April 1-4: Spring break paddle camp, Wenatchee Confluence State Park, 4th-8th graders, 9 a.m. to noon each day, city Parks and Rec and WRPC, more info
April 13: City Parks and Rec Family Canoe Trips, Wenatchee Confluence State Park, 10 to 11:15 a.m., more info
April 20: Open House and Yard Sale, WRPC annex, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 26: Warrior Challenge practice, Walla Walla Point Park, 4 to 6 p.m., more info
April 28: Warrior Challenge, Walla Walla Point Park, 9 a.m. to noon, more info
May 1: Youth on Columbia begins
May 11: City Parks and Recreation Family Canoe Trips, Wenatchee Confluence State Park, 10 to 11:15 a.m., more info
May 27: Liliana Leon Memorial Dedication, 10:30 a.m., WRPC boathouse area
June 14: Youth on the Columbia concludes
June 24-27: Summer paddle camp, Wenatchee Confluence State Park, 4th-8th graders, city Parks and Rec and WRPC, more info
July 13: Open House and Yard Sale, WRPC annex, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sept. 28: Guano Rocks Regatta, Columbia River, 9 a.m. to noon
Oct. 1-4, 8-11: Youth on Columbia (fall
New fee schedule
At its Feb. 20 meeting, the WRPC board adopted a new fee schedule. Here it is:
New club members
Standard initiation fee: $100 per membership
Annual membership fee: $100 (family), $75 (individual)
Rowing program fee: $50 per person
Renewing club members
Annual membership fee:
$100 (family), $75 (individual)
Rowing program fee: $150 per person
Our Masters Rowing Program is off to a good start this year and is being held from 7 to 9 a.m. every Saturday and from 5:30 to 7 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. David Bentsen is serving as coach.
Our annual combination lock change will take place the week of April 7. You'll receive a phone call from a board member giving you the new combination.
Have an item you'd like to sell? Club members can bring their own items to our yard sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at the club annex. The offer comes with a couple caveats: You need to be present for the transaction, and if the item doesn't sell, you need to haul it away. So start going through your garage or house because this is a good opportunity! Hope to see you on April 20 (with or without your gear)!
Sell, sell, sell
Hello! I'm Deborah and I'm called the "Diva of First Impressions" around the club! My job is to contact first-time members and let them know a little bit about the club, the boathouses, the website and other features. If you've recently signed up for the first time, be looking for a phone call from me! I'm glad to meet folks at the boathouse for a tour, refer you to a member who can take you out the first time for a safety "check out" and answer general questions regarding the workings of the club. Feel free to call me at 387-9897 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Deborah Lyon
Sculling lessons from Dan & Larry r
This is written to provide any interested person with some idea of what to expect if he or she wants to learn rowing in a single shell (sculling).
First of all you need to make arrangements with either myself or Dan Garrison. There is no fee for the lessons, but any donation to the club will, of course, be welcomed. Please keep in mind that we are volunteers and have our own personal schedules apart from rowing.
Ideally there will be about three lessons within a two-week period. Each lesson will take about an hour or a little more.
The purpose of the lessons is to help you be safe on the river and comfortable in the available boats so you can then build on your skills to be able to enjoy sculling on your own or with friends.
Individual sculling is different from crew rowing, which is a separate program within the club.- Larry Tobiska
Inspire people to safely use human-powered watercraft and exercise stewardship of the mid-Columbia River system.
WRPC Vision For all members, community leaders and advocates to pursue safe use of human-powered watercraft and to support WRPC projects on the mid-Columbia River system.
Quarterly newsletters are a great way to keep WRPC members and other interested parties informed about club happenings. When it comes to news on a daily or weekly basis, our Facebook page is the place to go! Facebook also is a great tool to share stories, to further the conversation, and to build up camaraderie among all who love to paddle or row!
If you haven't yet, please like us on Facebook (click the button above). And if you have news to share, photos of a recent paddle or row (here or from far away), or anything else you think would be of interest (humorous or otherwise), please post them on our page!
Here is a closer look at upcoming activities:
View from the Bow
Spring has meaning
And away we go into a fresh new season of rowing, paddling, projects and programs! Wenatchee Row & Paddle Club is excited to be launching into an action-packed spring,
designed to offer great fun and meaning as our corps of volunteers rally to strengthen and illustrate a higher profile for our vision and commitment in our NCW water-related community.
- We are focusing within the club on welcoming new members - including orientation, equipment details, instruction, and contact info. Deborah Lyon has embraced this effort and is bringing together an enhanced emphasis with great results.
- We are making a concerted effort to further develop the rowing program. With Dan Garrison enthusiastically coordinating getting the team boats in the water along with David Bentsen's coaching efforts, new energy is apparent.
- We are communicating more with the public in the barn and dock areas. You'll be noticing an array of new signage directed to safety. There will be a memorial dedication to Liliana Leon this May 27. Leon, 13, a Pioneer Middle School student. drowned May 28, 2012, after jumping into the Columbia at the Linden Tree area of Riverfront Park. We also will be launching in the area a 'Listening Post' for mobile devices, which will supply a menu of WRPC-related topics in one-minute segments.
- We are working to spruce up the annex parking lot. WRPC and the Chelan County PUD are working together on a design for paving and landscaping improvements. Construction is estimated to commence in two years.
- We are continuing to provide and support community-based programs. We are excited that Youth on Columbia will be offered again this year. Also upcoming are the City of Wenatchee Parks Department's Spring Break Row & Paddle Camp, the Summer Row & Paddle Camp, the Parks Department's weekend excursions, and the Guano Rocks Regatta.
Volunteers, we love you! Please let our volunteer coordinator Kim George know if you're ready to help again.
As always, your entire board depends on feedback, questions and concerns. Keep in touch and let us know how we can help you have the best member experience possible. See you at our annual Open House on April 20 and our first club 'Yard Sale' with an array of memorabilia, equipment and supplies.
Be healthy and stay active,
President, Wenatchee Row & Paddle Club
By Kim George
|Tooling around the Horan Wildlife Area at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers is always a treat.|
Nothing beats Tuesday
Wenatchee Row & Paddle Club
Season in and season out there is a group of dedicated paddlers who meet each and every Tuesday for some shared time on the Columbia River here in the Wenatchee area. This is year number three or four or ... well, time doesn't really matter ... the group has been meeting up for awhile now!
Our personalities are as diverse as the colors of our boats and yet we have so
much in common. The routine of getting gear organized and boats to the river can be a bit hurried and hectic and yet we enjoy every minute of it. Once booty and boat connect, we leave it all at the dock and life just slows down. It becomes a laid-back, go-with-the-flow type of a morning.
|Wildlife abound along the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers as this heron illustrates.|
A member's request for paddling partners when she joined the club was the origin for this weekly adventure. The need of a support group, with the goal of slowing down to a pace that works for each individual, was addressed. I think we were a mere three boats that first time out. Now, during the warmer months of summer, we might be as many as 10. Nothing is routine or typical, always there is variation in the mix of people, the weather and river conditions and the focus of the day. Photography, bird watching, technique talk and simple socializing are a few common elements.
Once a year, usually in August, we fold a picnic into the day's paddle. With our lunches safely stowed and a paddle board in tow, we head upriver to our designated beach. This also is our annual practice of wet exits and re-entries. We experiment with different strategies and reward ourselves with good food and just plain play time, trying out each other's boats and soaking in that unique warmth that only sun on sand can create.
The bug to load boats on cars and find a different body of water to paddle on bites us periodically. It's a smart option when the spring runoff can be intimidating. Lake Chelan, Lake Wenatchee, Big Bow Pond in Rock Island and Lincoln Rock Park are always good alternatives. We don't necessarily limit ourselves to day trips. Currently there is discussion of a summer kayak camping trip on the upper part of Lake Chelan being tossed around. Last November, six of us joined up for a fabulous 10-day paddling trip in Mexico, circumnavigating Santo Espiritu Island, which is located off the Mexican State of Baha California Sur.
Being on the river can churn up some creative ideas that transpire into meaningful life experiences. Being on the river in a group can foster friendships that might not otherwise have a chance to sprout. If words can describe us, this is the Tuesday paddle group and everyone is welcome. We paddle year round, we paddle for ourselves and we paddle for each other.
When: 9 a.m., Tuesday mornings
Where: Lindstrom Barn, foot of Ninth Street, Wenatchee
Big upcoming events
Participants in last year's Youth on the Columbia program near the dock.
Youth on the Columbia unique in its approach
The Wenatchee Row & Paddle Club and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center are teaming up for the third straight year to provide students with hands-on activities to educate them about Columbia River exploration and indigenous cultures.
"Youth on the Columbia" will start on May 1 this year. By the time it concludes in early June, more than 1,200 students - fourth-, fifth- and some sixth-graders - from
several local school districts will have participated. In fall, the program is held over a six-day period for third-graders.
|Youth on the Columbia participants are all smiles during last year's program.|
Like last year, students will get to paddle on the Columbia River in 10-person Voyageur canoes, with adults serving as guides, off Wenatchee Confluence State Park. They also will participate in educational stations at the state park and tour exhibits at the museum.
Funding for the program is being provided by the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center.
One big change this year is that Wenatchee School District students will not take part in the paddling portion of the program. Instead, we'll substitute that part with a dryland water safety and river rescue class for WSD. The Row & Paddle Club is working with the Red Cross to develop the curriculum.
Students from all the other school districts - including Eastmont, Waterville, Cashmere, Cascade, Entiat and Quincy - will take part in the paddling portion.
Youth on the Columbia started as a tribute to Canadian explorer David Thompson. In 2011, the Row and Paddle Club and the museum helped honor the 200-year anniversary of Thompson's expedition on the Columbia with a community awareness campaign that included a school field trip component.
WRPC President Skip Johnson says the name change was made because it is clear the adult Ridge to River Relay isn't going to return - at least not anytime soon. For years, Ridge to River and Junior Ridge to River were tied together.
Warrior Challenge carries on
with new name and energy
You probably have taken note of the name change. Junior Ridge to River is now
|Warrior Challenge began as Junior Ridge|
to River Relay several years ago.
the Warrior Challenge. Nothing else is different, however; it's still an obstacle course race
for our youth (ages 5 through 12) inside the cozy confines of Walla Walla Point Park. And CrosSport Performance
and the Wenatchee Row & Paddle Club continue to organize this great race, which this spring will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 28 at the Wenatchee park.
"The feeling was let's do something new and fresh," Skip Johnson says of the change.
Volunteers are needed for both the Warrior Challenge on April 28 and the practice event, which is from 4 to 6 p.m., April 26. Want to help? Contact Kim George at 679-6247.
2013 club officials
President: Skip Johnson, 630-7306, email@example.com
Vice president: Kim George, 679-6247, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary/treasurer: Larry Tobiska, email@example.com
Tom Cushing, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Garrison, email@example.com
Wolf Mueller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Lyon, email@example.com
Club positions Youth on the Columbia volunteer coordinator: Kim George,
Rowing Rowing Division director: Dan Garrison,
Member Relations welcoming coordinator: Deborah A. Lyon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager of maintenance and improvements: Bob Derry, derry170@Frontier.
Database and web site manager, YOC equipment coordinator: Tom Cushing, email@example.com
Space manager: Tom Feil, firstname.lastname@example.org
Intraclub activities coordinator: Wolf Mueller, email@example.com
Rowing instruction: Larry Tobiska, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Dan Garrison,
Kayak instruction: Mike Kaputa, Tom Feil, Steve Smith, Kim George
Newsletter editor: Steve Maher, email@example.com