next month's newsletter for details! In the meantime, come out to the Sugarbowl on January 7th or January 18th to join us for some bowling fun!

~ Bonnie Farrar, bowling coordinator
This is the month for the Annual Winter Social!
Enjoy the Delta Knights Band! Dance or just listen...

Saturday, January 21st
Annual Winter Social
Stratton-Eustis Community Center
Main Street /Route 27

Featuring: A Hearty Pot Luck Dinner and The Delta Knights Band
Happy Hour: 5-6pm (BYOB)
Pot Luck Dinner 6-7pm
Dancing 7-9:30
Cover: $10 per person
We are now asking for teamwork in order to have a successful evening. How can you be part of the team?
  • Kitchen support: Someone to watch & coordinate ovens at the beginning of the evening or kitchen cleanup.
  • Set up crew (4 people)-set up the hall between 4:00 & 5:00.
  • Break down crew-breakdown hall between 10:00 & 11:00.  
  •  Trash removal/bottle returns pick up at 10:30-truck helpful but not required.   
Let us know how and when you can lend a hand - contact Zoanne at cvoa.adventures@gmail.com .
Not for you? There is still one more way to contribute: The Pot Luck Dinner. Your contribution can be in the order of:  appetizers, main dish, veggie/salad, or dessert.
~ Zoanne Paradis, event coordinator
Board & Member Meeting
Sunday, January 22

Noon to 1pm - tour the new Bill & Joan Alfond Competition Center, and enjoy the potluck lunch

1pm - Board & Member meeting, all are welcome
~ John Morey, President
Telluride Here We Come!
January 26 to February 3rd

66 CVOA Members head to Telluride on January 26 and 27. The Thursday fliers will stay at Bear Creek Lodge Condos in the upper level Mountain Village; the Friday fliers are staying in the Town of Telluride at the Victorian Inn and the Riverside Condos.

Look for a full report in the March newsletter!

~ Cindy Foster, Trip Leader
Annual Meeting and Dinner
Saturday, March 18
Save the date! The event will be similar to the 2016 dinner and meeting at the Sugarloaf Inn on Saturday evening. We will have a fixed price dinner, paid by attendees, a short meeting, and a guest speaker as yet to be determined.
Details will be in the February newsletter, along with reservations information.
~ Cindy Foster, Dinner Manager
and Joe Loughran, Meeting Manager
Range News
Happy Winter from the Range!  
Pistol and Rifle Ranges have plowed access

While the Trap Range is closed for the  winter, the Pistol and Rifle Ranges are plowed and available for your use.  The bathrooms are closed.  Your gate combination for 2016 will be active through early May when we issue new badges and change the combination for 2017.  

So remember to include your Range renewal with your CVOA membership!

Annual Range Raffle
Wonderful Prizes
You should have received CVOA Raffle tickets in the mail. We have some wonderful prizes again this year:
  1. Sugarloaf 2017-18 Season Pass - No Blackout Dates
  2. Five $100 LL Bean Gift Certificates - one for each of five winners
  3. 2 Day Passes mid-week Sugarloaf Golf Course
  4. Handcrafted Wooden Bench from yours truly, Diane Stone
The Raffle drawing will be held at the CVOA Annual Dinner and Meeting. 

We at the range thank you all for your continued support.
~ Diane Stone, Range Secretary
2017 Range Tags
Issued in the Spring

When you renew your Range membership for 2017, you will continue to use your 2016 tags until new tags are issued in May.
CVOA Budget in process
We are about to start the process of writing the budget for 2017. I would appreciate hearing from our trip leaders, activity coordinators, range officers or board members of any anticipated income or expense for 2017.  The 2017 budget will be based on the income and expenses of 2016.  If you foresee any changes from this year please get in touch with me. 
Please submit your information by January 10, 2017. Your help is greatly appreciated. 
~ Gail Miller, CVOA Treasurer
Past Events and Adventures
Christmas Cookie Swap and Hike
December 3
Hiking leader Peg Bickford planned our hike and led us on a lovely ramble along the Carrabbassett River.   There was just one little tense moment crossing a small stream over a branch bridge, and all made it successfully.   We joined the Narrow Gauge Pathway for a ways and enjoyed the shelter from the wind as well as the perfect conditions underfoot.  
Later the group filtered across the road at the Adaptive Outdoor Activity Center for refreshments.   We were joined by dozens of other members for the goodies, caught up with old friends, and met some new ones.   And everyone left with a selection of delicious cookies.  
~ Betsy Chapman, Trip Leader
Photo of the Month
Glenn Bickford rescued this chickadee from the inside of his garage window;
 the chickadee bumped his head and came back alive.
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.
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
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