The 2018 paddling season has come to a great conclusion after a summer of wonderful activity. Paddlefest was held on a new date this year, early in June. It went off without a hitch and included great demonstrations and exhibits, water activities, and a voyageur canoe race. We carried out about a dozen of very well received REX events too. If you or your company are interested in having an experience on the Rideau give our REX coordinator, Stew Hamill, a call to arrange an adventure.
In May, Max Finkelstein did a wonderful presentation about last year’s Four Winds Brigades momentous trip from each of the four directions by water into Ottawa for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. The presentation, hosted by the Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) was held at the Smiths Falls’ Station Theatre and was well received by an enthusiastic crowd.
A group of avid photographers competing in our new Rideau Paddlefest Photo Contest covered the entire event. If you have photos of the event that you would like to enter in the contest, the rules can be found here: Paddlefest Photo Contest Rules (PDF).
Two of our long time Board members (Ken Graham and Doug Stewart) have retired and will be sorely missed. These fellows worked tirelessly for us over the years and we wish them the best in their future endeavours.
Sadly, our accountant of many years, Don Ross, died earlier this fall. Don provided pro-bono accounting work for our group for many years and his generosity and kind spirit will be missed.
Our Annual General Meeting was held on January 18, 2018, at 1:00pm at the Rotary Club in Smiths Falls. Thank you to everyone that attended, and a heartfelt welcome to our new members. Check back regularly to find out the date for the Annual General Meeting for the 2018-2019 fiscal-year. It will likely be scheduled for just before the paddling season around the end of March.
Finally, don’t forget to renew your memberships. For more information visit our “Contact Us” page