2020 LANSING OAR AND PADDLE CLUB ACTIVITIES

2020 Lansing Oar and Paddle Club Activities

LANSING OAR AND PADDLE CLUB

All trips will have coordination information posted on the Club Meetup page (registration required) prior to the activity with contact info. Note that a few trips require more advance commitment due to ferry or lodging reservations needed. Participants are responsible for having appropriate equipment and ability. Non-members must sign a Club waiver prior to participation.

Sign up for trips at: http://www.meetup.com/Lansing-Oar-and-Paddle-Club/
General information and schedules: http://loapc.org/
LOAPC blog: https://loapc.wordpress.com/

Wearing a properly fastened Life Jacket is mandatory while on the water during all Club activities.

Jay Hanks (JH) – Recreation

Loretta Crum (LC) – Recreation
Tony Kuhlman (TK) – Recreation

Kate Lederle (KL) – Recreation

Steve Lidia (SL) – Open Water
Linda Savage (LS) – Open Water

George Stockman (GS) – White Water

Todd Leigh (TL) – White Water

 

Jan 1                            28th Annual New Year’s Float (JH)

Jan 1                            New Year’s Day Hike at Rose Lake (KL)

Jan 25                          XC Ski Local (JH)

Feb 8                           XC Ski Local (JH)

Feb 22 – 23                  39th Annual ASRO – Grayling to Parmalee (JH)

Feb 29                         25th Annual Quiet Adventures Symposium

Mar 8                          Kayak Skills Practice in the Mason High School Pool (JL)

Mar 21                         Shiawassee River (JH)

Mar 22                          Whitewater – Grand River – Webber Dam to Lyons (GS) – cancelled

Mar 28                          Open water – St. Clair/Harsens Island (SL) – cancelled

Apr TBA                       Open water – Detroit River/Belle Isle or Grosse Island (SL)

Apr 4                           Huron River (JH)- cancelled

Apr 4                           Whitewater – Huron River – Delhi Rapids (GS) – cancelled

Apr 18                         Looking Glass River – Dewitt to Wacousta (TK)

Apr 25                         Grand River TBA

May TBA                     Open water paddling skills at Lake Lansing – Edging and Bracing (SL)

May TBA                     Open water paddling skills at Lake Lansing –Self and Assisted Rescues (SL)

May 2                          Flat River – Fallasburg to Lowell (TK)

May 16                        Rose Lake Trails (JH)

May 16                        Whitewater – Pere Marquette River – Rainbow Rapids (GS)

May 23                        8th Annual Memorial Day Saturday Paddle and Picnic – TBA (JH)

May 23 – 25                Whitewater – Memorial Day Weekend in Wisconsin – Class II/III (TL)

Jun – Weekly                Monday paddles on Lake Lansing (JL)

Jun TBA                       Open water – Port Austin and Port Huron (SL)

Jun TBA                       Open water paddling skills at Lake Lansing –Self and Assisted Rescues (SL)

Jun 3                            Whitewater – Grand River – Dimondale (GS)

Jun 12 – 14                   Sturgeon River – Trowbridge Road to Burt Lake (JH)

Jun 12 – 14                   Sturgeon River – Wolverine (GS)

June 19-21                   Women’s Weekend – Wilderness State Park (LS)(KL)

June 20                        Island Lake Blue Loop (JH)

July TBA                       Open water – Pictured Rocks and Grand Island (SL)

July 4                           Potowatomi Trail Loop (JH)

July 5 – 18                   Grand River Expedition 2020 – MGROW (LC)

July 11                         Grand River – Eaton Rapids to Dimondale (JH)

July 9 – 12                    Grand River Expedition 2020 – Daytrips – MGROW (JH)

July 31 – Aug 2            Manistee River/North Country Trail Loop (JH)

Aug TBA                      Mason Optimist Youth Sports Event – Burchfield Park, Holt

 

Updated Thursday July 30, 2020:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and changing public health recommendations, trips are being scheduled with 1 to 3 weeks notice.  Please use the Club Meetup page (registration required) when planning activities with the Club.

 

SPRING NEWS FROM THE LANSING OAR AND PADDLE CLUB

 

 

 




Update on LOAPC Events


Greetings from 6 feet away! We hope you’re staying healthy and staying home if you can. The LOAPC Board is cancelling all future LOAPC events until further notice. We will post events on Meetup when we understand it is safe to gather in groups.

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Quiet Adventures Symposium Was a Success

We had many people stop by the LOAPC booth. It was good to chat with members, old and new. We hope to see you at a LOAPC event once we can safely get together.


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Getting Outside

Exercise is still important during this time of staying home to stay safe from the COVID-19 virus. So, grab your favorite hat, put an energy bar in your pocket and head outside and into the wind. The only things missing will be water, boat, PFD, and paddle but don’t let that stop you. If you choose to paddle solo, make it an out-and-back trip (no shuttle), and make sure you take all precautions for safe solo paddling.
Donations for Bay Cliff Health Camp

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Baycliff Donations


We are continuing to collect gently used gear for Bay Cliff. As you sort through your gear for the summer make up a box to donate. Read LOAPC members Todd and Linda’s note explaining the program at http://loapc.org/donate/ They have provided a list of needed gear for the Bay Cliff kayak program. LOAPC member Kate Lederle will collect items and will arrange pick up if there are larger donations such as boats. Contact her through http://loapc.org/contact/

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Survival in the Suburbs

If you’re tired of the same old takeout, or you don’t feel like cooking at home, now is a good time to use up those freeze dried camping meals you didn’t quite get around to using last season and don’t want to keep around for another year. If that Mountain House Turkey Tetrazzini isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, at least the local pizza delivery is only a phone call away.




February Newsletter 2020

Greetings! We hope you’re staying warm and dreaming of the outdoors. The LOAPC Board has put together a 2020 schedule of events with something for everyone. All LOAPC events are posted on Meetup.

 

February 2020

18        Killarney Provincial Park by Jay Hanks at Jimmy’s Pub

22-23   39th Au Sable River Overnight

29        Quiet Adventures Symposium

 

March 2020

8          Kayak Skills Practice

17        Club meeting at Jimmy’s Pub

21        Float the Shiawassee

22        Whitewater on the Grand River

28        Open water- St.Clair River/Harsen’s Island

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Donations for Bay Cliff Health Camp

At our January meeting we heard from members Linda Savage and Todd Leigh about their very rewarding experiences working with campers at Bay Cliff near Big Bay in the UP. For the campers being on the water in a kayak is a joyful achievement. Read Todd and Linda’s note explaining the program. They have provided a list of needed gear for the Bay Cliff kayak program. LOAPC member Kate Lederle will collect items at meetings and will arrange pick up if there are larger donations such as boats. Contact her through LOAPC.org.

Quiet Adventures Symposium – Feb 29

Stop by the LOAPC booth and say Hello. We’re across from the raffle table. You can also become a member for an annual $10 contribution if you like what we do. LOAPC is a symposium founder and has watched the event grow to include all quiet sports.

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A note from Linda and Todd about Bay Cliff Health Camp located north of Marquette:

Those who went to the last club meeting learned that Todd and I have been spending some of our retirement time volunteering at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay.  This is a summer recreation and therapy camp for kids and adults with disabilities of all sorts, and we have been helping with the kayaking program. 

It is incredible how much time and effort some of the campers will put into learning skills and being patient while we devise equipment adaptations for their disability, just to get an hour in a kayak out on the lake.  They are amazing and inspiring people!  At the teen camp last summer, it was so much fun to see kids who have never kayaked before getting excited about it, hearing about how much they liked doing it in previous summers, and spending time playing in the water in the pool and at the lake.  A parent of an adult  camper told us that through the year his son would look at the pictures of himself out on the lake in a kayak, and remember that’s who he was, a paddler, and it helped get him through some tough health issues.

Bay Cliff relies largely on donations to operate.  The kayaking program equipment gets some hard use, and a lot of is ageing or in constant need of replacement.  Many helpers are needed when we go out on the lake, so we must outfit aides and counselors to paddle as well.  Much of the funding that is available for the program goes to purchase custom specialty equipment like supportive seats or paddle adaptations. 

We would like to ask the club membership to please consider donating to Bay Cliff – you may have equipment you are not using that is exactly what we need!  Please see our wish list – we need all sorts of equipment, lightweight paddles, and especially larger-cockpit single and tandem kayaks.  Even if you don’t have equipment to donate, you can contribute by directly donating to the program on the website, BayCliff.org – choose “donate” at the top, and be sure to designate your donation for the kayaking program in the comments.  These donations will go directly towards purchasing items on the wish list.

LOAPC members understand that getting out on the water is the best!  Thanks for helping Bay Cliff campers be paddlers as well.

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2020 Bay Cliff Kayak Equipment Wish List

Used items (in good condition):

  • Lifejackets – variety of sizes (child, youth, adult, plus size)
    • Kayak specific as well as rafting vests, rodeo vests, misc.
  • Paddles – any, as long as can be used in non-feathered position
  • Recreational and lightweight paddles, Greenland paddles
  • Plastic Rec / Touring / Sea kayaks
  • Stable design
  • Prefer double bulkheads
  • Especially looking for ones with removable seats
  • Especially looking for ones with larger cockpit openings
  • Tandem Sea / Rec kayak with 2 larger cockpits – examples below – may be others.
  • Necky Looksha T (2 bulkheads)
  • Necky Manitou II (rear bulkhead only)
  • Tow Rope (1 or 2)
  • Usable Deck line / bungee / toggles for repairs
  • Foot Brace Kit (to retrofit boat that had rudder with stationary foot braces)
  • Sponsons – a float used outside of the boat
  • Float Bags (varied sizes)
  • Nose plugs
  • Glasses straps
  • Tie-down straps

 

New Items (First 3 items are greater priority; last item is least priority):

2019 Lansing Oar and Paddle Club Activities

LANSING OAR AND PADDLE CLUB

All trips will have coordination information posted on the Club Meetup page (registration required) prior to the activity with contact info. Note that a few trips require more advance commitment due to ferry or lodging reservations needed. Participants are responsible for having appropriate equipment and ability. Non-members must sign a Club waiver prior to participation.

Sign up for trips at: http://www.meetup.com/Lansing-Oar-and-Paddle-Club/
General information and schedules: http://loapc.org/
LOAPC blog: https://loapc.wordpress.com/

Wearing a properly fastened Life Jacket is mandatory while on the water during all Club activities.

Jay Hanks (JH) – Recreation                            Loretta Crum (LC) – Recreation
Tony Kuhlman (TK) – Recreation                  Steve Lidia (SL) – Open Water
Linda Savage (LS) – Open Water    George Stockman (GS) – White Water          Todd Leigh (TL) – White Water            Kate Lederle (KL) – Recreation

Jan 1              27th Annual New Year’s Day Float – TBA (JH)

Jan 5              New Year Encore – Red Cedar River (JH)

Jan 19             XC Ski Local Day Trip (JH)

Feb 2              XC Ski Local Day Trip (JH)

Feb 23-24     38th Annual ASRO (JH)

Mar 2             24th Annual Quietwater Symposium

Mar 23          Shiawassee River (JH)

Apr 6              Looking Glass River I – DeWitt to Wacousta (JH)

Apr 20           Flat River – Covered Bridge to Lowell (TK)

Apr 27           Hugh Heward Challenge – MGROW

Apr 28         Belle Isle and Detroit River (SL)

May 3-8        Upper Peninsula Whitewater (TL)

May 11          Looking Glass River II – Wacousta to Portland (JH)

May 12       Strokes and Bracing Clinic – Lake Lansing (SL)

May 18          Grand River – whitewater practice TBA (GS)    cancelled

May 19       Strokes and Bracing Clinic – Lake Lansing (SL)

May 24-31   Southeast Whitewater – North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia (TL)

May 25          7th Annual Paddle and Picnic – Grand River from Eaton Rapids                         to McNamara Landing with picnic after

June 1            Grand River – McNamara Landing to Dimondale (LC)       rescheduled TBA

June 5            Grand River – Whitewater practice TBA (GS)      cancelled

June 6            Grand and Red Cedar Rivers (SL)

June 8             Red Cedar River – Grand River Blvd to Ferguson Park, logjam clearing, water level dependent       cancelled

June 8            Crandell Lake (LC)

June 13-16     Wilderness State Park (SL)

June 14-16   Women’s Weekend in Cheboygan (LS)

June 15         Grand River – Dimondale to Grand River Park (LC)

June 22-25   Wisconsin Whitewater (TL)

June 22         Grand River – Grand River Park to Old Town (LC)

June 29         Grand River – Old Town to Grand Ledge (LC)

July TBA        Ottawa River Whitewater, Ontario (TL)

July 6             Grand River – Grand Ledge to Charlotte Highway (JH)

July 11-14     Grand Island, U.P. (SL)

July 14           Grand River – Charlotte Highway to Portland (LC)

July 20           Grand River – Portland to Weber Dam (LC) – postponed

July 27           Grand River – Weber Dam to Lyons (JH)

Aug 2-4        Lime Island (LS)

Aug 2-4         Crooked River (TK) – cancelled

Aug 10           Hell and Back – Pinckney Recreation Area (JH)

Aug 18           Sleepy Hollow (LC)

Aug 24          Youth Sports Event – Burchfield Park (KL)

Aug 31           7th Annual Paddle and Picnic TBA

Sep TBA         Surfing Clinic – Lake Michigan (SL)

Sep TBD        Float the Grand River (LC)

Sep 27-29     Pere Marquette River Surf and Turf (JH)

Oct 4             Red Cedar River Scouting and Clearing Part 1 (JH)

Oct 5              Red Cedar River Scouting and Clearing Part 2 (JH)

Nov 1-3         Jordan River Surf and Turf (JH)

Nov 9             TBD – (JH)

Nov 29          29th Annual Turkey Float TBA (JH)

Dec 7             TBD – (JH)

Dec 21           26th Annual Solstice Float TBA (JH)

Moose River Crossing

August 2018

The Moose River is low water when everyone wants to go on the Missinaibi.

Lately, folks have opted to get out at Moose River Crossing. There have been reports of long, shallow sections further down.

Unless getting to Moosonee is your primary oobjective, consider getting out at the Crossing. It can be a slog the further you go…

Don’t forget to call Ontario Northland in Moosonee if you choose the Crossing. Their flag stop rules keep changing.

2018 LOAPC Activities

2018 LOAPC Activities

All trips will have coordination information posted prior to the activity with contact info on the Club Meetup page (Meetup registration required to view). Scroll down and click “More Meetups” to see all posted trips. Note that a few trips require more advance commitment due to ferry or lodging reservations needed. Participants are responsible for having appropriate equipment and ability. Nonmembers must sign a Club waiver prior to participation. No club dues required for participation.

Wearing a properly fastened life jacket is mandatory while on the water during all Club activities.

 

RSVP required at https://www.meetup.com/Lansing-Oar-and-Paddle-Club/

JH – president trip, skill levels vary, inquire on Meetup for details

LC/TK – recreation

SL/LS – open water, prior Meetup contact required

GS/TL – whitewater, prior Meetup contact required

Feb 24-25            37th Annual Au Sable River Overnight (JH)

March 3               Quiet Water Symposium

March 24            Looking Glass River – DeWitt to Wacousta (JH)

March 31            Sleepy Hollow State Park (LC)

April 15               Grand River: Weber Dam to Lyons; 2 rapids, maybe two runs (GS)

April 19-22          Manistee River – Baxter Bridge to Red Bridge (JH)

April 21               Sleepy Hollow (LC)

April 28               Grand Haven (SL)

April 28               Hugh Heward Challenge (MGROW)

May 5                  Cold Water Rescue Practice – Sleepy Hollow (SL)

May 5                  Red Cedar River – Grand River Blvd. to Ferguson Park (JH)

May 11-13            Au Sable River – Grayling to McKinley (JH))

May 18-20          Wilderness State Park (SL)

May 25-28           NE Wisconsin WW trip (Peshtigo, Wolf, etc.) Class 2 – 3+ (TL)

May 26                6th Annual Memorial Day Paddle and Picnic [location TBA] (JH)

May 28                Sleepy Hollow State Park (LC)

June 4                  6 PM start: Weber Dam to Lyons with practice moves (GS)

June 9                  Reenter and Roll Practice – Sleepy Hollow (SL)

June 9                  Youth Sports Event (JH)

June 11                6 PM start: Eaton Rapids WW move practice (GS)

June 15-17          Women at the Dunes.  Open water at Sleeping Bear Dunes, gals only!

June 16                 Overnight on Middle Island (SL)

June 23-25          Ottawa River Whitewater (TL)

June 30                Retirement paddle for Rich and Patty to Hell and back (JH)

July 6-8                Grand Island National Recreation Area (SL)

July 7                   Flat River [section TBA] (TK/LC)

July 14                 Navigation Clinic – Detroit River (SL)

July 15                 Sleepy Hollow State Park (LC)

July 28 – Aug 12 Lower Missinaibi (JH)  TRIP FULL

Aug TBA               Rodeo (SL)

Aug 24-26           Lime Island Rendezvous III.  Open water paddling to the island and cabins or camping.  (LS and TL)

August 25            Flat River [section TBA] (TK/LC)

Sept TBA              Long Boat Surfing Clinic – Location TBD (SL)

Sept 1                  6th Annual Labor Day Paddle and Picnic (JH)

Sept 3                  Sleepy Hollow State Park (LC)

Sept 7-10            WW Youghiogheny River area in PA; Class 2 – 3+ (GS)

Sept 8-9               Boardman River [section TBA] (TK)

Sept 13-16          Delirium Wilderness (JH)

Sept 27-30          Mackinac Wilderness (JH)

Oct 6                    Sleepy Hollow State Park (LC)

Oct 6                   Red Cedar River Clearing (JH)

Oct 11-14            Beaver Basin Wilderness (JH)

Oct 20                 Grand River [section TBA] (LC)

Oct 25-28           Backpacking Sleeping Bear Dunes (JH)

Nov 9-10             Backpacking Potowatomi Trail (JH)

Nov 23                28th Annual Turkey Float (JH)

Dec 1-2                TBD

Dec 22                 25th Annual Solstice/Christmas Eve Float (JH)

 

 

 

 

2017 LOAPC ACTIVITIES

All trips will have coordination information posted prior to the activity with contact info on the Club Meetup page (Meetup registration required to view). Scroll down and click “More Meetups” to see all posted trips. Note that a few trips require more advance commitment due to ferry or lodging reservations needed. Participants are responsible for having appropriate equipment and ability. Nonmembers must sign a Club waiver prior to participation. No club dues required for participation.

Wearing a properly fastened life jacket is mandatory while on the water during all Club activities.

RSVP required at https://www.meetup.com/Lansing‐Oar‐and‐Paddle‐Club/
(schedule revised June 13, 2017)

JH – president trip, skill levels vary, inquire on Meetup for details LC or TK – recreation

WW – whitewater, prior Meetup contact required OW – open water, prior Meetup contact required

 

June 11                                 Grand River, Old Town to Jaycee Park (LC) rescheduled to September 9

June 18                                 Flat River Covered Bridge Tour I, Fallasburg to Lowell (TK/LC) rescheduled to August 5

June 17‐18                          Pennsylvania whitewater TBD (WW)

June 21‐25                          Massasauga Provincial Park, ON (JH)   TRIP FULL  –     9 persons maximum – permits have been acquired.  You can join us by making your own reservations.

July 4                                     Holiday morning rec paddle, Sleepy Hollow State Park (LC)

July 6‐9                                 Big Island Wilderness Area, U.P. (JH)                             9 persons maximum per group – no reservations

July 14‐16                            Women at Wilderness (just gals at Wilderness State Park, open water paddling, car camping) (OW)

July 19‐23                            Sylvania Tract, U.P. (JH)    TRIP FULL10 persons maximum – permits have been acquired.    You can join us by making your own reservations. 

July 29                                   Morning rec paddle, Sleepy Hollow State Park (LC)

August 5                              Flat River Covered Bridge Tour II, Lowell to Thornapple Confluence (TK/LC)

August 4‐6                          Cheboygan State Park (open water paddling, car camping) (OW)

August 12                            Morning rec paddle, Sleepy Hollow State Park (LC)

August 19                            Morning rec paddle, Sleepy Hollow State Park (LC)

Aug 25‐27                            18th Annual Family Paddling Trip (JH)

September 2                      5th Annual LOAPC Labor Day Saturday float and picnic – location TBD (JH/LC rec)

September 4                      Holiday morning rec paddle, Sleepy Hollow State Park (LC)

September 8‐10               Backpacking Nordhouse Dunes (JH)

September 9                      Rec paddle, location TBA (LC)

September 20‐24             Backpacking Pictured Rocks, U.P. (JH) Permits  have been acquired for 12 persons.  Early reservations can be made my contacting Jay Hanks

September 30                    Red Cedar River – Williamston to Grand River Blvd (JH)

October 14                          Fall Color Tour, Grand River, Portland to Webber Dam (LC)

October 19‐22                   Jordan River Surf‐n‐Turf (JH)

November 3-5                  Platte and Boardman Rivers (JH)

November 24                    27th Annual Turkey Float (JH)

December 2‐3                   Pere Marquette River (JH)

December 23                     24th Annual Christmas Eve/Solstice Float (JH)

December 31                     26th Annual New Year’s Float @ 2:00 pm Sunday (JH

2016 LOAPC Paddling Schedule

All trips will have coordination information posted prior to the activity with contact info on the Club Meetup page (Meetup registration required to view). Scroll down and click “More Meetups” to see all posted trips. Note that a few trips require more advance commitment due to ferry or lodging reservations needed. Participants are responsible for having appropriate equipment and ability. Nonmembers must sign a Club waiver prior to participation. No club dues required for participation.

Wearing a properly fastened life jacket is mandatory while on the water during all Club activities.

 

SEP 8-11                     *Manistee River Surf-N-Turf v. 3.0 – base camping at Seaton Creek NF Campground

        • Friday hiking the North Country Trail from Red Bridge back to Seaton Creek
        • Saturday hiking the Manistee River Trail from Red Bridge back to Seaton Creek
        • Sunday paddling the river from Hodenpyle Dam to Red Bridge

 

SEP 11                                    *Grand River – Old Town to Grand Ledge

 

SEP 17                        *Red Cedar River – Grand River Blvd. to Ferguson Park

 

SEP 17                        Maple River “Howl at the Moon”

 

SEP 22-25                   *Manistee River and Tippy Pond Overnight

  • Camping Thursday night at Tippy Pond SF Campground
  • Paddling Friday from Tippy Dam to Bear Creek access and return to camp at Tippy Pond SF Campground Friday night
  • Paddling Saturday from Hodenpyle dam to an island site (Government Island) for Saturday night
  • Paddle out on Sunday

SEP 30–OCT 3           Inland Waterway fall color paddle & bike return combo; paddle campground to campground and return by rail-trail.

 

OCT 7-8                      Red Cedar River Clean and Clear Project

 

OCT 15                       *Grand River – Portland to Webber Dam

 

OCT 13-16                  *Backpacking High Country Pathway

  • Camp at Clear Lake State Park Thursday night
  • Friday hike from Camp 30 Road to Pug Lakes to bivouac – 10.3 miles
  • Saturday hike from Pug Lakes to southeast corner Tomahawk Creek Flooding to bivouac – 12.3 miles
  • Sunday hike to Shoepac Lake Campground – 4.6 miles

 

OCT 20-23                  Manistee River – County Road 612 to M-66. Base camping at CCC Bridge SF Campground

  • Co Rd 612 to M-72 on Friday
  • M-72 to CCC Bridge campground on Saturday
  • CCC Bridge Campground to M-66 on Sunday

 

NOV 4-6                     Backpacking High Country Pathway

  • Camp at Pine Grove Campground Friday night
  • Saturday hike from Pine Grove Campground to Duby Lake to bivouac – 10.3 miles
  • Sunday hike to Centerline Road – 3.2 miles

 

NOV 25                      26th Annual Turkey Float

DEC 3-4                      Au Sable River – Saturday:  Chase Bridge on the South Branch of the Au Sable and overnight camping on the river at Canoe Harbor Campground.  Paddle out to McMaster’s Bridge on Sunday.

 

DEC 24                     23rd Annual Christmas Eve Morning Float

 

2015 Woodruff Award Winner

Hello all! Karen Stock here (daughter of Jim Woodruff).

I wanted to share the written version of the remarks introducing Nancy Anderson as this year’s Woodruff Award winner.
My remarks:
Thank you Michael Doty, our Hugh Heward Challenge chair this year!
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And thank you to our sponsors and inspirations for so many years here at the annual Hugh Heward Challenge, the Verlen Kruger Memorial Committee, along with all their family members, that not only shared their loved ones with the work, but jumped in did the work alongside them. And still do.

Last year I was so thrilled when Stacy Smith and the others involved in making the Hugh Heward a success announced they had created an award in my father’s name, specifically to honor those in the paddling community who work behind the scenes to make things like the Hugh, the Quiet Water Symposium, and the Verlen Kruger Memorial possible.
This year’s winner has done all three, and many more. But unless you knew this person yourself, you might never pick them out of a crowd as one of the movers and shakers.
That’s what it means to work behind the scenes – quietly, without expectation of notice, applause, or rewards – and this year’s winner, Nancy Anderson, exemplifies these qualities perfectly.

She is a doer – quiet and reserved, a real get-it-done person. Charlie Parm​elee, who met Nancy when he was rec chair at the Lansing Oar and Paddle Club, talked to me about Nancy’s involvement in LOAPC and the many paddles they did together.

​Later, s​he became the rec chair for LOAPC, and her participation in the paddling community just took off. She was AVID, Charlie said. “They don’t call her ‘paddlemom’ for nothin’.”

Jay Hanks told me about a time LOAPC came close to dissolving with the break up of the rowers. Nancy called Jay – again, working behind the scenes – and together they were able to keep the club ​going.

Gary DeKock told me about the first time he met Nancy, at the second Hugh Heward Challenge.
“I did not know Nancy prior to that day and, in my ignorance, I assumed that she would soon fall behind our group. That was never the case. That morning it rained so hard that we couldn’t see where the air ended and the water began. John and I stopped under a bridge for some relief. Nancy stopped just to keep us company–she didn’t mind a little rain. Nancy knew the river well, and every time John and I took a shallow channel, we saw her up ahead in faster, deeper water.”
​Earlier today, Bud Hart used this expression

to describe Nancy: Still waters run deep. Think about that for a moment. How perfect it is​,​ ​both ​as a description of this year’s winner as a person, and the way she makes her contribution.

The Hugh happened because of a collaboration between Nancy Anderson and my father. I’d like him to tell you about that now.
Jim’s remarks, approximately:
When I had finished the hand-printed draft of the Hugh Heward story “Across Lower Michigan by Canoe 1790” on yellow-dog paper I showed it to Charlie Parmelee and he said “Give it to me and I’ll get it word-processed.” Eventually I learned that he had conned  Nancy  Anderson into doing the job. Some time later I went out to  Nancy’s home in the boonies and consulted with her on the project.  I acknowledge  Nancy’s role in the “1790” introduction. Take a look.
I know  Nancy has been a vital cog in the annual Quiet Water Symposium for all the years I was active. I believe she also was one of the original 5 paddlers in the first Hugh Heward Challenge ramrodded by Verlen. (I think they had to take refuge under the Waverly Road bridge because of a lightning storm). Those were the days when the Hugh was from Burchfield Park to the dead-end of Erdman Road.  Nancy’s husband drove the traveling “Blue Loo” privy trailer at some of the early Hughs. I think I have seen  Nancy at every Hugh Heward Challenge.
So today, Nancy, I’m mighty proud.

Michigan Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program

The Michigan Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Grant Program (VRSCCP) began in 1998. This program provides small grants to local units of government to help implement volunteer cleanup efforts of rivers, streams and creeks to improve the waters in Michigan. Funds are specifically to pay for the cleanup and removal of trash and debris from rivers and streams and along their banks. Grant funds awarded under the program can pay for such items as disposal costs, hand tools, supplies, refreshments, and other volunteer appreciation materials for volunteers. Local units of government are eligible to apply for and receive funding and may, in turn, work with nonprofit organizations and grassroots groups to conduct the actual cleanup efforts.

Funding is provided from citizen donations collected through fees associated with the sale of Michigan’s Water Quality Protection License Plates under Public Act 74 of 2000. By law, these funds are to be used for water quality protection in Michigan Great Lakes, inland lakes, rivers, and streams.

The VRSCCP is managed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and is administered under contract by the Great Lakes Commission (GLC). The DEQ works cooperatively with the GLC staff, providing overall direction for the program. The DEQ makes the final grant award decisions under the VRSCCP. Additionally, DEQ staff provides advice and assistance to volunteers on technical issues and considerations for the proposed projects.
NEW Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program Factsheet

Funding Process and Awarding of Grants

The grant application period for the 2015 grant cycle has now ended. Please check back in December for more information on the 2016 grant cycle. Future grant applicants may view the 2015 Grant Application Package as a resource to read more about the application process.

Annually (typically around mid-January), a Grant Application Package (GAP) is issued for the VRSCCP Grants. Information contained in the GAP is based on existing DEQ guidance, and indicates the total amount of funding available for a given fiscal year. Currently a total of $25,000 is available annually for cleanup grants.

Upon receipt of grant applications, the GLC, in conjunction with DEQ administrative staff, review and assess the merits of each proposed project. After funding decisions are made, the GLC requests a final workplan from each grantee. Upon approval of the workplan, the contract letter is sent to the grantee indicating the amount of the grant award and the terms of agreement between the grantee and the GLC for implementation of the project. The DEQ and the GLC reserve the right to remove parts of proposed projects which do not meet the program criteria as specified in the GAP, or which otherwise might impair water quality.

Cleanup projects can occur anytime after the award of the grant, but must be completed before the end of that year’s specific project completion deadline. Final reports are due within 30 days of project completion date. Communities are strongly encouraged to continue these volunteer projects in subsequent years. Many communities have expressed that their volunteers develop a clearer sense of what a watershed is, a connection to their watershed and a greater understanding of how their individual actions can help or cause harm to their watershed, and a sense of “pride of place and community.”

Thirteen projects were awarded stream cleanup grants for FY 2015. For further information on these grants, please visit http://www.glc.org/projects/water-quality/streamclean/sc-grants.

Questions

Contact Laura Kaminski at laurak@glc.org

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