December President’s Message
Come join us for the Panhandle Nordic Club Meeting on December 5th at the Avondale
Golf Club 10745 Avondale Loop Road (off Miles Ave.). The meeting begins at
7 PM (6 PM for dinner).
First, I want to thank everyone who participated in setting up the groomer shelters. It was a great turn out, and we had plenty of hot chocolate to go around and a warm fire thanks to the efforts of Nancy Lewis.
I would also like to thank Goeff Harvey for representing the club by volunteering to lead a ski tour on the “Trail Of the Coeur d’Alenes” during the “Wallace Winter Fest”. As a reminder the winter fest will be taking place on December 29th and 30th. If you can, I would encourage folks from the club to join Geoff on the tour.
As discussed at the first meeting it has become necessary for the club to procure liability insurance for the structures at 4th of July in order to comply with the conditions of the Forest Service special use permit. Since the club meeting the board has initiated procurement of a liability insurance policy to meet this requirement. The premium for the policy will cost the club $668.11. As mentioned at the November Club meeting the board will be discussing how to cover the premium in the future without reducing our ability to groom trails and maintain structures. At this time the application and first premium has been submitted. So with any luck, by the time the club meets we will have a policy in hand and the “Certificate of Liability” will have been delivered to the Forest Service and the special use permit will have been signed.
On the 28th of November the board members will begin discussing the winter 2017 schedule and events. On December 5th I will go over what we discussed. I encourage you to bring your ideas for winter outings and other activities to the meeting.  If you have ideas in mind please consider leading the outing or activity you propose. If for some reason you can’t, try to make the arrangements with another club member to be the leader.
Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange—bring a couple dozen cookies to share with other bakers. leftovers will be used for other events and to make a gift basket for the Idaho State Road Crew who plows the 4th of July Parking Lot.
See You on the 5th!
Don Garringer, President Panhandle Nordic Club
 Ideas for trips can be on weekends or an occasional event during the week. We also like to limit drive time to no longer than 1 ½ hours one way for day excursions. Overnight trips (one or two) are encouraged for the winter season. Trip leaders are responsible for writing up a description. It should identify information such as level of difficulty/fitness level, miles, carpool information and anything that will be needed for the activity. For reference, trip leader guidelines are available on the WEB site: http://panhandlenordicclub.com/Pandhandle-Nordic-Club-Trip-Guidelines.pdf. Your activity will be posted on the website and e-mailed out to the group.