October 9, 2019    

Dinner dance prices go up October 24

The early bird pricing for TBN's dinner dance and annual meeting expires on October 24, so book your space now and take advantage of the lower price for the dance, which takes place on November 9 at Fantasy Farms on Pottery Road. There are strict limits on attendance for 2019, so we'll have plenty of room to dance and socialize. Sign up now to guarantee your space. Check the website for details.

If you can help register guests as they arrive at the event, please email social director Susan Bishop at social@tbn.ca.

Walk (or hike) into winter with TBN

TBN's fall and winter activities are starting soon, beginning with our Thanksgiving weekend City Walk on October 13. And two weeks after that, there's the first of an expanded season of out-of-town hikes, starting from the King City area. Details of the city walks are here, and the country hikes are listed here.

Spinning coming soon

TBN's winter spin season gets under way next month, with weekly sessions to keep your biking muscles in tune for the next cycling season. Check the TBN website for more details on these popular sessions, which take place at the Adelaide Club in downtown Toronto.

Bike rides for the brave

TBN's late season rides will continue while the weather cooperates. But please check the website (and the weather forecast) before you head out. Rides will be cancelled if conditions are not favourable.

Volunteer of the month

Rein Suuralik and Sandra Loughead are TBN's Members of the Month for September, a month when they jointly led four Country Cruise rides, bringing their 2019 ride leader total to 10 Country Cruise and Saturday Cruising Shorts. Rein and Sandra check their weekend rides in advance and change routes if needed, either on the website or by providing paper route directions at the ride start. They also develop new and interesting routes, and have frequently saved TBN from cancelling rides by volunteering at the last minute when another leader drops out. On top of it all, they are really nice people who make riding fun and who pay careful attention to any new or inexperienced riders.

Travel with TBN 

Fitz Fall hiking: October 18-20 WAITLIST ONLY

Check out the TBN website to join the waitlist for our sold-out trip to the quaint Fitz Hostel on Lion Head. 

Wolf Den in the winter: January 31-February 2

Registration opens in November for this always-popular trip, which offers the chance to ski, snowshoe or hike from our base at this rustic retreat on the edge of Algonquin Park. This trip fills up fast, so mark your calendar for the November 3 start of registration.

New trip ideas?

Contact Jeannie at weekendtrips@tbn.ca if you have suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.


Key volunteer positions coming up

TBN is looking to fill several key volunteer positions this year. Is this your year to help? 

Here are the vacancies.

TreasurerYou will oversee TBN's finances and work with the bookkeeper to produce reports for the board on financial matters and to recommend controls or improvements in financial processes, as well as monitoring accounting and cash flow. We estimate about 3 hours per month of work, plus board meetings.

Bookkeeper. A crucial support role for the Treasurer, updating Quick Books accounting files and facilitating bill payments and member reimbursements. You will manage the TBN Paypal and Wild Apricot payment processes and work with our bank to control cash flows and validate/reconcile member payments. The bookkeeper is not required to attend Board meetings unless requested. We estimate 2 to 3 hours of work per month.

Education Director. An active member of the TBN board, you will plan and implement education sessions on matters such as safety, hill climbing, travel issues. Time commitment will depend on your schedule for seminars and training, plus regular board meetings.

Please contact President John Clausen if you can help, or if you have questions about these positions.  

TNTO coordinator(s). We need a new team of volunteers to run the iconic TNTO weekend, a mid-June adventure to Niagara Falls and back (long and short routes available). The new team will also reset the 26-year-old program -- our recent home, The Rodeway Inn, was sold last year and prices jumped by 20 percent.

Contact Jeannie at weekendtrips@tbn.ca if you can help. The previous team of Tony Lau, Carole Sovran and Ian Rankin will be happy to provide background and advice.

TBN jerseys still not claimed

A small number of TBN members who ordered and paid for club jerseys earlier this year have not claimed them. If you placed an order this year, and have not yet received your jersey, please contact publicity@tbn.ca and arrange for a pickup.

Nominate your October member of the month 

To nominate someone for the October member of the month award, please email memberofthemonth@tbn.ca. We're looking for members who go over and above the norm to help the club or its members. And there are even prizes for the winners.

Buying at a discount

Many bike stores in the Toronto area offer hefty discounts for TBN members, as do a number of bicycle related services. Check the website for the full list. 

As always, check the TBN website for details of all rides and other events, and remember to check back a couple of hours before a ride in case it's changed or cancelled because of poor weather or other factors beyond our control.

Remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up. That little TTC logo below will help alert you to any subway closures.

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