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Madison Kayaking Meetup Group Message Board › 2010 Kayak Meetup Ideas

2010 Kayak Meetup Ideas

Madison, WI
Post #: 8
Madison Kayak Meetup Ideas for 2010:

Dear members,
Thank you for being a member of the Kayak Meetup group! I am new to organizing this group and also new to kayaking. I plan to work with the folks at Rutabaga, who help support this group financially, physically, mentally (for me) and in spirit. If you are new or seasoned with kayaking or just want to share your love for the water and want to meet a group of folks that are fun and laid back, then this is the group for you.

All of the following ideas were born at the last meetup this past December, which was held at Rutabaga. Megan, Scott H. (from Rutabaga) and I represented our group and we came up with some exciting ideas for the year. Scott is excited to be part of our group and is going to help out with some of the instructional group meetups. If you are someone with experience or know someone with experience in any of the instructional meetup ideas, then let me know.

Please review the following meetup ideas and send me some feed back! I would like to know if you are very interested or not so interested in the list of ideas. I would also like to know if you would be willing to be an assistant and help organize any of the events. Our group will be as strong as you make it through your voice, efforts and willingness to participate at the events. Please continue this idea link by posting your comments, additional ideas or other information you want to share by the end of this month. I will then work on scheduling the events on the calendar for the year.

Instructional Meetups:
Planning group trips and shuttle runs – learn how to lead a group, organize it and the responsibilities of group leading. This could be part of Packing for Kayak Trips – Daytime and Overnight – This can be a refresher course or new information for the new paddler. What to bring and how to pack your kayak.
Kayaking and Camping – For the beginner and novice as well. This will cover the basic tips for camping and kayaking -- Scott has the experience and will give us great information!
First Aid/Safety – on the water and off the water – We can never know enough about first aid and safety. If you know CPR, or know someone who is experienced and is certified to teach, please let me know.
Kayaking in all kinds of weather conditions– This could be an extension of the Safety meetup. Some folks want to learn how to kayak in cooler weather… or what if you get caught in a rain storm?
Kayak Maintenance/Repair – Unfortunately, accidents do happen with our boats and we may need to have it repaired. This will be an event to show you how a repair is done and how to maintain your kayak. What about winterizing my kayak?
Kayak Demo Day at Rutabaga – This is your chance to try any kind of boat that Rutabaga has to offer! We will have a Friday eve or Sunday afternoon playing and learning about all different kinds of kayaks.
Kayaking and Fishing – Scott’s specialty! He is willing to share his secrets with those of you who are interested in this sport!

Volunteer / Community Meetups
Two of these have been suggested. Suggest some more!
Canoecopia Meetup: We could have a meetup for the Canoecopia event that is held in March. Any volunteers for this event will be given a discount off their entry fee (50%). It would be a fun opportunity to give back to Rutabaga and to meet some people.
Clean up the waterways: in April with Capital City Waterways and then do it again in mid summer!

Instructional River (moving water) Meetups
This would be a series of 3 - 4 meetups that would teach kayakers how to navigate rivers. We would start with a slower moving river and train our way up to the faster rivers. If you are more experienced at river paddling, then just choose the river you want to paddle. Otherwise, start with level one and go from there. Here’s an example:
River level 1 – Badfish, Sugar, Yahara or Crawfish
River level 2 – Baraboo River
River level 3 – Wisconsin River (with stopping for lunch/dinner on the way home).

State Park lakes Meetups
We have abundant state parks within an hour or so from us, so let’s utilize their lakes. Here are a few – please add more!
Mirror and Devils Lake
Yellowstone and Blackhawk Lake
Twin Lake and Cox Hollow Lake
Mississippi backwater (lake) at Wyalusing
Lake Columbia – during the new year!

Scheduled Meetups
Scheduled meetups will be the kind that is always scheduled once a week, every other week or every other weekend Sunday. We could be creative with this and have the weekday evening meetups at the same two different local sites and move the Sunday weekend meetup sites around. If you live near a waterway and could be an assistant to a scheduled meetup… then this may be for you. (Ron Inda and Shirley? – Cherokee Marsh).

Just for fun… Meetups
Photo slide show evening(s) of trips and water ways folks have traveled to and explored. I would encourage anyone who has documented their kayak trips to share with the group.

Thanks much for your thought about these ideas! I look forward to a great year with this group!
--Barbara Nice
A former member
Post #: 1
Thanks for taking charge of this meetup. I like your ideas of the rivers and state parks. I will be more likely to come to something that is active, versus coming to hear about other people's trips. For me it all comes down to time. I'll particiapte as much as I can.
A former member
Post #: 1
Thanks for the info and for all that you are doing for this meetup group! I like these ideas best:
kayak & camp
kayak repair
waterway cleanup
instructional river, particularly the Baraboo and Wisconsin rivers
state park lakes
user 10940191
Middleton, WI
Post #: 1
Thanks for the getting the ball rolling. These sound like some wonderful opportunities. As somebody more or less just starting out, although I have kayaked once or twice, I'd be interested in learning about good rivers/locations/waterways in the greater madison area. Am also interested in learning about diff kinds of kayaks, seats, gear, etc. I really don't know much about that. Plus would like to learn about rental opportunities. I don't actually own one. Have rented when I've tried it in the past. Thanks! Kirk M.
A former member
Post #: 3
They're all good ideas and I like them all.
A former member
Post #: 1
I like the idea of going to various local lakes.
Thanks for taking the lead on this.
A former member
Post #: 2
I've been holding off replying as I helped come up with the list, but of what we came up with kayak maintenance, state park lake paddling, and especially the instructional series to learn how to paddle rivers are of the most personal interest. I love to learn and do, though, so I'm up for just about anything except camping!

Madison, WI
Post #: 4
Dear Fellow Meetup Members,

I like the entire list of suggestions and would like to add a year round Monthly Meeting. In Winter it would be indoors. In Summer it would be outdoors, in addition to trips, and have paddling opportunities afterwards. It would be a potluck at a convenient, affordable location. In addition to the meal, especially in Winter, there would be interesting activities coordinated by a member who volunteers to recruit presenters for and organize them.

These might include presentations from area waterway interest groups, organizations and individuals, trip talks about past and planned trips with visuals, annual calendar trip planning, paddle trip trivia contests, games events, discussions with area paddling equipment outfitters and businesses, and other fun things. Surely there is one in the group who loves putting together people and activities who would take this on. Surely someone in the group knows of a location or locations where such a meeting can happen. What fun to share food and paddling fun on a regular basis all year round. Paddlers Clothing Showcase, Casino, Charades, Murder Mystery, or Board Games Night, anyone?

This is about to be my cheer-leading speech. I am sure someone else can do it better. Did you notice that the number of "views" of this discussion is about equal to 1/3 of the group membership? I think this is great and can improve. This is our group. Sure some are new and would like to feel "seasoned" (aka: experienced in the group) before speaking. Sure some are "seasoned" (aka: been around awhile) at putting forth their ideas. Everyone has something valuable to contribute. The group is what we make of it. So lets make it great. How 'bout it, y'all? C'mon! Chime-in! Bring it! Yeah!

In reference to the recent post about the small number of replies to meetup invitations, I feel squeamish about removing people from the group if they don't RSVP "Yes," "No," or "Maybe" to meetup invitations 3 times a year. America doesn't kick out citizens who don't vote. I think it better to give incentives to people for contributing, responding or attending more meetups.

Barbara, thank you for all the energy you are putting into pulling this meetup together and nurturing its development along. I think I speak for the entire group in expressing my appreciation and gratitude for what you, et al, are doing. Leadership, as everyone knows, can be a solitary experience. Let's keep Barbara company. Let's give her feedback. Let's create and join her on trips. Let's have fun meetings. Oh! When would the next meeting be, and what would be planned for it?

Thanks for reading these ramblings,
Reid Miller
Lodi, WI
Post #: 1

I want to add my thanks with everyone else to you for taking up the torch for this group! I haven't yet attended a meeting (since most of those were during the week and I can't make those usually) but what you have lined up looks really good. Especially going to different rivers around Wisconsin.

I also like Reid's ideas of having meetings were we just have fun and play games or cards, I wouldn't even mind hosting one of those, but it would have to be on a Saturday or Sunday.

Thanks again for all your work to keep this group going,

user 6908990
Madison, WI
Post #: 2

Thanks Barbara for keeping the group going! I enjoyed the couple of paddles I did with the group last summer.

I am a fan of all these ideas!

I especially like the idea of Scheduled meetups during the week. Sometimes weekends get busy over the summer. I would happy to lead one on Cherokee Marsh or Lake Wingra whenever needed. I also really like the idea of going to various state parks and rivers.

Thanks again,
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