September, 1999 Volume IV, Number 9

Canoe Club Meetings: First Tuesday of each month:
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Minutes from Sept 7 Meeting Recorded by Mary Battin, Secretary:

The meeting of the Cascade Canoe Club was at the Alton Baker Park Shelter on Sept. 7, l999. We started by enjoying a dessert pot luck. We had a general discussion of the future of the club, the direction it was going and where we wanted it to go. How can we increase the number of active members? Should "kayak" be part of the name. What is the reason that members don't attend meeting and/or organize trips?

Horst called some less active members for their suggestions. We need a definite program for each meeting and announce it in the newsletter and news paper. Interested non members have come for specific programs they were interested in.

We reviewed the canoe schedule for fall--sounds pretty good (see schedule on next page). It was also suggested that we could systematically do the trips in Jim Hutchison's book, " Paddling Lane County"

We need a white water coordinator. If canoe lessons would encourage people to paddle, we should send them to Parks and Recreation or other professional instructors.

Celebration Booth Thanks Ken Wayland and Robert Horner for making the Canoe Club booth a reality. Once again we got to meet and talk with all sorts of people.......... from sharing trip stories to persons interested in learning to paddle, and discovering there is a club in town to do some trips, to just talking the language of the outdoors and canoeing. It was a really fun way to be a part of the Celebration activities.

Kenai Canoe Trails, Alaska: It's a long ways to drive to go paddling but the rewards were worth it. It took a week to get up there, but the scenery made everyday a visual experience with lots of wildlife, rivers, lakes and mountains to keep a person goose-necking around. The weather was generally lousy when we were portaging and camping with lots of rain but we still enjoyed the exploration and paddling.

I'd say if you got to chose between the Bowrons', Quetico, or Boundary Waters OR the Kenai trails, chose either of the first three. Why? Because from what I've experienced in the Bowrons, or the photos I've seen of the other two, the topography is much more interesting. Still it was a fun flat water trip and the food was generally great. It's nice to be back and I'm looking forward to doing the coastal waters this fall and winter. I'll be sharing more stories about this trip at the November meeting. Robert Horner

Trip Calendar: 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.

October 1-3--Upper Rogue: Hog to Graves Creek. Class 3. CANCELED due to lack of interest. Lana 683-1409

Saturday, Oct 9 - North fork of the Siuslaw River - flat water. Come with us on this beautiful coastal stream through some quiet farmland with the help of the incoming tide. It's our first trip this fall so let's have a good turn-out and trade our summer trip tales. Bring a lunch, something to sit on, and rain gear (although we rarely need the latter). We'll also send a sign-up sheet around at the meeting in Oct. Robert Horner, 342-2246

Saturday, October 23 - Clear Lake - beautiful fall colors surrounding a lake one can see at least 30 feet down. Headwaters of the McKenzie River. Joan Taber, 465-4954

November 6 & 7 (overnight trip, but can just paddle either day) South Slough and Scofield Creek (Charleston area on the south coast). Camp in yurts or in your own tent or stay in a motel! Phil Backman, 344-8587


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 available for 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.