1. Festivals we have chosen to race
in: Vancouver Alcan (women's), Saskatoon in July, Edmonton in August,
Kelowna in September. Possibility of San Francisco in October.
2. Muskrats Women's Team practices and
fees were discussed. Two potential new women paddlers were added to
the backup roster.
3. Coaching clinics: new coaches/drummers/steerers
will be trained for 2001. A coach from the strong Calgary Canoe
Club may be brought to Edmonton for a weekend clinic. Dates TBA.
4. Ten new Directors-at-Large
appointed by acclamation to hold leadership and voting roles with the
Club Executive. These names include:
Catherine Lea (hop a long Cassidy)
Speedo Boy Robyn
5. 2001 Dues: $360 in dues were collected
the night of March 15, for a total of 14 new Rats paddlers this year.
6. Informal Elections results:
Belair is returning as President and Papa Paddler. Brian Lee is
returning as VP Treasurer. Paul Gil is returning as Chief Information
Officer (Web Rat). Rob Borrelli is now officially our VP of
Marketing. And Michelle Manovich is our new club Vice President.
7. Paddler Forum: feedback from last
year's membership is requested via email.
8. Forecast for 2001: with the
addition of several new leadership resources, the club should enjoy a
smoother infrastructure and cleaner deployment of nightly
practices. The challenges will be with establishing a dependable
communication structure amongst our large executive now.
9. Secret things were also discussed
(not to be published here)
10. Insurance for 2001:
we are now
under the umbrella of the White Water Paddling club, and all EDBRC
paid members will be protected against river incidents, including
crocodile attacks and acts of alien abduction.
11. Fundraising suggestions: many thoughts
were raised, the most prominent of which was the partnership with the
Urban Lounge pub for a fundraising party.
12. Several new paddlers offered
disseminate brochures at their respective organizations, including the
U of A. These people's good will shall be promptly abused, including
Bilinda's offer to do desktop publishing for the club :)