Ramblers Association Newsletter.

February 2013
I sincerely hope everyone had a good Christmas holiday and are coping with this somewhat harsher winter than last year by doing what all good Canadians do, get outside and enjoy it.
The Ramblers Association has tried to help by organizing a number of events appropriate  to the weather conditions and the time of year. These have included crampon hiking, snowshoeing and a hike across the frozen lake of Two Mountains to OKA. The weather conditions for this last event could not have been better, cold clear air with no wind. It is wonderful experience standing in the middle of a frozen Canadian in the depth of winter at -27c, a very humbling experience.
There is more yet to come, from easy snowshoeing events on parks in the area to challenging outings in the mountains of the Laurentians. as soon as the snow goes we will revert to our regular morning  hikes every second Sunday and full day ones on several Saturdays. Visit our website  www.lesrara.ca  for more details and bring along your friends. I would like to thank all our event leaders for making every outing interesting and rewarding and a special thanks to Claude Fortier for coordinating these efforts.
Safety is foremost when the Ramblers Association organize events and while, so far  we have had only relative minor incidents it is important that we remain diligent, prudent and prepared. We have always tried to have someone trained in CPR as part of the leadership team on each hike. To help continue the practice and to allow more people to become qualified as CPR practitioner, Diane Boileau Seperich  has organized training courses for Ramblers Association members which will be held in both English and French the last week of March and the first week of April; Anne Bourel will be sending out the specific details. Because of the size of our group Diane has been very successful in getting a reduced rate of $35:00 for these courses. To encourage participation the Ramblers Association Board had decided to subsidize this by $20:00 for all members who have served in a leadership or governance role in the Association in the last 12 months. Please reply promptly as spaces will be limited.
I believe the Ramblers Association is performing well and meeting or exceeding the expectations of it members and I am pleased with the positive feed back I hear.  We could always do more however and are open to suggestions and recommendations. We have been fiscally prudent and limited funds are available for events and excursions considered to be in the interest of the general membership. It is hoped that in 2013 we will again hold the two day Fr. Demers hike from Hudson to Rigaud and as in the past we will partly subsidize the cost of buses to return everyone to their cars. Please let me know if you have other thoughts or ideas.
Enjoy the rest of the winter’s program of events and keep warm by keeping active.
Looking forward to seeing you on the trails
Terry Browitt                    
February 15. 2013