Volkssport Association of Alberta History

The first registered volkssport club in Alberta is listed as the Midnight Twilight Tourist Association

(MTTA). St. Albert, AB est. 1985, IVV 4010/85.  (Note the registration under IVV) The MTTA promoted Zone 14, North Central Alberta, see map on right.  Travel Alberta funded these activities from 1985 - 1989 with the understanding that local clubs would be formed to take over events and funding.

After the Canadian Volkssport Federation (CVF) was established in 1986, this listing is recorded as Midnight Twilight Tourist Association. St. Albert, AB est. 1985 CVF-007.

An application with Bylaw submission for the VAA was signed January 17, 1986 with the Certificate of Incorporation under the Societies Act of the Province of Alberta dated January 21, 1986.

First recorded VAA Executive:

            President - Charles Godberson

            Vice-President – Rick Shaw

            Secretary - Dave Phillips

            Treasurer – Carol Sommer

Other founding members included Jock Archer, President of the MTTA in 1985.

 

 
 

HISTORY HIGHLIGHT OF VOLKSSPORT IN ALBERTA  

 
1983
Word “volkssport” first mentioned at a MTTA meeting.
1984
MTTA received a $5000 grant to promote volkssport in Alberta
1985
First sanctioned walks in Alberta, 12 weekend events of 10 and 20 km each weekend.  First walk in Barrhead in June 8 and 9.
1986
12 Weekend Events 
1986
VAA incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act, January 21
1986-89
Dr. Charles Godberson is the first VAA President.
1987
Clubs founded: Cold Lake Tri-Town Wandering Club, Rocky Mountain House Volksmarchers, Wetaskiwin Volksmarch Club
1988
27 Events held in Alberta 
1988
CVF AGM, (Second Annual) held in St Albert hosted by the VAA with the help of the Trekkers. 
1988
VAA begins raising funds by working Casinos at the St. Albert Inn.
1988
Clubs founded: Barrhead Walkie Talkie Volksmarch Club, Camrose Clickers, St Albert Trekkers Volkssmarch Club.
1989
Twenty–seven events held in Albert including the first Mountain Majesty in Kananaskis.
1989
Club founded: Innisfail Volkssport Association
1989
Club folded: Rocky Mountain House Volksmarchers 
1989-91
President - Jim MacDonnell
1990
Phillips trophy created; a farewell gift to David Phillips in recognition of his work in establishing volkssport in Alberta. (see listing of recipients)
1990
The Event Calendar was produced by the VAA for the first time so it now included the entire province. 
1990
Twenty-seven annual events, including seven sanctioned volksski events, sponsored by the MTTA. First Permanent Trail (PT) called Year Round Event (YRE) at the time, St. Albert Trekkers.
1990
Clubs founded: Gibbons Biped Locomotors, Millet Volkssport Club
1991-94
President - Bill Hughes
1991
Club founded: Buffalo Lake Volkssport Club 
1991
35 Events, including 5 bikes and 2 swims. 5 PT 
1991
First record of VAA AGM being held
1992
Clubs founded: Devon Discovery Walkers, Wainwright Walkers 
1992
VAA AGM held in Wetaskiwin  hosted by that Club
1993
First marathon, held in Medley, AB, August 1. 35 events and 5 PT
1994
CVF AGM (8th Annual) in Alberta, St. Albert Inn.
1994
53 Events, including 4 bikes and 2 swims. 8 PTs including first bike, hosted by St Albert Trekkers 
1994
Club founded: Calgary Volksmarch Club 
1994
Club folded: Camrose Clickers
1994
The VAA AGM was held in Innisfail hosted by the Innisfail Volkssport Assoc.
1994-96
President - Phil Sturges
1995
August 19 – 26.  Jasper to Lake Louse walk organized by Grace Newman.
1995
Clubs founded: Fox Creek Wilderness Volkssport Club, Volkssport Club of Medicine Hat
1995
The VAA AGM was hosted in St Albert by the Trekkers
1996-99
President - Grace Newman 
1996
Twenty one YRE and ninety-six annual events in Alberta.
1996
Club founded: Strathcona Striders 
 1996
Club folded: Innisfail Volkssport Association
1996
The VAA AGM was held in Wainwright hosted by the Wainwright Walkers
1997
The VAA AGM was held in Devon hosted by that club
1998
Club founded: Chinook Country Pacers
1998
Clubs folded: Buffalo Lake Volkssport Club, Cold Lake Tri-town Wandering Club 
1998
The VAA AGM was held in Redwater hosted by the Gibbons Biped Locomotors
1999-2003
President - Bob Duncan 
1999
The VAA AGM was held in St Albert hosted by that club 
2000
Millennium Mountain Meander, June 17 – 24, Lake Louise to Jasper organized by Bob and Billie Collins.
2000
Thirty-four YRE, one hundred and seventeen annual events.
2000
The VAA AGM was held in Calgary hosted by  the Calgary Volkssport Club
2001
Club founded: Hinton Hikers 
2001
Club folded: Strathcona Striders 
2001
The VAA AGM was hosted in Medicine Hat by that club
2002
Medicine Hat hosted the CVF AGM with the help of the other Alberta clubs
2002
Club founded: Lake Isle Pacers 
 2002
Club folded: Wainwright Walkers 
2002
The VAA AGM was hosted in St Albert by that club
2003-05
President - Myrna O'Neil 
2003
Club folded: Gibbons Biped Locomotors 
2003
The VAA hosted their AGM in Red Deer
2004
Twenty Years of volkssport in Alberta celebrated.
2004
The VAA hosted their AGM in Innisfail
2005-09
President - Richard Parr
2005
Club folded: Calgary Volksmarch Club 
2005
The VAA AGM was held in St Albert hosted by that club
2006
VAA and Alberta clubs host the CVF AGM in Edmonton.
2006
Clubs folded: Hinton Hikers, Lake Isle Pacers 
2006
The VAA AGM was held by the Chinook Country Pacers in Cardston 
2007
The VAA  hosted their AGM in Fort Saskatchewan 
2008
The VAA AGM was hosted in Medicine Hat by that club
 2009-13
President - Kathleen Parr
2009
Forty-nine YRE, eighty-two annual events.
2009
Club folded: Millet Volkssport Club 
2009
The VAA AGM hosted jointly by the Fox Creek and Wetaskiwin clubs in Camrose
2010
Twenty-five years of sanctioned walks in Alberta celebrated at the Horse Creek Ranch event, hosted by the Barrhead Walkie Talkie club. The first volkssport event in Alberta was held in Barrhead in 1985.
2010
The VAA AGM was hosted by the St Albert Trekkers in St Albert. 
2010
VAA celebrates twenty-five years, honorary members recognized see write ups.
2011
VAA AGM hosted by the Wetaskiwin Club in Red Deer 
2012
Wetaskiwin Volkssport Walking Club, celebrates 25th anniversary.
2012
VAA AGM hosted by Devon Discovery Walkers, in Devon, in conjunction with their 20th Anniversary
2013
Barrhead Walkie Talkie Volkssport Club, celebrates 25th anniversary.
 2013
St. Albert Trekkers Volkssport Club, celebrates 25th anniversary.
2013
VAA AGM hosted by the Medicine Hat Club in Medicine Hat. 
 2013-17
President - David Hall
2014
Sixty-five YRE/Seasonals, seventy-one annual events
2014
VAA AGM hosted by the Wetaskiwin Club in Camrose
2015
Club folded: Fox Creek Wilderness Volkssport Club
2015
VAA AGM hosted by the Barrhead Walkie Talkie Volkssport Club at Horse Creek Ranch, plus 30 Years of Volkssport walking in Alberta celebrated.
2015
Sixty-two PTs (formerly YRE/Seasonals), eighty-two events
2016
Sixty-eight PTs, seventy-five events 
2016
VAA AGM hosted by the St Albert Trekkers
2016
New club formed in Red Deer - Volkssport Walkers of Central Alberta
2017
Sixty-seven PTs, eighty-seven events
2017
VAA AGM hosted by the VAA in Cochrane
2017- present
President - Glenda Palmer
2018
Sixty-seven PTs, sixty-nine events, one hundred and eighteen including the scheduled group PTs

 

 

 
 
 
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