We are getting close folks and the pieces are coming together....not by chance but by steady attention over the winter by your Board of Directors and other dedicated BDBC members!
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
This was announced in the January Newsletter, and thanks to Tom King, is now a reality! Tom has supplied instructions on how members should register to take advantage of the discount. He worked hard to make the instructions simple enough so that even a Digital Luddite such as myself could follow. Here they are.
Step 1. You need to first go to our website. Type www.brightondragonboat.com into your internet search to reach our website.
If you are an existing member (your 2018 membership extends from April 2, 2018 to April 1, 2019)
Step 2. Click on the "Log in" button at the top right hand corner
Step 3. Enter your e-mail address (even Phil got this one) and your password. If enduring the polar vortexes and bouts of freezing rain over the winter has caused you to forget your password, have no fear. Press the "Forgot Password" button and we will send you a temporary password which you can use to get in and reset a new password of your choice. Have some fun; you're a dragon boater so pick something adventurous as your password.
Step 4. Once step 3 is completed our Home Page will show up. Click on the Tab "Join Us".
Step 5. The screen will indicate that you are already a member (which you are until March 31, 2019). Click "Edit your member profile".
Step 6. You will see a screen that reflects your membership profile. Click on the button than says "Renew to April 1, 2020".
Step 7. The next screen will reflect your renewal as a regular or race member (as applicable) and your profile info below. Make any changes to the profile info you consider appropriate and then press the "Update and next" button. Read the waiver information by clicking on the link brightondragonboat.com/Waiver. If you are in agreement click on the box "I fully understand and accept the terms of the waiver agreement".
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Step 8 The next screen summarizes your renewal information. If there is an error press the "back" button and correct your profile. If all is good you can either mail your payment in (i.e. press the button "invoice me") or make your payment online (press the button "Pay online").
Step 9. If you decide to pay online (which the majority of members do). You will then be taken to a PayPal screen. If you are a member of PayPal you can enter your information, or like the majority of us, you will want to pay with your credit card. If the latter, press the button "Pay with a credit or Visa debit card". If the latter a new screen will appear where you can enter your credit or Visa debit card info and make the payment.
Congratulations, you are now a fully paid member for the 2019 season and will receive an e-mail confirming this.
If you are just joining us for the first time (not you Phil)
Step 2. Click on the tab "Join us".
Step 3. You will see a screen which will allow you to pick from one of three options. You can join the race team, become a regular member or if you are between the age of 13 and 17 inclusive (I can barely remember those years) you can join at a reduced rate.
Step 4. Once you have chosen an option the next screen will request your e-mail address and to type in the box below the words/numbers appearing just below the box (apparently this is to make sure you are a real person).
Step 5. On the next screen enter your name, phone number, and emergency contact info (ignore the box for Avatar). Read the waiver information by clicking on link brightondragonboat.com/Waiver. If you are in agreement click on the box "I fully understand and accept the terms of the waiver agreemet."
Step 6. Follow steps 8 and 9 above.
Welcome to our club! You will receive an e-mail confirming your registration.
PADDLE SESSION SCHEDULE
Our Head Coach Tricia engineered this with the input and support of the Board, and the information collected through our survey. We are reducing the number of recreational paddle sessions per week, hoping to increase the number of paddlers per session, but making sure that as many days of the week are covered as possible. We have rec paddles on 6 different days. There is also a little more variety in start times. See the CALENDAR for all the details.
Thanks to the dedication of Cathy Hewton and Jo Gray, we have all of the paddle sessions and events in the calendar for the entire season. For those who don't know, each item has to be input manually and is a long and tedious job. Check the website and see for yourselves. Seeing it makes the upcoming season seem more real somehow. Cathy and Jo also make adjustments to the calendar as needed throughout the season. Thank you Cathy and Jo. This is a great contribution!
NEW SMALL DRAGON BOAT
It's not brand new but pretty new. It is a 2017 Champion from Mission Dragon Boats in Montreal. It is a 10 person dragon boat and constructed very much like our big boats with a tunnel hull bottom rather than the flat bottom that our current small boat has. It will track much better and meets all IDBF standards. I have just been notified that delivery will be Saturday, April 6th. We will need 8 strong people to help unload as the boat will be on the top deck of a multiple tiered trailer. Get doing your push ups!!
Everyone can see the new boat at the Open House, April 27th.
To see pictures of the boat use the link below and go to the 10 person dragon boat at bottom left of the 4 pictures. Click on that and you will get several more pictures.
This will be great for small crews!
That is the big news for now folks. Time to get off the couch, locate your paddle gear and do a few sit ups. It won't be long now!
And don't forget to take advantage of the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!