Jan. 9, 2019 General Meeting Minutes

Jan 9, 2019 SAPC General Meeting @ Summit Hut, 5:30 to 8:00 PM
President Tommy James Presiding
> The meeting was opened with a welcome for the new year, introductions of the officers, and a reading of the purpose of SAPC as an organization.
Joyce and Ted were welcomed as first-time attendees. Both have paddled for several years and have 10- foot hard shells.
The annual “Spirit of Royce” award was presented to Richard “Rick” Johnson for his years of dedication to the club including leading trips, loaning boats & gear, bringing in new members, and many other contributions over the years.
Old Business
>Annual membership dues are due in January. The membership fee remains at $15 per family per year.
Club equipment is now listed on the SAPC website Loaner Gear link with photos and descriptions. Equipment is available to loan to any current SAPC member so long as it is not needed for a club event. Members are encouraged to donate items for others to use. Rick Johnson is storing the equipment for the club, and his contact information is also listed on that website link.
New Business
SAPC has negotiated a new benefit with BackCountry.com for current SAPC members to receive a 15% discount on their online orders. Please see SAPC website’s Announcements link for details on how to take advantage of this new benefit.
SAPC Spring picnic and cleanup at Lake Patagonia is scheduled for Sunday, March 31st, 2019. The Fall picnic and cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, October 20th, 2019.
> Arizona Paddle Festival at Lake Havasu will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019. SAPC will plan to have an information booth at the festival this year. Volunteers for the festival can camp for free at the site Friday through Sunday. SAPC will try to arrange to have a club camping area if enough of us are planning to volunteer. Tommy James will coordinate with Ranger Terry Gerber and will have more details to share at the next SAPC meeting.
> Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) will be help April 12-14, 2019 in Prescott. Tommy James and several other club members will be teaching kayaking and water safety at the event.
Trip Reports
> Anne Dalton stayed at Tommy’s camp-host site at Ruby Mountain and paddled the Arkansas River area in September. >Mike Coltrin floated the Perfume River in Vietnam, see the beautiful boats on the Google Map link
Upcoming Trips
>Peg Davis is planning a spring trip to Gila Box (Clifton, AZ) as a two-day overnight trip. Short boats or inflatables are recommended. Contact her if interested.
>Rick Johnson is planning his annual Squaw Lake and Yuma Ren Faire trip Feb 1st thru 4th, 2019. Still water conditions with lots of back waters to explore. Some of the group will attend the Ren Faire on Saturday. Contact him if interested.
>Norma Miller is planning a trip to Lees Ferry May 4th and 5th, 2019. Plan is to camp nearby on the 4th and then take the Outfitter’s raft to the dam and paddle back 16 miles. Cost estimated at $80 per person. More details to be shared at the next SAPC meeting.
>Maria Novak is planning to lead a Pena Blanca cleanup effort in late Feb or early Mar, 2019. It will be a day trip with no overnight. Details will be sent via club email as they become available.
Tommy James will be hosting at Ruby Mountain again this year from Mid May through Oct. Members are welcome to come stay at his host-site (tent-space only) and paddle nearby waters ranging from still water to white water areas.
>Oscar Berven is planning a Baja trip April 5-11,2019. This is a commercial trip that includes meals, beer, and includes white water areas. Contact him for more details on signing up.
> Program presentation by Glen Davis and Bob Schoen sharing photos of their recent Lake Powell kayaking trips. Bob and Helen Deluga also shared slides of their trip through Monument Valley.
> Next SAPC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 13th, 2019 at Summit Hut on Speedway. Presenter will be Tom Martin, author and conservationist for the Arkansas river, Colorado River & publisher of many southwest river & hiking guides. Meeting adjourned