Announcements http://forum.lotussports.com/categories/announcements/feed.rss Wed, 22 Nov 17 02:08:16 -0500 Announcements en-CA Winter Paddling Safety http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/629/winter-paddling-safety Sat, 11 Nov 2017 02:51:19 -0500 Bernard 629@/discussions Hello everyone,

Just a friendly reminder that between October 1 and April 1, PFDs must be worn properly at all times by paddlers in any type of boat. The temperature is slowly dropping which means paddlers must be dressed appropriately for weather conditions. I suggest wearing a toque, scarf or some sort of neck cover, gloves, neoprene boots & socks, and any waterproof or windproof attire such as a jacket or dry pants to prepare for the cooler temperatures. Before leaving the clubhouse, it is a good idea to question if what you have on will be enough to stay safe in case of a huli. Please make sure to bring a warm change of clothes for after practice!

I would also like to mention that ice may start forming as we progress into colder temperatures. Please be careful when walking to and from the clubhouse as black ice is not easy to see and may cause paddlers to slip.

There is also a potential for practice to be cancelled if temperatures drop below 0 degrees. If you feel that it is hazardous to attend practice due to poor driving conditions, frigid temperatures or whatever reason, please stay home as personal safety is always the priority.

Lastly, it is everyone’s responsibility to be familiar with our Winter Paddling guidelines that can be found
on the Lotus website at http://lotussports.com/outrigger/winter-paddling/

If you have any concerns, questions, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at safety@lotussports.com

Thank you for staying safe!

Your new Safety Director,
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Winter Greek Feast http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/625/winter-greek-feast Sun, 05 Nov 2017 18:55:26 -0500 barballey 625@/discussions
Where: Cristos Greek Taverna , 4624 Hastings Street Burnaby.

When: Thursday, December 7th, 2017 from 6pm-10pm.

Cost: $20 The club will cover the dinner gratuity. Drinks, appetizers and dessert extra.

Menu: Chicken or Lamb Souvlaki
Calamari (squid)
Spanakopita (spinach and feta in pastry)
All dinners served with salad, roasted potato, rice pilaf, tzatziki and pita bread.

Bring a wrapped gift worth approximately $5 if you wish to participate in the gift exchange/grab.
I have been told this is a perfect opportunity to regift or just be creative....

Contact Barb Alley: barballey1@gmail.com to reserve your seat and menu choice. RSVP by December 3rd.
Looking forward to sharing an evening of good food and fun for all. Friends and family welcome.]]>
2017-2018 Lotus Sports Club Board of Directors http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/622/2017-2018-lotus-sports-club-board-of-directors Sun, 22 Oct 2017 01:03:47 -0400 Grace 622@/discussions
Daniel Chan - President
Tony Vukasovic - Past-President
Joe Vukasovic - Vice-President
Hazel Purcell - Treasurer
Grace Morissette - Secretary
Ken Asano - Membership Director
Steve Pither - Maintenance Director
Barb Alley - Outrigger Program Director
Katheryn Nguyen - Youth Program Director
Tony Hodanic - SUP Program Director
Bernard Sison - Safety Director
Lily Vukasovic - Member at Large
Doug Mancell - Member at Large
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2017 Lotus Wrap-Up http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/616/2017-lotus-wrap-up- Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:32:23 -0400 Grace 616@/discussions
Date: Friday, October 13, 2017
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm
Location: Old Mill Boathouse in Rocky Point Park, Port Moody (across from the Boathouse Restaurant)
Theme: "SuperHeroes"

Every October, the Lotus paddling community looks forward to this Lotus event. This is the event marking the end of the year where we celebrate our paddling activities and accomplishments with family and friends. There will be slideshows 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 for the superhero theme; dress up as your favourite character with super powers…

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.

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October 1st: Life jackets http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/614/october-1st-life-jackets- Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:41:33 -0400 Vukasovic 614@/discussions
Thanks!

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Pest Problem Reminder http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/613/pest-problem-reminder Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:34:09 -0400 Vukasovic 613@/discussions
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2017 Lotus Annual General Meeting (AGM) http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/610/2017-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
Past-President.

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
equipment.

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.
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Reporting Canoe Damage http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/598/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.

Thanks!

Joe]]>
Hats Off Parade 2017 http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/596/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!

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2018 Kauai Na Pali Challenge Race & Small Boats Clinic http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/590/2018-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!

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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 (gmorisee@shaw.ca) by May 31 if you think that you will be participating; commitment by payment will be in January 2018.


COST ESTIMATE
Costs will vary for each individual...so 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+

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McBarge has been moved to Maple Ridge... http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/511/mcbarge-has-been-moved-to-maple-ridge... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:59:05 -0500 Grace 511@/discussions http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mcbarge-sailing-meakin-expo-86-mission-bc-burrard-inlet-burnaby-1.3376187

McBarge was power washed before it was moved;
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AED Cabinet Installed http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/587/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...

Joe

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Lotus Sports Club Handbook (2017 Edition) http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/583/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 http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/579/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 outrigger@lotussports.com

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IceBreaker 2017, Thank You http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/573/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).

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Lotus Winter Social http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/564/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 (edpurcell07@gmail.com) by December 1st

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Winter Paddling Safety Reminder http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/561/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 http://lotussports.com/outrigger/winter-paddling/. These rules are in effect from October to Daylight Savings Time.

Thanks,

Joe (New Safety Director) :)

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Safety reminder http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/448/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".


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2016 Lotus Wrap Up Celebration http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/558/2016-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 bandbchambers@gmail.com if you plan on attending. Family members are always welcome; please include them in your RSVP.

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Lotus Wrap-Up Celebration http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/492/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.

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Automatic E-mail Notification of New Postings http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/172/automatic-e-mail-notification-of-new-postings Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:56:54 -0400 Grace 172@/discussions

Members can request to receive an automatic e-mail when something new is posted on the Forum. To do this, follow these steps;

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
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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
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Club Constitution and By-Laws http://forum.lotussports.com/discussion/12/club-constitution-and-by-laws Sun, 03 Apr 2011 16:42:06 -0400 Grace 12@/discussions