The Lansing Oar and Paddle Club opened an official meeting on Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. Summit Sports had offered us the opportunity to hold our meeting in their store. We began the meeting with an introduction of myself, Jay Hanks, and a brief recount of Club history from 1987 to present. As a founding member, I was the original Treasurer for the first 6 years and President the 7th year. I actively assisted in getting the Club incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of Michigan, as well as applying for and receiving 501-c (7) non-profit status with the Federal Government.
We showed slides from trips we had taken from the last 2 years or so, with as many different people as we could pack into a 20-minute presentation. During this time we had been passing out 2008 membership applications and collected the new, lower dues of $10.00 per year.
Two motions were made and passed. The first was for Jay Hanks as President, Loretta Crum as Vice-President, and Nancy Anderson as Treasurer. The second was for recognizing the new dues structure of $10.00 per person, with an additional $5.00 if you were requesting a paper mailing of newsletters and information.
The meeting concluded with an open discussion about the Winter programs coming up in January for the Club, as well as Todd Leigh discussing the Lansing Area White Water Paddlers (LAWWP) role in the Lansing area and interaction with LOAPC. We plan on trying to get a newsletter out in November, along with continued upgrades to the website.
Please feel free to comment on ideas or suggestions whenever possible, because that is what makes this a dynamic, active organization. The Lansing Oar and Paddle Club is here for the benefit of the people in the Lansing Area in being able to promote human-powered watercraft activity.
See you on the water!