Minutes 2021


June 2, 2021 RICKA Board Meeting  minutes not yet approved.

Held via Zoom videoconferencing 

 Present: Pat Lardner, Skye Pechie, Sharon Dragon, Marty O'Loughlin, Peter Hill, Erik Eckilson, Daniel O'Shea, Bill Luther, Frank Cortesa, Sean Murphy, Brenda Rashleigh, and Cheryl Thompson

Meeting called to Order at 7:02 by Pat 

Approval of minutes from May 6, 2021

There was a motion made by Cheryl and seconded by Bill; there was a unanimous vote to approve.

Treasurer's report for May 2021 

There was a motion made by Skye and seconded by Danny; there was a unanimous vote to approve.

Old Business: 

None 

New Business:

We welcome Brenda Rashleigh as our new sea kayaking chair. She introduced herself and gave a little background. 
Conservation Chair - Update - We have been invited by Ten Mile Watershed and Bucklin Brook to a water chestnut pull on the Ten Mile River on June 5. There is another on June 12. 
Membership update - Sharon said that the address for banking is going to be changed to her address which will then match the state/non-profit address. Sharon said we got about 20 new memberships this month. 

Spring meetings - 

June meeting on the water will be held on the Wood River, starting at WPWA, and led by Pat and Danny

Sea kayakers' planning meeting will be June 5 at 3pm

Open discussion -

Pat spoke on RSVPs and brought up using the Meetup system as a pilot if leaders desire(vs. email or message board). You could list something on the message board and still have RSVPs go to Meetup. Cheryl said this has been attempted in the past and a lot of confusion ensued. Erik said he thinks there should be only one way of listing paddles - if we go with Meetups, it should be across the board. Peter said that we may not want to pay for the site. He also brought up membership confusion. Sharon said she does not see the value added. Danny said he likes the idea and that it's easy to see who is going. Erik said he thinks our message board is particularly bad for planning trips. Brenda said that she has used Meetup in the past but that the sea kayakers message board works fine for their purposes. Pat said that she will not bring this to a vote. 

New COVID - 19 guidance - 

The new COVID - 19 guidance from the newsletter:

"RICKA continues to recommend that members follow all guidelines with respect to COVID-19. With recent changes in COVID-19 guidelines at the federal, state and local level, this means that masks are no longer required on RICKA trips for fully vaccinated individuals. Masks are still required on RICKA trips for unvaccinated individuals anytime social distancing cannot be maintained.

Similar to the guidance for public transportation, we do recommend that everyone wear a mask when riding with others in group shuttle vehicles. RSVP’s will no longer be required for RICKA trips unless requested by the leader.

As always, we encourage all members to be cautious and to continue to exercise good judgment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19."

Pat asked if we should go back to just shuttling with whoever was at the paddle vs. preplanned shuttles, or leave it up to leaders. 

Skye requested the "recommendation" of wearing a mask during shuttling to be changed to required and the group agreed with this and the remainder of the above quoted change by unanimous show of hands.

Executive Board Meetings - Pat 

Marty asked about the cost of Zoom which is $15 per month. Cheryl said she is not sure REI would accept us. Cheryl said we have better participation on Zoom. Others mentioned not wanting to be in a small room nor driving to and from. Sharon said it’s even good for the environment. We will continue on Zoom for now.  

Motion to adjourn made by Danny and seconded by Frank - there was a unanimous vote.

 Meeting adjourned at 20:01 

Minutes submitted by Skye Pechie 


May 5, 2021 RICKA Board Meeting

Held via Zoom videoconferencing  

Present: Pat Lardner, Skye Pechie, Sharon Dragon, Marty O'Loughlin, Peter Hill, Erik Eckilson, Daniel O'Shea,

Bill Luther, Ron Entringer, Frank Cortesa, and Cheryl Thompson 

Meeting called to Order at 7:02 by Pat 

Approval of minutes from April 7, 2021

There was a motion made by Sharon and seconded by Danny; there was a unanimous vote to approve. 

Treasurer's report for March 2021 

There was a motion made by Cheryl and seconded by Sharon; there was a unanimous vote to approve.
Treasurer's report for March 2021 

There was a motion made by Bill and seconded by Erik; there was a unanimous vote to approve.

Old Business: 

Peter Hill wanted to clarify that the building where the picnic is being held is not called the Wickford Community Center and is not in Wickford but is in North Kingstown

 New Business:

May Meeting 17th, 7:00 PM on Zoom Update by Pat -Gabby DeMeillon and Mary Gannon from DEM will provide a presentation on Reptiles and Amphibians and the impact of wildlife disease and sanitizing equipment.  Description of meeting has been submitted to Erik for our newsletter.

June meeting on the water will be led by Pat on the Wood River 

Conservation Chair - Update - Save the Lakes  Pat:  Check has been mailed to Judy Colaluca.  Judy thanked us for the donation and will use $50.00 towards their membership.

Annual Picnic  Sharon said that Fireworks was still interested in catering for us  special diets discussed. Pat will bring the cheese. 

September 25, Saturday.  We reserved the North Kingstown Town Beach Community Center from 9 am - 5 pm.

Pat said that people have requested more instruction on when to wear masks. 

Cheryl read what was written in the flatwater trips. The website also mentions and links to current state guidelines. Peter said that Carleen suggested we only allow vaccinated people to attend, and that he believes we should be clear in our  mask statement. Frank mentioned that state guidelines can change and suggested that we mention to check back before the trip to see if there have been changes. Sharon mentioned that requiring vaccination would put the leaders in the position of policing such and it would be uncomfortable. Bill brought up that people could bring kids who are too young to be vaccinated. After a discussion, and a unanimous vote, it was decided that we will not make changes to our standpoint on mask wearing at this time but that this could be updated in future months. 

Sharon said that she received the debit card from the bank, but couldn't activate it because she does not have signing writes. The address listed with the state is Pat's address and we cannot change the bank address unless the state listed address is changed. Sharon requested permission to change the state listed address to her house. No one voiced concern about this. 

Sharon also mentioned that PayPal is in the name of a previous member and we don't know how to get a hold of him. If something were to go wrong, we would be up a creek without a paddle. Sharon suggested we could open a new PayPal account. Sharon could unlink the checking from PayPal as well. Sharon asked if anyone would like to open the PayPal account but she is happy do so as the membership chair. No one voiced concern about this nor interest in hosting the PayPal account. 

 Motion to adjourn made by Peter and seconded by Erik - there was a unanimous vote.

 Meeting adjourned at 19:58 

Minutes submitted by Skye Pechie  


April 7, 2021 RICKA Board Meeting-

Held via Zoom videoconferencing  

Present: Pat Lardner, Skye Pechie, Sharon Dragon, Marty O'Loughlin, Peter Hill, Erik Eckilson, Daniel O'Shea, Bill Luther, Ron Entringer, and Cheryl Thompson

 Meeting called to Order at 7:03 by Pat

 Approval of minutes from March 3, 2021

There was a motion made by Sharon and seconded by Danny; there was a unanimous vote to approve. 

The treasurers' report was not available by the time of the meeting and will be tabled 

Old Business: Pat was thanked for her nice thank you letter to Narrow River Kayaks

 New Business:

 Ron Entringer gave a Conservation update. He proposed that leaders check the DEM website for what is in the water for each paddle - being cautious to prevent issues in pristine waters and to avoid taking problems out of waters where they already exist. We may add this link. Cheryl asked if he could write a paragraph for each problem so that leaders could add it to their trip write up. Pat proposed that we donate $100 to Save the Lakes for Aquatic Invasive Species. Danny made a motion that we donate $100 to Save the Lakes for Aquatic Invasive Species. Peter mentioned that we could consider also doing this for Save the Bay. Cheryl seconded the motion. It passed with one abstention, one opposed, and 8 in favor

Peter mentioned that we should try to balance flatwater, sea kayaking, and whitewater issues. Pat invited Peter to encourage more sea kayakers to join the board.

Danny gave an update on the Trail Advisory Council. There have been grants relevant to paddle sports available and there will be in the future.

April Meeting - Kayak Center virtual demo day - all set 

May Meeting Pat - Gabby DeMeillon and Mary Gannon from DEM will provide a presentation on Reptiles and Amphibians and the impact of wildlife disease and sanitizing equipment.  

Erik's Flatwater leadership training is this Friday night at 7pm on Zoom

Flat Water Planning Meeting - Cheryl Kent Pavilion in Chepachet  Walkie Talkies to be distributed, Cheryl has a list of recipients. Pat has Wild & Scenic Rivers hats and water bottles with stickers on them. You can fill them with bleach to wash your boat, or alcohol gel for washing your hands. Finally, spring colored masks Pat has sewn fresh. Cheryl said bringing chairs would be wise.

Peter has helped us to secure the Wickford Beach Community Center and beach for our picnic on 9/25. Sharon asked whether we could plan ahead for flatwater paddlers, since they may need to launch somewhere else depending on conditions. Cheryl said it may be safer to just plan a trip from Wilson Park for the less experienced or those with shorter boats. Catering was also discussed, in particular, accommodating dietary needs.

Cheryl said that BVPC had their meeting on 4/3 and has 17 trips on their calendar along with the approval of the park service

Pat said that WPWA is having an Earth Day cleanup on 4/24 from 9-12- she will know soon how large it will be and whether all of RICKA can attend 

 Motion to adjourn made by Bill and seconded by Peter - there was a unanimous vote.

 Meeting adjourned at 19:58

 Minutes submitted by Skye Pechie 


March 3, 2021 RICKA Board Meeting 

Held via Zoom videoconferencing  

Present: Pat Lardner, Skye Pechie, Sharon Dragon, Marty O'Loughlin, Peter Hill, Ron Entringer, Chuck Horbert, Erik Eckilson, Daniel O'Shea, Gary Powers, Carleen McOsker, and Cheryl Thompson

 Meeting called to Order at 7:00 by Pat

 Approval of minutes from February 6, 2021

There was a motion made by Marty and seconded by Cheryl; there was a unanimous vote to approve.

 Approval of treasurer's reports for February, 6, 2021: 

There was a motion made by Danny and seconded by Sharon; there was a unanimous vote to approve.

 Old Business: none

 New Business:

 Pat introduced Ron Entringer who will be the new Co-Chair for Conservation and Member at Large. He gave some information on his background and vision.

Sharon said we got a $250 financial donation from Narrow River Kayaks. There was discussion on what could be done with it - perhaps safety signage on the Narrow River or other education 

March Meeting:  Review Communications for invitations - Invasive Plants in RI Waterways - Katie DeGoosh-DiMarzio, Environmental Analyst with DEM's Office of Water Resources. Pat has invited WPWSR Council member along with WGCC. There are about 22 attending so far.

April Meeting: Review Communication - Pat  Kayak Center virtual demo day

May Meeting  Update  Pat - Gabby DeMeillon and Mary Gannon from DEM will provide a presentation on Reptiles and Amphibians and the impact of wildlife disease and sanitizing equipment.  

Flat Water Planning Meeting- Update - Cheryl Kent Pavilion in Chepachet – Walkie Talkies to be distributed, Cheryl has a list of recipients. 

 Sea Kayakers Planning Meeting  Updates - Carleen - this will be in May

Cheryl gave an update on BVPC - she said that Suzanne confirmed the Corridor's insurance will cover us and we have 17 leaders signed up

Regarding the picnic: Danny said he looked at Haines Park and it does not have a pavilion. There was discussion on other locations. We will revisit next month 

 Motion to adjourn made by Chuck and seconded by Danny - there was a unanimous vote.

 Meeting adjourned at 20:19

 Minutes submitted by Skye Pechie 


February 3, 2021 RICKA Board Meeting

Held via Zoom videoconferencing 

Present: Pat Lardner, Skye Pechie, Sharon Dragon, Marty O'Loughlin, Chuck Horbert, Erik Eckilson, Daniel O'Shea, Bill Luther, Gary Powers and Cheryl Thompson

Meeting called to Order at 7:02 by Pat

Approval of minutes from January 6, 2021

There was a motion made by Sharon and seconded by Danny; there was a unanimous vote to approve.

Approval of treasurer's reports for January 6, 2021: 

There was a motion made by Marty and seconded by Bill; there was a unanimous vote to approve. 

Old Business: none 

New Business:

Spring meetings (virtual) - Katie DeGoosh-DiMarzio will do a presentation on invasive species in March. 

The April meeting will be the Kayak Centre with a demo day.

The May meeting might be someone from DEM speaking on wildlife. This could be in fall if not possible to schedule it May. Bill also mentioned having a talk on geology that was offered as a VIP virtual program, and Cheryl mentioned potentially also having an upcoming wilderness first aid they are offering. Pat said that Steve Prime from Better Bay Alliance reached out to her regarding their program and we might use him for part of a program in the future.

Flatwater planning meeting - Kent Pavilion in Chepachet, April 10, rain date April 11. Most likely people will bring individual picnics for themselves. 

Adirondacks will be the second week of August.

Summer picnic - various locations were discussed and more concrete information will be brought to the next meeting 

Motion to adjourn made by Chuck and seconded by Danny- there was a unanimous vote.

Meeting adjourned at 20:04

Minutes submitted by Skye Pechie 


January 6, 2021 RICKA Board Meeting  (minutes not yet approved)

Held via Zoom videoconferencing 

Present: Pat Lardner, Skye Pechie, Sharon Dragon, Marty O'Loughlin, Sean Murphy, Peter Hill, Daniel O'Shea, Bill Luther, and Cheryl Thompson

 

Meeting called to Order at 7:02 by Pat

 

Approval of minutes from November 2020:

There was a motion made by Sharon and seconded by Cheryl; there was a unanimous vote to approve.

 

Approval of treasurer's reports for November 2020 and December 2020: 

There was a motion made by Skye and seconded by Peter; there was a unanimous vote to approve.


Old Business: none

New Business:

 

Spring meetings (virtual) - Richard Copeland is one potential speaker for March, April or May. We can also ask the Kayak Centre about another presentation.


Soirée - there was discussion about having it outdoors in spring versus waiting or having it as a hike. We will regroup in February. It might be moved to April. There is a nice pavilion in Chepachet we could eat under. Danny brought up that we need to have an election the next time we meet. A Zoom alternative was also mentioned as a backup. 


Flat water planning meeting - April

 

Sea kayakers planning meeting - usually April

 

Sharon made a motion that we renew our membership to WPWA with a $100 donation; Peter seconded it and there was a unanimous vote

Motion to adjourn made by Skye and seconded by Peter - there was a unanimous vote.

Meeting adjourned at 19:44

Minutes submitted by Skye Pechie