Birkebeiner Bulletin – May 2017

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for May 2017 is now available for viewing as a pdf file.

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Birkebeiner Bulletin – May 2017

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Pre-Season Casserole Dinner – Saturday 10th June

When: 6.00 pm Saturday 10th June 2017
Where: Bogong Outdoor Education Centre, Bogong Village
RSVP: By Wednesday 7th June to Kerry Lucas (Social Secretary)

Please note: As a courtesy to Kerry, the volunteer organiser, please let her know by the RSVP date if you will be attending.  Do not just turn up! That would be very rude.

Emailkm.lucas@bigpond.com Tel: 03 5754 1341, Mob: 0407 814 114

  • Parking — It would be best to drop off food and passengers then park down at  Bogong Jack’s Cafe. Parking is limited around the School.
  • Food — Bring food to share (singles – a casserole or dessert, families – casserole and dessert), plus your own drinks and glasses. There are plastic beakers for kids’ drinks. Plates and utensils are provided.

This year we have a very special Guest Speaker:

Adventurer and author, Steve Bell is an author and former Everest mountain guide who finds compelling stories from his life. His first book, Virgin on Insanity, is a coming of age memoir, but his talk will cover his more recent Everest experiences, including the first British guided ascent of Everest in 1993.

In his talk, he will tell his remarkable story of survival set against the loss of his friend, Bruce Herrod.

‘Over 30 years of Wilderness I can tell you that yours was ‘up there’ amongst the top rank speakers we have had.’ Wilderness Lectures, 2016.

Wow, what a journey….told in a very unassuming and humble way. Steve had our clients on the edge of their seats.’ Financial Lifestyle Partners, 2015.

Steve will also be selling and signing his books on the night,  $35 each ($10 off the list price) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Virgin-Insanity-Coming-Toughest-Mountains/dp/1910240834

Also on the night:

  • The Ian Ryan Club Award will be presented.
  • Second hand equipment sale. (Bring it along, someone may buy it. Label it with your name and the asking price.)
  • DVD’s and other activities for the kids.
  • Lots of talk. It’s a great night to meet members and get fired up for the coming season.
  • New and old members most welcome.
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2017 Birkie Junior 2 Day Development Camp Applications – now open

Skate_poles_kidsThe 2017 Birkie Junior 2 Day Development Camp Applications are now open. The two day camp will be held on Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd July 2017 using the Outdoor School – Bogong Village for accommodation and skiing at Falls Creek. The camp is open to students in years 5 to 8. Applications close Friday 30 June 2017.

You can download the Camp Information which includes the Application Form (Word doc) by visiting the Club’s website— Click this link  Programs > Junior Camps

Also visit the Junior Joey section under Programs > Junior Joeys on the Club’s website to view this seasons program including a series of introductory fun races called the Snow, Trek & Travel Mini Series.

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A Reminder — Annual General Meeting – Wed. 17th May 2017

— It’s the Club’s 40th Birthday this year —

The Clubs 40th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Wednesday 17th May 2017 starting at 7:30pm in the Auditorium next to the Mount Beauty Visitor Information Centre.

A great supper will be served following the meeting with lots of socialising included. Continue reading

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Snow Sports Training Course (Fri 2nd to Sun 4th June – Bright)

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More Athlete Overseas Reports

A number of Birkebeiners were selected in National Teams to compete overseas in 2016/17.

The club provided some financial assistance to each athlete and in return they are required to submit a report on returning to Australia. Thanks Phil and Jarah for the following reports.

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Annual General Meeting – Wed. 17th May 2017

— It’s the Club’s 40th Birthday this year —

The Clubs 40th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Wednesday 17th May 2017 starting at 7:30pm in the Auditorium next to the Mount Beauty Visitor Information Centre.

Meeting reports — Reports on the past years activities come from the following: president, treasurer and sub-committees: race, junior, clubhouse and search & rescue.

Meeting elections — Office bearers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) will be elected. A number (to be decided at the AGM) of ordinary committee member positions will also be elected usually with designated portfolios. These can include for example, social secretary, membership secretary, Bulletin editor, website administrator, volunteer co-ordinator and sub-committee convenors (Race, Junior, S&R and Clubhouse). Some of these roles would be volunteer non-committee positions.

If you are interested in an executive position or as an ordinary committee member please  let our secretary Doug Hamilton know. For a Nomination Form click [HERE]. The Form is in Word format so can be downloaded, filled in on the computer and emailed to the Secretary. Alternatively a Form can be downloaded, printed off, filled in and mailed to Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club, PO Box 192, Mount Beauty 3699. Forms can also be handed in at the AGM. The club also has a number of sub-committees i.e. race, junior, clubhouse and search & rescue. If you would like to assist on one of these please indicate your interest either on the Form or at the AGM.

Proxy voting: A member may appoint another member as his or her proxy to vote and speak on his or her behalf at the AGM. This must be in writing and signed by the member who is appointing the proxy. Get them to hand it in at the AGM.

Forms to the secretary Doug Hamilton prior to the AGM Wednesday 17th May 2017 — Email: <secretary@birkebeiner.org.au>  Telephone: (03) 5754 4323.

A great supper will be served following the meeting with lots of socialising included.

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Club Working Bee – Saturday 6th May Falls Creek

Can you help this Saturday?

Please contact Secretary Doug Hamilton for further information and to help organise catering.  Email:  secretary@birkebeiner.org.au or Mobile: 0431 248 298.

If you have a preference for clubhouse clean-up or trail work indicate this to Doug.

Doug would like to know who is attending so jobs can be allocated, and also for BBQ lunch catering. It also enables him to contact you in case forecast weather conditions require cancellation or postponement.

Please support this initiative and put your hand up. Continue reading

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The Last King – The Birkebeiner Movie (SBS On Demand)

Norway has made a movie of the Birkebeiner Story which was released in February 2016. The language is Norwegian but has English subtitles. It runs for 135 minutes.

It’s available for free via SBS On Demand through its internet streaming service.

 

 

 

Click this link <http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/898914371586/the-last-king>. Once on the Page you will need to sign up to the SBS On Demand service (its free) to be able to watch it unless of course you are already signed up.

Before watching read a brief history — I strongly suggest you read the three page brief history of the Birkebeiner Story prior to viewing the movie so you will better understand the story. Click [HERE] to read.

BackgroundIn the year 1206 Norway is raged by civil war. The King’s illegitimate infant son, Håkon Håkonsson, which half the kingdom wants killed off, is guarded in secrecy by two men. A story which changed the course of the country’s history.

The skiing scenes are stunning.

 

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Athlete Overseas Reports

A number of Birkebeiners were selected in National Teams to compete overseas in 2016/17.

The club provided some financial assistance to each athlete and in return they are required to submit a report on returning to Australia. Reports received to date can be read by clinking the links below.

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