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Last Meeting Minutes

August 14h, 2013
Bayland Park Community Center
Recorder: Tisha Matticks 

Commodore: Harmon Everett
The meeting was called to order by Commodore Harmon Everett at 07:08 P.M. Harmon introduced himself and the fellow HCC Board Members, and welcomed everyone.

Harmon gave a reminder of the 50th Anniversary for next year. We are still looking for memorabilia or people who can share their experiences with HCC from years past.  And we are seeking a committee chair for the 50th Anniversary.

Harmon requested permission to pull some of the pictures off the HCC Website for our 50th Anniversary.

Ken Anderson suggested to help with donations towards education courses. Honey Leveen & Harmon are meeting on friday to start the 50th Anniversary Committee meeting. (Ann has agreed to help out.)

Safety Minute:
From Harmon Everett; Paddle and make every effort to use the paddle properly. Clothes you wear on the water is an issue. Long sleeve, hat for your head, suntan lotion, shoes to cover toes, no cotton, synthetic clothing. winter wear, use layered insulated wear. Light jacket even for summer days, especially when it has just rained and a chill passes through. Temperature can drop on the colder side.

Vice Commodore: Philip Matticks
Philip Matticks introduced tonight’s guest speaker; Tracey Prothro; Superintendent of the “Natural Resources Program” for the City of Baytown and the “Eddie V Gray Wetlands Education Center”.

Philip later presented Tracey Prothro with an autographed copy of Louis Aulbach’s book, “Buffalo Bayou-Houston’s Wilderness".

Recorder: Tisha Matticks
Last month's (July) minutes are available on the Newsletter. A motion to accept the minutes is required by the general membership, and was passed.

Tisha asked Natalie Wiest to step up front in order to thank her and present to her a gift certificate for her generous participation as a speaker last month, along with pictures (July’s peaker).

Financial Report-Treasurer: Bob Neager
Account Balance is $4735.00
Expenses are $1527.00
Income is $1580.00
On Budget

Fleet Captain: Dave Kitson
(Mile Report: 2357 to date this year)
• Greens Bayou-Will Blumentritt
• Buffalo Bayou-Will Blumentritt
• Colorado River, LaGrange to Columbus, by Harmon Everett
• Bird Fest-Joe Coker
• Sailing Trip-North Anahuac-Homemade sails
  (Natalie, Dave, Paul, Harmon, Joe, Terri, Steve, and others)

Boatswain: Honey Leveen

It was suggested to people to take bumper stickers, decals and business cards for HCC information to share with others we may meet.

Newsletter: John Rich
A reminder to share stories, pictures and trip reports with our Newsletter Editor.

Conservation: John Bartos
Information only; An item regarding TX Parks & Wildlife for the Devils River commission. Problem has taken place at Baker’s Crossing. TX State Park Wildlife has acquired ownership for the put-in for Devils River and require a limit of only 12 permits per day to put into the river. TX Rivers Conservation has discussed this and don’t like the precedence this is setting of our constitutional rights of paddling down any TX river.

Plan is not finalized; They are going to contact Parks & Wildlife to see if an agreement can be met and satisfied and if not, a possibility of litigation may take place.

Border changes of waterway rights and funding projects by the government.

Webmaster: Greg Walker
No show but still keeps our website going strong!

Upcoming Paddle Trips Discussed:
• LaGrange Kayak Race (August 17)
• Greens Bayou Paddle (August 18)
• Pelican Island Circumnavigation (August 18)
• Sabine Annual Labor Weekend (September 30th thru August 2nd)
• Greens Bayou Paddle (August 31)
• Louis & Clark Canoe Trail (No Date Set)
• Huntsville State Park (October 4,5,6)
• October Paddle Fest-Dutch Oven Dinner (October 5th)

Open Discussion:
Of several past trips and upcoming trips.
Tom gave a reminder of the workshop to be held in Edna, TX. (free Bar-B-Q). Keith Williams added his learning experience participating in these workshops.

Social Meeting Dinner:
A reminder to all members each month for an early dinner or after-the-meeting dinner. Several people join Honey Leveen and her husband every month for an earlier dinner, a different venue each month.  For those that simply can’t make the early dinner, several people get together for an after-the-meeting dinner each month at Jax’s Grill.

Meeting called to a close: 1 hour, 43 minutes
“Remember, Think Safe, Paddle Safe”

Recorder, Tisha Matticks