At the Annual Membership Meeting, held Jan 30 2016 at the Rose City Yacht Club, the Founders Award was presented to Jim Litton in appreciation of the generous donation of his shop tools to RiversWest. Thank you so much Jim!
Meeting was opened by President, Sal DiGrande, with approximately 32 people present
Planning Meeting Update, held 11/21/2015 by John Bouwsma
As in past years, we will be holding the annual Planning meeting at the Rose City Yacht Club, on Jan 30. time and details will be announced later, but the format will be very similar to previous years. Be sure to reserve the date!
The Portland Boat Show will be held from Wednesday, Jan 13-Sunday, Jan 17. As always we will need volunteers for two shifts a day as well as setup on Tuesday before the show. There will be another announcement after New Years asking for official signups, but you can all be thinking about it, and holding some time during that period.
Our Annual Membership Meeting was held on Nov 22, 2014 at the Rose City Yacht Club, attended by 23 members. There was a lot of enthusiasm and lively discussion. Several main directions emerged for the next year.
One goal that emerged was that we need to increase our membership. We expect to do this by placing our brochures in businesses and public buildings, contacting lapsed members to renew, and though publicity at the Portland Boat Show, Family Boat Build, and any wooden boat shows we can attend through the course of the year. In addition our expanded Workshop Program is very likely to attract new members.
Related to this is our desire to increase our outreach to the public. Public outreach, and especially education, is one of the main purposes of RiversWest, according to our bylaws. Randy Torgerson has taken over and expanded the Workshop Program, with workshops and demos scheduled throughout the next year.
We have had some issues in the shop with inappropriate and in some cases unsafe use of the machinery, and broken machinery that was not reported. We all agreed that we need to have written procedures for each machine that give safety rules, and the proper way to set them up. Once this is in place we will certify members to assure that everyone understands these rules and procedures.
There was general agreement that we need to continue all the events we held last year and even add some, especially more on-the-water activities. This would include the Portland Boat Show, where we will have a large booth, the Family Boat Build, the Hagg Lake messabout, and the Spring Swap Meet. We have been approached by the Catlin Gable School and agreed to provide kits and mentors for them to build two Salt Bay Skiffs in 4 days in their shop. This will happen in March.
On top of all this we will now be publishing our newsletter 4 times a year.
The The RiversWest Annual Membership Meeting took place on Saturday, Feb 1, 2014, at the Rose City Yacht Club.
After a social hour with food and drinks, and few introductory remarks about what RiversWest has accomplished in the past year and the challenges facing us in the next, listened to two very interesting speakers: Kevin Kilduff talked about the City of Portland's plans for Willamette riverfront, and Travis Williams talked about activities of the Willamette River Keepers. Following this we we elected board members and officers. Here are the results of that election:
Regular Board (in alphabetical order):
Advisory Board: (attend board meetings, give opinions, provide pool of alternates in case of atttrition, but do not vote)
Annual Meeting 2013
Summary of topics:
ANOTHER NICE ANNUAL MEETING
Thanks to all for coming to the meeting and especially to the two who helped with the food: Russ Smith and John Bigelow (and my wife too). Two things of note:
In the " what do you want to do" file was several good suggestion, but one theme emerged loud and clear. LET'S GET TOGETHER ON THE WATER. various formats: picnics, regattas, overnights, etc. So let's have some volunteers for a committee to start planning some messabouts. Just let me know who you are. Remember things don't happen unless someone makes them happen.
Second, I've carefully gone over all deposits and counted the number of members who paid the 2013 dues--sadly only 25 so far. We had a surge at the annual meeting , but that is a pitiful number. We all know that the club operates on a shoestring, but the last few years we've been able to say we take in a nickel more than we spend. The dues is a big part of that, as an example, our insurance bill alone is more that all the dues we collect even if 50 or more pay up. Thanks to those who paid, especially those who kicked in double the dues, and the one person who paid triple. Please, the rest of you, let's get right.
Reminder - SHARPENING WORKSHOP
Saturday March 2, 9:00-3:00
NEED BOAT PHOTOS FOR NEW WEB SITE
The new RiversWest website is on line. It contains most of the material from the old site, plus a little bit more. Hopefully you will find it easier to, well, find things.
This is a request for additional material to add to the site. This can be information from previous workshops, pictures of a boat build you did/are doing, newsletters that I am missing, interesting articles, or anything else you think would be useful to include. If you get it to me, I can add it.
Also, if you notice any corrections that need to be made, I would appreciate the feedback. You can get in touch with me via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
I know you got a message not long ago about our annual meeting, but here's another. We will meet again at the Rose City Yacht Club, 3737 NE Marine Drive, on Feb 23 at 6:00 pm. Remember the gate is monitored between 5:45 and 6:30 pm, if you come before or after, just call me on my phone ,503-334-7546 on the clubhouse phone 503-282-2049 and we will let you in.
The RiversWest 2013 series of Maritime Skills Workshops will be starting up again in march. We are repeating some of the successful workshops from last year, and we have some new ones. The schedule may change as we have several ideas in process for new workshops, and when we work out the details we may try to fit them in. The cost of these workshops is minimal; we charge for materials and a small amount for general overhead. For the demos that do not require any material we charge $5.00. The people leading the workshops are all volunteers.
Here is the schedule: