LVKCC Minutes – March 3, 2022
Place – Wildlands Conservancy
General Membership 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
Webmaster – Dan Rempp
Educational Instruction Coordinator – Scott Douglas
Total members present: 25 for the presentation. 17 for the meeting.
The meeting started at 7:00pm with Scott and Aimee Douglas and Pat Beltz made a very enjoyable and informative presentation of their October Galapagos Islands trip. The trip included hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking!
The business meeting opened at 8:12pm.
A motion was made to accept the February 3rd meeting minutes as posted on the club website.
MP – Mike MS – Hans P – All O – None
February 2022 report was provided.
A motion was made to approve the February Treasurer’s report.
MP – Gery MS – Sheldon P – All O – None
Jill Evans provided the following membership statistics.
Memberships as of the beginning of March 2022
Total Members 2022: 260
Total Individual Memberships: 109
Total Individual Lifetime 4
Total Family Memberships 54
Total Family Lifetime 1
Total Memberships: 163
Total Lifetime: 5
2575 members of the Facebook group
1441 subscribers to Meetup
Dan Rempp reported the addition of a link to National Center for Cold Water Safety.Go to “Links” then down to National Center for Cold Water Safety. Lots of links to safety, accident reports, how to dress, etc.
Scott reported classes at the pool are successful. Introduction to Moving Water Class has 16 students. There are rolling clinics for both open water and whitewater.
– Cie reported 16 open water students.
The warm shallow pool is helpful to rolling instruction!
To advertise the club there are plans to put a tent up at the take out point on Saturday noon for the March 19 & 20 Tohickon release. Bratwurst will be served. There will not be a class, but Josh Smith will lead experienced paddlers down the “Toh”.
Plans to have a Guide class perhaps in May.
Paddler of the Year
Nominations due by March 15. There is a ink on the website describing the award and possible criteria to consider..
T shirt design update
Rachel reported a survey was sent out in early February. The survey asked questions on ball cap, bucket hat and shirt designs and also choices of sizes, colors and materials. Survey was closed on Monday February 7th at 5pm. 66 responses were received.
The Executive Committee met for an hour on February 9th and the decision was made to order the following:
50 Navy Performance hats (Option 2) $10 and sell at $15
100 Shirts (Option 1) Unisex Polycotton Long Sleeve $15 and sell at $25
Rachel sent around a sample of the Polycotton blend.
We hope to have the shirts for the next Icebreaker and meeting on April 7th.
A motion was made to fund T shirts and hats to $2000
MP – Gery MS – Mark P – All O- None
Dan Rempp reported total expenses as of today.
8 took whitewater rolling clinics, 16 long boat rolling students,
Three sessions remaining: March 5,12 and 26.
Projected income to be about $1280 depending on how many sign up for the remaining pool sessions, rec class and open water class..
Many thanks to those that clean and inspect boats!
Mike & Jill to work the Pool desk March 12th. Might need more help on March 26th.…
Permanent Home for Boats Committee
Mike gave a slide presentation. LL Bean has donated an enclosed trailer that is large enough to house all our boats and equipment. The trailer is currently located at Marsh Creek State Park. The trailer will be available in the spring.
The estimated costs of inspection, transport, insurance, and potential repairs were presented. Where to store the trailer was presented discussed with 4 options.
A motion was made to accept the offer of the Lehighton Outdoor Center for inspection and transport plus the offer of storage at the LOC for $50 per month…
MP – Mike MS – JC MP – All O – None
A motion was made to approve $1500 to cover initial costs of the trailer.
MP – Jill MS – Pat MP – All O – None
Motion made to approve up to $200 to purchase a new club canopy as the last one was damaged at the Walnutport Festival.
MP – Mark MS – Gery MP – All O – None
Purchase of Boats
Discussion was made on purchase of kayaks.
Motion made to approve up to $800 for purchase of a used sea kayak. Gery and Cie are authorized to make the purchase.
MP – Rita MS – Sheldon MP – All O – None
April 7 Meeting Location
Next meeting to be held at The Lehigh Gap Nature Center. This will be an annual icebreaker.
Wraps are the popular choice. A discussion was held on whether we should approve money in the 2023 annual budget for renting an indoor venue for the icebreaker as we had done prior to COVID.
Pat reported for Dave Dawson: Spring Trip will be to Pohick Bay Regional Park in the Washington DC area from 22 to 25 April 2022. Already 42 signed up!
Pat reported we are going back to Camp Arrowhead as we did last year! Dates are October 14 to 17th.
Report For LOAs for Lake Nockamixon 2022
Dan Rempp reported the LOA was approved for 15 trips.
Discussion on Support to LL Bean and LOC for their Support
LL Bean and LOC job opportunities have been posted on our Facebook page.
Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR Blended Learning Class
JC reported two classes are on March 13, 2022 at Lehigh Gap Nature Pavilion. Both classes are full.
Scott reported he is looking for Wilderness First Aid opportunities.
Walkie-Talkie Buy in
NCSP is offering a group purchase of marine radios.
June Swap Meet
Discussed moving the June Swap meet back to the Little Lehigh on the first Tuesday in June. No exchange of cash. Will need permission from the city and an insurance certificate. Pat to check on certificate for this year.
Traditionally we supply pizza.
Updating Facebook Rules
Rachel reported that we have no Facebook rules and should add behavior and expectations. Tabled until till next meeting.
Advertising for Open Water and Recreation classes
After a brief discussion decided to advertise at discretion of the instructors.
Approval of Training Reimbursement
There was a reimbursement $250 due for Rita’s L-2 Touring training.
It was approved as both part of the Education budget and the Club budget.
A motion was made to reimburse these expenses.
MP – Pat MS – Rachel MP – All O – None
Trip Policy Committee
No report but 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.
Insurance Policy Committee
No report. Note this is a new committee split off due to the insurance questions that the Trip Policy Committee raised. Members are Pat, Dave, Dan Rempp and Rita.
Spring and Fall Trips
Spring Trip will be to Pohick Bay Regional Park from 22 to 25 April 2022.
Fall trip to Camp Arrowhead October 14 to 17.
Working on an October speaker.
Still need Hospitality Committee members to run icebreakers and parties. Pat is chairperson. Bob Brunda, Rita Snyder. and Mike are current members.
Permanent Home for Boats Committee
See report under Old Business.
Paddler of the Year
Nominations by March 15, 2022
Tohickon Release Committee
Dan Morton created a committee to increase Club presence at the Tohickon releases. Next releases are March 19th and 20th.
Josh Smith will lead experienced whitewater paddlers.
April 2022 Ice Breaker at Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Spring Trip to Pohick Bay Regional Park
May 2022 Ledges Paddle Lehigh Gap Nature Center
June 2022 Little Lehigh on Park Drive Allentown
July 2022 No meeting
August 2022 No meeting
September 2022 Ledges Paddle – Lehigh Gap Nature Center Pizza? Swap Meet? Larry March Slalom Race
October 2022 List of Nominees for office due.
Fall Trip to Camp Arrowhead
November 2022 Election of Officers
December 2022 Holiday Party
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting.
MP – Mark MS – Mike MP – All O – None
The meeting was adjourned at 9:28pm.
Respectfully submitted: Mike Swartley– Recording Secretary