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Upcoming 2016 -2017 events:
November 5th: workday and pizza party
Jan 21: Annual member party at Ken and Noreen's
 

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Club Organizational Structure:(click here to expand all questions)(click here to collapse all questions)

As a legally structured, not-for-profit mutual benefit corporation, the club is governed by an elected board of seven directors who design policies to carry out the club’s objectives. Each board member handles an area of responsibility in carrying out the business of the club. The Board of Director positions are as follows: financial, membership, training, activities, secretary/newsletter, equipment, and president to coordinate the efforts of others. The board meets monthly, and members are welcome to attend. See commitee Listing.

River Trips & Activities:(click here to expand all questions)(click here to collapse all questions)

RCWC generally runs day or weekend river trips on class 2-4 rivers in Northern California such as the Merced, Tuolumne, North & South Forks of the American, North Fork of the Yuba, Upper & Lower Klamath, Upper Sac, and other numerous creeks and rivers. Usually longer summer trip(s) are also available on rivers throughout the West. Members have the opportunity to bring along guests (through a more economical monthly membership). Family oriented trips are often scheduled and listed as safe and suitable for children. See the trip calendar for details, or call the Activities Chairperson.

Trip Organization:(click here to expand all questions)(click here to collapse all questions)

More experienced members act as trip leaders. An annual calendar is published and continually updated with trip leaders for each activity. Members sign-up for trips by calling the trip leader. Our strength lies in our members sharing in the work to maintain equipment, assist on trips, and organize activities/trips. The club is governed by an elected board of seven directors, one of whom is responsible for coordinating overall trip schedule.

Trip Leader:(click here to expand all questions)(click here to collapse all questions)

The Trip Leader is the key to our trip organization. No trip can take place unless one person assumes the responsibility as a trip leader. If every member led only one trip per year, there would be activities every weekend for over six months. Please volunteer to be a trip leader !! The trip leader organizes the logistics, transportation, equipment, guides, work division, and coordinates the participants on the trip. Trip leading is demanding, but very rewarding. As the trip leader, you have the opportunity create and direct a trip as you would like it, and a successful trip is well appreciated by other members. (See work hours section for further benefits.) It is highly recommended that you attend our Trip Leader Training class to learn trip organization and to familiarize yourself with our system.

Schedules:(click here to expand all questions)(click here to collapse all questions)

The Activities Chairperson puts out a schedule after our January membership meeting. The schedule may be updated periodically by the Activities Chair due to trip updates, projected water flows or River Permit dates. If you would like to volunteer as trip leader for a particular trip, please notify the Activities Chairperson one month in advance. Then, your trip can be published in the newsletter with sufficient notice to the members, which will create a successful trip. Otherwise, without this advance notice, scheduled trips often do not happen.

Trip Plan Adjustments:(click here to expand all questions)(click here to collapse all questions)

Due to unpredictable river flows, weather, road conditions or safety hazards the Trip Leader may need to make a last minute change to another river, or change the trip logistics and itinerary. Please be flexible. Trip plan changes are often a part of river running.

New Members:(click here to expand all questions)(click here to collapse all questions)

Rafters that are new to RCWC &/or rafting will be introduced to club’s policies, trip expectations, and participant’s responsibilities (e.g. sharing expenses & work, river difficulty & skills needed, safety, proper personal rafting & camping gear, logistics, preparation, liability releases,…) by their sponsoring member, board member, or trip leader. Members can bring along guests.

Off the Schedule Trips:(click here to expand all questions)(click here to collapse all questions)

If you would like to check out equipment to take on a non-club trip or put together your own trip, check with the Activities/Equipment Chairpersons for availability. You or another club member must be qualified to guide the river you are going to raft. Open dates on the calendar are first-come first-served for equipment. Scheduled Club trips have first right to equipment. Prompt return of equipment is required.

Liability Waiver/Release:(click here to expand all questions)(click here to collapse all questions)

All trip participants will be required to read, understand, and sign the club’s liability waiver/release which is found on the Documents webpage.

Sharing the Work; the work hour system:(click here to expand all questions)(click here to collapse all questions)

In an all-volunteer club organization (no paid staff), sharing the work is essential for club operations. A work hour system is in use to offer incentives for doing your minimum fair share. The Board sets work hour requirements. Members earn work hours by leading trips, assisting the trip leader (food buys, etc.), repairing/maintaining club gear, serving on the board, etc. Boat owners are required to complete half the required work hours, (since they maintain their own gear). It is expected that each non-boat owning member will contribute at least 12 hours per year toward the operation of the club, and boat owning members contribute 6 hours per year. Work hours are allocated for the actual amount of time worked. A Trip Leader for a club-sponsored trip automatically earns his entire year’s worth of work hours for organizing that trip. (A “club sponsored” trip is one that is considered to have had reasonable notice to most club members through the newsletter, e-mails, or ext

Safety and Training:(click here to expand all questions)(click here to collapse all questions)

Training and skills are key to safe trips. Thus, the club offers workshops and training on an as needed basis for New Member Orientation, Trip Leaders, CPR/ First-Aid, River Guiding, Swiftwater Rescue, etc. *Guides are required to be current in CPR/First-Aid certification. A Guide’s experience and demonstrated capability must be approved by RCWC prior to checkout of club equipment. *Trip Leaders or Head Guides can and will make plan adjustments to assure safety. They may change plans, the river, guide assignments, boats used, paddler/passenger assignments, or require certain skill levels depending on the river, flows, weather, participants’ skill levels, or the trip situation. *RCWC adheres to rafting safety policies such as no alcohol or drugs on the river, to insure safe and fun trips. *See the Club “Boating and Safety Checklist”, and club policies for further details.

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