September, 1999 Volume IV, Number 8
Canoe Club Meetings: First Tuesday of each month:
For last minute changes or new trips, visit the website: http://www.efn.org/~canoe
Tuesday, September 7, 7:00 pm Alton Baker Park Shelter - Planning meeting for future trips and programs (see President's Message on p. 2). Bring: a dessert/snack to share and your ideas!
Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 pm Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
3925 Hilyard S., Eugene
Program: Horst's and Lana's slides of the John Day trips this summer, plus pictures and stories shared by the other participants.
New/Old Editor: Lana Lindstrom has resumed the editorship of the newsletter. Help her out by sending articles! E-mail is preferable (just straight text, NOT Word or WordPerfect documents): firstname.lastname@example.org. Handwritten or typed articles sent to 3464 Olive St., Eugene, OR 97405 will work too.
The deadline for articles is the 20th of each month so that the newsletter can be distributed a week in advance of the next meeting.
Retired Editor: Many many bouquet of flowers in thanks to Mike Harrington, the newsletter editor for the past 1 ½ years.
Last year, the Canoe Club had a booth on Willamette with the other non profits and lots of folks stopped to find out more about the Club. Ken Wayland will coodinate the 2 hour volunteer time slots starting at 10am on Sat. and 10am on Sun. To volunteer and promote the club (not to mention "people watch" while sitting down), call Ken to volunteer at 302-1843.
We’ve had very few trips on the calendar - the planning meeting on Sept 7 hopefully will generate some activity, but if you can’t attend that, just let Omar know which one you'd like to coordinate and send a message to the editor too. Potential fall paddles might be the Umpqua Estuary (between Reedsport and Gardner), Waldo Lake (both of these could be overnight trips), as well as Coyote Creek and the Upper Deschutes.
From the Prez:
There is quite a bit of concern among many members that we need to re-focus and re-invigorate the club. Signs of the cur-rent malaise are lack of attendance at meetings, few trips being scheduled, and few people being involved in any organizing.
You need to be at this meeting to share your vision of the club and to work together with our fellow paddlers to come up with ways to re-invent this wheel.
If your vision is to continue the way we are you need to come and tell us that, too. The only way for us to meet your needs and desires and for the club to evolve is for you to get involved. I understand that evolution is a bad word these days but it's time for some to happen in the club.
Come one, come all to the most important meeting of the year, except November when we will elect a whole new slate of officers.
I have it on good authority that there will be some dynamite desserts at the meeting.
See you at the meeting, Tuesday, September 7, 7:00 pm, Alton Baker Park Shelter.
Willamette River upriver from Harrisburg Bridge
One of the visitors to the Canoe Club Web page asked about possible snags above the Harrisburg Bridge. Dick Cross’s response follows: Jerry Newcomb and I floated the Willamette about a month ago. Easy going until just upriver from the highway bridge. No tree snags but what appeared to be several large blocks of concrete (maybe old bridge foundations) spread across the river. Easy to avoid by hugging the bank river-right or pick a chute between a couple of the blocks and drop through. There did not seem to be any rebar. The riveris lower now so maybe best to avoid the whole mess.
All trips leave from the River Runners Supply on Centennial Loop at 8:30 unless otherwise noted. Bring a lunch, warm clothes, rain gear, and PFD.
To sign-up, call the trip coordinator; in the event you need to cancel thereafter, please call the coordinator as well.
Sunday, September 19- easy flat water paddle on the main Siuslaw River and Sweet Creek following the tide out. Lana Lindstrom 683-1409
October 1-3--Upper Rogue: Hog to Graves Creek. Class 3. We’ll paddle at least 2 of the 3 days - come for just 1 day or the entire time. Lana Lindstrom 683-1409
Saturday, Oct 9 - North fork of the Siuslaw - flat water paddle. Robert Horner, 342-2246
Cascade Paddles & Portage Staffs
Made to order - you choose the length, style, and type of wood. Over a dozen blade styles to choose from - bent or straight. Or pick out a paddle in stock. Laminated for strength and beauty. Also availabel ror hikers or long portages: strong and light walking staffs. Robert 342-2246
"Paddling Lane County - 24 easy routes for canoe or kayak"
written by club member Jim Hutchison. Available from the club for $5.00. Retail price is $6.95 to $7.95.
Looking to get more involved in Club Business?
Mark and Becky Koble are looking for someone (or a team of someones) to take over the Club banking/member list maintenance role, beginning January, 2000. This function involves making monthly bank deposits and writing checks for Club expenses, as well as updating the Club member database for membership renewals and additions for the monthly production of mailing address labels. Currently, the member information is maintained on an Access database, but this could be converted to a word processing/mail merge application without too much difficulty. If you might be interested in performing this function for the Club or if you simply would like more information about it, call the Kobles at 344-7518.