Lehigh Valley Kayak and Canoe Club
PO Box 20194, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002
LVKCC MINUTES – March 7, 2019
Wildlands Conservancy – 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA 18049
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Executive Committee Members Present:
President — Linda A. Martin
Treasurer – Dave Dawson
Recording Secretary — Joe Ondek
Webmaster — Dan Rempp
Members at Large – Jim Schulte
Education Instructional Coordinator — Scott Douglas
General Members Present (count): 14 Guests (count): 2
Linda Martin called the meeting to order and presented the following agenda:
- Secretary Report – February Minutes-Executive and General
- Treasurer Report –March Report
- Members Report- Paula Rempp
- Webmasters Report –Dan Rempp
- Donna Kohut- Trout Unlimited –Cleanup day on Earth Day
- Education Report- Scott Douglas
- Pool Report-Mary Giorlando
- Hospitality Report- Joanne Novak and committee report if ready
- Paddler of The Year- Need nominations up till March 15
- Janes Island- Sea kayaking Spring Trip
- Committee Reports –
- New Business-
Meeting minutes from the February Executive Committee meeting and February General Membership meeting were posted to the website. Jim Schulte made a motion to accept the minutes.
MP – Jim Schulte MS – Gery Kirkner P – Majority O – None
Dave Dawson presented the February 2019 Financial Report.
- Opening club checking account balance was $8,354.75
- Expenses through February 2019 totaled $760
- Revenue through February 2019 totaled $4,610
- The final club checking account balance was $12,204.75
- The final club saving account balance was $14,200.79
- PayPal account balance for February 2019 was $167.08
Dave indicated the increased revenues were mainly due to the daily fee collected at the pool sessions and expenses were related to the planned Spring trip.
A motion was raised to accept the February 2019 Financial Report as presented.
MP – Jim Schulte MS – Bill Smith P – Majority O – None
Membership Secretary Report
Dan Rempp presented the following membership statistics:
- 197 individual dues paying members (+11)
- 131 families represented (+14)
- 1444 members on Facebook (+9)
- 1027 members on Meetup (+9)
Dan Rempp announced that the Club renewed the annual maintenance contract with EnterNet. Dan is intending to meet with representatives of EnterNet to discuss ways to improve the Club’s website presence on search engines and costs for that service.
Dan also mentioned the statistics compiled by Constant Contact on individuals that read (opened) the email broadcasts regarding Club events. Participation was 50% over the past 4 months which is significantly higher than the average participation rate for email services. The Club subscribes to Constant Contact for these services.
Education Committee Report
Scott Douglas announced Eric has released the 2019 Beginners Series schedule. There are currently 16 individuals participating in the Moving Water class and there are eight trips scheduled beginning in late April and continuing through early July. Members may have received a request from Eric to help as a support boater for one or more days in the series.
Scott also indicated there are currently two scheduled Intermediate Series events:
- Toh Fest – St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Sign-up for trip on Meet-Up
- Guide Class – Required for any club member intending to organize a club sponsored white water trip. Will be conducted on either Section 3 or the Upper Section of the Lehigh River on May 12, 2019. Trip will be posted on Meet-Up for people wishing to attend.
Scott mentioned he’s still waiting on the announcement of several white water release schedules to organize future Intermediate Series events.
Scott indicated there were 4 individuals signed up to participate in the ACA-Level 2 – 4 Instructor Update/Upgrade Workshop with Ben Morgan in April/May and 3 openings are currently available.
Hospitality Committee Report
Joanne Novak announced this year’s Icebreaker event will be hosted at the Tri-Boro Sportsmen Clun in Northampton on April 5, 2019 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. The menu for the event is pot-luck and an announcement on what dish to provide will be forthcoming.
Joanne indicated she was looking for contacts of members at the Bath Rod & Gun Club with the intention of exploring the availability and cost of their banquet facilities for future Club events.
Paddler of the Year
Linda announced that all nominations must be received by March 15, 2019. Several have already been submitted so don’t wait to get yours in.
Janes Island Trip
Sea kayaking trip to Janes Island on the Chesapeake Bay is scheduled for May 17-20, 2019. Linda indicated there were 24 individuals signed-up for the trip and another 6-7 tentative. Accommodations include shared cabins with kitchen, dining, meeting and sleeping arrangements for 6 people. Not too late to sign-up.
Cleanup Day – Earth Day Project
Bill Smith is seeking volunteers to help with a cleanup event along the D&L trail in Bethlehem in partnership with the Sierra Club. Bill and Gale Maleskey are also interested in focusing on the area around Sand Island. More information will be coming on this opportunity or you can contact Bill to express interest.
Watershed Coalition of Lehigh Valley
Expressed interest in having Club members assist with obtaining water samples on an island. They are looking for individuals with a multiple person boat or canoe that will be available over the next 4-6 weekends.
Dan Rempp announced the Committee is currently investigating the costs and levels of coverage provided under the current policy and comparing it to insurance provided through ACA.
Scott requested that they specifically inquire whether either organization provides Directors liability insurance. Details on application to Paddle America are still being reviewed.
Bylaws – no report
Larry Meisner, with the help of Lou Metzger, presented their experience planning, organizing and eventually executing a kayak expedition on the Sea of Cotez in Baja, California. Their 10 day (on the water) trip began at the town of Lareto and concluded in La Paz, a distance of over 150 miles. In addition to the amazing sights and encounters the experienced on their trip, Larry also explained how they planned and prepared for the trip, from arranging travel, accommodations and equipment to the little things like beach chairs, waterless shampoo and saltwater friendly soap. Thanks for sharing this once in a lifetime adventure.
Donna Kohut – Trout Unlimited – Cleanup day On Earth Day
Donna Kohut announced that LLBean is partnering with Trout Unlimited to organize a cleanup event along the D&L Canal trail in Bethlehem. Donna is seeking volunteers interested in helping on April 20th from 9 am – 12 noon, meeting at Illicks Mill. LLBean will provide contractor collection bags and work gloves for all participants. Dam Rempp will post the event on Meet-Up, so please consider giving your time.
Dan Rempp announced the Club Swap Meet and General Membership Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 6, 2019 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Little Lehigh Parkway in Allentown (across from Allentown Police Academy).
Larry March Slalom
Dan also mentioned that the 2019 Larry March Slalom in the Little Lehigh Parkway will take place the weekend of September 14-15. This year’s event was scheduled one week later than normal to avoid conflict with the VIA Marathon race.
Jim Schulte indicated that the cost of purchasing an AED device for Club use was between $1300 and $1600.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:28 pm.
MP – Gery Kirkner MS – Dave Dawson P – Majority O – None
Respectfully submitted: Joe Ondek – Recording Secretary