After some discussion at the June Annual General Meeting of the club, the operating schedule for the 2016-2017 season has been set. Please note there have been some important changes from previous years.
Firstly, the times of the sessions have been changed, and beginning this fall the sessions will begin at noon instead of 4pm and should run until about 6 without a mid-session supper break. (Anyone that wishes may go out for an informal social dinner following the session.) There was a general consensus leading into the meeting that the time change will much better accommodate several of our out-of-town members and guest operators that travel a longer distance to attend as well as generally not have the sessions end late in the evening and encourage participation in the sessions which require a minimum number of people to fill all the positions.
Secondly, for the 2016-2017 we have decided to try scheduling the sessions every other month throughout the year (beginning with the September 2016 session) instead of every month. Historically certain sessions (particularly December due to work and family parties leading into the Christmas holiday season) have ended up regularly cancelled anyway, and trying to work in both an October session and Open House around the Thanksgiving holiday puts a serious crimp in construction activities in the fall.
Thirdly, with the change in schedule we are adding a summer session in July 2017 which has historically never happened as May-August was typically the major construction period. However the additional spacing between sessions should allow for better progress throughout the year and the added session makes up for any losses with the schedule change.
Accordingly, the formal operating sessions for 2016-2017 will be held on the following dates and times:
September 10, 2016 12pm-6pm
November 12, 2016 12pm-6pm
January 14, 2017 12pm-6pm
March 11, 2017 12pm-6pm
May 13, 2017 12pm-6pm (“Junk Night” session)
July 8, 2017 12pm-6pm
Additionally our fall open house will be held on October 15, 2016 from 10am-5pm – as always the Saturday following the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, also known locally as the end of Oktoberfest.
See also the Calendar page for updated information on club events and activities.