December 24, 2014

Chain of Events

Bi-weekly e-newsletter of the latest events, news and activities

Overnight trips

TBN is offering three very popular trips to winter wonderlands across Ontario:

January 16 – 18:

Camp Wanakita trip is SOLD OUT.

Contact organizer Frank Remiz at to get on the waiting list.


February 6 – 8:

The Tulip Inn, Arrowhead Provincial Park

Skiing, snowshoeing and hiking are all available in gorgeous Arrowhead, with accommodation at the Tulip Inn in Huntsville. Register  online for this popular trip.


February 20 – 22:

Wolf Den Hostel and Nature Retreat near Algonquin Park is


Contact to get on the waiting list. 


Believe it or not, some spring cycling trips are already in the works. We'll share the details soon.

Contact Jean at if you have any suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.

Happy Ho Ho Holidays.

Skiing's starting 
The TBN ski season starts this weekend with the first of many ski buses up to the land of the snow. Check the website for more details - Sneak preview: the first trip is to Hardwood Hills on Dec. 28, followed by an outing to Horseshoe Valley on Jan. 3. 
Let someone else do the driving -- all you have to do is ski or snowshoe. 

Remember also that there is still space on one of our three winter ski weekends, at Arrowhead Provincial Park, Feb 6-8. See the sidebar for details and sign up soon, before this trip also sells out. The other two ski weekends have sold out, but you can still put your name on the waiting list in case somebody drops out.

Skate, spin, and more
Check the website for TBN spinning and skating programs during the winter. TBN members also often organize unofficial walks and other events, so check the TBN Forum for mention of these. We remind members to post their unofficial events on the Forum, and not just on Facebook, so those who don't have one may miss out on some great activities.

Sharing your thoughts
Thanks to everyone who replied to one of two TBN surveys emailed to you in the last few weeks; the response has been tremendous! One survey was sent to current members, while a much shorter single-question survey was sent to lapsed members (more on the term "lapsed" below). We have started analyzing the results and will soon announce which two active members won a prize. While the deadline for current members to win a prize has passed, both surveys will be open until Sunday, December 29, and so it is not too late to tell us what you think of the club. 

If you did not complete the survey, then, current (also known as active or pending renewal) members click here.

members who wish to respond, please click this link

We'll let you know soon how you can see the survey results.

IMPORTANT - Please confirm your status
Many TBN volunteers continue their stellar work on the integrated website, membership and event database, but we just need you to take two minutes to ensure that your information is up to date, so please:

  1. Log into your TBN account at the top right hand side of the home page.
  2. Click "view profile".
  3. On the second row, if your Membership status shows Active, then you are good to go.
  4. If your status shows Pending renewal, then you will need to pay your discounted membership renewal fee.
  5. If your status shows lapsed, then you are no longer a current TBN member, and so do not qualify for all those great membership benefits. You will have to pay full rate upon rejoining the club. If you believe you are in fact a member, then please contact to straighten out your account.
Please also confirm that your email address is correct, as this is how TBN communicates with you. An invalid email address means that you do not receive emails from TBN, and then we have no way of reaching you, other than a phone call to straighten out your profile. Just imagine how time consuming that can be for our volunteers.

If you wish to use a new email address, simply adjust this in your profile, and do not create a second TBN account. Unfortunately, some members have done this, which has added undue extra time for our hard working volunteers to sort out the accounts.

If you are having any problems with your account, please contact, and a volunteer will be happy to help you out.

Are you a fan of Quick Release?

Quick Release, TBN's newsletter of events, news and comments, may cease publication as there is no editor. Please contact by January 15 if you (or maybe two of you as a team) wish to sustain this 30-year tradition. Contact us if you possess the time and skills to write, design, collect stories and assemble the newsletter.

In the meantime, all of the event information you found in your Quick Release is on the website. For example, if you click this link, you will see all of the ski trips planned over the next two or three months. This is how all the cycling pages will look as of March, once the coordinators input their 2015 schedules. You can also view everything at, navigate between months and also select your preferred view: calendar or list. In fact, the website has always been more current than Quick Release, so, none of you will miss out on events.

Once again, contact  by January 15 if you wish to be editor, or co-editor. The first QR of 2015 would be early March and an editor will need six weeks to pull it together.

Want more TBN jersey options?

TBN jersey sales will resume in January, and we may add some sleeveless, vests and long sleeve jerseys, but this depends on demand. Help decide what to offer: details here.

Post-Christmas retail therapy?

Check out the GTA retailers and services that offer discounts to TBN members. Save money on bikes and accessories, as well as services such as tours, training sessions or a subscription to Pedal Magazine.

Get involved

TBN volunteers run all of our activities like Ski trips, Skating, Cyclon, Toogood Pond picnic, TNTO and much more. Without volunteer support from members like you, we would be unable to run these programs, book the venues, pay the bills, send out newsletters, process memberships, get prize donations, flip the burgers, and much more. There are many small, short-term tasks that can use a set of hand so please contact to learn more.

Enjoy the festive season, and remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up.

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