LVKCC Minutes – March 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: 35 (at most)
The meeting started at 7:02 pm with a guest speaker.
John E. Graham from St. Luke’s University Hospital made a presentation entitled “Kayak Fitness and Injury Prevention”. This talk helped us learn about common paddling injuries and how we can minimize our risks of getting hurt through strength training and proper form. The two most common injuries are lower back pain and rib stress injuries. There was a strong emphasis on strength training to help to avoid injuries with an emphasis on shoulder injuries. Importance was placed on training opposing muscle groups.
Pat Beltz called the general membership meeting to order at 7:56 pm.
A motion was made to accept the February 4, 2021 general membership meeting minutes as posted on the club website.
MP – Dan Rempp MS – Gery P – All O – None
February 2021 End-of-Month Account Balances:
Checking Account: $ 10,624.50
Savings Account: $ 14,340.96
PayPal Account: $ 1493.38
Total All Accounts: $ 26,458.84
Comments on Treasurer’s Report. Amazon cost for labels, Zoom payment, Nockamixon LOA and FISH donation came out of one of our debit cards. FISH donation was on February 24th.
Jill Evans presented the following membership statistics:
Memberships for 2021
Total Members 2021: 167
Total Individual Memberships 86
Total Individual Lifetime 4
Total Individual Dues To-Date $1640.00
Total Family Memberships 28
Total Family Lifetime 1
Total Family Dues To-Date $ 675.00
2156 members of the Facebook group
1322 subscribers to Meetup
Dan Rempp reported he wanted to add more links from the Chesapeake Paddlers Association. He will add more links on Cold water and Kayak Camping on our calendar, Facebook and Meetup.
– Intermediate class on the Tohickon. Some slots remain.
– We do have a pool at Cedar Crest on Sunday April 25th 5 to 9pm for the Moving Water class
– JC reported the 1st Aid CPR class is full.
– Moving Water class has 9 signed up and paid. 1 awaiting to pay.
– Recreation class has 8.
– Open Water class has 8 signed up. 10 slots. Awaiting payment.
Scott asked for support boater for an event at Lake Towhee on May22nd.
The following new items should be delivered soon for our classes: Paddles
Helmets, Float Bags . Total cost about $1000
Kayak pickup for classes will be April 11th from 11am to 2pm at Pat’s house. Students will need to be prepared to take boats home.
Executive board met via email during the month of February to approve $100 Donation to FISH – Friends in Service Here (Habitat for Humanity). Donation was made in memory of Phyllis Rose Kelleher – Jerry McAwards’ mother.
– We received a kind thank you letter from FISH. FISH also showed where they send their money.
Welcome Letter/Sticker Mailings
Rita reported the letters are being prepared, to include some training on use of QR code cards.
Jill reported she is printing the mailing and return labels.
Dan suggested that his address be the return address as there is not enough room in our PO box for returned large envelopes.
Dan Morton reported it’s still in progress.
Letters of Authorization (LOA’s)
Have received one for Lake Nockamixon . Good to go!
Beltzville in progress. Contact there is Benjamin Monk
Hospitality Chairperson n
Volunteer needed to support Rita and Bob
Larry March Slalom
Dan Rempp reported he spoke to a couple of City of Allentown officials. Nothing firm yet. But he reported there is no special events allowed in Allentown this year. But as we are not using any city services so we might be able to run this event. A request was sent to the Parks Department.
No new update
ZOOM classes posted by other clubs
Dan and Pat reported that other clubs like LCCC (Lower Columbia Canoe Club), Chesapeake Paddlers Association, ACA Tennessee, Team River Runner to name a few, offer very good programs and can be viewed at a later date as well. These are to be added to our website.
A good Cold water website is www.coldwatersafety.org (Moulton Avery) well worth looking at. Its suggested we make a donation by next month. Need to bring this up in November and review this with our existing donations
Updates for Following Classes.
Most classes covered above under the Education Report.
Rodale Aquatic Center – April 25th 5-9pm Sunday nite – Contract to be mailed to Pat 2nd wk of March
Cost is $150/hr. includes 2 pools, classroom, lifeguard, easy entrance, good parking. Stand alone building with no other activities going on.
April 11th – Tryout of boats for Class Participants that need to borrow equip. Pat’s house 11am. Potential equipment needed for class participants, may need rec boats and probably will need white water boats and donated kayaks (not play boats). Recreation boats will be needed for 5,6 and 13th of June.
Club members may volunteer to lend their boats to new students and/or bring boats for sale on April 11th. We need recreation or white water river runner boats. No play boats please.
First Aid/CPR/AED Blended Learning – Skills Class for March 27th at Lehigh Gap Nature Center Pavillon by JC
Long Boat Tryout Day. May 22nd at Beltzville
Dave reported we have rented out Pavilion #2
It was suggested we tryout paddles too.
Swap meet will be held at the June meeting
Motion made to merge the April Icebreaker into the May Long Boat Tryout Day on May 22nd.
MP – Rita MS – Jill
Some discussion followed on schedule, etc. and motion modified to:
May 6th will be the Icebreaker at Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Club provides bottled water, pre-made individually wrapped sandwiches and snacks. Starting 5pm for paddling. 7pm for eating and brief meeting.
Will need sign ups so we know numbers for food purchasing.
MP- Rita MS – Sheldon P-All O – None
April 1st meeting will be a standard meeting with paddling the Ledges. Bring your own food. Meet at 5pm for the paddle. Meeting at 7pm.
Policy Committee – Dave Dawson (chairperson), Pat Beltz, Rita Snyder, Dan Morton and Sheldon Linn
Spring Trip – Dave Dawson Belleplain, NJ. Birds, Crabs, Kayaking 30 people signed up. 13 sites reserved. Camping only as there are no cabins available. Planning various paddle trips in estuaries and rivers.
Program Committee – Sheldon and Gery
Hospitality Committee – Bob Brunda and Rita Snyder.
FEW Dam – Scott Douglas
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.
April 1st Meeting at Lehigh Gap Nature Center Pavilion. Option to paddle the Ledges beforehand
May 6th Ice Breaker get together at Lehigh Gap Nature Center Pavilion,
14-17 Spring trip
22nd Long Boat tryout day,
June Swap Meet – Lehigh Gap Nature Center Pavilion
5 pm paddle the ledges,
Swap Meet starts at 5pm
Meeting starts at 7pm, Bring your own food
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 and a Guest Speaker
December Holiday Party TBD
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting.
MP – Gery MS – Sheldon P – All O – None
The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 pm.
Respectfully submitted: Mike Swartley– Recording Secretary