Thursday, July 31, 2014

JOHNNY MILES VOLKSMARCH - SYDNEY MINES

"COME JOIN THE CBIH FOR A WALK!"


"NO MATTER HOW SLOW YOU WALK!
YOUR STILL GOING FASTER THEN COUCH POTATOES! "
Registration Begins: 9:30am

Walk Start Time: 10:00am

The 7th Annual Johnny Miles Volksmarch (Walk) Event:

150 Pitt Street, Sydney Mines (Recreation Fields) parking lot at the ball fields and across the street from Princess Nature Trail

Sunday 3 August 2014

Registration begins: 9:30am

Walk Start Time: 10:00am

Walk Leader: Rollie Coombes - 902. 849. 0747 or
bretonhoppers@hotmail.com 

A Group Guided Walk Event that will take the participants through the community of Sydney Mines and across two local beaches, the Johnny Miles statue and the Sydney Mines Fossil Museum, plus a short walking trail.

The walk event is a figure eight (8) divided up into a series of two loops of 5k each, starting in the center of the eight (8). After the first loop the 5k walkers will have completed their goal and the 10k participants will continue on the second loop to complete their desired goal for the day!!

REMINDER:
Registration Begins: 9:30am

Walk Start Time: 10:00am


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

VICTORIA VOLKSSPORT Phoenix Festival

 Victoria Volkssport Phoenix Festival
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The next Phoenix Festival will be held on April 17-19, 2015

The Volkssport Clubs of South Vancouver Island will host the fourth Victoria Volkssport Phoenix Festival in April, 2015.
Over 350 people from all over North America attended the last festival. Everyone enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, the home baking and the friendly volunteers. And the weather cooperated beautifully. We received many ideas to make the next Phoenix even better.

Keep watching our website for all the details as they develop. ( www.vvpf.ca )  We will let you know when registration is available and when we have arranged special deals with some Victoria hotels.

We can tell you that there will be a new Location. The new location is the Victoria Greek Community Centre at 4648 Elk Lake Drive which is near Beaver Lake, the Howard Johnson Hotel and many bus routes. The Centre is a beautiful, comfortable facility and they will be providing delicious Greek and Italian cuisine throughout the Festival - at the Meet and Greet, for the Saturday banquet, and delicacies and beverages will be available all weekend at a snack bar and cash bar.  
We will again offer walks as before - 5 and 10 km walks on Friday; 5, 10, 21, 32 and 42 km walks on Saturday; and 5, 10 and 21 km walks on Sunday. However, since this is a new location these will be all new walks. 
However, we can promise the same warm welcome, fun and friendship.
So, right now continue enjoying your summer activities, but put Phoenix, Victoria into your 2015 calendars.
And think about adding an extra day or two to your stay in Victoria.  Our clubs will be offering guided versions of three of our most popular and scenic YREs on Thursday evening, Friday morning and Monday morning. 
In the meantime, while you are waiting, take a look at some more people having a great time in 2013. Click here to see the photos.        
We hope to see you next April!

Monday, July 21, 2014

SUNDAY 27 JULY - GRAND NARROWS - PLUS NEW WALK ADDED

Dianna MacDonald invites all members to join her on a walking adventure in Grand Narrows:



Location: Grand Narrows Marina

Direction to Start Point: From Hwy 125 take E3 and follow Rte 223 to Grand Narrows.

The Start Point is at the Marina or formerly called Grand Narrows Ferry Dock

Date: Sunday 27 July 2014

Time: Registration begins at 1:30pm - Walk time 2:00pm

Walk distance: 5k and 10k

Trail Rating: 2B

The walk event is along the road going to Derby Point and the small beach at this location.
Great place to take a dip and soothe the soul soles of your feet!
Excellent scenery of the Bra d' Or Lakes and the Highland Village

Note:

After the walk all participants are invited to attend a picnic/BBQ at the summer residence of our hosts Maureen and Don MacKenzie in Washabuck a short distance of about 9k from our start point.

"Follow Don who will lead the way"! We will form a convoy to get to their home so there won't be much of a chance to get lost!

If you would like to bring a food item the Social Committee is suggesting a salad or a sweet of your choice.

NEW WALK EVENT ADDED TO THE 2014 SCHEDULE:

A new walk event has been added to the schedule for November, please see details on our Events Calendar http://www.capebretonislandhoppers.com/calendar.cfm 

Sunday 16 November "The Lakes Golf Course"



Friday, July 18, 2014

MIRAMICHI WEEKEND - MESSAGE FROM SANDY HICKEY

 The following message has been sent to all members who participated in the weekend events in Miramichi NB
 
From: Sandy Hickey
Subject: Miramichi weekend
 
Hi everyone,

I just wanted to extend a thank you to all of your club members who braved “Arthur” and came up to support the Miramichi weekend.   Unfortunately, when things are planned a year ahead of time, you never know what nature is going to throw at you and this was an excellent example.   Looking back at it now, I believe it will go down in the history books of DVC and everyone’s memory as a “hell of a weekend”.  If you don’t know already, we got 122 mm of rain on Saturday so it was quite an accomplishment to be out walking in that, especially the 10 km Sat morning in Newcastle.  The aft walk wasn’t as  bad and really enjoyable.  More of a walk than a test of endurance.  We had a great boat cruise Sunday morning and the Sackville walk was beautiful.

So thank you to all of you again.  I hope to do this again in a few years so keep it in mind.  If anyone wants to take a trip up there and do some walking I can send you the directions for the walks and you could do them on your own. 

Take care,
Sandy

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CVF VOLUNTEER AWARDS PROGRAM

THE CANADIAN VOLKSSPORT FEDERATION'S VOLUNTEER AWARDS PROGRAM

Annual Volunteer Awards are presented to members of the CVF who have worked within their respective local clubs or have contributed to the ideals of the philosophy of the CVF and the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV).
Awards are presented on a five year basis to those members who have volunteered their time to work for the club on the executive branch of the organization or have shown an outstanding effort to promote the club and volkssporting.
Rules and Regulations for the Volunteer Awards are set by the CVF "Board of Directors".

On Sunday 13 July Sue Banks  who is the present Atlantic Director for the Canadian Volkssport Federation traveled to Cape Breton to present some of these awards to members of the CB Island Hoppers:

Atlantic Director Sue Banks presents Lucy Nardini with her 5 Year Certificate and Pin
The five year award presented to Lucy Nardini above is long overdue! Lucy is a founding member of the Island Hoppers has worked on many committees over these many years. Lucy has been a walk leader, trails committees, volunteered to host many functions at her home and is presently our club treasurer and has over seen our finances when CBIH hosted the National Convention in 2010.
THANKS LUCY FOR A JOB WELL DONE!

Cal Thistle 10 Year, Sue Banks AD, Barb Thistle 10 Year Volunteer Awards
Barb and Cal Thistle are also founding members of the CBIH. At this time Cal is the club president and Barb is the vice president. Over the past 17 years they have looked after our Ways and Means Committee, (still selling t-shirts and pins) worked as walk leaders, assisted in finding new trails, promoted the club at seminars and work shops across the island and have been traveling ambassadors for CBIH and Cape Breton. "YOUR THE BEST, YOU MAKE US PROUD TO BE ISLAND HOPPERS"

Sue Banks AD presents Rollie Coombes with CVF 15 Years Volunteer Award
Thank you Sue,Cal and Barb for putting my name forward for the 15 year award, much appreciated

(L) Joe MacKinnon, (C) Sue Banks, (R) Elsie Buck CVF Awards
Sue Banks wanted to pass on her personal congratulations to Joe and Elsie who received their CVF Awards in Banff Alberta during the recent CVF Convention and Annual General Meeting.
Joe MacKinnon is a past president of CBIH who kept the club on an even keel when membership began a slump and with persistence spoke at many seminars, local clubs promoting thee club and the ideals of volkssporting.
Elsie Buck our latest past president has worked constantly to promote the CBIH, a former club treasurer and has worked on many committees, walk leader and led the club during the very successful CVF Convention and AGM.
GREAT JOB AND MUCH APPRECIATED FOR THE OUTSTANDING WORK YOU HAVE BOTH DONE AND CONTINUE TO DO FOR THE ISLAND HOPPERS!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

PORT HOOD - CHESTICO TRAIL AND PORT HOOD BEACH

Come join the Cape Breton Island Hoppers in Port Hood for a fun afternoon of walking on the beach and the local Chestico Trail.

START POINT:
Located in Port Hood, the Port Hood Day Park, closest known Postal Code B0E 2W0.

The day Park is located on the west side of Trunk 19 and is 200m before the main entrance into Port Hood.

From the roundabout in Port Hastings on Hwy 105 continue north on Hwy 19  for approximately 40k, following the signs to Port Hood.

From Sydney to Port Hood is approximately 160k or a 2hour drive averaging 80k/hr, so please give yourself plenty of safe traveling time.

DATE AND TIME:

Sunday, 13 July 2014
Registration: 1:30pm
Start Time: 2:00pm

Walk Leader: Julie Dzaich
Guided Walk Event
Distance: 5 -10k
Trail Rating: 2B



After the walk  4:45 pm, The Social Committee has made reservation
 at the Clove Hitch Bar & Bistro, "Family Style Restaurant" in Port Hood,
8790 Hwy 19 Port Hood




   
Julie Dzaich "Walk for the Health of It!" with the CB Island Hoppers






Tuesday, July 08, 2014

CVF VOLUNTEER AWARDS RECIPIENTS

At The 2014 Canadian Volkssport Federation (CVF) Annual General Meeting and Convention held in Banff Alberta:

Elsie Buck and Joe MacKinnon receive  Volunteer Awards Certificates and pins for their outstanding accomplishments within the volkssports community.

Joe and Elsie are former presidents of Cape Breton Island Hoppers, they have worked on various committees throughout the years and continue to assist the club executive and members whenever possible.

Congratulations to both of you on a job well done! 

Dave Phillips CVF Executive Member presents Joe MacKinnon with the CVF Volunteer Awards Certificate

Dave Phillips CVF Executive Member presents Elsie Buck with the CVF Volunteer Awards Certificate