Announcements Thu, 21 Sep 17 09:53:53 -0400 Announcements en-CA October 1st: Life jackets Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:41:33 -0400 Vukasovic 614@/discussions

Pest Problem Reminder Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:34:09 -0400 Vukasovic 613@/discussions

2017 Lotus Annual General Meeting (AGM) Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:33:44 -0400 Grace 610@/discussions
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Location: Lotus Sports Club, Barnet Marine Park
Time: 11:00 am

All Lotus members are encouraged to attend this very important meeting. This is your chance to give feedback on this year’s paddling programs and to thank those who contributed so much time to the club. At this meeting you will also elect your 2017/2018 Board of Directors who will be making plans for paddling programs for next year.

The current board is looking for people who are interested in being part of next year's Board of Directors. The directors are volunteers who represent the paddlers of the Lotus Sports Club and who make decisions to the benefit of the club and all of its members. It is a great way to be involved in your club and community.

The following two positions are filled automatically;

President – presides at all meetings and oversees the overall operations of the club. The past year’s
vice-president, Daniel Chan, will become this year’s president.

Past-President – provides continuity in the Board of Directors and works with the President on matters
carried over from the previous year. The current president, Tony Vukasovic, will become the

The following is a list of current directorships and a description of their responsibilities:

Vice-President – carries out the duties of the President in his/her absence. The vice-president will assume the
position of president in the following year – this person will be able to work with the executive,
will become familiar with ongoing projects and directives, and can learn the role of the
president in order to move into this position.

Treasurer – keeps the financial records of the club, including accounts and banking transactions. The
treasurer provides financial statements as required. The treasurer usually submits applications
for grants/gaming funds.

Membership – collects membership forms and money, sends registration to CORA and CKBC, provides the
Board of Directors and coaches with regularly updated membership information.

Secretary - keeps and distributes minutes of directors’ meetings, deals with club correspondence.

Outrigger Program – oversees outrigger programs, club outrigger races and is the liaison with other clubs.

Youth Program – oversees the youth dragon boat and outrigger programs, promotions, and events.

SUP Program – oversees the SUP program, promotion and scheduling, and certification of instructors.

Maintenance – has the responsibility for organizing and arranging for maintenance of the clubhouse and club

Safety - oversees that safety procedures are implemented during practices and races.

Member at Large – helps the Board of Directors in a variety of capacities including Social Media.
CPR Sign Up Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:16:21 -0400 Vukasovic 602@/discussions
There will soon be a sign up sheet at the club house for those interested in gaining or renewing their CPR-C and/or CPR-AED certification. Group size may be limited so registration may be prioritized. Priority will be given to members who participate in races regularly. I am hoping to have a sign up sheet on the desk in the main room of the clubhouse by the end of this week.


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Reporting Canoe Damage Tue, 13 Jun 2017 02:01:40 -0400 Vukasovic 598@/discussions
Currently, there has been some damage to our small boats. In the event that you damage one of the canoes, please report that the boat has been damaged by making a note on the whiteboard at the entrance of the club house. Mistakes happen, but we must report them so we can makes sure all paddlers are using a safe boat.


Hats Off Parade 2017 Fri, 26 May 2017 11:56:49 -0400 Grace 596@/discussions
To promote our club and to try to encourage Burnaby residents to come and try out our paddle sports, Lotus has placed an entry in Burnaby’s “Hats Off” parade for the past five years. This year’s theme is “The Great Canadian Outdoors” and the small boats trailer will be decorated for the Lotus float. If you can/want to help out, that would be great!

Thursday, June 1
People are needed to help decorate the “float” at the clubhouse. Meeting time is 6:00pm. If you have inflatable toys or large stuffies related to the theme, please bring them along (Canada geese, salmon, moose, beaver, etc).

Saturday, June 3
Meet at the clubhouse at 8:00am to carpool to the parade marshalling area on Hastings near Beta Avenue. Paddlers will accompany the float along the route so it would be great if paddlers could wear something that shows you are enjoying the Canadian outdoors!

Come and join in the fun and help to spread the word about Lotus!

2018 Kauai Na Pali Challenge Race & Small Boats Clinic Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:43:11 -0400 Grace 590@/discussions
The youth group is planning to do the Na Pali Challenge Race next year which takes place on Saturday, August 11, 2018. This is a 59 kilometre change race, which takes about 6 hour,s from Hanalei Bay to outside Kikialoa Small Boat Harbor (see map at bottom of page). Each team consists of 6 women and 6 men, alternating with water changes every 30 minutes. The race takes place along some of the most breathtaking coastline in the world.

A small boats clinic with Kai Bartlett is also being organized for the week following the race (Monday, August 13 to Friday, August 17). Kai is one of the best surfing paddlers in the world and has access to top quality canoes; he is also extremely familiar with Kauai waters, and has a lot of additional valuable topics to cover such as his training regime. Lotus paddlers are invited to come to Kauai to take part in this clinic to improve technical skills and surf waves!


Here is a rough idea of what the clinic will involve;
- first day will be paddling in protected waters to assess each paddler’s ability, with emphasis on technique, videotaping, and perhaps some wave catching in the bay if everyone is comfortable on day one. The group will then be divided according to skill assessment with the following options for the rest of the week, depending on skill level;

a) remain in protected waters and learn to surf in some of the bays in Kauai

b) head for open water and do some down winders

c) combination of both a) and b)

There will be discussion on equipment safety, safe entry and exit to and from the ocean, wave formation, and wave catching.

In order for Kai to have some idea of the group size and number of boats that will be needed, please let Grace know ( by May 31 if you think that you will be participating; commitment by payment will be in January 2018.

Costs will vary for each this is just a very rough estimate of what to expect;

Airfare – approximately $900 Cdn to $1000 Cdn

Accommodations – this would make the biggest difference in the cost because there are a range of accommodations with some very nice places throughout Kauai. Modest rentals are approximately $100 to $150 US per night per person.

Clinic - $875 US per person with minimum of 8 paddlers for a 5 day OC1 session (a possible discount for a larger group).

Race fees for those who plan to organize a crew for the Napali Challenge (all figures approximate) -
- Entry fee - $500 US
- Canoe rental – $300 US+ depending on the type of boat
- Escort boat - $800 US+


McBarge has been moved to Maple Ridge... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:59:05 -0500 Grace 511@/discussions

McBarge was power washed before it was moved;

AED Cabinet Installed Sat, 08 Apr 2017 20:49:00 -0400 Vukasovic 587@/discussions
I just wanted to inform everyone that the AED cabinet has now been installed in the clubhouse. The purchase of the AED is another great step towards club safety! Huge thanks to Greg Bodin for taking the time to install the cabinet!

Here is a photo of the cabinet which is beside the main door and easily accessible to outrigger and SUP paddlers...


Lotus Sports Club Handbook (2017 Edition) Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:20:56 -0500 Grace 583@/discussions Lotus Outrigger and SUP Programs Meeting - February 25, 2017 Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:21:37 -0500 Grace 579@/discussions
If you have any questions regarding the Outrigger program, please see Outrigger Director, Barb, or e-mail her at

If you have questions about the SUP program, please see SUP Director, Val, or e-mail her at]]>
IceBreaker 2017, Thank You Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:28:53 -0500 CroatianExpress 573@/discussions
Just wanted to take the time to thank everyone who showed up today to volunteer at our annual IceBreaker V12 race. I know it's not easy to wake up before the sun rises, and work in the freezing cold, so believe me when I say your participation is greatly appreciated. You are the reason why our races are always incredibly well run.

Today we demonstrated to the paddling community how powerful real Ohana is. With all the challenges we had from issues with waivers to major safety concerns, today was an overwhelming success. No one in BC can run a race as well as Lotus.

Thank you all for your hard work. I hope to see you all on the water soon! (Once it gets a little warmer).


Winter Paddling: Ice and snow at clubhouse Sun, 01 Jan 2017 23:03:33 -0500 Vukasovic 569@/discussions
Currently the weather has been quite cold, and the forecast is calling for more snow.  After going to the clubhouse the other day to take a look at the snow and ice build up in the compound, it seems that it poses some dangerous conditions.  The cemented area in our compound has been almost fully iced over, and the gate to the compound will not open due to the snow and ice surrounding it.  Further to this, the stairs leading to the small boats beach are iced over and could easily lead to someone falling and hurting themselves.

It is important that we all take this into consideration, and it is highly recommended that members do not use club equipment on their own during these conditions.  It is very risky as someone could easily fall while carrying a boat, potentially damaging the boat, but, more importantly, hurt themselves. It is also important to note that another Arctic front is expected for next week with temperatures falling as low as -9 degrees; this is a danger to anyone involved in water sports.  At these temperatures, there will be a layer of ice on the surface of the inlet and this ice will cut and damage gel coat. The road to the club house is quite slushy and icy, and it is recommended that people wear appropriate footwear and watch for ice on the sidewalk and road. Walking down to the club house the other day was a challenge as there was a lot of black ice, and without proper footwear one could easily slip and hurt themselves.

On top of this, the path along the water’s edge has not been cleared and is very slippery. It is very hard to find a solution to this problem as we cannot control the weather, but we will be looking into trying to clear some of the ice in the compound. The Lotus Ice Breaker is on January 14 and the conditions at the clubhouse will be discussed at the upcoming executive meeting; please check the meeting minutes for updates on recommendations to ensure racers’ safety. The minutes can be found on the forum.

The main objective is to keep everyone safe!


Lotus Safety Director

Pest Problem Wed, 23 Nov 2016 01:47:27 -0500 Vukasovic 566@/discussions
It is no secret that we have a bit of a rat and mice issue at our clubhouse. Although it is common for a facility of this age to experience this problem, there are certain things we can do to stay safe.

It is important that we make sure we dispose of food and wrappers in garbage cans outside of the change rooms. This is to prevent rodents from finding their way into the change rooms. Further to this, it is necessary that sports bags are closed while they are left in the change rooms. This is to prevent rodents from climbing into our bags to look for food. It is also important that we clean up after any spills of drinks, and food.

Lastly, in the event that you spot rodent droppings and decide to clean it up, do not sweep the droppings. This may cause the bacteria in the droppings to become airborne. It is recommended that the droppings are sprayed with an ammonia containing product such as Windex (which we have at the club house) or water, and is then wiped with a tissue.


Lotus Winter Social Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:04:05 -0500 Grace 564@/discussions
When: Thursday, December 8th from 6:30 to 10:00 pm
Where: Cristos Greek Taverna (4624 Hastings Street, Burnaby)
Menu: Choice of chicken souvlaki, lamb souvlaki, calamari, or spanakopita
with rice, roast potatoes, greek and caesar salads, tzatziki, and pita bread
Cost: $20 per person* for one of the above meal choices (includes taxes). Lotus will pay the gratuity on the dinners.
* Appetizers, drinks or desserts (and gratuity on these items) are not included in the dinner cost.

This event is for paddlers, friends and family. Please RSVP with number of people attending to Ed’s e-mail address ( by December 1st

Winter Paddling Safety Reminder Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:02:10 -0400 Vukasovic 561@/discussions
It is important to remind everyone that wearing PFDs is now mandatory. As stated in the winter paddling guidelines on our website, PFDs must be worn properly at all times by paddlers in any type of boat. It is also important to mention that everyone must wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Everyone should wear the necessary clothing and gear to minimize the effects of a huli. All paddlers should also have a change of clothes for after practice to stay warm.

It would be beneficial for all paddlers to review the winter paddling safety guidelines that are located on the Lotus website at These rules are in effect from October to Daylight Savings Time.


Joe (New Safety Director) :)

Safety reminder Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:58:13 -0400 barballey 448@/discussions This past Monday an OC 2 was discovered with a damaged rudder.

I want to remind everyone that damage to small boats is a safety concern.

Use of equipment is encouraged and with use it is understood that damage or wear may occur.

Please make sure that any damage is recorded by writing a note on the white board and leaving a note on the boat itself.

We want to ensure that everyone is safe and aware of any equipment that needs repair and cannot be used safely.

Best insurance is to report all damage to the maintenance director or other board member. The faster our maintenance team is aware of a need for repair the faster the equipment can be back in service.

Check your equipment before going out and report any damage or wear.

Thank you and "Be safe on the water".

2016 Lotus Wrap Up Celebration Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:03:24 -0400 Grace 558@/discussions Time: doors open at 6:00 pm
Location: Old Mill Boathouse in Rocky Point Park, Port Moody (across from the Boathouse Restaurant)
Theme: "Revisiting Hawaii"

Every October, the Lotus paddling community looks forward to the Lotus awards ceremony and celebration. This is the event marking the end of the paddling year where we celebrate team and individual successes, socialize with Lotus paddlers, meet the family and friends of paddlers, learn a little more about club members, and thank those who have made this year’s events and programs possible. There will be an awards presentation, a video, and many other ways to share the paddling stories of the year. This event will be held at the Old Mill Boathouse and the youth team will be arriving early to decorate the hall appropriately for our celebration; dress up in your tropical gear for this year's theme…

This is a pot-luck event – in past years there has been an amazing selection of culinary masterpieces. There will be pop, juice, and coffee available.

To help with organization of this event, please RSVP to Bill at if you plan on attending. Family members are always welcome; please include them in your RSVP.

Poker Paddle 2016 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:32:19 -0400 CroatianExpress 553@/discussions
Just reminding you all that this Saturday we'll be hosting our awesome Poker Paddle race. All the heats are filled and the youth group is just getting some last minute things ready.

A volunteer sheet with a bunch of different jobs has been posted in the clubhouse. Currently we're looking for people to help out with timing and beach marshalling. If you're free this weekend and would like to come help out, we'd love to see you out there!

Typically, volunteers show up to prep the clubhouse at around 7:00am. But since the first heat of the day is at 9:00am, timers and marshals can arrive later.

We hope to see a lot of Lotus faces out on Saturday! If you have any questions about the race, just send a reply here and I can answer.

Lotus Wrap-Up Celebration Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:17:33 -0400 Grace 492@/discussions Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Old Mill Boathouse Rowing, Paddling and Sailing Centre
(across from the Boathouse Restaurant)
Rocky Point Park, Port Moody
Theme: Lotus "Oscar" Awards

Every October, the Lotus paddling community looks forward to the Lotus awards ceremony and celebration. This is the event marking the end of the paddling year where we celebrate team and individual successes, socialize with Lotus paddlers, meet the family and friends of paddlers, learn a little more about club members, and thank those who have made this year’s events and programs possible. There will be an awards presentation, a video, and many other ways to share the paddling stories of the year. This year our event will be held at the Old Mill Boathouse and the youth team will be arriving early to decorate the hall appropriately for our celebration; dress up and be part of the Lotus "Oscar" Awards theme…

This is a pot-luck event – in past years there has been an amazing selection of culinary masterpieces. There will be pop, juice, and coffee available.

Automatic E-mail Notification of New Postings Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:56:54 -0400 Grace 172@/discussions

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1. Sign into the forum with your e-mail and password

2. Click on your name on the top bar of the forum to go to your profile

3. In the box at the top left, click on “Email Subscriptions” then select the forum categories you
wish to receive emails for if something new is posted

Club Constitution and By-Laws Sun, 03 Apr 2011 16:42:06 -0400 Grace 12@/discussions