This summer is just flying past! Just a few items to update members on as we approach the end of the season.CLUB REGATTA & POTLUCK: The club will be hosting its annual club championships, along with a potluck dinner, on Aug. 23. The racing will begin at 1, with dinner starting around 6. The day should be a great opportunity to have fun on the water, and socialize with your fellow club members. The divisions this year are: Masters; U-19; U-17; U-15; U-13; U-11. Categories are: Open Kayak (K-1, K-2); Baumier Kayak; Outrigger Canoe; Canoe (C-1, C-2); SUP. We will be racing Open, Women, and Mixed (for team boats). In order to try and make the day as orderly as possible, please email Commodore Scoop at firstname.lastname@example.org if you intend to race so we can develop a start list. We will also need volunteers to assist with marshaling, timing, starting, and safety boat. You can also email to advise what you will be bringing for the potluck. OPEN PADDLE: Did you know the club is open most weekday evenings from 5:30 until 7, and on Sundays from 4 until 6? It's a great opportunity hang out at the boathouse, and maybe try out a boat that you might not otherwise paddle. The commodore's challenge to members this month is to come out at least one night a week through August, other than a dragon boat practice, in order to get out on the water. Remember - it's your club. Make the most of your membership! WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR YOUR CLUB IN THE FUTURE?: The board of directors will have an opening this fall; as we head towards our Annual General Meeting later this year, we want to encourage our members to consider stepping up and working with the board. It doesn't even need to be a directorship; the club is always looking for its members to volunteer to organize social activities, and help with communications. The next time you're at the boathouse, feel free to chat with a director about how you might like to help out the club!
The ice may still be in the harbour, but the Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club is getting ready to hit the water. An open house and social will be held at the boathouse on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 1 until 4 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for club members to get together after a long winter, and a chance for new members to find out what all the fuss is about!
As a special enticement to new members - sign up for the season on April 26, and we'll apply the early bird registration fee of $275 ($550 for a family membership). The fee includes access to any club program, excluding kids paddle camp, including the competitive dragon boat team, open paddle, masters sprint, and the high performance competitive paddling for youth.
This deal is only open to individuals who are new to the club, or who have not been a member within the last five years.
The Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club celebrated the 2013 season with its Annual General Meeting at the home of Bud and Sue Christensen on Friday, Nov. 22. Outgoing Commodore Brian Saunderson highlighted the achievements of the club, not only during this past year, but also the 10 seasons that the club has now been on the water, under his leadership.
In recognition of his contributions to the development of the club, incoming Commodore Ian Adams unveiled a new Builder's Award - the Brian G. Saunderson Builders Award - and acknowledged Saunderson as the first recipient.
The Paddlers of the Year award was presented to Nadine Oliynyk and Sam Martin-Chase in the youth category; Kelly Dory was the master women's paddler of the year, while Saunderson and Adams were the master mens' paddlers of the year.
Who is worthy?: As we reach the end of the season, it's also time to select our club Paddlers of the Year; the categories are male and female masters, and male and female juniors. To nominate an individual in the junior category, email high performance coach Kelly Dory at email@example.com, and to nominate a masters paddler, email Brian Saunderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for nominations is Oct. 15.
As a result of our board meeting on June 28th, we have some important information to share with all members. First of all we would like to welcome Levi Beck as our first General Manager of the Collingwood Dragonboat and Canoe Club.
Thanks to the recent grant from the Trillium Foundation, the Club has funds to hire a General Manager for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Levi is no stranger to the club as he has been involved in Paddle Camp over the years. Levi will be working full time for the Canoe Club starting July 2nd, which means we will be able to extend open paddle hours.
Effective July 2nd, open paddle will be available Monday, through Friday, starting at 5:30 p.m. (lasting approximately two hours) and Sunday from 4 until 6 p.m.
Additional times may be available through arrangements with Levi.
The Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club is hosting a fundraising event for the high school dragon boat crew, Thursday, May 9, starting at 8 p.m. at the Casbah nightclub on Huron Street. Admission is a minimum $5 donation (at the door), and the night includes raffles, prizes, and performances by local bands Not Ottawa and String Theory.
Proceeds from the night will help to fund the crew's entry fee to the Mississauga Dragon Boat Festival, to be held June 9, as well as the club's Paddle Camp Kids bursary program.
The Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club is inviting members - new and old - to a social night at the Huron Club (corner of Pine and Second streets in Collingwood) on April 25, starting at 7:30 p.m. Find out about the club, programs, and the dragon boat team - and get re-acquainted with your fellow club members, and maybe meet some new friends!