Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club
Committee Meeting Minutes – February 6, 2014
Location: Little Gap Nature Center, Slatington, PA
Executive Committee Attendees:
¨ President – Scott Douglas
¨ Vice President – Linda Martin
¨ Recording Secretary – Paula L. Rempp [Acting]
¨ Treasurer – N/A
¨ Membership Secretary — Dan Rempp
¨ Member(s) at Large – N/A
¨ Past President — Jim Schulte
Executive Committee Members Not in Attendance:
o Sharon Karpiszin — Recording Secretary
o Mike Stewart — Treasurer
o Bob Brunda — Member at Large
o Sheldon Lynn — Member at Large
Presentation: John Rako, who has been teaching his 29th pool session for our Club, started the meeting at 7:20 p.m. with his very informative presentation on Eskimo Rolls, taken from the DVD, ‘Greenland Rolling.’ John showed slides of his daughter, Jennifer, doing various Eskimo Rolls via C to C and Layback styles. Patterning [learning by having another person move you thru the motions] and Muscle Memory [repetitive motion] are the most effective tools used.
The #1 Barrier to learning the Eskimo Roll is FEAR of: (a) Drowning; (B) Failure;
© Embarrassment; (d) Drowning; (e) Discomfort; (e) Risk; (f) Cold Water; and,
(g) DROWNING . . . leading to DEATH !!!
Those with good water confidence and some training on the roll can go into: (1) Hip Snaps; (2) One-handed Hip Snaps with one hand in the air over the head and holding a paddle in the other hand; and, (3) Learning the Sculling Pace, e.g.: (i) head down on the water and up three times with the scull; and, (ii) scull up from being completely upside down in the water.
Kathy Rako noted that Hip Snaps are done by lifting the knee with a sideways crunch of the abs and turning the torso to one side to roll the boat over.
Important for an instructor to remember is that everyone learns differently; what seems easy for one may not be intuitive for another . . . Remember where YOU came from!
President Scott Douglas opened the Committee Meeting at 8:30 p.m.
Secretary’s Report. Motion made by Jim Schulte to approve the January Minutes as posted on the Website; seconded by Bill Smith. MSP
Treasurer’s Report. Neither Mike Stewart, nor an update of his Treasurer’s Report, was available at the meeting.
Membership Report. Dan Rempp reported that there are presently: (i) 149 paying families representing 255 members; (ii) 376 Non-Paying Facebook Participants; and,
(iii) 223 Non-Paying Meet-Up Participants.
Scott Douglas noted that there are only a few benefits that paying members get, i.e.: (i) Instruction, (ii) Insurance, and, (iii) Advertised Group Trips. The dues cover our expenses for these things, plus the expenses for the website that advertises them.
It was noted by Jim Schulte that those participants of Club-sponsored trips, e.g., Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes, must be LVKCC members, as that is the only way the trip organizers/instructors are covered by LVKCC’s insurance. Since the Club does not sponsor impromptu trips, those participants are not covered by Club insurance. Leaders sponsoring Club trips need to make sure all participants are Club members. Any trip or activity advertized on our Website, Forum, Facebook, or Meetup page as Club Sponsored needs to state that all trip participants must be dues paying members of the LVKCC. Trip leaders should contact Dan Rempp, LVKCC Membership Chairman, for a roster of LVKCC dues-paying members. Dan Rempp also stated that practice sessions on the Little Lehigh and the Larry March Slalom Race are now covered by our insurance for 2014, as requested by the Allentown Department of Parks and Recreation. We will need to renew this coverage annually beginning in January 1st of each year that we plan on using the park. Dan will look into our coverage for the Swap Meet held in June at the Little Lehigh.
Dan noted that the Club has $1M liability coverage to allow the Club to hold activities at facilities owned by others (such as the Lafayette Pool and the Allentown Park).
Webmaster’s Report. Dan Rempp said his last e-mail went out to 500+ new and old members, some of which were returned as ‘Undeliverable.’ He is currently deleting those names from his listing. The E-News is done thru Constant Contact for $15 per month.
Pool Classes. Instruction Contact: John Rako @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Mary Giorlando made some suggestions to contacting instructors and students scheduled for Sunday evening pool classes in case of inclement weather. Scott Douglas said he would contact instructors, et al. by 2 p.m. Sunday(s) as to changes in class scheduling due to inclement weather, etc. Info will then be posted on the Website and Facebook. Scott mentioned that Jim Brezzano’s Adventure Crew would start coming to the Sunday evening Pool Classes to practice; they will move aside, as requested, by class instructors.
Ice-Breaker. Friday, April 4th @ 6 PM – Tri-Boro Sportsmen’s Club. Scott Douglass will contact Lisa Aderhold regarding arrangements. Since Jammin’ Jim will not be available for this event, Paula Rempp has offered to provide background music via her I-Phone and speaker; other suggestions are welcome. Further details TBA.
Suggestions for Paddler of the Year, along with a paragraph identifying qualifications, should be submitted to Scott Douglass @ email@example.com prior to the March 6th meeting.
General Meeting Membership. As attendance was very scant at the February 6th meeting at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington, Scott Douglass is looking for issues > suggestions to enhance attendance at future meetings, e.g., location, weather issues(?), program issues, etc. Please bring your suggestions, along with any comments from others, to the March meeting.
Wilderness First Aid. Linda Martin noted Shannon Krankosky is suggesting that the Club run a Wilderness First Aid course, including lodging and food. Scott Douglass noted that Jim Schulte had offered such a course for free to Club members, but he no longer maintains his certification due to lack of interest. Scott is taking a shorter, less expensive, course thru a fire department and will check if there are any openings remaining.
Chesapeake Trip — May 16–19. Including Flat-water Paddling, Biking, Hiking, etc., etc.
Dave Dawson mentioned the University of Maryland needs to know if our liability insurance will cover the Chesapeake trip, totaling 20 interested paddlers thus far. The group will be staying at Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, Maryland in male/female dorms [bunk beds]. Anyone interested in going along should contact Linda Martin @ LindaAMartin@sellpahomes.com ASAP for details.
WW Rafting Trip – Friday, July 4th. Sponsored by Jerry McAward’s WW Rafting Company @ $40 p/p; Jim Schulte @ SchulteJim@msn.com will lead the trip. May leave from Jim Thorpe or Dunbar’s and end up in the LV; course will be dependent upon water/weather conditions at the time of scheduling. Kayaks will be allowed to accompany the rafts. More details to follow.
Larry March Penn Cup Slalom @ Little Lehigh — September 13th—14th. Dan Rempp mentioned the Larry March Penn Cup Race will again be held @ the Little Lehigh on Sunday, September 14th; registrations Saturday, September 13th. John Nelson is contacting all the organizers of races scheduled to be held in Pennsylvania.
Since Dan Rempp has not heard from anyone else interested in running a Food Tent this year, Paula Rempp, along with a friend, will take on this responsibility. Anyone interested in assisting should contact Paula @ PaulaRempp@gmail.com. Scott Douglas @ firstname.lastname@example.org will be looking for suggestions for the Jr. Paddler of the Year award. Further Details TBA.
The next General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 6th, starting @ 7 PM, at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.
Your Presence is Requested !!!
(Mrs.) Paula L. Rempp [Acting]
LVKCC Recording Secretary