Meeting Minutes-Oct. 13th. 2022: Julian Sale: Newfoundland a Journey in Photos
Start @ 9:53am in the Trinity United Church Gymnasium 37 Members in attendance Three Guests: John Phelps, Doug Davidson, Gary Cousins One returning member: Darrell Henderson
President John Sneyd opened today’s meeting by welcoming our three new guests. He also informed the members that we had to alter today’s presentation from what had previously been planned due to the scheduled speaker, Nicola Ross, being ill. As a result, we postponed Nicola Ross until the next meeting and pivoted with the presenter scheduled for two weeks from today. So, today our speaker is our own Julian Sale who is going to tell us in photos about his trip to Newfoundland in his new Tesla.
President Sneyd informed us about the recent passing of member John Bullock and that his wife had told John (Sneyd) about how much John (Bullock) liked and appreciated the fellowship he had known while being a member of the Club. A card had been sent to John Bullock’s wife as well as a donation in his name to the Guelph General Hospital Foundation.
Announcements: President John reminded us of the coffee meetings held every alternate Thursday at 9:30 at the Boathouse.
Activities – Ken Marchant - The 2022 Christmas party (which has been cancelled for the past two years) is being held this year on Thursday, December 8th, at the Victoria East Golf Course. This will be a full meal luncheon with both roast beef and turkey dinner available. Ritchie Zelk will be our music DJ. The cost is $57 person and the sign-up sheets are now available with money to be collected starting next meeting. - Remembrance Day is coming up and President John will be laying the wreath on behalf of the Club. For those attending, members have traditionally gathered at Diana’s Restaurant following the ceremony. - The Village-by-the-Arboretum cabaret is now sold out and tickets are being distributed to those who have registered and paid.
Presentation: RCMC member Julian Sale will be telling the story, in words and photos, of his wonderful road trip to Newfoundland this summer. Also, he will share some interesting information on what it was like to do such a trip in an all-electric vehicle.
Bio: Julian Sale is a very active club member, he has represented the club on many levels. He is active in communications, speakers committee and has also been President of the club and is representing the club as past president. Julian's dedication to Royal City Men's Club is appreciated by all.
Julian Sale Julian opened by telling us that last November he purchased a Tesla Model 3, Long Range. He showed us a map of where Tesla charging stations were located along the route and also informed us that he knew in advance of the trip that he would need a converter adapter in order to use regular third-party chargers beyond Nova Scotia. The cost of charging time for the total trip of 7,600 km round trip was $367. He showed pictures of the huge trunk space in the Tesla for luggage and camera equipment.
Julian and his wife, Maggie, took many pictures in order to document their trip. However, Julian focused most of this presentation on pictures taken in Cape Breton and Newfoundland.
- A lot of pictures were along the shoreline of places along their journey. - They travelled counter-clockwise around Cape Breton in order to get the better photograph pictures because of trying to get better light direction from the sun. Many travelers travel clock-wise due to pull-outs on the route being on the right-hand side enabling ease of getting back into the traffic on the road. But they were assisted in this aspect by the incredible torque of the Tesla to get back on the road from the left-hand side. - After touring the Cabot Trail they caught the ferry from North Sydney, NS, to Port-Aux-Basques, NL. From the discharge from the ferry they travelled to Corner Brook and then on to Twillingate which actually two separate islands. - Julian showed many photos of Twillingate and the surrounding area. All around the two islands that make up Twillingate are many miles of hiking trails. - Julian narrated the places and local people they met with lots of side stories. - He was interested in the many contrasting colours of the buildings and the multiple signs of the collapse of the fishing industry. - In Newfoundland there is now a new interest in local people reviving old fishing shacks in order to host “shed parties”. - Julian & Maggie met some of Newfoundland’s painter artists with some interesting stories. - They took a day trip to Fogo Island and took pictures of the Fogo Island Hotel which is rated as one of the top ten hotels in the world (and very pricey). - Further travels took them to parts of Gros Morne National Park, and to a Green Point and Woody Point where they visited the Discovery Centre. Here they learned about the geology and history of the Newfoundland area. - From the western shore of Gros Morne they travelled back to Port-Aux-Basques and returned by ferry to the north eastern shore of Nova Scotia where they visited some friends. - More of their travels took them along the south of Nova Scotia then to Royal Annapolis where they visited Fort Anne National Historic Site, one of the oldest forts in Canada. - From there they travelled back home with a stop-over in Drummondville, QC. Time limited Julian from showing more photos and relaying more stories of a quite interesting trip.
John Sneyd thanked Julian for his presentation.
Next meeting: Thurs., October 27, 2022 with Nicola Ross on Hiking Trails in Ontario