Document type : vocene
Date : 2006-03-30
Description : VOCene #20
Content :
VOCene #20 2005/2006-March 30, 2006

VOCene #20 folks, and like its predecessor, this version is all about the banquet, and the elections that are taking place on WED April 5th 2006 at the ST. James Community College.

 The full details are listed below, and the best deal is to show up at 6pm, not 6:01, or 6:02, but 6:00 pm; because if you do, not only will you be a part of the democratic process that forms the clubs executive for the next year, but you will also get in for free, yes that’s right, free: Free food, free dancing, and a free climbing slideshow by Chris Geisler.

If you have photos that you would like to contribute to a separate slideshow that will be ongoing throughout the evening please forward them to Dan Eagan. He is going to combine photos from the year’s events, and is especially interested in photos from the 80’s party.


1.	End of the year Banquet and Elections
2.	Send photos for the banquet to Dan Eagan
4.	World Backcountry Free Ride Jam/ whistler
5.	Description of VOC exec positions
6.	talk of climbing trips to Vantage, and Indian Creek, plus some desire to get out for some powder fun, check the message board for details
What’s happening?

WHERE: St. James Community Square - 3214 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, B.C. V6K 2l2

DETAILS: Start 6pm End 11pm

VOC EXEC elections start at 6pm- if you show up for this you get in for free yes free, free, free. But you have to arrive before 6:30 pm to get in free, free, and free. SEE BELOW for details of the VOC elections.

DINNER 7-8pm EXEC will bring MAIN COURSE, everybody else bring desert and your own plate, bowl, cup, beverages etc.

8:00-9:00 CLIMBING Slideshow Presentation by CHRIS GEISLER
Climbing wanderings, from big walls to icefalls in Canada, Alaska, Yosemite, Pakistan and Peru.

9:00-9:30 Awards and meet the new executive.

9:30 10:30 socialize and dance
VOC Exec Positions-The club needs you to fill these positions….

2. Hi everyone, photos

Last year we had a slideshow at the banquet and it was awesome...So we're doing it again! 

So to all of you who submitted journal photos that just didn’t make it, or those of you who were busy skiing and didn't make the journal deadline, or just anyone with pictures, send em in!

Photos can be anything that encompasses any element of club life, be it climbing, skiing, hiking, scrambling, snowshoeing, kayaking, slack lining, or just generally hanging out and appreciating the outdoors (photos from the 80s party get extra points). 

What do I have to do you ask!? Simple. E-mail them to me at, or put them on a CD, and put them in the clubroom on top of the fridge clearly labeled by THIS MONDAY. Try and make sure they're a decent resolution though', because they're going on a nice big projector (so a CD may be the better route then emailing me gig upon gig)!

*disclaimer: All photos will remain the right of the photographer as always.*

When: Tues, Apr 4th, 7:30pm
Where: Meet outside Norm Theatre in SUB
It’s that time again. Time to celebrate another end of school year by showing off your awesome photo-shopping skills. That's right kiddies, it's time for another round of hot virtual buildering action, brought to you by your favorite website and Boris the Sneaky Russian (well I didn't really ask Boris, but I'm sure he would approve). So come one, come all, bring yer guns, and bring yer booze and let's party!*


*just kidding about the guns thug-masta-g.

4. World Backcountry Freeride Jam April 21st to 23rd. Whistler/Blackcomb

The WBFJ is a 3 day event taking place on the top of Whistler Mountain with two evening party events to support and celebrate the backcountry and the organizations that support it. The TWSSF demo days will be adjacent to our event; so full representation of the state of the art in backcountry equipment and gear for skiers and snowboarders will be around for demo. 

The events throughout the 3 days are focused on promoting use in the backcountry and include two Randonee races that will challenge athletes and first time randonee racers alike. Note that there is a strong likelihood that Ski Mountaineering (the original ski event at the first three winter Olympics) will be in the 2014 games, so Whistler is getting a very early draw on this.

 The festival has a host of activities and events that will allow skiers and snowboarders to learn, demo and experience the slightly wilder side of winter. It also includes celebrations of the arts and the rich culture that is a traditional part of the backcountry ski and snowboard community. 

This is a not - for - profit event. All net proceeds of the event will be donated to a variety of non-profit groups and associations affiliated with backcountry activities (e.g. Canadian Avalanche Assoc., Climbers Access Fund, etc.

If you’re interested in volunteering for this event e-mail the vocene editor for contact details.

5. VOC Executive positions


Must have been on the VOC Exec of a previous year. 
Ensures the overall running of the Club. 
Knows the responsibilities of other Exec’s, and tactfully makes sure that things get done. 
Coordinates Exec meetings and Wednesday lunch hour meetings and slide shows. 
A good position to learn about delegating responsibility. Good public speaking skills will be developed. 


•	Must have been on the VOC Exec of a previous year. 
•	Ensures that the Club is following the current Budget. 
•	Prepares a new Budget at the end of the year. 
•	Provides guidelines for Club spending. I.e. How much gear can we buy this year? 
•	Arranges VOC payments as required, within the AMS guidelines. 
•	Ensures the cash box in the Clubroom does not contain much cash, and tracks cash flow. 
•	A good position for someone who is responsible, and organized. 


•	Takes over when the President is unavailable. 
•	Organizes Long Hike in the fall, a major social event. 
•	Organizes the Banquet in the spring, another, different, social event. 
•	A good position for somebody with social skills, who is good at getting lots of help when needed. 


•	Keeps and posts neat, accurate, complete minutes of Exec meetings. 
•	Collects Club mail from the AMS mailbox and delivers it to Execs. 
•	Answers mail addressed to the Club, as decided by the Exec. 
•	Prepares an agenda for meetings if required. 
•	Assists in preparing trip sign-up sheets, gear lists, or any other Club internal documents. 
•	A good position for someone who can type neatly, has access to a computer, and has a nice way with words. 

Membership Chair

•	Revises the VOC Handbook, pamphlet, and membership form, as necessary. 
•	Looks after Clubs Day. 
•	Ensures that anybody who wants to join the Club has the opportunity to do so. 
•	Prints the Hustlers Handbook and any addenda. 
•	A good position for somebody who is friendly and outgoing, and helpful with giving out Club information, but is still prepared to do some paperwork. Job is essentially finished by the end of the fall term. 


•	Compiles “what’s happening” information and trip reports. 
•	Very reliable, collects any Club gossip for publication. 
•	Prepares the hard copy VOCENE in time for the 12:30 Wed noon meeting each week. 
•	Prepares the Email version of the VOCENE at the same time. 
•	A good position for somebody who is computer literate, available to collect articles each week, and who can coerce people into telling us what they’re planning or what they just did. 

Trips Coordinator

•	Ensures that outdoor activities are available to members of the Varsity Outdoor Club, particularly new members who may not be prepared to organize activities on their own. 
•	Coerces competent Club members into leading trips, particularly when the weather is good and exams are not imminent, i.e. in September, October and January. 
•	Produces a schedule of trips and other VOC activities at the beginning of the year. 
•	Acts as a resource for members who may want to organize their own trips. 
•	Co-ordinates the fall Glacier School, and the Winter Long Hike. 
•	A good position for somebody who truly likes to get out and about, and knows his way around in the outdoors, and is prepared to take beginners and unknowns on his activities, and can coerce others into doing the same. 

Quartermasters (there are two)

•	Posts hours for taking out and returning gear. 
•	Is at the Clubroom reliably, to issue and receive gear. 
•	Ensures that people taking out gear are treated fairly and have reasonable expectations about when the gear must be back and what if it isn’t. 
•	Keeps track of gear, makes sure it is returned on time, in good shape, buys more if needed, looks for deals on gear, does inventories, tests transceivers. 
•	Organizes the VOC Fall gear swap and/or ski tuning session. 
•	Attends the spring MEC gear swap looking for deals. 
•	Is heartless and insensitive in dealing with delinquents, repeat offenders, and gear hoarders. 
•	A good position for somebody who intends to spend a couple of noon hours every week in the Clubroom, who is organized and is interested in what we are doing with the gear. 

Journal Editor

•	Publishes the annual Varsity Outdoor Club Journal (VOCJ) 
•	Coerces members into submitting articles, photos, etc. for the Journal. 
•	Works to a deadline. The journal must be out before the end of term. 
•	Is solely responsible for the quality of the finished product. 
•	Works to a budget of sorts. Collects advertisements to defray the cost of the Journal. 
•	A good position for someone with computer skills, and the ability to deal with a heavy workload for a short time in the spring. 

Public Relations

•	Books rooms on Campus as required for Club activities. 
•	Organizes Wednesday noon meetings/ slide shows. 
•	Arranges publicity for any VOC events open to the public. 
•	A good position for someone who can handle the booking system on campus, and who is reliable. 


•	Maintains copies of Exec minutes, VOCENE’s, Committee minutes. 
•	Looks after, organizes, makes available, and does not loose, the Club’s library. 
•	Looks after various other weird pieces of Club memorabilia, such as pictures, maps, awards. 
•	Updates and maintains photo albums, maps, and a journal index. 
•	Keeps some contact with members who have graduated, and is their main contact in VOC. 
•	A good position for a Clubroom organizer and for someone who can explain what VOC is doing, to those who have graduated or passed on. 

Climbing Wall Coordinator

•	Arranges a schedule for the use of the Climbing Wall. 
•	Ensures that routes etc. are changed at frequent intervals, and a good range of grades are represented. 
•	Organizes the annual climbing competition. 
•	Books VOC space in SUB through the AMS Booking Agent. 
•	A good position for somebody who likes indoor climbing. 

FMCBC/ ACC Representative

•	Attends FMCBC meetings and reports back to the VOC Exec on the various FMCBC projects and objectives. 
•	Assists the VOC Executive to formulate policy regarding the 

FMCBC projects and objectives.
•	Ensures that the FMCBC is aware of the VOC position. 
•	A position suitable for someone who is big on environmental issues and feel that the FMCBC can further their objectives. 
•	Acts as liaison between the Alpine Club and VOC. Is familiar with ACC and what it has to offer to VOC. 

Special Projects/Huts

•	Advises people, members and non-members how to get to VOC Huts, and what to expect there. 
•	Collects information from users, on the state of the VOC Huts, and recommends to the Exec if any work needs to be done on any of the Huts. 
•	Makes recommendations regarding building of new huts, or removing or replacing huts. 
•	Ensures that any trail building commitments undertaken by the Club are properly followed through. 
•	A good person for this position is one who is interested in VOC Huts, can collect information on huts and hut locations, and make persuasive recommendations to the Execs.
Quote of the week: After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. 
Nelson Mandela
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