Members and Friends:

With the return of warmer temperatures and Daylight Saving Time, it seems that everyone is getting ready to get their boats in the water again!  Your board has been making plans for the year ahead; we would like to share the following information with you.

Check your membership status!  Many of us have allowed our membership to lapse.  You can renew using PayPal on our web page.  You can check your membership by using the Membership Subscription History feature in the Membership menu.  Stay current with our new auto-renewal option!  It comes with an automatically generated reminder of your annual draft and can be edited at any time.

Every year, Palmetto Paddlers writes checks to the American Canoe Association and American Whitewater for affiliate memberships.  We also make contributions to Canoeing for Kids, Congaree Riverkeeper, American Rivers and Team River Runner.  Last year, we donated money to Friends of the Edisto as they faced expenses challenging the consequences of the Surface Water Withdrawl Act. We do good things in the river community.

The board would like to raise dues from $15 individual to $20 individual with family memberships increasing from $20 to $25.  This is something that the entire membership decides; we plan to send a survey to you in the near future for your vote.
Memberships are good for one year from the date of enrollment-if your membership has lapsed, you may want to renew before our rates rise ;)

We are pleased to formalize the club’s instructor incentive application process for our Safety and Instruction program.  This program is modeled on the hugely successful program run by the Tennessee Valley Canoe Club.  Our S&I Chairperson, John Derrick and board members Les Case and John Brooks will review applications from candidates planning to obtain ACA Instructors certification in Coastal Kayak, River Kayak, Swiftwater Rescue or SUP.  We have a limited number of $250 stipends that will be paid to instructors upon successful completion of their respective course.  Look for this application on our web site.  It will need to be returned to John Derrick by April 15th.  The club has established a separate Safety and Instruction fund for this purpose.  The proceeds from instructional clinics and Iceman concessions support this effort.  We are excited about growing our members’ skill sets- that rising tide lifts all boats!

Please mark you calendars for River Rocks on Saturday, April 11.  Congaree Riverkeeper and Conservation Member at Large Bill Stangler appreciates your support, whether it is through volunteer efforts at the festival or through the sheer joy of joining the festivities.

There is good news regarding the formerly private parcel on the Broad River that has been home to the Columbia Rowing Club: site improvements by Richland County are near completion and the site is now open AS A TAKE OUT ONLY!  We hope to see additional access points upstream on the Broad, but in the meantime, this opens up a lovely option for a Harbison State Forest to Columbia Rowing Club outing. 


Walk Bike Columbia has worked hard to provide planning assistance to City of Columbia and Richland County Councils.  They are asking for a show of support as the plan is presented to city leaders on Monday April 6 at 5:15 and Tuesday April 7 at 6:00.  The Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is organizing a bike ride to each of these events.

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