Commodore Honey Leveen called the meeting to order, and introduced the officers. Present were Ms. Leveen, Vice-commodore Alice Nissen, Newsletter Editor John Rich, Sergeant-at-Arms Ann Derby, Boatswain Paul Woodcock, and Recorder Frank Ohrt. Absent were Purser Kent Walters, Fleet Captain Natalie Wiest, and Webmaster Harmon Everett. Ms. Leveen noted the pre- and post-meeting dinner gatherings.
Ms. Leveen asked that the minutes of the previous month’s meetings be accepted. They were. The Recorder must be doing a really fine job. She then noted the 2018 Holiday party on December 15th.
As Mr. Walters was somewhere between Houston and Boquillas Canyon, Ms. Leveen gave the Purser’s report. We were right on budget for 2017, and we are also in line with the current year’s budget.
The Fleet Captain was also absent, as was Christy Long, the official HCC Officer Fill-in, so Ms. Leveen presented the Fleet Captain’s trip report. Recent trips and activities reported, and the trip leaders, were:
Jan. 13: Brazos River/Columbia Bottomlands (Bruce Bodson),
Jan. 25: Wild and Scenic Film Festival (Honey Leveen),
Jan. 27: San Bernard River (Bruce Bodson),
Feb.3: Colorado River, Altair to Garwood (Bruce Bodson).
Tom Douglas reported that he and Paul Woodcock had an impromptu “ice paddle” on Lake Charlotte and Mac Bayou in January . He showed some interesting photos.
Upcoming trips announced were:
Feb. 17: Winter paddle events, various rivers in Brazoria County
(Brazoria County Parks Dept.) (Also March 10 and March 17),
Feb. 10-11:Colorado River, Garwood to Glen flora (Bruce Bodson),
Feb. 16-18: Boquillas Canyon, Rio Grande (Kent Walters) (full!),
March 3: San Marcos River clean-up (Frank Ohrt),
March 22-26: Buffalo River, AK (Kent Walters) (full!).
The report then stated that there were 25 paddlers on HCC trips last year who were not ACA members, as far as could be determined. If HCC had paid the $5.00 ACA insurance fee, it would have cost the club $125.00.