Fairbanks Paddlers will hold its Annual Meeting in a virtual format over Zoom on Friday, November 6 at 7 pm. Without our customary potluck and gear swap, the business meeting will be short, as we have had to cancel or postpone a number of our usual events this year. We welcome creative new ideas of how the club can adapt activities for the coming season in light of current challenges. Attendees are also encouraged to share brief descriptions of some of their paddling outings this past summer and fall. We have a couple of board positions to fill, and will elect candidates at the end of the meeting.
In lieu of having a guest speaker, we will have a watch party featuring three films that we would have shown at our annual Paddling Film festival that we had planned for last May. We have received permission to download and share these through our virtual meeting. The films the board has chosen to show along with descriptions and trailers are included at the end of this post.
As an incentive to join us, we will be offering several giveaways to virtual attendees. “Door” prizes include two $50 Beaver Sports gift certificates, two of our new club caps with your choice of blue or green and with either canoe or kayak embroidered logo ($35 value each) and two of our new club T-shirts with choice of color, size and logo.
You don’t have to be a current member to attend, but we do encourage you to renew your membership or join the club at https://fairbankspaddlers.org/join/ .
Here is the Zoom Link to the Annual Meeting and Watch Party:
or Dial in:
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) or
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 997 0038 0383
Solo Kayak Adventure in India
Kayaker Nouria Newman embarks on a solo, multiday descent on the raging waters of the Indus River in the Himalayas. Feeling challenged, blessed and vulnerable at the same time, Nouria shares her feelings with captivating honesty. From brutal close calls to moments of grace, the river delivers an intense experience shared in this gripping film. (12 minutes)
Dave the Potter – Letting Go and Moving On
An artisan in northeastern Pennsylvania shifts his focus from pottery to paddling in a bid to expand his life’s horizon. (6 min.)
Svaha tells the remarkable story of a 2,000-mile, three-month sea kayak expedition across the Caribbean Sea, from Grenada to Miami, through some of the world’s most treacherous waters. With just a single day of sea kayak experience, childhood friends, Will McCreadie and George Parry, take on the expedition to raise funds for their charity, the Get Exploring Trust. With remarkable footage of real life-and-death situations, the film is a tribute to tenacity and endurance. (28 min.)