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Elkhorn Paddlers gain Sponsor

Spring Meeting Date Set

The Elkhorn Paddlers Spring Meeting/Cruise Planning/Potluck  has been set for Sunday, March 4, 2018. Save the date  and plan to join us to do group business, plan paddle trips for 2018 and enjoy some social time with other members. More details will be announced as the date nears. For early information, contact davestawicki@yahoo.com.
(ĕlk’hôrn păd’ler) n. 1. A person, or group, interested in promoting “quietwater” stream cruising, FUN, safety and river etiquette.
Kentucky Waterways Alliance works across the Commonwealth to advocate for our vision of a Kentucky that sustains and celebrates our vast network of healthy waterways. KWA organizes cleanups each year on the Red River, Green River, Elkhorn Creek, and Beargrass Creek - and we are always looking for more opportunities. We support the Elkhorn Paddlers and other water recreation groups as part of our mission to celebrate waterways, believing that people will work to protect and restore waters that they love. Website: www.kwalliance.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KentuckyWaterwaysAlliance/ 

River Rat Cruise,  Oct 21-22 2017

Eighteen people met at the Camp Nelson Dock early Saturday for the paddle.  We were without our leader Bob Walters this year, he had to travel to Tennessee to be with his son and family and a newborn Grandson with some serious medical issues.  We missed you this year Bob. We unloaded all of the boats and gear and 8 drivers followed Kenny Embry, our shuttle transport driver to our take out at Shakertown Landing. At the landing, Shakertown was having a canoe trip up the Dix River run by Canoe Ky. Shakertown is now charging a fee to launch at the landing. We did not pay to park overnight or to take out, but in the future we might be charged a fee. When the drivers returned to Camp Nelson we all  loaded up the boats and headed down river. We had a total of ten boats. Mike and Cathy Moser in a canoe Virgil and Chris in canoe Kevin and Terese in canoe Jack Jenkins in kayak Heather Davis in kayak Bill Guelda and Jerry Tracey in canoe Matthew and Samuel in canoe Bryce, his two children, Coraline and Jeremiah, and James Zabel in a canoe Todd – James’s Dad, visiting from North Carolina , in a kayak. And me in a solo canoe. The group made camp at the mouth of Jessamine Creek and some went up the creek a bit to explore.  We had a few new to the trip and some first time paddlers and campers, but I think that they enjoyed the experience.  Mike Moser had some books to loan out and suggested  in future meetings that we have a book loaning between members t o expand our knowledge. Wayne Eddins

Elkhorn Paddlers Mtg – 11/5/17

Present:  Terese Pierskalla, Kevin Bartell, George Hoover, Jack Jenkins, Mike Moser, Cathy Moser, Virgil Jonhnson, Chris Johnson, Wayne Eddins, Dave Stawicki, Ward Wilson, Alice Yates Meeting brought to order at 10:00am. Approval of March 5, 2017 minutes There was a motion to approve the minutes as presented, the motion was seconded and approved. Treasurer's Report: Expenses included payments to American Whityewater, Mr. Sutherland (Elkhorn Creek access), MeetUp fees and web hosting fee. All income comes from memberships. The group spends about $700 per year and this past year brought in $485. Motion was made and seconded to accept the Treasurer's Report; motion was approved Dave said he forgot to send the approved $75 to ACA; a motion was made and seconded to send the $75; motion was approved. Membership Report:  We have 29 memberships, which equals 42 members (16 single, 30 family).  7 people have signed up since March.  The group is at its lowest membership since 2009-10. Meet Up:  There is a total of 397 people on the Elkhorn Paddlers Meetup site; 13 are current EP members and there are 16 organizers.  19 trips were publicized through meetup; the newsletter listed 8 trips and 2 meetings (not all EP trips were put on the Meetup site).  136 people signed up for Meetup trips. Motion was made and seconded to accept the Membership Report; motion was approved. Old Business MeetUp Site:  Cost is $180/year.   Various ways were discussed on how to fund the cost of the Meetup site:  increase memberships, increase dues, get sponsorships, ask for donations.  A motion was made to have up to 3 sponsorships per year at $50/year each and those 3 sponsors would have the first refusal to renew the following year; and if possible a donations button will be added, through We Pay, to the Meetup site.  The motion was seconded and approved. Ward Wilson committed Kentucky Waterways Alliance to be the first sponsor.  Ward will also talk to Canoe Kentucky and see if they would also be a sponsor (discussion included the group thought they should be a sponsor since some of their trips were listed on the MeetUp site).  There was also discussion of poting the Kentucky WaterWays Alliance Clean-Up Trips on the EP MeetUp Site. Website:  Dave Stawicki worked with Bill Pierskalla to transfer the EPDomain name.  Cost for the new website is $30-$40 every 5 years to register the domain name and $6/month ($72/year) for webhosting.  Dave needs people to look over the website and suggest edits.  The website gives the group another presence, is a place to put news, trip reports, post forms leaders might need.  Some questioned whether or not the group needed a website since we have the Meetup site.  Discussion will continue in March as to whether or not to continue to have the website. New Business Shakertown is now charging to launch a boat from their put-in and may want to start charging to take-out there – could impact the cost of the River Rat cruise.  It was decided to wait and see what they charge next year. Wayne asked if something could be done for the Shuttle driver for the River Rat cruise for all they have done for the group over the years.  It was decided that those who wished to contribut to a Thank You to the shuttle driver can give money to Wayne; also discussed including a free EP membership. Spring Meeting Date:  March 4, 2018; business meeting at 3pm followed by the cruise meeting and potluck dinner.  Location:  Dave and Amy Stawicki's home, Lexington. Meeting adjourned at 10:50am.

EP Lending Library

The following books were borrowed at the Nov. 5, 2017 meeting: Title Borrower Paddle to the Amazon Jack Jenkins Canoeing with the Cree Chris/Virgil Johnson The Boys in the Boat Chris/Virgil Johnson Boone Virgil Johnson Heart of the Sea Virgil Johnson Down the Great Unknown Terese Pierskalla Kon-Tiki Kevin Bartell This Water Goes North Mike/Kathy Moser Root Beer Lady Wayne Eddins The ____ of Labrador Wayne Eddins All the Cowboys Were Indians Wayne Eddins The Bounty Kevin Bartell Crazy Horse Mike Moser River Wayne Eddins The Frontiersman Mike/Kathy Moser
(ĕlk’hôrn păd’ler) n. 1. A person, or group, interested in promoting “quietwater” stream cruising, FUN, safety and river etiquette.

News

Elkhorn Paddlers gain Sponsor

Spring Meeting Date Set

The Elkhorn Paddlers Spring Meeting/Cruise Planning/Potluck  has been set for Sunday, March 4, 2018. Save the date  and plan to join us to do group business, plan paddle trips for 2018 and enjoy some social time with other members. More details will be announced as the date nears. For early information, contact davestawicki@yahoo.com.