The Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society held its Annual general meeting in the Library on October 15th. An impressive total of seventeen members were in attendance, and were joined by guests Tim Bennett (Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts) and Doreen Younge (District of Tumbler Ridge).

Fred Booker presented the President?s Report and Patsy Antle the Treasurer?s Report, which showed a healthily positive bank balance, thanks mainly to successfully organized events such as the Emperor?s Challenge.

There was considerable discussion about insurance issues and the need for adequate Directors and Liability Insurance, as well as signed agreements with the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts regarding all the hiking trails.

Larry White reported on the ski trails and Charles Helm on the hiking trails (see separate article), followed by Linda Helm and Birgit Sharman on their coaching activities (cross country skiing, track and field and cross country running). In 2007-08 five athletes qualified for the Provincial Cross Country Championships, five for Track and Field provincials, and five for the BC Summer Games.

Charles Helm and Fred Booker reported on productive contact with Rob Bressette of BC Parks, Tim Bennett, MLA Blair Lekstrom (who is helping tackle the alpine pollution issue) and mining, oil and gas and forestry industries. Adequate by-law enforcement on the ski trails, to prevent damage by snowmobilers, formed a hot topic.

It was decided to begin a collection of art works of trail destinations, starting with watercolours of Monkman Falls and Stony Lake, to be used in a permanent exhibit in partnership with the Museum Foundation.

Kevin Sharman reported on new hiking brochures and website maintenance. Final 2007-08 membership was 115.

Work continues on track and field facilities, using the True Sport funds made available to WNMS by the District of Tumbler Ridge. This year a shot put circle was constructed and donated by Sandy Williams of TR Concrete much appreciated. Discus circle and cage are planned for 2009.

A number of trails are potentially affected by the pine beetle, including the ski trails and the area immediately surrounding Lost Haven Cabin. Tim Bennett presented possible options for dealing with these.

The WNMS events of 2008 were then reviewed. The Cross Country run, Biathlon and Emperor?s Challenge all attracted record numbers of entries. Michele Burton reported that Itchy Feet had by all accounts its best season yet, with innovations of Kids Itchy Feet and Teen Itchy Feet. There were thirteen presentations, up from the initial four. Banff Film evening will be on December 12th, in partnership with the Arts Council.

Fred Booker and Crys White indicated that they would be stepping down from the Executive after years of service, and were warmly applauded for their work. The new Executive was then elected by acclamation: President: Linda Helm

Vice president: Craig Waters

Secretary: Charles Helm

Treasurer: Patsy Antle

After the assignment of portfolios, the two hour long meeting was adjourned, and was followed by a fascinating slide presentation by Kevin Sharman of hiking highlights of 2008.