Whether you are visiting this page as a club member or as a visitor, I want to welcome you and hope that our new website enhances your experience with LOC. The club has a year-round activity schedule, and with over 300 members, the task of efficiently managing its business was becoming labour-intensive and inefficient. The new website, developed from a template by ClubExpress, whose tag line is “more passion, less paperwork”, will improve your experience. The club is much more than its website, and the schedule, the photos and stories flesh out our passion, to “get outside”.
Recognizing that people’s abilities and experience vary tremendously, we offer different skill and ability levels in all our activities. If you enjoy an easy walk, it is probably unwise to consider a multi-day Bruce Trail hike, or if you are a city cyclist then an 80 km bike ride is going to be a challenge. However, the club encourages you to set your sights high, and work towards challenging goals. Ten of us recently returned from a week long 700 km ride across Iowa, others have cycled across Canada. Many members have hiked the entire Bruce Trail over a period of years, others have paddled remote Northern lakes.
Our club is run by volunteers and is sustained by the desire and ability to be involved. Outings are organized and coordinated by individuals who have the responsibility to guide and lead safely and are happy to mentor others in that role. Council provides vision and leadership to maintain our systems, programs and technology relevant to members' needs and the culture. People are welcome to join our activities on a trial basis; our rule of thumb is three outings, and then a commitment to join. Fees are very reasonable, and everyone must complete an online membership form and liability waiver on the website during signup.
During our year of events to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2016, we selected a tagline: “Hike, Paddle, Ride… Smile”. I hope you find much to smile about as you explore the great outdoors with LOC.
Mike Tanner, President LOC