Archive:Exec report - Vice President 2009 - 2010
Booking Evans Lake
Another year, another long wait for Evans Lake to reply to our booking request. Shortly after the 2009 Banquet, I emailed and left voicemail messages at least once a month from April to July with no response. Since we're only booking one weekend day instead of two before Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, they're probably waiting to see if someone else can book the entire weekend before relenting to us. However, as usual, they gave us Canadian Thanksgiving weekend even after we heard once Longhike was over that the previous weekend we wanted was free...
With the constant problems dealing with Evans lake, we (Line and I) looked at possible alternative venues around the Squamish area that could provide the same services as Evans lake. Most locations
- Summit Outdoor Education Centre
- Problem 1: Must be a dry event
- Problem 2: Music must be turned off after 11 pm
- Problem 3: $57/person
- BC Easter Seals Camps (Squamish)
- Problem 1: Lodging+Food/person = $56.85
- Problem 2: Dinner hall rental w/ Food Service = $200
- Problem 3: Pavilion Rental = $350
Evans Lake Quote
When booking Evans lake, you must request a quote specifying the following items:
- Number of participants
- Will be serving alcoholic beverages & times (they need extra security if so)
- Number of breakfasts & Dinner (1 per day)
- Exact number of vegetarians can be mentioned later once the Longhike sign-up list is completed (Clubs Days)
Previous years, they provided a menu list of meals available which the VOC exec would decided on which to serve for dinner and breakfast. It seems know that it has been dumb down to simply spaghetti with salad & rolls 30-50% (vegetarian) for dinner and pancakes and scrambled eggs for breakfast
Once the quote has been received by email, show it to the exec for their comments. If it's ok, it must be signed by the AMS since only they have the authority to do so. A 25% initial deposit must be paid 60 days before the event and the remainder once on site. Even if people just show up for the party (no food and staying in tents), they are still consider as a participant by Evans Lake and must pay as they will still be using the facility grounds.
MEC Grassroot Grant / Door prizes
I applied for a MEC Grant for around $200 in various climbing gear to be given out as door prizes in mid-July. It takes 6 weeks for MEC to revue your application before a formal response is given back. MEC grant applications are now done online through their website and use VOC's MEC member number 521 to sign up. We ended up with the following items:
- 1 Camp Rockstar helmet
- 6 MEC chalk bags
- 2 Apex Rock harnesses
- 5 chalk balls
- 5 ATCs
Prizes are drawn randomly through the numbered Longhike tickets people have during the party.
Doris posted a call-out for climbing instructors on the message board. Make sure that they contact you so there is some quality control over who can instruct. Discuss at Exec meeting to have feedback about climbing qualification of instructors volunteering if you personally don’t know them. Depending on the final projected Longhike budget, instructors may have to pay a fee in order to balance budget. All instructor names, rock levels and medical training/Gear will be posted on the Longhike wiki page.
Special Occasion Liquor License (SOL)
In order to serve alcoholic beverages at Longhike, you must get a SOL at any BC liquor store. You can fill in all the appropriate information (event date, serving time, number of kegs, ciders and wine bottles, price per cup, private event, etc.) but someone with a Serving It Right certification is required to take responsibility of the license. Doris and I took the test online. It takes about 2 hours to complete and cost $35 per exam. Once you pass, your certificate number can be added to the SOL license. Once the form is completed, bring it to the nearest RCMP dispatch office to the event (no faxing) for their estimate of alcohol profits and approval. Then, you can bring the form to a BC liquor store to purchase the license. Make sure you marked "Private event $25" on the form. You'll be charge for the type of event, Social taxes (10% of alcohol profits) and maybe some other fees. Give it to the AMS and get insurance (this is expensive and must be done at least 3 weeks in advance of the event!)