Martin Parker tests the audience

While this year’s AGM saw a slightly fewer numbers, the meeting and guest speaker were as good as they get. Before the feature presentation, Director Martin Parker delivered a fun slideshow of some of the 2011 outings as a year in review test for the audience.

Storyteller Guitar

Doug Larson presenting the story behind his fantastic guitar

Our guest speaker, Doug Larson, Ecologist and retired Guelph University Prof, built the “Storyteller Guitar”—a fantastically crafted instrument comprised of thousands of nifty symbolic wooden and geological artifacts. An experienced storyteller and musician, Doug played for us and used his guitar to share wonderful tales of art, science and history.

In his book “Storyteller Guitar” Doug details the ecological significance of the local materials and components he used to fabricate the instrument.

President steps down after four busy years

A sweeter John Bottomley

John Bottomley lead the meeting for one last time as he stepped down as club President after serving for four busy years. John worked hard for the club during his time; he lead many walks, community projects —like the Doug Sadler Memorial Library— and served on several advisory committees, including two years on Peterborough’s Urban Forest Strategic Plan. But perhaps the greatest feather in John’s cap was his role as co-producer and a contributing author of the club’s new book, Nature in the Kawarthas. The club is grateful for all of his efforts, and that gratitude was expressed at the AGM with a tasty present. We’re glad you won’t be too far away, John!


Here are some more of photos to help recap the wonderful evening.

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