Thanks to the RBC employees who hiked with us on the McCully Maple Syrup Festival Family Hike in March.  The ‘Employee Designate a Charity’ event raised $1000 for the Avon Trail.  Thank you, Amy Brennan, for organizing the RBC employee participation. 

We are well-launched into the Spring hike schedule.  Members can access it on the website calendar, http://avontrail.ca/hikes or download and print a PDF version of the whole hike calendar from the website Members Only section.   

Saturday, May 12, 10 am to 3 pm, The Avon Trail will have a display at the Loop, the Stratford-Perth Family Resource Expo, a one day event at the Stratford Rotary Complex sharing programs, services and products that our local organizations and businesses offer to families in our community.   Volunteers welcome to take an hour manning the booth.  Contact Cindy, kimbercindy@gmail.com

We were pleased with the Stratford Rotary Complex for our March meeting and decided to continue using that venue for our September and November meetings. 

Bruce Graham, Trail Monitor Captain, reports 44 Trail Monitors in place covering all sections of the trail.  Thanks to Bruce and all Monitors. 

An event in June is being planned as a farewell get-together for Shirley Gotts, a long-time member who is moving to Calgary.  Stay posted for further details

At the instigation of Brian Tarr, the board has applied to the ‘Adopt-a-Highway’ program to pick up litter along the route.  We hope to be assigned Hwy 7/8 from Stratford to Shakespeare.  Brian will be looking for volunteers to help with this worthy environmental project. 

Congratulations, Meg Westley and Tracy Halliwell, both board members, on successfully completing the Hike Leaders Certification Course in March.

Happy Spring hiking!