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  • 16 Sep 2019 12:17 PM | Philip Spencer (Administrator)


    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING!!! SEPTEMBER 24th


    This is our final meeting of the year for the existing board and the one to which we invite all of our members.  We run a meeting which features abbreviated reports from all of our Directors and nominates new Board members to replace those leaving.  It is your chance to ask questions, make suggestions, nominate a friend, or be nominated yourself. 

    Our AGM will  take place on Tuesday, September 24th, 6 p.m. at Harbourview Cafe in Gosport.  Come a little early and enjoy your favourite beverage as you settle in for the meeting.  Following the meeting there will be lots of tasty finger food provided by the club, so buy yourself another drink and enjoy a friendly visit with your dragon boat friends.

    APPLEFEST PARADE  SEPTEMBER 28th

    We enter this every year and this year will be no different.  Nakoma will be pulled from the water Friday morning, the 27th, given a quick clean-up, and appear Saturday morning to start the parade early afternoon (more details later).  This is a great way to get our club in front of the community and attract new members.  Please don your BDBC jerseys and hats and walk with the boat.  Your smiling face will be sure to attract new members!

    Please attend the AGM and walk in the parade.  You are the club!!

    Phil Spencer



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  • 14 Sep 2019 2:37 PM | Tricia Boehme (Administrator)

    SOCIAL MEDIA AND PHOTOS

    We have been working hard this year to share lots of club happenings through social media and most recently through our website with photo albums. We hope you have explored these options and are enjoying them.

    PHOTOS ON WEBSITE

    We have added 2 tabs to our website labeled 2019 Photo Album and 2019 Special Events Photos. We have started the process of uploading pictures to these albums and you will notice that a few pictures are pre-2019 at present. We will add more as time permits. Please send pictures to triciaboehme@gmail.com  if you are not adding them to Face Book.

    FACEBOOK

    We have changed our Facebook page due to some technical difficulties. The new page is called BRIGHTON DRAGON BOAT CLUB EST.2007. The page now allows you to share a post to it without administrator approval. It will be at the administrator’s discretion to keep or delete based on appropriateness. The administrators are Cathy Hewton and Tricia Boehme. To follow us, simply “like” the page. 

    INSTAGRAM

    If you are an Instagrammer, we do our best to share posts from Facebook to this site. It is just another way to stay in the loop of club action.

    HOW YOU CAN HELP THE CLUB

    Engage on our Facebook page by posting, liking, commenting, sharing and inviting your friends to like our page.  This is FREE advertising for us!!

    FINAL NOTES

    Please unfollow our current Facebook page Brighton Dragon Boat Club as we are closing this.

    If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please share with us.


  • 31 Aug 2019 12:58 PM | Philip Spencer (Administrator)


    SHARBOT LAKE - Follow-up #2 Saturday Aug 31, 2019


    LESS THAN A WEEK before the FALL EXCURSION EVENTS BEGINS

    I have had a - “FEW” - responses to my earlier note about equipment requests.  Please be sure to email me if you require the following:  paddle and PDF (with sizes), and seat pads.  I will need this info by early “Thursday morning”.

    VERY IMPORTANT- - - THE MAIN EVENT - - - “SUNDAY” - - - MEET AT THE SHARBOT LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK - “SHARBOT LAKE” BOAT LAUNCH AT - - - 10:00am - - and not the Black Lake launch.  Maps and info available at the Park Entrance. Pick up requested equipment at 9:30am at Site #47.

    FOR THOSE ARRIVING FRIDAY, there will be “welcoming gathering” at Site 47 Friday afternoon around 4:00pm, just beyond the park entrance.  Please bring your own chair, snacks, and refreshments!  Park site check-in is 2:00pm.

    Kindly assist in sharing this information with other members as some do not have internet, and others may have missed the messages.

    AT PRESENT WE HAVE ONLY 11 SEATS OPEN:  GIVEN THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER RECENT CLUB EVENTS THIS CAN CHANGE VERY QUICKLY AS WE APPROACH THE DATE - (Note: guests will not be bumped by members!)

    Any questions?   Please contact
    Doug Harrison - Event Co-ordinator
    By email or text @
    613-968-1232
     

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  • 28 Aug 2019 12:40 PM | Philip Spencer (Administrator)


    SHARBOT LAKE  -- FOLLOWUP ----2 ITEMS                      

    August 27th, 2019

    In order to provide for possible car pooling, anyone interested in taking passengers or any looking for a ride to Sharbot Lake on Sunday please let me know by email and I will try to put people in touch.
    There are obvious advantages to car pooling:  fuel cost savings, park pass savings, etc.

    Also I’m aware of one participant that is staying overnight.  She is interested in a possible room sharing;  let me know if you are interested.

    Could I ask of those arriving Saturday by 12’ish, and are interested in a paddling outing, to contact me.   Our plans are to do a casual afternoon tour.

    Doug Harrison
    Event Co-ordination
    d.a.harrison
    613-968-1232

  • 26 Aug 2019 7:15 AM | Philip Spencer (Administrator)


            SHARBOT LAKE - FALL EXCURSION
                                 (Please read this entire email for all th
    e details)

    This coming September 7th & 8th the Club will be participating in the Sharbot Lake - Fall Excursion.  For the first time ever we will be taking 2 boats!!. Everybody seems very excited about this prospect as 2 boats makes it more fun.....SO....

    PLEASE REGISTER.....THERE ARE SEATS REMAINING:  DON’T MISS OUT - THE MORE PADDLERS THE MORE FUN!!! 

    AND THE WEATHER FOR FOR BOTH DAYS IS FORECAST TO BE SUNNY AND 22 DEGREES!!

    *The boats will be arriving Friday and be launched Saturday at Sharbot Lake boat launch (south end of the park). For those coming up for the 2 days, and depending on the number of paddlers, we might take a boat for a tour to find the Sharbot Lake Inn and see if the refreshments are cold!
    *For the Saturday activities I would suggest we meet at my park site, # 47, just beyond the park entrance around 1 - 2 pm and we will finalize the day’s activities.   At the same time  you can pick up paddles, etc.
    *Mary and I will be arriving Friday, the 6th, and departing Sunday the 8th.
    *On Sunday we will meet at the park’s SHARBOT LAKE BOAT LAUNCH at
                                                       - - - -10:00am. - - - -
     PLEASE NOTE: THIS TIME IS SET and ANY CHANGE WILL “ONLY” COME FROM ME (DOUG HARRISON, EXCURSION COORDINATOR).
     

    *Note: there is a boat launch on Black Lake.... BUT....that is not the launch we use!
    *There is parking near the boat launch, again at the south end of the Park.  You will need a Park “parking pass” which is available at the park entrance along with directions.

    * IMPORTANT NOTE:  For those requiring a paddle, life jacket aka PFD, and seat pad,  please let me know by email with “sizes” of paddles and PFD’s  and I will bring them up for you,
                - - - - - TO BE PICKED UP AT SITE # 47 prior to 9:30am Sunday. - - - - -

    *IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:

    > -Water,  Hat,  A Selection Of Clothing (to cover the variety of weather conditions),
    Sunscreen
    > -$ Money$:   There will be a nominal fee per person to cover gas to trailer the boats    ($5.00 unless otherwise notified, to be paid directly to me.) and Sunday lunch.

     

    SUGGESTED ROUTE:  The Park is approximately 1 1/2hrs. drive from central Brighton.   The route as suggested by GPS is HWY 401, 37 to 7. PLEASE NOTE that THERE HAS BEEN SOME CONSTRUCTION ON HWY 37 and I’m not sure if it will be completed by our trip.  You might be better off to take HWY 62 through to 7.

     SPECIAL NOTE:
    > IN CASE OF A SERIOUS WEATHER ISSUE THE SESSIONS WILL BE CANCELLED  THROUGH THE. “HOT LINE” 613-475-5532 and Email

    > Any questions??  Please contact me (Doug Harrison) at (613) 968-1232 or email
    > d.a.harrison@rogers.com

     Doug Harrison
     Excursion Organizer
     


  • 22 Aug 2019 4:21 PM | Philip Spencer (Administrator)


    CORRECTION: 

    THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IS SEPTEMBER 24,

    NOT AUGUST 24

  • 22 Aug 2019 4:06 PM | Philip Spencer (Administrator)


    SUMMER IS WANING, BUT THERE'S FIRE IN THE DRAGON YET!!

    We have had a good summer with lots of boats going out, improved crew sizes, and.... we're not done yet!......and how about that SUNSET PADDLE????....... with 36 paddlers plus coaches and steers. Awesome! 

    The sun was beaming, but just at showtime, it was partly covered by just one wispy cloud .....then Cathy Hewton..... smart cookie that she is.... suggested we paddle a little to the left so we could see around it.....and it worked!! That's one crafty BDBC coach, and we know where the brains are in the Hewton household!! Thanks to all who paddled, coached, steered, organized, etc. It was a fine club event including many members and friends of all ages!

    BDBC CLOTHING: Susan Walker was present at the Sunset Paddle with club clothing and sold several items before the event. She will be out again at the Friday morning paddle, August 23rd.  That's tomorrow!!  Check out her goods! She will be happy to show you!! You can also view BDBC clothing on the website. Find what you like and contact Susan.

    MARSH/NATURE/PHOTOGRAPHY PADDLE is coming up.....on Monday, August 26th .  Bring a friend for free, and your cameras/phones to see what wildlife you can capture. If wildlife is scarce, May Haslam will be posing on the coach's seat, will wear a duck bill on request, and I will be sluffing at the oar. Shoot us. There's still room on the boat, so get signed up!

    THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: This will take place on Tuesday, August the 24th at the Harbourview Cafe. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. May Haslam has been typing away (no, she doesn't type wearing her duck bill), and very shortly you will receive the Minutes from last year's AGM for you perusal. We will be looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors, so if you, or a member you know would like to help next year, please let anyone on the current board know. You will have to be nominated at the meeting, and, depending on number of candidates, there may be an election. We will be looking for 2 new board members.

    EXTENDED PADDLE SEASON: We are now going to be paddling up to and including Sunday, September 29th. This is an extra 2 weeks, and that will include the new Monday 9 a.m. session! Fingers crossed for a beautiful September! Check the website calendar and sign up. If this extra time is popular with paddlers then it can be repeated next year. Many thanks to Tricia Boehme for organizing this and to Cathy Hewton for entering all the new sessions into the calendar!

    As coaches and steers are putting in extra time, we want to make things simple.  We ask that at least 6 paddlers are signed up before a session is approved. If there are not 6 paddlers by 9 the night before then the session will be cancelled. Notification will be given by email (This was a very serious item, so no jokes!)

    SHED MATTERS:  If you have noticed the tidy and organized nature of our paddle shed (colour-coded paddles sorted by length, a legend to explain the system, and other improvements),  thank Frances Bradley.  She sets the standard on all shed matters!

    WEBSITE IMPROVEMENTS: There is now a photo gallery! It is on the top menu bar and called...........wait for it....... 2019 PHOTO ALBUM (Go figure!!). Click on it, scroll through the pics and look for yourself....yes that's really you and that was your good side!!

    More photos will be added. Many thanks to Tricia Boehme, Leslie Dagg and Tom King for getting this set up.

    Also....there is a tab to click so that you can access lists of the Board of Directors and Coaches & Steers. Go to the 3 horizontal bars in the top right hand corner just to the right of MEMBERS.

    Many thanks to Tom King, our new Web Master! We are not worthy.

    APPLEFEST PARADE: This takes place Saturday, September 28th, and we are always part of it. We dress up in BDBC colours and walk along side Nakoma (That's the yellow boat, Mike) which is all decked out with balloons, streamers, Chinese lanterns, the dragon head and tail, and usually a “guest drummer”. Please join us and help promote our club.

    Well......that's all for now! Please help us finish off the season with enthusiasm, and try to get to the AGM ...... Rumour has it that there will be prizes for 3 lucky paddlers!  Pssst....Kim Burns told me.

    Paddles Up!!

    Phil Spencer


     
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  • 18 Aug 2019 7:15 PM | Philip Spencer (Administrator)

    THE SUNSET PADDLE WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, NOT SEPTEMBER 20.


  • 18 Aug 2019 3:06 PM | Philip Spencer (Administrator)


      *****SUNSET PADDLE*****

    You don't want to miss the BDBC SUNSET PADDLE!!  The weather forecast is for bright sun (until it sets)!  Bring your smiles, your cameras, and good humour.  We will take 2 boats, and there is still lots of room, so get signed up if you haven't already and bring a friend.  Let's fill the boats with 2 big, happy BDBC crews!!

    Details:

    * This Tuesday, Sept 20

    * Arrive at Harbourview by 7:15; leave the dock at 7:30

    * Sunset is at 8:07

    If a weather change forces the postponement of this event another e-blast will be sent out, so stay tuned and check your email, the calendar, and blogs on the website.

    Paddles Up!

    Phil Spencer





  • 18 Aug 2019 8:43 AM | Philip Spencer (Administrator)


    SHARBOT LAKE CAMPING TRIP IMPORTANT NOTICE!!

    GREAT NEWS:  We have the opportunity to take 2 boats to Sharbot Lake for our Fall Excursion.  We presently have 22 registered + 1 guest and others waiting to hear of the 2nd boat.

    It is critical to receive...

    ALL ADDITIONAL REGISTRATIONS ASAP

    to determine that 2 boats make sense. 

    The plan is to have available a Saturday afternoon casual paddle, depending on numbers, then our scheduled 10 a.m. Sunday paddle and lunch at the famous Maples Restaurant overlooking Sharbot Lake.

    There will be a follow up email with additional details.  This event  was VERY well received 2 years ago so don't miss out.  REGISTER NOW!!

    Any questions should be directed to:

    Doug Harrison at:  d.a.harrison@rogers.com     or  613-968-1232






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