LVKCC Minutes – January 8, 2022

Place – Zoom Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting

Executive Committee Members:

President – Dan Morton Vice President – Rachel Connolly

Recording Secretary – Mike Swartley Treasurer – Rita Snyder

Membership Secretary – Jill Evans

Members at Large – Gery Kirkner & Dave Dawson

Non-Executive Members

Webmaster – Dan Rempp

Educational Instruction Coordinator – Scott Douglas

Total members present: 19 


The meeting opened at 7:07pm.

Secretary’s Report

A motion was made to accept the November 4th, 2021 general membership meeting minutes as posted on the club website.

MP – Pat     MS – Dave  P –  All     O –  None

Treasurer’s Report

November 2021 report was provided. 

A motion was made to approve the  November Treasurer’s report.

MP – Dan M     MS – Rachel  P –  All     O –  None

December 2021 report was provided. 

A motion was made to approve the Treasurer’s report.

MP – Pat     MS –Dave P –  All     O –  None

Membership Report

Jill Evans provided the following membership statistics.

Memberships as of November 2021    

Total Members 2021: 377

Total Individual Memberships: 169

Total Individual Lifetime     4  

Total Family Memberships   69

Total Family Lifetime     1

Total Memberships: 238

Total Lifetime:     5

2480 members of the Facebook group 

1434 subscribers to Meetup

Memberships as of the beginning of January 2022  

Total Members 2022: 187

Total Individual Memberships:   73

Total Individual Lifetime     4  

Total Family Memberships   38

Total Family Lifetime     1

Total Memberships:   111

Total Lifetime:     5

2537 members of the Facebook group 

1438  subscribers to Meetup

Note: only new members get Welcome packets..

Webmaster’s Report

Dan Rempp reported website was down January 1st and 2nd. 

At end of year the following statistics:

In 2020 YTD 9,310 and unique users for 28.365 visits

In 2021 YTD 4,250 and 11,555 visits  Most of the drop in June to July in 2022.

Usage in January 2022 is so far back up to normal use.

Education Report 

Scott reported :  In November we had two activities on the Tohickon. One class with 7 and another with 5. 

Education committee met on November 12th 6:00pm at Braveheart at Hellertown. The year in Education and plans for the future were discussed.    Add later in minutes??

2021 Annual Report 

The annual report was presented and reviewed.

Motion made to approve the 2021 Annual Report

MP – Rita     MS –Pat P –  All     O –  None

2022 Education Plan and Budget Request  

Pool sessions and moving water classes discussed. 

Recreational kayak class will be taught over 3 days at Leaser Lake.

Open water kayaking classroom will be done on Zoom.  The water part will be on Raritan Bay

Rolling classes have started today in the pool sessions

A summary of the classes are as follows:

First Aid/CPR certification renewals.There should be a class in March and one in April

Wilderness First Aid classes were discussed. This is fun weekend class and is good for Advanced coastal or Whitewater instructors.

Open water rescue class. Dave and Cie to teach the two 8 hour session

Open Water Navigation will have 2 classes on Raritan Bay by Dave

Stroke clinics on Nockamixon and one on Beltzville by Dan and Linda.

Rescue classes on Nockamixon and one on Beltzville by Dan and Linda.

Moving Water Intermediate Series will be 4 to 5 classes on different rivers. Instructors are Scott, Eric and Josh to instruct – and hopefully others.

Moving Water Guide classes tentatively offered in May. Led by Scott. Hope to get more interest in this class.

Open Water Guide class. Some discussion on what is needed for this class.

Rescue Rodeo for Moving Water. This would be a promising idea. 

Instructor Certification. A 3 day L1/L2 Instructor Certification Workshop. This would be limited to club members who intend to lead club trips.

Motion made to approve the 2022 Education Plan and Budget Request with minor changes to the original draft and be posted on the club website.

MP – Rita     MS –Pat P –  All     O –  None

Main Topics

Old Business

 Executive Committee Zoom Meeting of December 14th 2021

The following are the minutes from the Executive Committee Zoom Meeting of December 14th 2021. 

Present: Dan Morton, Rachel Connolly, Rita Snyder, Mike Swartley, Gery Kirkner,  Pat Beltz, Jill Evans, Dave Dawson.


Motion made for the board to approve the expenditure of club funds to purchase the following items:

1. 1 Craftsman wet/dry shop vac 39.98  plus one spare filters (maybe $20)

2. 2 5-gallon plastic buckets 4.98 each

3. 2 cellulose sponges 3.98 each

4. 1 60 pack 3 ply face masks 8.62

5. 250 Rodale Covid waivers 7.25

6. 100 LVKCC waivers/applications  3.90

Total about  $100 +tax

MP – Dan Rempp  MS –  Mike   P-All    o – None

Dan Morton said he would donate a roll of paper towels. Others will loan extension cords.

Motion #2

In appreciation for all the work instructors, boat inspectors, and pool assistants do, I move that the LVKCC  give each volunteer:

One free pool session on the day of volunteering 

MP – Dan Morton  MS-  Mike  P – All     O –  None

The show of appreciation to the volunteers by gift card is tabled at this meeting. Dan Morton will research.

Discussed the Motion to show appreciation for the volunteers with pizza and non-alcoholic drinks. Decided instead to consider a pizza party after the last pool session. Tabled to discuss at the January Executive Meeting. Also to put up for a vote at the February meeting for approval of the membership..

Club Boat Sale

Two club boats were sold for $300.

Larry March Slalom

Need a chairperson for 2022 Slalom. Dan Rempp has offered to provide advice. 

Holiday Party 

Our Holiday Party was held at the East Bath Rod and Gun Club and was well-attended with 66 attendees!  Paddlers of the Year awards for 2019 were awarded to

Cie Stroud and Charlie Locket.

All agreed it was a great event all around. 

Future Paddler of the Year

The prior maker of the plaques has left the area. Need to restart this award. Nominations for 2021 Paddler of the Year are to be submitted by March 15, 2022. Dave Dawson”volunteered” to make the awards.

February 3rd and March 3rd 2022 meetings 

These will be at the Wildlands Conservancy. MASKS MUST BE WORN. 

New Business

Pool Update

Pool day 1 Review by Dan Rempp: 8 students in the pool. 3 students for roll clinics. There were two new memberships.

Will need to have about 5 walk-ins per session to come out ahead. Averaged 14 per session in 2020.

Okay to take pictures or video during pool sessions of our students and instructors.  Do not take pictures of children and post…

Budget Review and Approval 2021 

Review of 2021 Budget vs. Actuals (high-level)     

2021 saw increases in insurance, PayPal, paying larger share of members’ meal at Holiday Party, appreciation for instructors via dinner.

ACA Insurance Resolution

A discussion was held regarding ACA Insurance does not cover the Sugar Island (on the St. Lawrence River) unless the individual members are also members of ACA.  This issue is tabled until resolved.

Proposed Budget of 2022

Budget spreadsheet was discussed and reviewed section by section as shown below:

Operations – Fixed Costs

Motion made to approve Operations – Fixed Costs

MP – Pat  MS-  Dave   P –  All     O –  None


Operations – Non-recurring Costs

Discussion was held on what to set aside for incentivizing trip leaders. A line was added for an incentive.

Also discussed the welcome packets for new members only..

Motion made to approve Operations – Non-recurring Costs

MP – Rita  MS- Gery   P –  All     O –  None


Trips and training items reviewed including the supplies needed for the current pool sessions. This includes masks, printing costs, et.

Motion made to approve Events 

MP – Rachel   MS-  Dave  P –  All     O –  None


Discussion followed on various donations to National Center for Cold Water Safety for their support and Team River Runner. 

      Motion made to approve a donation to Cold Water Safety – Moulton Avery

MP – Mike   MS-  Rita  P –  All     O –  None

Motion made to approve Donations

MP – Dan Morton  MS-  Dave  P –  All     O –  None

Merchandise Sales

Discussion on purchase of new hats to include color and a new logo. Discussion on a new T shirt design.  

Motion made to approve Merchandise Sales 

MP – Gery  MS-  Mike  P –  All     O –  None

Permanent Home for Boats Committee

Dan Morton is appointing a committee to find a place for club boats.  Gery, Mike, Linda and Skip volunteered.

Current Committees

Policy Committee 

Continuing work on Instructors and Trip Leader criteria. Most is done. Policy for trip leaders unresolved. Committee includes Dave as chairperson, Dan Morton, Rita Snyder, Pat Beltz, Sheldon Linn, and Scott Douglas.

Spring and Fall Trips

Dave Dawson: Spring Trip will be to Pohick Bay in the Washington DC area from 22 to 25 April 2022. An email was sent out to members and posted on Meetup. Already 25+ signed up!

Trip Committee members include Dave, Pat, Linda, Shel and Cie.

Will announce Fall trip in the Spring.

Hope to get a summer trip to Sugar Island which on the St. Lawrence River.

Program Committee 

Gery Kirkner and Dave Dawson reported the speaker for the At the February meeting Pat Beltz and JC will speak on their Key West trip. March 3rd meeting Scott and Pat are to show pictures of their Galapagos trip. 

Working on an October speaker.

Hospitality Committee

Need someone to run the icebreaker and Holiday Parties

Need a chairperson.  Bob Brunda and Rita Snyder are current members. We are seeking additional members.

Upcoming Meetings/Events

January 8th 2022 Executive Board Meeting. Held by Zoom 7:00pm

February 3rd 2022 Wildlands Conservancy    Pat & JC to present on their Keys trip. 

March 3rd 2022 Wildlands Conservancy    Scott & Pat to talk on Galapagos trip

April 2022 Ice Breaker   Location?   Spring Trip to Pohick Bay

May 2022 Ledges Paddle   Lehigh Gap Nature Center

June 2022 Ledges Paddle   Lehigh Gap Nature Center

July 2022 No meeting

August 2022 No meeting

September 2022 Ledges Paddle – Lehigh Gap Nature Center   Pizza? Swap Meet? Slalom race

October 2022 List of Nominees

November 2022 Election of Officers

December 2022 Holiday Party

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting.  

MP –   Rita MS –    Pat    MP    All     O – None

The meeting was adjourned at 9:28pm.

Respectfully submitted: Mike Swartley– Recording Secretary