NOVEMBER 2019 Newsletter
~ November 2019 ~
Thank you for renewing or joining;
your membership is good through December 31, 2020
President's Message

Hot off the press - a whistle blower's disclosure
I am going on record here as being a whistle blower. Now, obviously, this is a bit unusual to have the president actually being the whistle blower, but I feel that it is my responsibility as I am the one with the privileged information. I am putting forth details here to provide second-hand knowledge of a conversation that actually took place – a conversation where the stakes are high and there is certainly a deal on the table! Now, as you all well-know by now, a quid pro quo means “something for something”; an exchange of goods or services in which one transfer is contingent upon the other. I am NOT saying that’s what happened here . . . but it’s pretty close – you can judge for yourselves.
Here are the details as I know them:
  • Date of said conversation: October 13, 2019
  • Location of conversation that led to the deal: Homecoming CVOA table, between two volunteers.
  • What was said: (I am paraphrasing this as, remember, this is second-hand knowledge and I don’t have access to the exact wording) “I will treat you to lunch at Bullwinkle’s if and only if you can convince enough CVOA members to come forward to purchase CVOA articles of clothing to fill the first order by our deadline”.
  • Members involved in the deal: anonymous (but they are actually high officials in our organization: you might be able to learn their identity by reading this newsletter carefully).
But, even more important than this startling revelation and the resulting fall-out is that the deadline for ordering CVOA apparel is fast approaching and if a few more people don’t place orders to reach our minimum, the rest of us will be left out of the deal. This is the last month ordering information will be included in the newsletter because interest so far has only been luke-warm. However, if enough orders are placed by November 15 we should be able to receive inventory by Christmas!
Best to all,
Calendar of Events
December 14
- Holiday Cookie Swap

January 18
- CVOA Celebration ~ 20th in 2020
January 19
- Board/Member Meeting
Jan. 22 - Feb. 1
- Italy / Val Gardena Ski Trip
January 25-27
- West Branch Pond Camp X-C ski trip
- Park City/ Deer Valley Ski Trip
February 8
- Full Moon Evening Event
February 10 - 14
- Quebec City Ski Trip
Feb. 26 - March 4
- Jackson Hole Ski Trip
March 28
- Annual Meeting
June 22-25
- Sky Lodge of Moose River
July TBD
- Day in Bremen
How to Contact Us
President Bonnie Farrar: 207.735.3984 :
Vice President Mark Curtis: 207.441.9532 :
Treasurer Mary Frank: 207.778.4695 :
Secretary Cindy Foster: 207.237-3711 :
Range Officers Neal Trask and Diane Stone:
Top story this month!
Logo Wear, order now or be square!
A message from Val Hudspath:
READ THIS to help me win my bet with Cindy Foster.
It’s that time of year to get warm and impress your friends with CVOA Apparel. The sweater/fleece full-zip jacket is a great price and will proudly display the CVOA emblem. The fleece vests are a good weight and the women’s’ are not boxy. Or maybe a hat with the emblem will do for you.
And on the Italian slopes after a night at the bar, people will know that you are a CVOA member and get you to the correct hotel.  Even in Wyoming, the elk will see you are part of THE CVOA GROUP and escort you back to your condo. Just think, RANGE members, you too would have a distinctive patch when shooting next to the Border Officers or other enforcement personnel.
We had several orders at the CVOA table and much interest in the items. The patch is our emblem woven and sewn on the left side of the garments. Colors and sizes are on the order form (Yes the vests come in a women’s small).
We need orders for 38 more garments to reach our minimum order. 10 more for the hats. PLEASE help win my bet with Cindy Foster. She says the members won’t order enough by NOV 30 th .   I BELIEVE IN YOU. ONLY you can get me a free lunch at Bullwinkle's.
ORDER NOW. It takes about 6 weeks to obtain the items. SO, if I get the minimum order by November 15, maybe Santa will bring them.  

Please and thank you.
Future Events & Adventures
Notes from Adventure Coordinator Patti Johnston:
Jeannette and Michael Parker will host a Cookie swap at their home on Saturday, December 14, 3 to 5 pm. Full details below.

In December, Sunday afternoon bowling at the SugarBowl will resume for the winter. (Probably not Dec. 1 as it is a holiday weekend.)

We are looking for a full moon adventure for the evening of February 8, 2020. Ski and stew at the outdoor center? Interested in coordinating this event? It is lots of fun.

A reminder that Mary Berger has reserved Sky Lodge on Moose River for Monday, June 22-Thursday, June 25, 2020. She would like to know of member interest so that she can confirm the reservation. She has also offered a day in Bremen next July!
Sunday afternoon bowling at the SugarBowl
.... will resume in December
Details in a future email or newsletter.
Annual Cookie Swap (...and hike?)
December 14
Save the date, and think about what cookies you'll bring to share!
Jeannette and Mike Parker will host the cookie swap at their 1022 Poplar Stream Road home. Plan to bring 3 dozen cookies and a container to bring your share home.
Jeannette will be making a non-alcoholic holiday punch, and BYOB. For your punch or otherwise!
If you WISH to bring an appetizer, please let Jeannette know ( – no need for everyone to bring apps and cookies.
Perhaps we will have an early afternoon walk or ski beforehand. Any ideas?
Celebrate CVOA ~ 20th in 2020
Saturday, January 18, 2020
King Pine Room

This is going to be a fun night of celebrating CVOA …its beginning, its people and all that it has accomplished in 20 years! The evening begins with cocktails and trivia at 5:30 followed by a buffet dinner, program, entertainment, music and prizes – all for just $35 per person.

An RSVP email with full details will be sent out to all members on November 18 th with information on where to mail your check to make your reservation.

It would be great to get some advance notice of interest. Please take a moment to click on one of these links:

Undecided - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Sorry, regrets
2020 Ski Trips
Val Gardena, Italy, January 22 – February 1
Trip Leader: Mike Parker
The trip has been filled; if you would like to be on a waiting list, get in touch with Mike at

Park City/Deer Valley, February 1 – 8 – Cancelled

Quebec City, February 10 – 14
Trip Leader: Pete Weston
The reservation deadline has gone by, but if you are interested contact Pete at and he will see what he can do.
Jackson Hole, February 26 to March 4
Trip Leader: Bonnie Farrar
** There is room for a single female - contact Bonnie for more info **
Otherwise, the trip has been filled; if you would like to be on a waiting list, contact Bonnie at
** Last minute update - a couple has cancelled, opening a slot for two more JH fans - contact Bonnie if interested **
Range News
Our shooting season for 5 Stand and Trap is coming to a close.  We will be shooting 5 Stand on Saturday, November 2nd, rain or shine, and Trap on Sunday, November 3rd, weather permitting. Both begin at 9am . We will assess interest based on attendance at those events. 
Please review future shooting schedules on our Facebook page: CVOA Shooting Range ; or contact me at the email or number below.
Our Pistol and Rifle Ranges will remain open throughout the winter season . Our hours of operation are sunrise to sunset. Please note, our law enforcement officers may need use of the Range for training. That training may be after sunset, and may require full use of the Range. Your understanding is appreciated.
Also note, ours is a passive Range and it is your responsibility to follow all posted rules unless otherwise approved by a Range Officer.
Thank you for another fun summer season! We will keep you posted on upcoming events and range improvements.
Diane Stone
Range Secretary
CVOA Board of Directors Open Position
... we would like to fill it with a range member
With Jim Heichel’s departure from the area, he has left his position on our board of directors. We would like very much to have his position filled by a range member. Could you help the Range and CVOA by stepping up to the board?
Please contact our president Bonnie Farrar at or 246-2092 if you would like to find out more.
Past Events and Adventures
Homecoming Weekend
At our table in the Base Lodge . . .
CVOA once again had a presence at Homecoming with a table stocked with our new brochures, stickers, handouts, and most importantly, CVOA volunteers to greet guests, members and interested people. Everyone could view our activities, events, and catch up on what we are all about. We renewed 70 memberships and signed up 14 new members just at the table. Many others chose the on-line method. 
We had the table staffed on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Our hard-working and fun-loving staff included Thom and Patti Johnston, Mike and Jeannette Parker, Mike Gallagher, Rose Mary Alfieri, Kelly and Ann Dooling, Steve and Peggy Whitcomb, Deb and Jeff Sanford, Bear Thompson, Val Hudspath, Cindy Foster, Lisa Sleight, and Mark Curtis. Once again, we had a successful weekend, and are grateful to our volunteers who helped out.
Mark Curtis
Vice President
Member News
A message from member Bob Farrar,
Chairman of the SMOM Museum Committee . . .
Ski Museum Seeks Weekend Helpers
Do you enjoy Ski History? Do you like visiting and meeting new people? Do you have a few hours you could spare? If so, we are seeking volunteers to staff the Ski Museum of Maine in Kingfield on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm during ski season.

You can volunteer for one day or as many days as you wish. It is easy, fun and would greatly assist the museum.

Please contact Executive Director Theresa Shanahan at 207.265.2023 or email her at for further information or to sign up!
Community News
Maine Huts & Trails needs everyone's help -
No amount too small or too large . . .
Over the past month, Maine Huts has been focused on raising $500,000 by November 1 in order to keep the huts open and trails groomed this winter while building towards sustainability through an evolution of their operating model.

Here is an update from MH&T:
To date, we are now 75% of the way to our initial goal, thanks to 400 individual gifts over this past month. We have deep gratitude for all who have contributed so generously.
We are now seeking to raise an additional $130,000 in contributions this month. Doing so enables us to access an additional $150,000 in pledged contributions contingent upon us both hitting our $500,000 goal this Fall and opening the huts this winter.

There are three ways to donate -
1 - directly on the Maine Huts & Trails website at THIS PAGE .
2 - call MH&T at (207) 265-2400

Any donation, large or small, will be greatly appreciated.
20th Annual Sugarloaf Charity Summit
Climb for a cure on December 27
The 20th Annual Sugarloaf Charity Summit will kick off with the Climb for a Cure event on December 27, 2019. Grab your friends and family and come join us for a fun moonlit climb, snowshoe or skin up to Bullwinkle’s!
For more information, please visit .
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