WMRR Volunteer and Landowner Appreciation Day is Big Success
 May 19, 2012
Pictures and Story by Larry Gomes

It was a picture perfect day with temperatures in the mid-70's, blue skies and light breezes for the WMRR 4th annual volunteer and landowner appreciation day.  People drove from southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts to attend the event.  Promptly at 10:00am, several pickup trucks pulled up loaded with tables, chairs, BBQ grills, a small refrigerator, and multiple coolers filled with food, drinks and ice.  This fleet of trucks was organized by our club treasurer and master chef George Falardeau and our club president Bryan MacDonald.   Groomer operators Tom Belanger, Shaun Roy and Scott Riendeau volunteered to help load up and bring in the supplies.  Within 30 minutes after the first truck had pulled in, everything was set up and ready for the party. 

At 11:00am the guests started to arrive.  Chef George had prepared a very tasty buffalo cheese dip and he had also marinated some shrimp that he then barbequed and served along with cheese and crackers, vegetable dips and other tasty hors d'oeuvres.   While people snacked on the appetizers, groups of guests headed out 15 at a time for a boat ride on a pontoon boat around the two lakes in front of the Lodge.   The boat was captained and fuel donated by local resident Brad Tatro who comes every year just to help out with the party and enjoy the comradary.

After the bulk of the crowd had arrived, club president Bryan MacDonald asked everyone to get a glass and prepare for a toast.  He thanked all of the landowners for allowing trails across their land and then thanked the volunteers for everything they had done throughout the year.  He gave a special "thank you" to Roger Richard for heading up the building of the warming hut and to the rest of the crew that helped during the building process.  He also mentioned that over 500 people had signed into the hut last winter making it one of the most popular stops on our trail system.  He thanked the groomer operators for their work and gave a $100 prize for the most hours groomed last winter to Larry Gomes, who promptly donated the prize back to the club. He also thanked Brad, our boat captain and presented him with a nice bottle of his favorite beverage.  Finally Bryan offered an appreciation toast to all landowners and volunteers and asked everyone to wish for a snowy winter next year.

After the toast, Chef George decided it was time for the main course so he started burgers on one grill and the dogs and buns on the other grill.  A few other assistant chefs stepped up to help with the cooking.  George brought out some pasta salad and other side dishes to go along with the meal.  People gathered on chairs under the trees and out by the lake marveling at the beautiful weather and enjoying the food and the views.  Boat rides continued all afternoon with every cruise packed.  Around mid-afternoon, George brought out some home made cookies and brownies for the afternoon "tea".  As the day started to wind down, many people left, but a dozen or so hard-core partiers stayed on until 10:00pm. 

The next morning, Shaun Roy showed up bright and early and started the cleanup with help from others.  By 11:00am Sunday morning, everything had been returned to the clubhouse, the patios had been washed down, the yard was cleaned up and you could not tell there had been a party at the Lodge. 

If you would like to be invited to this event next year, all you need to do is volunteer at one of the club work days or one of the club events.  We keep track of all of our volunteers and make sure they they get an invitation and a "thank you" for their hard work. 

Captain Brad Tatro (left) who graciously donated his pontoon boat to give boat rides talks
with groomer operator and expert welder Shaun Roy (right).



Carly Roy enjoys some lunch before going fishing off the dock.  There was a large bass swimming around the dock and
Carly tried her best to catch it.  She ended up catching a perch and her younger sister caught a sunfish.

Dick MacDonald found a spot close by to the food and refreshments.  In the background, one of the assistant chefs gets supplies
from the refrigerator  while Bryan MacDonald and Kate Gomes open up some boxes of wine for the toast.


Club president Bryan MacDonald gets ready to give the toast.


With glasses raised, everyone wishes for a snowy winter next season.



The chefs keep things moving and churn out enough food to feed 50 people in less than an hour.  Great job everyone!


Girl talk...


Groomer talk...


This is a group of four snowmobilers from Whitefield and they helped out this year by recovering all of the chairs donated
for the warming hut.  From left to right, Jane Crowell, Helen Bonazolli, John Bonazolli and Jim Crowell.  Jim owns Crowell's Upholstery
in Whitefield and John works there part-time so they had all the tools, fabric and know-how to do the job.


Hanging out by the water.  The bench in this picture is scheduled to go up to the warming hut next weekend.
It normally sits on the front lawn in front of the warming hut, but put in storage for the winter.

Plenty of room to spread out.


The pontoon boat sits ready for the next voyage.


Captain Brad gives a quick hug to Kate.


Not to be outdone, Kate's sister in-law Heather gets in on the action with Captain Brad.


One of the views from the boat ride.  Mill Mountain as seen from South Pond.

Looking to the north from South Pond you can see Long Mountain in the distance.  On the other side of Long Mountain is Trio Ponds.


Part of the invitation sent out to our volunteers and landowners.

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