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Summary of the annual fundraising banquet for the Blue Hills Trail Association Inc.

5 Nov

The Blue Hills Trail Association’s 29th annual fundraising banquet was Saturday, November 4th. This annual event provides a fun opportunity to renew acquaintances and share in anticipation of the upcoming winter cross country ski season.

We had a great turnout, fun times, and plenty of camaraderie at our November 4th banquet at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake, WI. A big thank you to Julie Buckles (author of Paddling to Winter) for providing the evening’s entertainment. A special round of applause for the many volunteers that maintain our 20+ miles of non-motorized trails, and the businesses and individuals that support the Blue Hills Trail.

Follow this link for photos from the banquet (this link will stay active for 6 months). DOUBLE CLICK ANY OF THE PHOTOS TO ENTER THE SLIDE SHOW. Recognize anyone?

Click here for the “State of the Trails” document that summarizes the past year on the Blue Hills Trail.

With the bulk of our fundraising completed, we’re ready for winter.
Ski the Hills!

28th Annual Fundraising Banquet for the Blue Hills Trail located in northwest Wisconsin

8 Nov

The annual fall banquet for the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. (BHTA) was held Saturday, November 5th at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake. While bidding on the numerous silent auction items, this group of silent sports enthusiasts enjoyed camaraderie, libations, great food, and laughter. Storytelling by author/humorist Michael Perry created outlandishly funny images that had us howling.

After a delicious buffet meal, master of ceremonies (Patty McGown) turned the floor over to BHTA president Ron Jasperson who summarized the many significant events impacting the Blue Hills Trail this past year, including: an amazing amount of erosion following a May 31st deluge; the huge number of volunteers helping throughout the year; the tremendous all-season usefulness of the 2014 John Deere Gator with Camoplast tracks purchased spring of 2014; and a good (but short) ski season during the winter of 2015-16 despite a strong El Nino event. Ron reported the trails are in good shape as we head toward winter, and noted that fundraising this fall has been very successful. He was pleased to note that the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. remains financially solid. Follow this link to read the full text of this year’s State of the Trails.

To honor a few of our many volunteers, three special awards were presented: Jonathan Stanley accepted the “2 BZ 2 Pee” traveling trophy (a porcelain urinal) honoring his numerous contributions of time and energy to many area organizations, ours included. Then beer connoisseur Ron Jasperson was honored for his many years working on the trails – he received a growler with glasses emblazoned with the logo “Got Trails?” And to recognize his incredible sleuthing skills and ability to explore issues fully, Ron received a special trench coat and cuban cigar and was publicly honored as our own Columbo (he does bear a striking resemblance to Peter Falk).

Following Michael Perry’s presentation, prizes valued at more than $5000 were distributed to the attendees — including Jim Cargill winning the raffle for the Spring Street Sports $250 gift card, and Bob Peterson winning the raffle for the New Moon $250 gift card.  Our many donors graciously give back to their communities — when the opportunity arises, be sure to offer them a sincere thank you. Colder weather’s overdue, get your skis ready!

27th Annual Fundraising Banquet for the Blue Hills Trail located in northwest Wisconsin

9 Nov

The annual fall banquet for the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. (BHTA) was held Saturday, November 7th at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake. While bidding on the numerous silent auction items, this group of silent sports enthusiasts enjoyed camaraderie, libations, great food, and Dr. Bob Inman’s dynamic slide show presentation (“Wolverine Biology and Conservation”) describing ground-breaking work applying GPS tracking in the study of wolverines. The GPS technology that Dr. Inman and his wife applied for the first time to wolverines revealed the amazing capacity of the species to move through rugged terrain and the vast multi-state scale over which conservation of wolverines must occur.

After a delicious buffet meal, master of ceremonies (Patty McGown) turned the floor over to BHTA vice president Ron Jasperson who summarized the many significant events impacting the Blue Hills Trail this past year, including: the huge number of volunteers helping throughout the year; the tremendous all-season usefulness of the 2014 John Deere Gator with Camoplast tracks purchased spring of 2014; and a very good ski season during the winter of 2014-15 that attracted more ‘out-of-the-area’ skiers than ever. Ron reported the trails are in good shape as we head toward winter, and noted that fundraising this fall has been very successful. He was pleased to note that the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. remains financially solid.

To honor a few of our many volunteers, two special awards were presented: Patty McGown and Nels Curnow accepted the “2 Busy 2 Pee” traveling trophy (a porcelain urinal) honoring their numerous contributions of time and energy. Then Dave Olsen was honored for his many years maintaining the pit toilets – he received the golden clothespin award.

Following Dr. Inman’s presentation, prizes valued at more than $5000 were distributed to the attendees — including Mark Bittner winning the raffle for the Spring Street Sports $250 gift card, and Erik Ostenso winning the raffle for the New Moon $250 gift card.  Our many donors graciously give back to their communities — when the opportunity arises, be sure to offer them a sincere thank you. Colder weather’s overdue, get your skis ready!

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.

26th Annual Fundraising Banquet for the Blue Hills Trail located in Northwest Wisconsin

1 Nov

The annual fall banquet for the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. (BHTA) was held Saturday, November 1st at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake.  While bidding on the numerous silent auction items, this group of silent sports enthusiasts enjoyed camaraderie, libations, great food, and Bob Unbehaun’s dynamic slide show presentation (“Paddle the Puddle”) describing his 2004 solo kayak trip around Lake Superior.  After a delicious buffet meal, master of ceremonies (Patty McGown) turned the floor over to BHTA president Dave Olsen who summarized the many significant events impacting the Blue Hills Trail this past year, including: the huge number of volunteers helping throughout the year; and the successful Spring fund drive that allowed the purchase of a John Deere Gator with Camoplast tracks (to be used for winter grooming and summer trail maintenance).  Dave reported the trails are in great shape as we head toward winter, and noted that fundraising this fall has been very successful.  He was pleased to note that the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. remains financially solid.

To honor one of our many volunteers, a special award was presented: vice president Ron Jasperson accepted the “2 Busy 2 Pee” traveling trophy (a porcelain urinal) honoring Ron’s numerous contributions of time and energy.

At that point, prizes valued at close to $6000 were distributed to the attendees — including Bob Schwartz winning the raffle for the Spring Street Sports $250 gift card, and John Waldron winning the raffle for the New Moon $250 gift card.  Our many donors graciously give back to their communities — when the opportunity arises, be sure to offer them a sincere thank you.  Colder weather’s on the way, get your skis ready!

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.

Important dates: October 4th work day – November 1st Fundraising Banquet

22 Sep

Brisk winds, cooler temps – it’s time to prepare the Blue Hills Trail for winter.
Important upcoming dates include:

Work day on Saturday, October 4th
Meet at the warming house at 8:30 a.m.  Come on out to enjoy a beautiful hike and help maintain clear and smooth passages!  Wear blaze orange, and bring gloves, spade shovels, chainsaws, branch clippers, & ATVs. Our officers will provide guidance.  Giving 2-3 hours of your time really helps, we’re usually done by late morning.
Annual fundraiser banquet Saturday, November 1st – SMOKE FREE
Only $25 per person ($10 for kids 12 & under), the fun starts at 5:30 p.m. at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake with a chance to bid on the silent auction items.  Dinner is served at 6:30 (a delicious buffet featuring chicken &  hand cut prime rib — pasta primavera for vegetarians).  At 7:30 Bob Unbehaun will share his adventure titled “Paddle the Puddle” – his kayak voyage around Lake Superior.  Prizes will be distributed at 8:30 and include a $250 gift card for use at Spring Street Sports in Chippewa Falls, and a $250 gift card for use at New Moon Ski & Bike in Hayward.  YOU MUST REGISTER & PAY IN ADVANCE!!!  Click here for more information and registration details.

25th Annual Fundraising Banquet for the Blue Hills Trail located in northwest Wisconsin

2 Nov

The annual fall banquet for the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. (BHTA) was held Saturday, November 2nd at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake.  While bidding on the numerous silent auction items, the enthusiastic attendees enjoyed libations, great food, camaraderie, and a captivating wildlife presentation by DNR Naturalist – Chris Cold.  After a delicious buffet meal, master of ceremonies (Jerry Wilkes) turned the floor over to outgoing BHTA president Dick Pebler who summarized the many significant events impacting the Blue Hills Trail this past year, reporting the trails are in great shape as we head toward winter; and noting that fundraising this fall has been very successful.  He was pleased to note that the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. remains financially solid.

To honor just a few of our many volunteers, a special award was presented: Dick Pebler humbly passed along the “2 Busy 2 Pee” traveling trophy (a porcelain urinal) to Dave Olsen – honoring Dave’s busy lifestyle.

At that point, prizes valued at close to $7000 were distributed to the attendees — including Dick Pebler winning the raffle for the Spring Street Sports $250 gift card, and Jeff Sirek winning the raffle for the New Moon $250 gift card.  Our many donors graciously give back to their communities — when the opportunity presents, be sure to offer them a sincere thank you.  Pretty soon now, it’ll be time to wax our skis!

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.

Important dates: Sept 28 Work Day – Nov 2nd Fundraising Banquet

21 Sep

Brisk winds, cooler temps – it’s time to prepare the Blue Hills Trail for winter.
Important upcoming dates include:

Work day on Saturday, September 28th
Meet at the warming house at 8:30 a.m.  Come on out to enjoy a beautiful hike and help maintain clear and smooth passages!  Wear blaze orange, and bring gloves, spade shovels, chainsaws, branch clippers, & ATVs. Our trail boss (Jonathan) will provide guidance.  Giving 2-3 hours of your time really helps, we’re usually done by late morning.
Annual fundraiser banquet Saturday, November 2nd – SMOKE FREE
Only $25 per person ($10 for kids 12 & under), the fun starts at 5:30 p.m. at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake.  Arrive early to check out the silent auction items.  Dinner is served at 6:30 (buffet featuring chicken &  hand cut prime rib — pasta primavera for vegetarians).  Prizes include a $250 gift card for use at Spring Street Sports in Chippewa Falls, and a $250 gift card for use at New Moon Ski & Bike in Hayward.  YOU MUST REGISTER & PAY IN ADVANCE!!!  Click here for more information and registration details.

Annual fall banquet brings a fun group together to share in fundraising for the Blue Hills Trail cross country ski system in northern Wisconsin.

3 Nov

The annual fall banquet for the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. (BHTA) was held Saturday, November 3rd at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake.  While bidding on the numerous silent auction items, the enthusiastic attendees enjoyed libations, great food, camaraderie, and a captivating wildlife presentation by DNR Naturalist – Chris Cold.  Master of ceremonies (Jerry Wilkes) turned the floor over to BHTA vice president Dave Olsen who summarized the many significant events impacting the Blue Hills Trail this past year, reporting the trails are in great shape as we head toward winter; and noting that fundraising this fall has been very successful.  He was pleased to note that the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. remains financially solid.

To honor just a few of our many volunteers, two special awards were presented: Jonathan Stanley humbly passed along the “2 Busy 2 Pee” traveling trophy (a porcelain urinal) to Dick Pebler – honoring Dick’s busy lifestyle that includes many volunteer activities.  Secretary/treasurer Tom Paulsen recognized several individuals that survived near misses while performing trail work – but the hands down winner of the 1st place Survivor’s Award was Steve Porn (see his picture below; & read his story in the August 16th, 2012 Blog Post).

At that point, prizes valued at close to $5000 were distributed to the attendees — including Jerry Wilkes winning the raffle for the New Moon $250 gift card, and John Stupak winning the raffle for the Spring Street Sports $250 gift card.  Our many donors graciously give back to their communities — when the opportunity presents, be sure to offer them a sincere thank you.  Now it’s about time for a good old fashioned winter!

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.