2015 AGM - April 16

Official Notice Of The Annual General Meeting


All members of the Oak Ridges Trail Association are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Association, to take place on Thursday April 16, 2015 in King City.

We look forward to seeing our many supporters, hikers and friends on this occasion. Our feature presentation is guaranteed to be of interest to everyone. Mix and mingle beforehand and indulge in light food and refreshments along with a beer and wine donation bar. And why not get into the swing of things with a warmup hike prior to the meeting?

Join us and enjoy this opportunity to catch up on your association’s activities and meet fellow members. Mark your calendars for what promises to be an interesting and informative evening.


All Saints Anglican Church, 12935 Keele St., King City (just south of King Rd)

Schedule of Events

4:00pm    Pre-AGM hike, King City

ORTA map 2; 5+ km; moderate pace; 1.5 hrs; Seneca/Eaton Hall area. Meet at roadside parking on Keele St, 2.8 km north of King Rd. Contact: Peter Schaefer at 905-476-0413, or on day of hike 905-967-3004.

6:00pm    Registration, Food & Social

A $5 contribution is requested to defray costs.

7:00pm   ORTA Business Meeting

Please note proposed amendment to Mission Statement

8:00pm   Guest Presentation - Wolves of Algonquin Park: by Rick Stronks, Chief Park Naturalist, Algonquin Provincial Park

This illustrated talk will examine the wolves found in Ontario, some current wolf research from Algonquin Park and highlight the largest wolf education program in the world – Algonquin’s famous Public Wolf Howls.

Questions?  Contact: Garry Niece, 905-655-8040, gcniece@gmail.com

Proposed Amendment to Mission Statement

At its meeting on January 24, 2015, the Board of Directors of the Oak Ridges Trail Association agreed to propose to members an amendment to Article II (Objects) of By-Law 1 of the Association at the upcoming Annual General Meeting. The new Article II would read:

Article II – Objects

1.To build and maintain a public hiking trail system on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

2.To organize and promote hiking on this trail system and encourage responsible stewardship of the Moraine’s natural environment.

The Board feels that this revised statement of objects (“mission”) provides the appropriate focus and clarity to enable and guide the activities of the Association.



At the Annual General Meeting to be held on April 16, 2015, a minimum of eleven Members are to be elected to serve as Directors for a period of one year. To comply with our Constitution, the following must be observed:

1.  To be eligible for election as a Director at the Annual General Meeting of Members, a person must:

a)  Be a Member in good standing.

b)  Have confirmed in writing his/her willingness to serve as a Director.

 2.  Nominations may be made by any Member to the Nominating Committee. Such Nominations shall be:

a)  In writing.

b)  Accompanied by the Nominee's confirmation of willingness to serve.

c)  Received by the Nominating Committee at least five (5) days before the Annual General Meeting.

Please submit nominations by April 11th to the Committee Chair, Peter Schaefer. you may send mail to P.O. Box 28544, Aurora, ON, L4G 6S6 or email past-pres@oakridgestrail.org. Naturally we would like to hear from you well before that date so we can compile a slate of nominees. You may even suggest yourself for a position! Initially, please phone Wilma Millage at 905-853-2407 or Frank Alexander at 905-640-9637 or Peter Schaefer at 905-476-0413.