A reminder to join us

If you haven’t already signed up for the 2018 season with the Herring Belles & Beaux, we hope you will. It was 30 degrees outside when we posted the original invitation to join, or rejoin, us. Now that we’re experiencing cooler temperatures, it’s time to think about cross-country skiing with us this winter.

Here’s how:

  1. Find information about the 2018 fees (reduced this year as we had a small surplus at the end of last season) at Who We Are. (Regular $150; Spare $125; Guest $45 per trip)
  2. Read about how to renew or join the club at Join Us.
  3. Complete a copy of the 2018 Membership Form. (Cheque made out to Herring Belles & Beaux; mailed to Herring Belles & Beaux, 49 Lascelles Blvd, Toronto, ON M5P 2C9)

The deadline is November 24, 2017.

Thank you to those who have already renewed.


Start-Up Info for 2018 Wednesday Trips


Photo by Donald Chu

To all Herring Belles & Beaux:
It’s never too early to plan for our cross-country ski and snowshoe days. Our first trip is Wednesday, January 3, so please join us again and encourage your friends and family to sign up as well. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 — for both returning and new members.

  1. Find information about the 2018 fees (reduced this year as we had a small surplus at the end of last season) at Who We Are.
  2. Read about how to renew or join the club at Join Us.
  3. Complete a copy of the 2018 Membership Form and return it to us by November 24, 2017.

Keep fit and have fun with us. We welcome everyone.
 Mary, Christa and Hedi

Michelle Burt

Good morning HerringBBs,

2e523bc4-b8c1-4a79-ad15-d96103521af1We will all be saddened to hear of the sudden passing of one of our vibrant and energetic members, Michelle Burt, whom many will also know well from her active participation in the Bruce Trail hiking club. We will miss her greatly and send out our heartfelt condolences to her husband Lauri and two sons.

Details of the service to be held this Saturday in Michelle’s memory can be found here.


Get ready to kick and glide

Greetings, Herringbelles members – both Belles and Beaux.

The unusually beautiful summer is a distant memory as the weekend’s snowfall reminds us of the wonderful ski season to come. (This is not what Gary and I were thinking as we made our way back to Canada via Pearson airport two nights ago !)

Since skiing makes winter special for all of us, let’s embrace it and celebrate a warm welcome back for all returning and new Herringbelles members. The buses are ordered for Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15 with Feb. 22 and Mar. 1 as spare dates in case of weather cancellations. Parking is arranged free of charge in the east lot at the Toronto Botanical Gardens at Lawrence and Leslie.

As usual the bus will arrive around 8:30 a.m. and leave promptly at 9:00. Destinations are generally announced at the beginning of each week as they are very much dependent on the weather.

To date we have more than 40 full-time members, 8 spares and 1 “one time ” trial, which makes our finances viable for another season. Our phoners Catherine Pitt, Helga Thurow and Pam Roberts have again kindly volunteered to communicate with their assigned members, but will probably have less to do with increased use of emails and the website.

Please keep informed by checking the Herringbelles website so ably produced by webmaster Gary Schlee. In fact, if you have subscribed to the website (as most of you have), you will automatically receive an email notification indicating our destination a few days before each outing.

The transition to new treasurer Hedi Furrer and new membership secretary Mary Wilson  has been very smooth  as they have expertly handled their roles and made my job very easy.

A huge thank-you to all six volunteers mentioned above!!

Wishing you a very happy festive season and hoping for snowy, safe skiing,

Christa Naylor    (Co-ordinator – and parking attendant extraordinaire)


Brian skiing at Duntroon. Photo by Hedi Furrer.

Membership and Treasurer positions

Sylvia and Russ Jones plan to retire from their Herringbelles & Beaux volunteer activities at the end of this season.

As a result, we are looking for one or two people to assume the volunteer activities they have been doing. This advance notice is being given in the hopes of providing a smooth pass-over.

Membership Secretary:
– Sends out a notification for the next season to all previous members, and any others who have indicated interest, in early October. (Almost all members have email.)
– Receives and records all membership applications, passing the cheques to the treasurer for deposit in the club bank account.
– Re-balances the allocation of members to phoners if need be, to try to ensure our telephone tree does not overtax any phoner.
– Verifies that the phoner volunteers are ok with the lists.
– Prints roll-call lists for the bus trips, primarily to keep track of the attendance of Spares.
– Prints Herringbelles & Beaux name tags as needed.
– Keeps a list handy with the emergency contact information given by each participant, in case of any mishap.
A rudimentary knowledge of some list-making software such as Microsoft Excel would prove useful.

– Helps determine the annual fee structure based on bus charges for the upcoming year, and projection of expected membership for the upcoming year.
– Deposits membership cheques to the club’s bank account.
– Pays the bus company for each trip.
– Pays parking fees as required.
– Reconciles bank statements.
– Provides a financial summary at season end to help in determining the next year’s fees.

Interested in either position? Contact:

Russ Jones on an upcoming trip, or at:
Herring Belles & Beaux XC Ski Club
c/o 12 Ardrossan Place Toronto M4N 2X3