Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club Minutes – March 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 – Eric Schweitzer
Past President – Scott Douglas
Executive Committee members not in attendance: Larry Palmer (Vice President), Hans Wagner (Member at Large)
Linda A Martin called the meeting to order at the Wildlands Conservancy at 7:05pm. There were 22 people that attended this meeting. Linda asked Gery Kirkner to introduce the guest speaker, George White, chapter coordinator of TRR – Team River Runner-LV. George provided a presentation on the organization’s history and progress with their adaptive kayaking program; with multiple sessions held at Leaser Lake. TRR is a national organization geared toward providing kayaking experiences for disabled veterans; however the LV group has expanded to include non veterans.
George researched to find a boat launch design for Leaser Lake, but found limited resources. What he found did not accommodate the needs of simultaneous handicap users. In his search he found a local company, “Boardsafe” in Topton that built regular boat dock platforms. George and various others met with the company to collaborate and design a custom handicap accessible platform for launching kayaks for users with physical limitations. The estimated cost to build was $200K.
George indicated the Kempton Lions Club raised funds, and Cabela’s and grants paid for all of the expenses. Tom Kerr was a huge supporter of this project; he is also a member of our club. (Leaser Lake had already had several costly repairs to drain, and re-drain the lake to fix leaks between 2009 and 2014 so private funding for the TRR project was critical.) On May 22, 2016 TRR held a big kickoff event at the lake to celebrate the completion of this boat launch.
Another major contributor to the project was Kevin Carr, owner of “Creative Ability”. He built the adaptive kayaks. Each person’s needs are different; some need to adapt for a missing limb, or as with the spinal cord injuries they had to also consider padding (cushioning) needs for the boater’s legs.
Their next event will be a pool practice at the Rodale Aquatic Center on March 19th; with additional dates to be posted to the TRR group. The next kickoff event at Leaser Lake will be on May 20th as a paddle and picnic. George encouraged everyone to come out, and volunteers either in boats or on land would be greatly welcomed. The presentation ended at 8pm, and we took a 15 min break before the meeting resumed.
Secretary’s Report: Lisa Aderhold requested approval of the February minutes. A motion to approve the reports was made by Gery Kirkner, and second by Bill Smith.
Treasurer’s Report: Pat Beltz provided a review of the financial activity for February. Pat indicated the Checking Ending balance was $7,744.62, and the Savings Ending Balance was $14,177.90. A motion to approve the report was made by Mary Giorlando, and second by Jeff Wartluft.
Membership Report: Dan Rempp reported we have 223 dues paying members; comprised of 149 families. Facebook has 986 followers. Meetup has 665 followers; however only 29 are dues paying members; which shows that most members have not yet joined our Meetup page.
Webmaster’s Report: Dan Rempp provided a repeat overview of the current website and how Meetup Events feed into our website page. He reminded everyone to sign up for Meetup, so that we can respond with our intent to attend upcoming posted Meetup events.
Education Committee Chairman Report: Scott Douglas provided an update on the following:
Moving Water Kayak Class – Scott indicated we have 18 students. Eric Schweitzer will run the Beginner series on the river; starting last week of April on the Little Lehigh (practice area).
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 Deerfield, Tohickon, Stoneycreek, Mongaup, and Lehigh Gorge.
Pool Attendance – Mary Giorlando reported that we have had a tremendous turnout. We have covered our cost for the pool for the season. The consensus has been that the ease of parking is a big factor, and it is more centrally located for participants.
Scott indicated he plans to announce a May 6th “river guide” training trip on the upper Gorge.
Ice Breaker Event. Friday, April 7, 2017. Lisa Aderhold indicated this will be a Potluck meal held downstairs at the Triboro Sportsmen Hall.
Dan Rempp proposed a request for approval to spend $100 on purchasing door prizes for the event. A motion to approve was made by Mary Giorlando, and second by Scott Douglas. Both Dan Rempp and Lisa Aderhold, who each did the shopping for prior year events, asked for a volunteer to do it this year. Bill Smith indicated he would do it this year.
Linda A Martin requested votes for Paddler of the Year award be given to her by March 15th; this will be presented at the Ice Breaker dinner.
Paddler of the Year Changes. Linda A Martin asked for a motion to approve the proposed changes. A motion to approve the changes was made by Dan Rempp, and second by Eric Schweitzer.
Chesapeake Trip. May 19th to 22nd. Dave Dawson indicated a deposit must be made by the beginning of May. See Linda A Martin to place a deposit if interested in going on this trip. The estimated total cost is $200 to $250; that includes some of the meals.
Allagash River (Maine) Canoe Trip. July 20th to 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. He might have 1 opening.
San Juan Trip. July 8th to 15th. Gery Kirkner indicated they have 8 people going.
Recreational Trip Coordinator. Dan Rempp asked for more volunteers to coordinate trips for this year.
Historian. Jeff Wartluft indicated the club started in 1977, so this is our 40th year. He indicated the slalom event was held before the club formerly started. He did some research and will provide more history at future meetings.
Pool Practice Sessions – Sundays at 5pm, January through April at the Upper Bucks YMCA.
Ice Breaker – Friday, April 7th at Triboro Sportsman Club
Little Lehigh Practice – Starts May 2nd
Others – See Website Events (Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club) for current trip postings.
At 9:05pm Gery Kirkner made a motion to end the meeting, second by Bill Smith.
Remember that there will be no April meeting at the Wildlands Conservancy.
Instead, see you all at the Ice Breaker Potluck dinner event on Friday, April 7th at 6:00pm at the Triboro Sportsmen Club.