LVKCC Minutes – March 5, 2020
Wildlands Conservancy – 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA 18049
General Membership Meeting
Executive Committee Members Present:
President – Pat Beltz Vice President – Skip Moyer
Recording Secretary – Tracy Lenoir Treasurer – Dave Dawson
Webmaster – Dan Rempp
Members at Large – Sheldon Linn & Gery Kirkner
Education Instructor Coordinator – Scott Douglas
General Members Present: 22 Guests: 1
Cie Stroud gave an informative presentation on photography. She discussed different camera setting and demonstrated their effects.
Pat Beltz called the general membership meeting to order at 8:00 pm.
A motion was made to accept the February general membership meeting minutes as posted on the club website.
MP – Gery Kirkner MS – Skip Moyer P – Majority O – None
Dave Dawson presented the LVKCC February Financial Report.
February Account Balances:
Checking Account: $10,558.73
Savings Account: $14,291.09
PayPal Account: $427.46
Total All Accounts: $25,277.28
Increases to the checking account are from membership dues, pool session fees, and spring trip deposits. February expenditures were class refunds and the purchase of 6 spray skirts for the club.
A motion was made to accept the February Financial Report.
MP – Dan Rempp MS –Mary Giolando P – Majority O – None
Dan Rempp presented the following membership statistics:
- 145 individual dues paying members (+20)
- 109 families represented (+17)
- 1,691 Facebook members (+20)
- 1,209 Meetup members (+11)
At the end of 2019, there were 386 members and 254 families represented.
Dan Rempp reported that the .com domain was recently purchased by the club. There is a redirect to the current website www.lehighvalleycanoeclub.org.
Please join Meetup if you have not done so.
Scott Douglas reported that the Moving Water class currently has 14 students. The instructors are very helpful with the class.
There is currently one spot available for the Intermediate Trip on the Tohickon. A swift water rescue class is currently in the works. An Instructor Workshop will be held in the fall.
Class requests can be sent to Scott Douglas.
Pool Class/Session 6,7,8
There is a change in the original pool schedule. The remaining pool sessions are March 8th, March 29th, April 5th and April 19th.
No pool sessions are scheduled for March 15th or March 22nd.
The club still needs to generate about $1,600 to cover the cost of the pool rental.
Long Term Committee Reports
Little Lehigh Conservation
Dan Rempp reported that on February 24th, there was a meeting with the Park Director and other park personnel, as well as a PA Fish & Boat Commission member. The PA Fish & Boat Commission is in favor of placing rocks in the Little Lehigh. A long-term plan committee is needed. Grants for the rocks and various permits will be needed.
In the mean time, repairs need to be made to the existing gabions. The park department will assist by providing the wire cages, fill rocks, and tools. The club needs to provide the manpower. Dates will be selected soon.
The park has approved the placement of wooden poles for the slalom race. Reoccurring practice slalom gates were approved, if they can be set up and taken down easily.
Linda A. Martin has contacted Casey Eichfeld, an Olympic slalom canoeist, as a possible presenter for May.
The Ice Breaker Dinner is scheduled for Friday April 3rd, at the East Bath Rod and Gun Club. It is a potluck and is BYOB. Last name A-M: main dish, N-Z: sides, salads, or desserts. Doors open at 6:00.
Education and Training
Covered earlier in education report.
Meetup Trip Committee
Gery Kirkner has created a calendar of events that has been posted on the website under the Links tab. There are recreational, white water, and sea kayaking trips scheduled, along with Team River Runner events. More events will be posted as they become available. Popular river and creek release schedules are also posted on the website under the Links tab.
Series or Special Events
Sea Kayak Trip – spring
The spring sea kayaking trip is scheduled for Barnegat Bay. The trip will take place May 15th-18th. The club has secured lodgings in the area. There are currently 12 people signed up, but there are still spots available. There are a variety of paddling locations in the Barnegat Bay area. Please reserve a spot with Linda A. Martin if interested.
Expedition Paddling Trip
An expedition paddling trip is scheduled for August 21st-24th around the Thousand Islands. The trip leaders will teach members how to pack and prepare for this type of outing. Long boat experience and a passport will be required. There will be 8 openings available. Contact Dave Dawson if interested.
Larry March Slalom
The dates for the slalom race are set for September 11th-13th. Dan Rempp will be stepping down as event coordinator after next year’s race. Anyone interested in the position should contact Dan.
There has been no additional information available to the public. Paul Rush and Adam Bosch, both from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, have agreed to meet with paddling groups in the late winter or early spring. A date for this meeting has not been set.
Short Term Committees
Insurance Coverage for Officers
Skip Moyer has contacted Selective Insurance to clarify the coverage for this insurance policy. A hand out describing the policy was distributed to all present.
The elected officers are solely protected under this policy.
The instructors and trip leaders are covered under the Liability Insurance Policy currently held by the club, if they follow the requirements for leading club sponsored trips and activities.
A motion was made to approve the purchase of Director & Officer Insurance. The motion will be reviewed in one year.
MP – Sheldon Linn MS – Scott Douglas P -14 O – 5
Sheldon Linn presented the results of the paddling survey recently sent to club members. The results may be posted on the website.
Kayaking is the most popular type of boating by club members. Weekday mornings are the preferred time for paddling events, closely followed by the other times presented. Most members prefer to drive 1-2 hours for a single day event, and 4-8 hours for multiday events. Most members are interested in better boat handling, river reading, and rolling. Members are interested in navigation classes and CPR/First Aid classes.
Social Events Survey
The social events survey will be sent out soon.
Webmaster – Provider
The decision was made to continue with Enter.net as the website provider.
Webmaster – Online payments
The committee has decided to use “Buy Buttons” on the website as a way to pay for classes in the future. The classes will be posted on Meetup. The participant will then be directed to the website to purchase a buy button. This will limit the amount of participants and insure payment for the classes.
The new policies that were presented at the last meeting were revised. The review of the new policies was postponed until the May meeting due to time constrains.
Six spray skirts were purchased for the club. Four are currently in use by the Moving Water students.
A clarification must be made regarding the recently approved boat exchange. The boats to be traded are NOT the boats donated by Bill Wagstaff. The boats to be traded are play boats that have been owned by the club for some time.
Dan Rempp is securing a Letter of Authorization for events to be held at Lake Nockamixon. There is a fee for a LOA depending on the number of events to be held. The current letter allows for 10 events to be held by the LVKCC. There are currently 5 events planned. If you are interested in planning an event at Lake Nockamixon, please contact Dan.
Little Lehigh – Permits for events
The Little Lehigh requires permits for events held in the park. Permits are needed for the swap meet, practice session, and the slalom event. Dan Rempp will secure the needed permits.
Little Lehigh – Volunteer Day – Gabions
A volunteer day to repair the gabions is needed, preferably before the Beginners Series uses the location on May 3rd. A date will be selected soon. Please consider volunteering.
First Aid/AED/CPR Blended Class
There are still five available openings for the First Aid/AED/CPR Blended Class on March 14th. Cost is $50.
At the Ice Breaker event, announcements will be made, but there will not be a formal business meeting. The next business meeting will be held in May.
First Aid/CPR Blended Course – March 14,2020
March – 2020 World Tour Paddling Film Festival – March 26th Phoenixville, PA
April – Ice Breaker – Bath Rod and Gun Club – FRIDAY April 3, 2020
May – Potluck at the Lehigh Nature Center – May 7, 2020 Paddle the Ledges
May – Spring Kayak Trip – Barnegat Baynanza – May 15, 16, 17 2020
June – Paddle & Swap Meet – Little Lehigh – TUESDAY June 2, 2020
August – Expedition Trip – Thousand Islands – August 21-24, 2020
September – Potluck at the Lehigh Nature Center – Sept. 3, 2020 Paddle the Ledges
September – Larry March Slalom Race – September 11,12,13 2020
October – Wildlands Conservancy – October 1, 2020 Guest speaker
November – Wildlands Conservancy –November 5, 2020 Guest speaker, Nominations
December – Holiday Party – Nominations and Voting of Officers
Lil Lehigh – Allentown Park – Hans Wagner, Eric Schweitzer
Program Committee – Linda A. Martin
Hospitality Committee – Joanne Novak, Paula Rempp, Bob Brunda
Pool Class/Paypal – Dan Rempp, Skip Moyer, Dave Dawson, Cie Stroud, Bob Novak
Website Providers – Bob Novak, Dan Rempp
Insurance Coverage for Officers – Skip Moyer
FEW Dam – Scott Douglas, Skip Moyer
Survey for Trip Events – Sheldon Linn
Survey for Social Events – Bob Novak
Policy Committee – Dave Dawson, Pat Beltz
Trip/Calendar of Events Committee – Gery Kirkner
Club members are welcome to join the committees. If interested, contact a member of the committee.
Any member that feels a new committee should be formed can contact any member of the executive board. It will be discussed at the next club meeting.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting.
MP – Dan Rempp MS – Linda A. Martin P – Majority O – None
The meeting was adjourned at 9:17 pm.
Respectfully submitted: Tracy Lenoir – Recording Secretary