From the CPA Coordinator: CPA Election Time

It is the time of year to elect the CPA club officers. You can vote via email, U.S. mail or wait and vote in person at the annual meeting. Each member family is allowed one vote, in other words one vote per membership

The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 6 at the Cult Classic Brewery. The brewery opens at 11 AM with the meeting beginning about noon and lasting to 3 PM. The Annual Meeting is a great time to socialize and meet the club officers. This year four members will be given awards for their outstanding leadership and volunteerism. CPA is an all-volunteer organization so without members stepping up and volunteering the club would cease to exist.

After six years as coordinator, I am stepping down, but I will remain on the Steering Committee unless voted out. I want to thank all the members who gave me support and encouragement over the past six years.  Your help and friendship means a lot to me. Overall, it has been a pleasant experience.

FALL OUT OF YOUR BOAT DAY—This year the annual Fall Out of Your Boat day had a new date and location. The past several years, it was held the first Sunday of June at Truxtun Park in Annapolis, but this year the event was delayed as Truxtun Park was unavailable due to an electric shock hazard in the water, not good to fall out of your boat and then get lit up by stray current. After a two-and-a-half-month delay, Jesse and Lise Parker offered the use of the Selby-on-the-Bay Community Center on the South River as an alternative location. It seemed odd to have this event so late in the year, but it worked out better than expected.

I think all the attendees had a great time and loved the new location. There were plenty of new kayakers with some flipping over for the first time, while others were looking for guidance on getting back in their boat and other pointers to improve their skills. I am hoping that future Fall Out of Your Boat events can be held there. The new location provided some new places to explore. A group of veteran paddlers along with several new paddlers paddled around Turkey Point Island.  This gave some of the new paddlers a chance to experience some “bumpy” water as we rounded the northeast side of the island. I want to thank Jesse and Lise for supplying the new and improved location, all the volunteers who helped with instruction and all the attendees for making it a great event. A fun time was had by all.

Bill Smith


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