Hello 2016 SCC member,

We hope you are enjoying the off-season!  Paddling is still a ways off, but here are a few things that may be of interest to you:

Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan (CKS) AGM

March 4, 2017

Please consider attending this AGM, especially if you are a Recreation Division member.  CKS has undergone some internal change recently and now is an excellent time for us to help recreational paddlers gain visibility and traction on a provincial level.  The more visible we are, the better support we can get from our provincial sport body!  Anyone is welcome and has voting rights as long as they hold current membership with CKS: this is included in your membership if you sign up for the Saskatoon Canoe Club 2017.  Schedule of the day as follows:

10:45 AM – Conflict of Interest Member Education Discussion

Facilitated by James Mitchell of Conversations Consulting

YMCA meeting room located at corner of Pacific Ave and 22nd St W

1:15 PM – Member meet up at the Victoria Park Boathouse (weather permitting)

4:30 PM – Presentation from Provincial High Performance Coaches

SK Sport Building; 510 Cynthia St.

5:15 – 7:45 PM – Annual General Meeting

SK Sport Building; 510 Cynthia St.

Supper to be provided.

Boat Transportation into the USA
It has come to our attention that the Canadian Border Agency and US immigration are getting stricter on their import/export rules, regulations and monitoring.  Canoe Kayak Canada has provided us with details to cross the border with the necessary documentation to avoid any issues with border control.

If you are personally transporting individual boats on the rooftop of your vehicle, you are advised to pull-in to border control on your way into the United States and get a Certificate of Export/Origin.  This document is free of charge and should travel with your boat for the return to Canada.  This certificate acts as proof that your boat originated in Canada and therefore is not subject to importation fees.

If you are transporting trailers or boats belonging to another individual, there are a few options you can take.  For more information, please contact the SCC executive.

Our paddlers are getting published!
CKS has started a blog featuring posts written by local paddlers.  They are encouraging club members to sign up for their newsletter here.  Their most recent blog was written by SCC’s own Trevor Robinson on racing the Au Sable Marathon last summer – definitely worth a read, if you aren’t faint of heart.

New rule for Marathon members
Head’s up: this year all marathon members will be required to wash their boats after each use.  Watch for this in the updated Boathouse Rules.

Motorboat Launch Reminder
Last month we told you about a proposed motorboat launch at Victoria park that has us concerned and asked for your assistance.  If you missed or forgot about our request you can re-read it here.

Volunteer Opportunities
We are still looking to fill the position of membership director.  Duties include coordinating volunteers to run orientation sessions, answering questions about registrations, attending monthly executive meetings and approving a list of volunteers who will receive free memberships in 2018 based on the number of hours they volunteered. Please email president@saskatooncanoeclub.org if you are interested in volunteering or would like more info.  Our next executive meeting is Monday Feb 13.

2017 Registration
Based on feedback that we received last year we are hard at work re-designing the registration and orientation process for 2017. The goal is to save you and our volunteers time. We are currently building an online quiz that you can take while registering on Zone4. This quiz will replace the need for an in-person orientation for returning members.  We would ask that you hold off on registering for 2017 until March unless you are planning to attend the Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan AGM or are a marathon member doing winter training.

We hope to see you all back for another great season of paddling!

The SCC Executive