LVKCC Minutes – February 4, 2021
Place – Zoom meeting
General Membership Meeting
Executive Committee Members:
President – Pat Beltz Vice President – Dan Morton
Recording Secretary – Mike Swartley Treasurer – Rita Snyder
Membership Secretary – Jill Evans
Members at Large – Gery Kirkner & Sheldon Linn
Webmaster – Dan Rempp
Educational Instruction Coordinator – Scott Douglas
Total members present: 29. There were 23 present for the general membership meeting.
The meeting was started at 7:00pm with a guest speaker.
Guest Speaker Presentation
Our guest speaker, Richard Costello, was introduced. Richard Costello is an ACA Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayak instructor. His talk was entitled: “Why A Greenland Paddle?”.
He discussed the benefits of using a traditional Greenland paddle along with its handling and the amazing skills you can accomplish with it. His presentation included videos and discussions and several questions at the end of the presentation.
Richard hosts clinics and personal instruction on open water coastal kayaking and using and maintaining a Greenland paddle.
A useful website is: https://qajaqusa.org/ which is the American Chapter of the Greenland Kayak Association or QAJAQ USA.
Pat Beltz called the general membership meeting to order at 8:01pm.
A motion was made to accept the January 2021 general membership meeting minutes as posted on the club website.
MP – Gery MS – Dan Rempp P – All O – None
January 2021 End-of-Month Account Balances:
Checking Account: $ 9634.23
Savings Account: $ 14,340.85
PayPal Account: $ 1092.96
Total All Accounts: $ 25,068.04
Comments on Treasurer’s Report: None
A motion was made to accept the January 2021 Financial Report.
MP – Gery MS – Dan P – All O – None
Jill Evans presented the following current membership statistics:
Memberships for 2021: 140
Total Members 2021
Total Individual Memberships 70
Total Individual Lifetime 4
Total Dues To-Date $ 1320.00
Total Family Memberships 24
Total Family Lifetime 1
Total Dues To-Date $ 575.00
2156 members of the Facebook group.
1317 subscribers to meetup
Dan Rempp reported someone with an Inspirion (a Dell) computer tried to hack into our email system. We determined it was one of our officers logging in.
Approval of the Instruction and Education Committee’s 2021 Education Plan as amended.
MP – Rita MS – Dan Rempp P – All O – None
Another Zoom meeting for Education is planned.
Rita put forward the a proposal and discussion followed to send the following to each member and family.
1. Welcome letter: two versions – one geared to new members, and one geared to renewing members. The letter will include an explanation on how to read the QR Code, and how the card can be used to attract new members by wearing it on your PFD and having it available for interested non-members to scan with their phones and access our website.
2. Oval LVKCC Sticker (currently have 350)
3. Sheet of silver paddle stickers. Two or more sheets for Family memberships. (Currently have 75. They are free or of minimal cost and currently plenty are available from ACA).
4. Yet to be purchased plastic business cards with QR Code and punch hole to use optionally with string or strap to attach to a PFD A sample was shown.
(Price is $207.00 per 500 cards, plus 16.99 for one time purchase of a hole punch.)
5. Paper business card.
Cost of postage and envelopes, using 2020 membership numbers:
226 individual members x $1.35 postage and envelope = $305.10
161 family memberships x $1.55 postage and envelope = $249.55
PLUS: Cost of new plastic QR code business cards = $207.00
Hole punch = $ 16.99
2021 Budget included $510 for 500 new business cards = $510.00
And $135 per 100 mailings (x 3.87 hundred mailings) = $522.45
Total Budgeted Expense: $1032.45
MP – Jill MS – CC Hopf P – All O – None
Dan Morton reported our Instagram account is being setup. We will do a test trial. We will have a # and can post pictures even on the water.
Dan Morton will send out the login and password.
Reminder to send proposed club trip dates to Dan Rempp by February for Beltzville and Nockamixon Lakes. Still need to send in the LOAs.
Still needed. Rita and Pat are volunteering to be on the committee..
Larry March Slalom
Dan Rempp reported: To be held in September. Still checking on liability insurance.
FEW Dam update
A year behind. Still hope to get Paul Rush as a speaker.
PA Angler’s Interview
Deadline was missed so we’ll be waiting for PA Angler magazine to get back to us.
First Aid/CPR/AED Blended Learning – Skills Class for March 27th at Lehigh Gap Nature Center Pavillon
JC reported first offered to the instructors first. We have 4 students.
Recertifications will be offered too.
This class might be offered for members later.
Updates for Following Classes:
There were classes posted on Meetup and the Club website
Intro to Recreational Kayaking – Dan Rempp
– 4 signed up. 3 need boats. Boat tryouts on April 11. Pat offered one.
– 6 slots open.
Open Water Kayaking – Dave Dawson
– 7 signed up. Good candidates
Intro to Moving Water Kayaking – JC Rankin, Scott
– 4 signed up received applications. 2 requesting application Email sent to those signed on Meetup. 10 slots are open.
Discussion on the order of sending out invoices.
April 11th will be the tryout of boats for Class Participants that need to borrow equip. Pat’s house
May 22 is the long boat tryout day. Idea is to get different touring boats at Pavilion #2 at Beltzville.
Lafayette pool is not an option per Scott. Some discussion on other pools. Will be discussed offline.
Policy Committee – Dave and Pat – will be discussed offline.
Spring Trip – update by Dave Dawson: The Birds, Crabs, Kayaking Trip is to Belleplain State Park, NJ. from May 14 to 17, 2021 28 people signed up. 12 sites reserved.
Program Committee – Gery Kirkner and Sheldon Lynn — March will host a sports medicine speaker.
Hospitality Committee – Support team Bob Brunda and Rita Snyder. April Ice Breaker will be at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center pavilion. Bring your own food.
March via Zoom will have a guest speaker on Sports Medicine
April Ice Breaker get together Location Lehigh Gap Nature Center Pavillon
May Ledges – Lehigh Gap Nature Center Pavillon, Long Boat trip
June Swap Meet – Lehigh Gap Nature Center Pavillon
July no meeting
August no meeting
September Ledges – Lehigh Nature Center Pavillon, Nominations Committee to be set up
October Wildlands Conservancy TBD, Long boat trip, Report on Slate of Officers
November Wildlands Conservancy TBD, Election of Officers for 2022
December Holiday Party TBD
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting.
MP – Dave D MS – Sheldon P – All O – None
The meeting was adjourned at 9:11 pm.
Respectfully submitted: Mike Swartley– Recording Secretary