Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club Minutes – February 2nd, 2017 Location: Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus, PA
Executive Committee attendees:
President – Linda A Martin
Vice President –
Recording Secretary – Lisa Aderhold
Treasurer – Pat Beltz
Membership Secretary – Dan Rempp
Member(s) at Large – Hans Wagner, Eric Schweitzer
Past President – Scott Douglas
Executive Committee members not in attendance: Larry Palmer (Vice President)
Linda A Martin called the meeting to order at the Wildlands Conservancy at 7:00pm. There were 24 people that attended this meeting. Linda introduced Jerry McAward from the Northeast PA Kayak School who then introduced the guest speakers Mark and Anne Linn on the subject of “What’s SUP?” They brought various examples of their SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboards) and SUP prototypes and related gear. Mark shared how he and his wife got started in the sport. Examples of the gear that they use includes: footwear (recommend ankle support), shin guards, knee pads, helmet, and vest (brought a vest that provided extended coverage from chest area down to the tail bone). Mark uses a paddle leash that he prefers to connect to the front of his SUP board where he can quickly spot & react to any dangers pending; connected to his vest’s rescue belt quick release so he can detach from it if in a dangerous situation. Anne presented various photos of them on the river and commented on paddle techniques. Mark provided examples of paddle strokes and foot placement on the SUP that he brought. See more of their posts and SUP instructional class information on Facebook – Kiltsup.
Secretary’s Report: Lisa Aderhold requested approval of the minutes for both December’s General Membership meeting (held at the holiday party), and January’s Executive Committee meeting (held at the Rempp home). A motion to approve the reports was made by Scott Douglas, and second by Eric Schweitzer.
Treasurer’s Report: Pat Beltz provided a review of the financial activity for November and January. (Note: The December 2016 financial report was approved at the January meeting.)
For the November 2016 financial activity Pat indicated the Checking Ending balance was $4,130.96, and the Savings Ending Balance was $14,176.85. For the January 2017 financial activity she indicated the Checking Ending balance was $5,691.82, and the Savings Ending Balance was $14,177.58. She indicated the 5 annual donation checks of $100 each were made out on January 26th to the following – Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Wildlands Conservancy, Friends of Nockamixon, TRR- Team River Runner, and American Whitewater; while accounted for in this ending balance, they had not yet been cashed. A motion to approve the reports was made by Jeff Wartluft, and second by Scott Douglas.
Membership Report: Dan Rempp reported we have 188 dues paying members as of the new year; comprised of 127 families. No report on Meetup or Facebook followers this month. Dan indicated he will put the membership list on his Google drive and limit access to the Trip Leaders to view. As Scott Douglas noted; we do not want to post this list publicly for privacy reasons.
Webmaster’s Report: Dan Rempp gave an overview of the current website and how Meetup Events feed into our website page. He noted that the use of Meetup to post our events enables the use of requesting an RSVP for those intending to participate. He showed the launch site listings, and how the Google Maps is linked that we can use to get directions to the sites. The website is mobile friendly so you can access the driving instructions directly from your phone, and/or you can choose to print out the directions. He mentioned that Dave Dawson is contacting Google to drop “Pins” on the maps to identify the launch sites; for the few that did not have them already.
Education Committee Chairman Report: Scott Douglas provided an update on the following:
Canoe Class – Scott indicated we had 1 student (Pat Beltz) complete the training with Greg Wojcik. He commented that we might want to move to shift this to be a summer class on the lake, since we are repeatedly not getting much interest in this class as it is. Pat Beltz added that maybe people don’t think they’ll be able to manage bringing their canoe into the pool.
Recreational Kayak Class – Dan Rempp indicated we had 9 students which is one of the largest classes we have had for this category. Some participants have their own boats. This Sunday will be their last class.
Moving Water Kayak Class – Scott indicated we have 18 students signed up. These classes will start the Sunday after next; using a new curriculum this year. He noted that they will use a lane marker to separate the class participants from the rest of the boaters. They will leave 2 lanes and the kiddy pool open for use by those NOT in the class from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Pool Attendance – Mary Giorlando indicated she is emailing information to the class participants on what to expect, and what to bring to their classes including water clothing; they should plan to get wet. She reported $3,075 has been raised with the pool classes, and $1,695 has been collected to date for pool practice. If activity levels continue, she indicated we could cover our pool expenses in two more weeks.
Intermediate Series – Scott plans to do a Lower Yough trip and an Upper Yough trip (for the more advanced paddlers). Other trips include the Tohickon, Stoneycreek, Mongaup, and Lehigh Gorge.
Scott indicated he and Eric will prepare trip dates based on the water release dates that were just posted. Scott plans to do an April “Guide” class on a non release weekend for those interested in running trips.
Ice Breaker Event. Friday, April 7, 2017. Lisa Aderhold indicated this will be a Potluck meal held downstairs at the Triboro Sportsmen Hall. We’ll recognize the paddler of the Year. Dan Rempp will send out an email reminder requesting votes to be submitted by a deadline. Andy Williams mentioned a young TRR participant who he would like to see be recognized in some manner. A conversation took place on what qualifications are we looking for. In summary we should be careful to distinguish those individuals who are very active in other programs from those who are reflective of accomplishments associated with our club; sometimes it should be on those other organizations to recognize the accomplishments/contributions made by that person.
Paddler of the Year Changes. Linda A Martin handed out the proposed changes submitted by the committee to be used for the candidate guidelines starting next year. She asked everyone to review the proposed for future vote.
Certification Classes. Jerry McAward indicated he is not doing a Spring certification class as he will be busy with the construction of his new business site. He hopes to do a Fall session; possibly having Scott help to co-teach.
Chesapeake Trip. May 19th to 22nd. See Linda A Martin to place a deposit if interested in going on this trip.
Allagash River (Maine) Canoe Trip. July 20th through 29th. Scott Douglas indicated he has filled the trip. He has 12 people signed up; 6 boats. He has a standby list; let him know if you are interested.
Recreational Trip Coordinator. Dan Rempp has volunteered to be this year’s coordinator. We haven’t had anyone take on this role for several years. He plans to do a skills refresher in June for those planning to run trips.
Good of the Order. Jeff Wartluft indicated that there will be a presentation on “Harry Trexler” on February 19th (at 2:00pm) at the Beltzville State Park EIC Building, Lehighton, PA. Link: http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/event/screening_of_the_legacy_of_harry_c_trexler#.WJ0DLsuv600
Pool Practice Sessions – Sundays at 5pm, January through April at the Upper Bucks YMCA.
Others – See Website Events (Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club) for current trip postings.
At 9:18pm Bill Smith made a motion to end the meeting, second by Hans Wagner. The next General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 2nd at 7:00pm at the Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus, PA.