Monday 7th April 9:00 p.m.
Please see the Agenda for the Spring Meeting – 'Be Prepared'!
Spring GM Agenda 2014
CHANGE OF WEBMASTER:
All good things have to come to an end at some point – and so it is with my [Keith Dixon – in case you haven't guessed!] tenure as Webmaster. So it's 'Out with the Old' and 'In with the New' – and a very Warm Welcome for Julie Jones.
Many newer members may not know, but Julie played a major role in the development of our Website from the outset. She identified and – from a short-list – chose Brooke Clibbon of Web Foundations to develop / implement the website to our evolving vision and requirements. Rome was not built in a day, and it was inevitable that as our ideas progressed and were refined, taking into account our aims and resources, that a certain element of 'moving the goalposts' was evident. Despite this, Brooke quoted and stuck to a fixed price of only $1,500. For this we owe her an everlasting debt.
Julie Jones, with her IT /Software Engineering background, experience as Membership Director, now in her fourth year, and possession of Adobe CS6 Design Premium Suite (a significant investment which includes Dreamweaver) is admirably qualified and equipped to undertake this important function. Good Fortune, Julie.
I'll still be here – and glad to help if need be.
CITY WALK MONDAY April 7th:
The city walk on Monday, April 7th will be from Heritage Park, along Glenmore Reservoir. Meet at 10:00AM in the parking lot by the big "H" at the west end of Heritage Drive. Bus #20 and #80. Contact person is Noeline Ward.
WEDNESDAY CITY WALKS:
These will be held for the few weeks before the commencement of our Summer Hiking Season. On April 9th, the Wednesday city walk will be on Nose Hill Park in NW Calgary. Meet in the parking lot at the top of the hill on Shaganappi Trail and Edgemont Boulevard by 9:30 am. Register at the trailhead, or later on the Club phone line. Contact person: Pat Young.
Keep your eyes open for notices by Evite for more details of our in-town weekly excursions through April.
SPRING LUNCHEON – SEMI AGM:
Click on this link to see – and to download – the poster for this popular – and important – event:
2014 Spring Meeting Poster
Hyperlinks to our growing repertoir of bespoke Summer SSOC maps are in the pages titled 'SSOC 'Maps'. To access this from the Menu System opposite follow the sequence which pops out sideways to the right:
Out-of-City Activities–>Snow Season–>Winter Venues
We urge all Members to come on outings armed with a downloaded and printed 'Map of the Day'. This is especially important when we are visiting a new or variant of a venue.
The Club makes every effort to look after Members and Guests on outings, but the bottom line is that each person is responsible for him or herself.
HOW TO VIEW AND DOWNLOAD A MAP:
This is for anyone having difficulty in viewing and downloading a map:
You are asked to 'click on hyperlink'. Hyperlinks are links which take you to a document held on the website one is in. Links take one to a document on a different website. Both take the form of underlined red text, as per the example below:
CG4 Lake Louise Area Trails
Once the map is open and displayed you must download it. Different browsers have similar Download control icons. Sometimes you will see a 'Download' button; sometimes this is shown as a 'floppy disk' icon. Identify and click on it. The maps are often a megabite or two in size so the time taken to download can be several seconds or more, depending on the speed of your internet connection. If you have cable it takes only a few seconds, but not all of us are so lucky. Be patient and watch your downloading progress indicator.
PHOTOGRAPHS for 'LATEST NEWS':
Photos from recent outings are always gratefully received. Would-be contributors please note, however, that photographs should be submitted FULL SIZE, as from your cameras – and that before sallying forth, cameras should be set to record as JPG fine, full size. This is because significant upscaling of photos even in Photoshop results in reduced definition and sharpness. Furthermore, cropping and / or re-sizing is often required before 'saving for web'which accentuates loss of resolution. A further point to check is that your email does not send them at a reduced size, e,g., 'Small', Medium' or 'Large', so confounding your careful work. Please send at 'Original size, without date, time etc included in the image itself. This allows us to accord full justice to your works of art! It is further helpful if the camera is set to the correct date and time!
Please note that the deadline for receipt is by 12 noon on the Friday of the week during which the event or outing took place. This is because Friday is 'Website Update Preparation day'.
If you would like to see your photographs so included, credit will be given to the Photographers as appropriate.
LOST AND FOUND:
Nothing again this time!
Watch this space – We hope Arlene will be in evidence once she has contrived some Pearls of Wisdom to impart. Arlene…? Arlene…?? … ???
WEBSITE UPDATES: Time, effort and information permitting, in season the website will be updated each week – typically on Saturdays or Sundays.
For over 30 years, the Second Sixties Outdoor Club, based in Calgary, Alberta has provided year round outdoor activities for seniors who share a love of the outdoors and enjoy opportunities to socialize with a group of like-minded individuals. Although originally formed for seniors the Club welcomes new members who are aged 50+, and has a significant number of members in the 50 to 65 age band, the ‘over-fifties'. The Club is unique in being an outdoor club for seniors that operates year-round.
In addition to Hiking, XC Skiing and Snowshoeing the Club offers City Walks, Golf and Social events. In the spring and summer months, members can take advantage of up to 3 outings per week; Hiking in Kananaskis Country and Banff, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks, City Walks and Golf, and, in the winter months, up to 2 outings per week; XC Skiing and Snowshoeing in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park, and City Walks. Outings to Kananaskis Country and the National Parks are by chartered bus on Wednesdays departing from the northwest of Calgary (see Pickup & Parking).
All activities cater to a wide range of abilities and are conducted with the safety of participants as a prime consideration.
Below are thumbnails of a selection of photographs to remind us of some of our best Winter moments – and that our Summer Season is 'just around the corner' – don't forget to double-click on them with a Mac [or left-click, I think, with Windows] to bring up the large versions.
The wonderful view that awaits us at Lake Louise in Winter …
Laurette leads the faster lot returning on the Lakeshore Trail …
Ileana erupts from the Fairview Loop onto Great Moraine Road …
White Death Camas - leave well alone!
Lunch break on the Consol-ation Lakes Trail …
Mount Rundle - from the Vermillion Lakes Trail …
Fenland tranquility …
Rudi – on the Watridge Lake Trail, Mt Shark …
Flood damage - the Sibbald Creek Trail …
The Bow River – nearing the Falls at Banff …
Silvery Blues feeding (sic) on bear scat …
Colin nearly met his match – "Gasp …" – "This is better!" – Ptarmigan Cirque Summer 2013
Variegated Fritillaries on a Nodding Scorzonella …
A White-tailed Ptarmigan – at the top of Buller Pass …
Tailpiece – "Who lost this, then? –?? – !!!
Club Members are encouraged to become involved in the organization of the Club by volunteering for tasks such as planning outings, volunteering to lead a group on an outing or joining the Board of Directors.
Take a look at our website activities pages and contact us if you feel that the Second Sixties Outdoor Club is for you. We welcome new members.