The Camp Stephens Trail Program has had a lasting impact on the memories and friendships for many of us.
The 50th anniversary of the Trail Program is in the summer of 2013, and a few of us think it's a pretty good reason for a reunion. Ideas for events include a canoe trip and a folk fest.
We've been down this road before, though.
In 2002, with the support of the Y, a number of Stephens Trail junkies formed a 40th anniversary committee. However, the 40th event never really came to be as we couldn't get a reasonable number of former paddlers to participate.
Largely, the difficulty was in connecting with paddlers from the 60's, the 70's, the 80's, 90's and those of you in this century.
That's all changed. Social media has allowed us to reconnect no matter where we are in the world. The main meeting place is here (Click) on Facebook.
Now, we all know that you don't slap together a canoe trip and hang out a shingle hoping people will come.
We need your help in planning it. Our goal is to form a 50th anniversary committee. We'd like to begin soon. We also know many of you are thinking the same thing.
So let's get it started. You can help us by forwarding this letter to other Camp Stephens Trail paddlers, no matter what era.
If you want to be involved in planning an event, please email Perry McGregor firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information (email and phone). No one is too old and no one too young to be involved. Our tent is big.
Once we have a list of volunteers, we'll meet in person to start our planning. Obviously, the meeting will have to be held in Winnipeg, but we also want to include in some way those of you living in London or Australia or Brazil and beyond. Because we want you here in 2013, too.
Cheers, Perry and Bruce
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