RICKA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING 11/14/12
Attended: Susan Engleman-Vice President / Bill / Henry /Tom /
Cheryl / Jim / Sharon / Barbara /Elijah /Cat
Meeting start- 7 PM Meeting end- 8:15 PM
minutes of previous meeting were approved as posted on the web.
Bill Luther brought up RICKA adopting a section of highway to clean. The board does not wish to pursue it. It did suggst cleaning up an access or waterway.
The treasurer was not present. It was suggested that the treasurer become more involved. Sharon stated that she will handle the deposit of membership money, as membership chair. The board decided that by Feb. 1 all of the treasurery issues will be settled. Susan will contact AJ and get the plan in motion. Andy will be contacted again to see if he will assume treasurer duties.
NEW BUSINESS ACA Paddle Club renewal- Cat will go for a 12 month renewal. She discussed the renewal and the requirements. Susan will contact Erik to run the ACA logo more prominently and to run the RICKA logo instead of the Paddler logo.
Speakers ---May Jack Radcliff /Feb. Carl Ladd (VFH) training / March Kevin Allsworth rescue / April Wilderness Camping with Bill Luther and Jim Cole / Jan.is open. Barbara will reserve rooms for the JCC.
Elijah was given the go ahead to purchase a book on the NORTHERN FOREST CANOE TRAIL. Motion made by Susan and passed by all. It was suggested to have a small section of the newsletter to review books in the library.
Cat straightened out the rolling clinic fees.RICKA will pay the
school and not the Friends of the Blackstone. Practice participants will be limited. The
rolling clinic will be in Feb . and March. Cat will set actual dates
and fees will be through Pay Pal. Info will be in the newsletter.
Discussed Carl Ladd doing instructor training for $350. Cat will
contact him. Motion made by Bill and passed by all.
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Meeting Minutes 8/1/12 Lincoln Woods
Minutes of RICKA Executive Board Meeting 6-27-2012
In attendance: A.J. Barbato, Sue Engleman, Jim Cole, Mike Vechinsky, Eric Eckilson, Cheryl Thompson Cameron, Henry Dziadosz, Lysa Amaral, Frank Cortesa, Andy Vieira, Sharon Dragon and Bill Luther
The meeting was called to order by A.J. Barbato at 6:52 PM
A motion was made to accept the minutes of the previous meeting (as posted) by Henry. The motion was seconded by Cheryl and approved.
The whistles have been purchased. They are to be used as gifts at the picnic. The Blackstone Valley Paddlers also purchased some on the same shipment.
Bill also proposed a lifetime member award using the following criteria.
- 15-20 years of active membership
- must have lead at least three (3) successful activities and/or programs
- has been a positive influence on the membership of the club
After much discussion, Jim made a motion to accept the award, Cheryl seconded the motion and it was passed.
Following the previous award discussion, it was decided to research past and present members of the club and establish a “35 Year Award” to acknowledge their contributions in forming and transforming RICKA into what it is today. Jim Cole will produce a list of likely candidates and the awards will be discussed at the next meeting of the executive board.
Jim Cole mentioned the length of time he had put in to update the membership files and that there was nobody trained to assist him. Sharon Dragon stepped forward and agreed to assist Jim in this important work.
The speaker who was selected for the September meeting has been contacted but has yet to respond. Another attempt to contact him will be made. Other options were explored.
Bill mentioned that Denise Poyer of the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association might make an informative and engaging speaker. The speaker fee we normally give could be used as a donation to WPWA. Bill also inquired about stories he has written and posted on the web about watershed associations. The feedback was very positive.
The new membership fliers were distributed to the members of the executive board.
A.J. made a motion to adjourn; it was seconded by Lysa and approved.
The meeting adjourned at 8:08 PM
Henry Dziadosz, Acting Secretary
MINUTES OF THE June 6, 2012 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
Susan brought up RICKA’S speaker fees of $150 as being too much and we must seek alternate fees.
Proposals were brought up that included having a program every other month and to post the meetings with dealers or see about going to the dealers shops.
Discussion ended with trying to get the programs organized ahead.
Whistles were discussed. These will be presented to people who attend the picnic as a party favor. The picnic will be RICKA’S 35 yr anniversary.
Motion was made by Henry and passed. A quantity of 100 will be purchased. The whistles are USCG approved.
Purchase of 2 way radios for flat water groups was proposed by Cheryl. Motion was made and passed to allow $150 for 2or 3 sets of flat water radios.
Finishing By Laws- AJ stated that work on the By Laws and there is a need to come up with a common meeting date to finish. 1-2 hours is all that is needed.
It was suggested that AJ and Susan meet to get the By Laws together and send a copy to the board members for any notations-the board members would be given 1 month.
June 27 ex board would be at REI in Cranston. August board meeting would be at Lincoln Woods Pavaillion. Tom will put on a bbq for board members and combine it with a board meeting.
Henry discussed the geo cashe addition to the club and what it is and how it is intended to promote RICKA.
MINUTES OF THE May 2nd 2012 EXECUTIVE
Meeting start- 7PM Meeting end-8:15
ATTENDED: AJ-president / Mike V./ Cheryl / Tom / Jim / Erik / Susan / Barbara / Andy / Frank / Bill /Charlie /Alan
Treasurer’s report-all 4 previous month have been sent and Cheryl will store.
Picnic-Susan proposed awards to be given at the picnic. Each paddle group will pick five people in their group to receive awards.
These will be classed “fun awards”. There will be 2-3 people in each group that will receive special awards. Susan wants to give each
person who goes to the picnic a gift because it’s an anniversary year. Whistles and lanyards were discussed.
AJ discussed picnic applications and that he would attend the Jamestown town council meeting in case there were any questions.
Susan has a copy of the contract with the caterer.
RICKA profiles will be expanded to people who are not on the executive board. Frank will follow up and discuss at the next meeting.
Jim wants to keep ex presidents on the email list.
Training classes-6/23-24 White water class will be run by Mike Rock and there will be a charge of $50. Flatwater class will be 7/1 and people are needed for rescue.
Reimbursement for board members-people are advised to send receipts to treasurer regularly and do not hold on to them. AJ will get extra checks to pay bills.
Jim proposed to change procedure for sending out carabineers for renewals.
AJ will be sending out a paddle safety talk and signals to board members.
July executive board will be rescheduled to June 27.
MINUTES OF THE APRIL 4TH 2012 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Meeting start-7PM meeting end-8:34 PM
ATTENDED-Bill Luther-president/AJ/Mike V./Susan/Tom/Carleen/Barbara/ Cat
-Discussed sale of t-shirts. Carleen offered to take some. Cheryl still has a few.
-Picnic is Sept. 16 at Ft .Getty. Sue presented the menue. It is different from last year. The cost from the caterer is $20.
There will not be dessert, instead there will be an anniversary cake. The cost will be $15 for RICKA members and $20
for non-members. Motion was made and passed. -Susan discussed the need to restructure awards and to put it on the next agenda.
-AJ brought up the swap meet at the picnic-no problems with permits.
-Restructuring membership dues was tabled until Jim is present.
-Publicity chair information is tabled until Jim discusses it with Frank and both are present.
-Bill brought up eco-tourism email he receivedand how it affects RICKA.
-Cat discussed bill she received from the rolling clinic. She will talk to Frank Matta about it and report back.
-The board discussed the health of the treasury. A check will be returned to the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club for dues RICKA collected
on their behalf. The check is for $540 before Pay Pal fees are deducted . It was brought up that Andy needs to get more involved with the
treasury. It was mentioned that because he will no longer be president Bill’s name will come off the checking account and AJ’s will be put on.
-Minutes and treasurer’s report will be put on 2 servers for safe keeping.
-Flat water paddles will start April 28. June will start outdoor meetings and that will be the 18th at100 Acre Cove in Barrington.
July 15 will be at Wakefield pond in Burriville. August 20 will be the north branch of the Pawtuxet in Hope.
-Discussion of personal liability related to high level of certification of individuals needs more clarification from those concerned.
-AJ will contact Bill Hahn about the by-laws.
-Fort Getty will cost $200 for clean-up . It will be refunded.
-Common adventure paddles was put aside-it is not feasible
MINUTES OF THE MARCH 2012 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
March 7th 2012 Meeting Start 7PM- ended- 9PM
ATTENDED: Bill Luther-President/ AJ /Mike V. / Mike B. / Tom / Cat /Cheryl /Jim / Alan / Barbara / Andy /Susan /Carleen /Charlie / Bill B.
T-shirts were shown, Alan will charge RICKA $10.50 a shirt and RICKA will sell for $20.00 each. They will be sold at meetings. Orders can be taken
through the web and use Pay Pal. When the first 16 are sold then more shirts will be ordered.
Media back-up for the secretary and treasurer¹s reports was discussed. Jim puts secretary and treasurer reports on the Yahoo board site.
There was discussion about putting information on 2 servers twice. Next meeting this discussion will be revisited.
Lucky for Life secondary drawing. RICKA will make a donation to drawing for publicity purposes. Jim made a motion for this and it was approved.
Discussed the health of the treasury. Andy provided information on the
Picnic will be scheduled for mid September. Susan and AJ will schedule the picnic with
Swap meet-Susan will get back to Jake from the
ramp before May. Susan will check with him about insurance and see if there are any additional costs to RICKA.
Charitable donations were discussed Mike V. discussed a Boy Scout troop needing PFDs. Jim reported the request from Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association
needing foot peg retro-fitting for 30 kayaks. Further discussion on this will continue when the treasury is better off. This was a motion that passed by the board.
Speakers for meetings - will try come from RICKA membership. The author of TALES FROM MISERY RIDGE will be contacted to be a speaker for Sept 10 or 24.
Erik will run the April general meeting.
Tom announced that Community boating has sit-on- top kayaks and is looking for RICKA members to teach classes. Cat will find out more.
RICKA will be creating Geo Cashes.
The board discussed having the individual chairpersons give short reports at the general meetings. This would give people information as to what is going on.
Jim wants to find a person to do the publicity. He is doing the
There was a discussion about common adventure type of paddles. It was
MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 2012 EXECUTIVE
ATTENDED: Bill Luther- President/ Frank / Mike V./ Susan/ Lysa/ Cheryl/ Jim/ Erik/ Bill Brown/ Barbara/ Charlie/ Mike Bussell
Posting of the Newsletter on Facebook had many opinions among the board members.
Erik discussed the newsletter going on Facebook the month it is published. Susan will take put a RICKA link on Facebook to it. The current newsletter is on the web.
Nomination of officers is in current newsletter. Names will be read in March and voted on in April.
Rolling clinic discussion tabled, Cat was absent.
Discussed any interest in Wilderness First Aid classes. If no interest consider taking a year off. Erik will talk to Mike Rock about Whitewater classes and Flatwater classes will be organized this year.
Used equipment sale needs to be checked into. It will be tabled until the next meeting. Erik will try and contact people who published article to get info.
Grants will be tabled until next meeting, Cat was absent.
Was suggested that RICKA join American Whitewater Association.
Jim discussed giving door prizes at the general meetings. This will start February meeting.
Board members are encouraged
to put their bio’s in the newsletter.
Logo design discussed. Discussed making a trip leader Volunteer T-Shirt .This will be discussed at the March meeting, along with the picnic.
Susan discussed the combination of the membership and fiscal year of RICKA. Jim felt that it did not need to be done now.
Susan will contact AJ about the revision of the by-laws.
Erik for April ,
,Jim will discuss wilderness paddling in May.
Charlie discussed Treasurer’s report.
MINUTES OF THE JANUARY, 2012 EXECUTIVE
ATTENDED: Bill Luther President /Erik / Cheryl / Mike /Andy /Jim /Tom / Susan / AJ /Charlie / Cat /Barbara / Alan
Bill brought up the treasury balance of $2,200.00
. Reports from the treasurer confirmed it. This was due to the picnic
and web site renewals.
Ways to welcome new members and renewals was
discussed. Jim brought up a small $1.00 First Aid kit as a small gift to
Alan August was given the Member at Large position.
Meetings to finish the By-Laws were discussed. It was estimated that it would take 3-4 hours to finish. AJ stated that it is 50% finished; he will contact Bill Hahn to see what he wishes to do. The meeting will be kept separate from a regular executive board meeting and will follow Roberts Rules of Order. Place and time for meeting will be announced.
Cat will draft a thank you letter to Friends of
Blackstone and Frank Matta after the Rolling Clinic.
Jim brought up multi-year memberships as another way to renew. He will send proposal to the board.
Alan will contact Chick Noreau to create a 35 yr.
anniversary design. He is authorized to pay him $300.00.
Barbara asked for postage stamp money- $195.00
Charlie read his treasurer’s reports as posted on the RICKA board web site.