LVKCC Minutes – May 5, 2022

Place – Lehigh Gap Nature Center

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

Non-Executive Members

Webmaster – Dan Rempp

Educational Instruction Coordinator – Scott Douglas

Total members present:  26


The business meeting started at 7:32pm..

Secretary’s Report

A motion was made to accept the April 7th meeting minutes as posted on the club website.

MP –  Scott   MS –  Bill P –  All     O –  None

Treasurer’s Report

April 2022 report was provided. 

A motion was made to approve the April Treasurer’s report.

MP –     Mark       MS –  Pat    P –  All     O –  None

Membership Report

Jill Evans provided the following membership statistics as of April 30th 2022  

Total Members 2022:  306  

Total Individual Memberships:  133  

Total Individual Lifetime     4  

Total Family Memberships   61

Total Family Lifetime     1


Total Lifetime:     5

2666 members of the Facebook group 

1446 subscribers to Meetup

Webmaster’s Report

Dan Rempp reported Website usage has dropped. Last year was: 354/month. Now 143/month.  Believed Google has changed its ranking. Discussion was held as to why this might be. Possibilities include COVID, or Facebook or Meetup pages are used more often.

Membership is up so we did not feel this is a concern.

Education Report 

Last pool class was Saturday April 9th. Pool classes were successful!

Whitewater class river portion is scheduled to start this Saturday.   

Open Water Sea kayaking class will start May 18th with a Zoom classroom. Water training starts June 4th.

Recreational Kayaking Course has reported 2 students.  May 28th is deadline for registration. Class starts June 4th. See Meetup for details.

Plans are to have a Guide class on May 29. Six have signed up. Up to 10 students plus instructors and safety boaters.

Scott Douglas plans to offer an ACA Instructor Certification Workshop June 23-26 (Thurs – Sunday).  This will be for those wishing to become certified as Instructors for the club.  This intensive workshop will cover L1 (kayak) and L2 (moving water kayak) certifications, with June 23-25 required for both L1 and L2 and June 26th required for L2.  The first three days will be at Lake Nockamixon and requires a long boat and gear. June 26th will be at Marvins Garden on the Lehigh and requires a whitewater boat and gear. Anyone interested or to request additional information should email Scott (  Space is limited.

Trip leader class and certification will be posted soon on our website.

Intermediate series to be determined.

Main Topics

Old Business

T shirt Update

New shirts and hats have arrived and are steadily being sold. Shirts are $25 each. Hats $15. Mugs $5. New club stickers are free.

Tent Status

The tent has been exchanged and is operational. Tent and banner is at Dan Morton’s house. Tent, roller bag, and banner will next be shown at the Swap Meet and Stoneyfest.

Pool Report

Expenses and Income presented.  Projected to have $1162.62 surplus.

Looking forward to next year at Rodale! 

Suggestion was been made to add an additional hour to our pool sessions for next year.

Permanent Home for Boats Committee

Trailer has been registered, inspected and moved to Pat’s place. New wheels and tires were purchased using approved funds.  Old rims can be re-sold.

Advance Auto Parts – Battery:     $46.63

Don’s Auto Sales – Title and Registration  $160.00

Gravers’ Sales and Service – Tires and Rims $655.24

Will get a a bill from Jerry for his services.

Construction of structure inside the trailer will begin this month.

A small leak needs to be caulked.

Need locks for hitch and doors and a lockbox.

Projected date to its home at the LOC is early June.

Spring Trip

Dave Dawson reported that the trip to Pohick Bay Regional Park near Washington DC from 22 to 25 April 2022 was successful! There were 42 attendees. Many pictures and comments posted on Facebook. 

Fall Trip

Fall trip is October 14 to 17 to Camp Arrowhead Rehobeth Bay, Delaware

Larry March Slalom Race on 9, 10 and 11 September

Skip & Gery have volunteered to run this annual 3 day event on the second weekend in September. 

City has the insurance information.

We need volunteers for this event: setup, timers, record keepers and teardown.

New Business

Jackson Kayak Expo at LOC

Several Club members attended this event at the Lehighton Outdoor Center (LOC). Several kayaking professionals were present! Several new Jackson Kayak designs were at the expo.

Club Bank Account Swap 

Club accounts were swapped to the new officers and is mostly complete.

Walkie-Talkie Buy in and Trips Reimbursements

The NCSP marine radios arrived end of April. Thanks to Pat for acquiring these and driving to Ithaca to pick them up!

Also Pat drove to Starrk Moon months ago to sell/purchase boats.

The Executive Board voted by email to reimburse Pat for gas for both trips..

Current Committees

Tuesday Whitewater Practice Sessions

Practice sessions are being held at 4pm on Tuesdays.   The first session was held on May 3rd at the Little Lehigh. They are being held at 4pm on Tuesdays in May and June at the Little Lehigh. In July and August the sessions will be at Marvin Gardens.

See the Club Meetup Events page for details and updates.

Swap Meet Pizza

A motion was made to purchase pizza for next months’ swap meet.

MP –    Dave MS –  Susan P –  All     O –  None

Trip Policy Committee

Sent out to all members a draft of the latest proposal for guides and instructors.

Discussion on wording and other issues.

A motion was made to table the draft proposal til next meeting.

MP –    Mitch MS –  Linda P –  All     O –  None

Holiday Party in December

December 3rd or 10th were choices.

A motion was made for December 3rd

MP –    Pat MS –  Rita P –  All     O –  None

Team River Runners

Asked for volunteers to help out at Rodale on May 6, 20 and June 3rd. See Team River Runner – Lehigh Valley, PA Facebook page.

Boy Scout Camporee May 21st

Scott reported safety boaters are needed the Boy Scout Camporee needs between 9am and 4pm May 21st.

Stoneyfest Whitewater

Class 2 Whitewater Event on May 20 – 22nd by Bensalem Whitewater Canoe Club. See website for Benscreek Canoe Club.

Program Committee 

Checking on an October speaker.

Updating Facebook Rules

Tabled until till next meeting.

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.

Upcoming Meetings/Events

June  2022 Swap Meet and meeting at Little Lehigh River. Pizza provided.

July 2022 No meeting

August 2022 No meeting

September 2022 Ledges Paddle – Lehigh Gap Nature Center  Slalom race

October 2022 List of Nominees for office due. Wildlands Conservancy

Fall Trip to Lake Arrowhead on October 14 to 17

November 2022 Election of Officers Wildlands Conservancy 

December 2022 Holiday Party on 3rd

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting.  

MP –   Nickole MS –   Rita  MP    All     O – None

The meeting was adjourned at  9:00pm.

Respectfully submitted: Mike Swartley– Recording Secretary