LVKCC Minutes – September 3, 2020
General Membership Meeting
Executive Committee Members Present:
President – Pat Beltz Vice President – Skip Moyer
Recording Secretary – Tracy Lenoir Treasurer – Dave Dawson
Membership Secretary – Paula Rempp Webmaster – Dan Rempp
Member at Large – Gery Kirkner
Educational Instruction Coordinator – Scott Douglas
Total present: 20
The swap meet and a paddle on the ledges occurred before the meeting.
Pat Beltz called the general membership meeting to order at 7:27 pm.
A motion was made to accept the July executive committee meeting minutes as posted on the club website.
MP – Gery Kirkner MS – Scott Douglas P – Majority O – None
Dave Dawson presented the LVKCC August Financial Report.
August Account Balances:
Checking Account: $7,518.07
Savings Account: $14,304.22
PayPal Account: $1312.67
Total All Accounts: $23,134.96
There has been very little change to the accounts in the month of August. The only expense for the month was the monthly Zoom fee.
A motion was made to accept the August Financial Report.
MP – Scott Douglas MS –Dan Rempp P – Majority O – None
The Zoom account has not been used for over a month. The next time that it might be used is in the winter, as a teaching aid for classes.
A motion was made to cancel the Zoom subscription.
MP – Joe Cona MS – Paula Rempp P- Majority O – None
Paula Rempp presented the following membership statistics:
197 individual dues paying members
141 families represented
2,042 Facebook members
1,293 Meetup members
There was nothing new to report.
The Beginners Series finished the moving water portion of the class. There were 15 students at the beginning of the pool sessions. 5 students completed the last trip. Some students dropped out to work on their skills before advancing to more difficult sections of the river. Other students stopped responding to emails and trip invitations. There were scheduling conflicts for other students.
There was a survey sent to the students, and the results were positive overall.
Eric Schweitzer has led the moving water portion of the Beginners Series for five years. He has decided to step down from the position. Any interested candidates should contact Scott Douglas. Candidates should have a current ACA instructor certification.
Scott Douglas is planning an Intermediate Class before the Tohickon release in November. The date of the class has not yet been determined. The location may be the Mongaup.
Lafayette College has not committed to letting the club use the pool this winter. Alternative sites, including YMCAs will be contacted. A back up plan is to use Zoom for informational purposes and Pat Beltz’s pond for paddling.
The Education Committee will be meeting in December. Anyone can join the committee if they are interested.
The Thousand Islands self-supported kayak trip was a success. Six members attended. The weather was good, the food was delicious, and the camp site was nice. This may become a repeated trip. A night might be added to make it a 5 day/4 night trip.
There was a swap meet before the meeting. There was a small turn out and only a few things sold. It rained heavily during the event. A couple members participated in a paddle on the ledges before the meeting started.
Series or Special Events
Larry March Slalom
The Larry March Slalom race is cancelled for this year. The club cannot afford the required insurance coverage for the event.
Sea Kayak Trip – Fall
The fall sea kayaking trip to Barnegat Bay is scheduled for October 16-19, 2020. There will be paddling in the bay and also in Cedar Creek. The group will stay at a retreat center. Camping is $50, a double room is $150 per person, and a single room is $300. There are still rooms and campsites available. Contact Linda A. Martin if interested.
Little Lehigh Gabions
The work on the gabions has been tabled.
The October 1, 2020 and November 5, 2020 meetings will be held at the Lehighton Outdoor Center. The meetings will start at 7:00pm. Jerry McAward will be presenting at the October meeting.
The Holiday party is usually held the first Friday in December. A location has not been selected yet. Any ideas for the location can be given to members of the Hospitality Committee. The Paddler of the Year award will be presented at the party.
Nominations for club officers should be made for the upcoming year. Dave Dawson, the treasurer, and Paula Rempp, the membership secretary, have completed the maximum three years in their positions. Nominations should be given to Linda A. Martin. Voting will occur at the November meeting.
Allagash Wilderness Waterway Trip
Scott Douglas is planning the fourth Allagash trip, scheduled for the end of July/ early August of 2021. It is a week long canoe camping trip in Maine. A maximum of six tandem canoes will be taken. There are still spots open for the trip. Trip preparation includes planning meetings and canoe practice sessions. Previous camping and canoe experience are not required for the trip.
Flat Water Paddling
Dan Rempp and Mike Swartley have planned multiple flatwater club trips. The events will be posted on Meetup. Past events have filled up quickly.
September 10, 2020 – Preachers Camp, Beltzville, 5pm
September 17, 2020 – Preachers Camp, Beltzville, 5pm
September 20, 2020 – Leaser Lake, 3pm
September 24, 2020 – Preachers Camp, Beltzville, 11am
September 28, 2020 – Full Moon Paddle, 3 Mile Run, Nockamixon, 6pm
October 6, 2020 – 3 Mile Run, Nockamixon, 4pm
October 10, 2020 – Fall Foliage Paddle, site TBA
October 24, 2020 – Blue Marsh – (long boat recommended)
Lower Yough Trip
Scott Douglas will lead a trip to the Lower Yough in late October. Trip details will be announced at a later date.
Lil Lehigh – Allentown Park – Hans Wagner, Eric Schweitzer
Education Committee – Scott Douglas
Program Committee – Linda A. Martin
Hospitality Committee – Joanne Novak, Paula Rempp
FEW Dam – Scott Douglas, Skip Moyer
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 Morton MS – Skip Moyer P – Majority O – None
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm.
Respectfully submitted: Tracy Lenoir – Recording Secretary