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NEWP 2017 Annual Meeting - January 28

Legends Brewhouse and Eatery - De Pere, WI

2017 Annual Meeting


Legend's Brewhouse and Eatery will be the site of our 2017 annual meeting. The meeting will include three primary activities -- the club's annual business meeting and election of officers, two feature presentations and dinner.

This year's business meeting will have two parts -- a very short meeting of North East Wisconsin Paddlers, Inc., our 501(c)7 club and our newly formed successor organization, NEWP, Inc., a 501(c)3 corporation. This action was authorized by unanimous vote of our membership at last year's annual meeting and has been completed by the club's board of directors.

Our featured presentations:

  • Whitewater Presentation: Dave Benton, ACA Whitewater Instructor Trainer, presents "A Lifetime of Paddling Adventures – Improving the Sport Through Great Training!" (or "Paddling Safe and Smart – Improving the Sport and Young Lives")

Mr. Benton has had a huge impact on the northeast Wisconsin whitewater paddling community over many years. In addition to training and certifying whitewater instructors, he leads adventure programs with the Boy Scouts of America, focusing on a coed, high school-aged group program called Venturing.

When not teaching on the water, Dave teaches Field Engineering courses and writes on various engineering topics for General Electric, where he has worked for over 42 years. He and his very understanding wife, Debbie, have just completed building a new boat house for all the outdoor equipment they can’t live without!

Dave’s presentation today discusses experiences from more than five decades of paddling, the value of ACA training and how working with the Boy Scouts of America has significantly benefited the paddling community.

  • Coastal Presentation: Daren Barrett, NEWP Board Member and ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3 Instructor with US Coast Guard XPO Kenneth Morris, presents "What Happens If You're Having a Really Bad Day - Out on Lake Michigan?"

Ever wondered what happens if there is an unconscious paddler with bodily injury and a Coast Guard rescue is needed? How does the whole operation take place? Will you be ready to make a MAYDAY call when needed, and remain calm under pressure? What special techniques, gear and training will be required?

These are the questions Daren asked himself when he conceived a joint training exercise between NEWP and the US Coast Guard in Two Rivers. Persistence, several meetings and careful planning resulted in a successful training exercise with conditions on Lake Michigan. The participants were sea kayak paddlers with an ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor skill level of 3 or higher.

The presentation will reveal a video recording the training exercise and discuss several "take-home messages" from both paddler participants and and Coast Guard rescuers, together providing essential tips that may someday save your life. (Special bonus - XPO Kenneth Morris will also be able to respond to our questions regarding paddling on Lake Michigan.)

There is no cost to attend the business meeting or the presentations. There is a $15 charge per person for family-style dinner served by the Legend's excellent staff. 


Annual Meeting At-A-Glance


Legends of De Pere
875 Heritage Rd.
De Pere, WI 54115


Business meeting: 3 - 4:30 PM
Presentations: 4:30 - 5:45 PM
Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Cost (Dinner Only): $15

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