The New England Canoe & Kayak Racing Association is a volunteer run organization dedicated to advancing the sport of canoe and kayak racing to paddlers of all skill levels. Professionals and recreational paddlers work together with a broad program of r
Priscilla Reinertsen, NECKRA Secretary, conducted the meeting.Â Pam Browning served as interim secretary.
The Secretaryâ€™s report was then presented by Priscilla â€" see attached.Â Priscilla reviewed her close interaction with the President over the past two years, pulling together the Race Packet, with Tom Warner as packet editor; working with Mike on issues such as the Massachusetts PFD legislation this past legislative session; taking over the Curtis Race with the assistance of Jeff DeFeo, Phil Sousa, Kurt Kuehnel and others; and working with the Executive Committee to provide grants to Holyoke Rows and Greater Lawrence Community Boating.
Bill Farrell presented the Treasurerâ€™s report â€" see attached.Â Income ($3883.01) exceeded expenditures ($5792.50) by $1909.49.Â This drawdown of the checking balance was deliberately undertaken as NECKRA awarded $900 in grants to youth programs â€" Holyoke Rows, Greater Lawrence Community Boating and USCA, Barton Cup.Â The checking balance as of the Annual Meeting is $7244.83.Â Priscilla presented the budget for 2011 â€" see attached, which includes an anticipated income of $4440 and an anticipated expenditure of $4690, for a net deficit of $250.
President â€" Priscilla Reinertsen
Race Packet â€" Mike Ripple, Tom Warner, Priscilla Reinertsen
Priscilla presented her vision for 2011:
a.Â expand our reach towards youth paddlers
b.Â strengthen the non-elite racing classes, support â€œmere mortalsâ€�
c.Â expand our outreach to adult novice or fairly inexperienced paddlers, both in flatwater and downriver.
All committee chairs are asked to select at least 2 others for their committee, and to prepare a list of objectives and goals.Â Priscilla will work with each committee.
By-Law Change.Â Priscilla asked for a motion to add the position of Vice President to bring he total number of officers to 4.Â This individual will assist the President, and may, but not necessarily, succeed the President.
Priscilla explained the rationale for NECKRAâ€™s grants to Holyoke Rows and Greater Lawrence Community Boating and suggested a Mission Statement be added to the NECKRA Constitution.Â Currently there is no Mission Statement in the Constitution, which was written in 1982.Â The mission statement would read:
In Andover, MA, 11:30.Â The Agenda was reviewed by Priscilla, and includes consideration of the Race Packet and new races; existing races that will not be held; support for Mark Wendolowski who is a member of the US Wildwater team; kayak classes, Best Race Directorâ€™s Practices; handicaps for flatwater points series and more.
Respectfully submitted:Â Pam Browning and Priscilla Reinertsen
"You stand up on something that looks like a big surfboard, and you use a big long paddle and somehow, balance and paddle," said Priscilla Reinertsen, secretary of NECKRA.
"It's the big rage in paddle sport.
It has hit the West coast and we're beginning to see it here."
Recreational classes will paddle a five-mile course, and racing classes will run the course twice, for a total of ten miles.
Reinertsen said boats will be grouped by type in each class, and there will be staggered starts.
The race is part of the New England Point series for NECKRA members, but is open to all.
The $15 registration fee includes a meal after the race, including roast chicken, bratwurst, salad and water.
Racers are invited to bring their own drinks, and some bring desserts to share.
"We'll have an awards ceremony, where you get recognition amongst your peers and you get to sit down and have a good meal afterwards," Reinertsen said.
Reinertsen said organizers welcome paddlers of all skill levels.
"We welcome new folks coming out," she said.
"We are eager to have people who haven't participated in competitive paddling before.
Everyone is always very willing to help newcomers."
Reinertsen said because the river is wide and not particularly deep with no major hazards, it is a rather safe place to paddle.
Participants meet at the Holyoke Rows boathouse on Jones Ferry Road in Holyoke to sign up the morning of the race.
For more information on NECKRA, visit www.neckra.org, or contact Reinertsen at (603)746-6491.
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