Ian Hickey

Vacant Board Positions

Since our AGM in September, we had two position become vacant that we are looking to fill for the next 10 months. Please check out the roles and responsibilities below and contact us if you have any questions.

Vice-President
· 5-10 hours per month
· Act as coach, advisor and counselor to assigned committees
· Support and defend policies and programs adopted by the Board of Directors
· Perform any other duties as assigned by the President and/or Board
· Attend monthly board meetings, events and committee meetings
· Identify, recruit and train committee chair for assigned committees
· Submit agenda items for Board of Directors meetings in advance of meetings
· Research current trends and topics pertinent to the meetings industry and portfolio and report findings to Board of Directors
· Perform Chair responsibilities when the Chair cannot be available

Finance Director
· 5-10 hours per month
· Accounting background preferred
· Attend monthly board meetings, events and committee meetings
· Provide consistent and reliable financial reporting.
· Provide consistent reconciliation of all sources of revenue.
· Help provide responsible fiscal budgeting.

November 2018 Newsletter

ADCKC ATHLETE AWARDS

 The ADCKC Annual Athlete Awards will be held on Wednesday, December 5th from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Mic Mac AAC.
 There will be awards from Top Male and Female in U13 and up (more details to follow).

CHRISTMAS TREE AND WREATH SALE

Once again, it is time for the Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale. We have a large group of athletes working towards a winter training camp in Portugal and this is a great fundraiser to support their efforts. You can order a tree or wreath from one of our paddlers, who will be canvasing the community over the next few weeks or you can email banooktreesales@gmail.com

Banook athletes will also be operating a tree lot for two weekends; December8/9 and 15/16, from 10am-5pm each day at Banook Canoe Club. For those of you who are not familiar with the sale, you pre-order and pay for your tree or wreath–then come to the lot to pick out your tree. You can take it home yourself or we will deliver it for you.  
Also, you can choose which of the two weekends you would like to select your tree. Our trees are balsam fir and are grown locally on the Eastern Shore. Our wreaths are also balsam, very full and undecorated and are made in New Germany, NS.
 This year we have added a few different sizes of wreaths banooktreesales@gmail.com

Trees – 6 to 9 feet – $40 (delivery included)

 Wreaths

14” ring – $20 (this is the size that we have had for the past few years)

16” ring – $25

18” ring – $30

24” ring – $40

CITRUS SALES FUNDRAISER

Every Dec, Feb and April.
Choose from California Oranges (88 per case) – $54;
Florida Grapefruit (36 per case) – $54;
or Medium Clementines, Spain (about 90 per case) – $54.
The December order is due December 2nd, for delivery Dec 7th. $10from every case goes to the athlete. 
Other fundraisers in the planning stages include a bottle Drive, Grocery Bagging, Mother’s Day flowers, a Wine Survivor event, and a Pie Sale, so staytuned for more on these!!


Other fundraisers in the planning stages include a bottle Drive, Grocery Bagging, Mother’s Day flowers, a Wine Survivor event, and a Pie Sale, so stay tuned for more on these!!


KIDS CHRISTMAS PARTY

We are excited to announce our 2nd Annual Banook Kids Christmas Party is set for Sunday December 22 from 1 to 3pm. FREE FOR MEMBERS!
Last year’s event was a huge success with even Santa stopping by for a visit.
Parents are invited to drop-off their children or stay for the fun.
Check our web site for more details in the days ahead.  

CALLING ALL MASTERS

Are you….
– 25 years or older?
– Wondering how to stay active despite the winter weather?
– Interested in learning a new skill? 
– Accompanying your athlete on the spring training trip to Portugal?  
– Often think why should the kids have all the fun?

Whatever the reason, now is the time to develop those paddling skills. 
Take advantage of the adult winter training opportunity at Banook. Multiple sessions are offered. Coach Toshko sets a balanced program each week and coaches individuals of all skill and fitness levels.  
Come try it for a week for free and after you hooked you can register on our web site.

The Winter Training fees will be prorated for the number of months remaining in the season.  

If you have any questions, please contact Michael at sharpemiker@gmail.com

BANOOK WINTER SWIM TEAM

Please be advised the winter swim team program will begin on Sunday, January 6th at Centennial Pool.We have secured lanes at Centennial until Sportsplex reopens, likely some time in March. Once Sportsplex reopens, we will continue our programming there; however,we still don’t have a day/time confirmed with Sportsplex.  We will share more information as soon as it becomes available. Registration will open onZone4 in the coming weeks. 
Please contact Pamela.macdonald@outlook.com if you have any questions.

Canadian Sprint Canoe-Kayak Championships

We are excited that nine Banook athletes received a medal at the Nationals in Sherbrooke. In total, our athletes won  6 Golds, 2 Silver, and 6 Bronze.  Many more also competed in the finals and achieved personal best times. 

Banook’s Nationals Results

Day 1:

  • U19 Men’s K1 500m Bronze – Alex Canning
  • U16 Men’s K1 200m Gold and Canadian Champion – Ian Gaudet

Day 2:

  • U19 Men’s K1 1000m Gold and Canadian Champion – Alex Canning
  • U16 Men’s K1 1000m Bronze – Ian Gaudet

Day 3:

  • U17 Men’s K4 1000m Gold and Canadian Champions – Thomas Cox, Ian Gaudet, Jack Hall, Cole Parsons
  • U19 Men’s K2 500m Bronze – Alex Canning and Ian Gaudet

Day 4:

  • U17 Women’s K4 500m Bronze – Carys McMurray, Emily Munroe, Emily Parsons, Lucy Traves

Day 5:

  • U19 Men’s K2 200m – Silver Alex Canning and Ian Gaudet

A special CONGRATULATIONS to Alex Canning (4 medals) and Ian Gaudet (5 medals) who had tremendous success on the water in Sherbrooke!

Paddling & Blue-Green Algae

UPDATE: This week’s U15/U13 Championships will still take place on Lake Banook regardless of the outcome of the water tests. We have installed an outdoor shower for the athletes to rinse off after their races or if they tip.

As mentioned last week, Banook Canoe Club has been in discussions with the Department of Environment regarding the presence of blue-green algae in Lake Banook.  They have advised against swimming or wading in the lake due to the potential presence of the algae throughout the entire lake.  For this reason we have modified our programming this week to ensure the safety of members.
 

  1. Children will still have the opportunity to paddle this week.  However, to reduce the possibility of falling into the water they will only be permitted in stable boats.  Our coaches know at this point of the summer which boats your child can paddle without tipping. Therefore, some paddlers may be limited to the more stable 2 and 4 person crew boats or the War Canoe and Dragon Boat.  As always, a shower is available on the dock to rinse off after paddling.
  2. The Kiddie Canoe and Open Wharf sessions will be cancelled until there’s no risk from exposure to the algae.  
  3. Our beach will remain closed to swimming.

We realise that some parents may be concerned about their child being on the water at this time. The decision regarding your child’s participation in any on water activity is up to you.  If you would rather your child stay on land during the time when their group is out on the water, please notify their coach prior to practice. 
 
If your preference is to not have your child on the water, the coaches will have other activities planned to keep your child entertained and active.
 
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with the extraordinary situation we are currently experiencing on Lake Banook.  We will provide another update once we have discussed the results of the latest water test (expected Aug 23) with the Department of Environment.

The Pam-Am Canoe Championships are coming!

Starting around September 7th, members will see changes happening on the lake and at the club as the Pan-Am Championships setup begins. As previously mentioned in the weekly newsletters, the Banook Canoe Club (BCC) will transform into the Pan-Am athletes village to host over 300 of the top competitors, coaches and trainers from approx. 16 countries in North, Central, and South America.

During the week of competition, we are looking for volunteers to help with the logistics of transforming the BCC to host the Pam-Am Championships and to assist with a daily lunch service. Interested BCC members can sign-up online and earn volunteer credits.

Visit our dedicated Pan-Am Championships web page to stay informed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Steve Pottie, Manager BCC.

Banook News – July 19, 2018

We are about to enter our fourth week of our summer program and everything is going great. Our paddling program and day-camps are fully booked with all the children involved having a wonderful summer so far. Keep an eye out for our social media to take a look at all the pictures.

Canteen
Make sure when you’re here to come check out our canteen. Our canteen hours have changed to 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday. We are serving lunch specials everyday. Our latest addition is our Chicken Quesadilla Wednesdays as well as our Pizza Tuesdays, as well as a wide range of other treats. Let us know if you have any suggestions.

U11 Regatta
On Tuesday, July 17th we had the Big U11 Regatta. Our paddlers did extraordinarily well especially from our campers that paddled for the first time all the way to our experienced paddlers. With our painted faces, our war cries and Banook signs, the Banook Canoe Club showed their pride and everyone gave their all. CONGRATULATIONS!

Teen Dance – Tonight!
On Thursday, July 19th, we’ll be hosting an U15 and U13 Dance to help fund raise for our NATIONAL PLANNING ATHLETES. The dance runs from 7PM to 9:30PM. Be sure to come out and support our NATIONAL PLANNING ATHLETES  and do not forget your dancing shoes!

Pan Am Sprint Canoe Championships
The Pan Am Sprint Canoe Championships are coming up soon (September 13-16). During the championships, Banook Canoe Club will serve as the athletes village and will only be accessible to those participating in the championships. Unfortunately, this also includes private rentals, fitness classes and evening activities at the club. We will be sharing more information very soon with everyone. 

BBQ Tonight!
Lastly, just a bug reminder to all members that we do have our weekly BBQ this Thursday which starts at 5pm and ends at 7pm. Come out, support and have a good time meeting and socializing with other members of the Banook Family.

Be a Volunteer

Please go to our website to register for upcoming events. You’ll reduce your membership dues, feel good about volunteering and meet other members, too.

 http://banookcanoeclub.com/volunteer-sign-up/

 
Upcoming volunteering opportunities

Sun, May 6 2018 to Sun, Sep 30 2018 – Regatta Safety Boat
Thu, Jul 5 2018 to Thu, Aug 30 2018 – Banook Thursday Evening BBQs & Open Dock
Wed, Jul 4 2018 to Fri, Aug 31 2018 – Canteen (11am-1pm Weekdays only!)
Fri, Sep 7 2018 to Tue, Sep 11 2018 – PanAm Champs Lunch Serving Team
Wed, Jul 11 2018 to Sun, Sep 30 2018 – Nationals Training Group Fundraising Events

 

 The Banook Canoe Club is the place to be this summer – we look forward to seeing you at our ‘cottage in the city’.

 

July 11 – Club News

Summer at the Banook Canoe Club is in full swing, and it looks like we’re off to a great start.

Children and adults alike are taking advantage of our canteen (open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm). After the first week, we made some minor adjustments based on demand, and we’ll be able to serve you even better.

Thursday’s BBQ
Our Thursday night BBQ (5pm to 7pm) is expected to be busy with another sunny forecast.  We are also extending the invitation to our non-member Day Camp families too! Tomorrow, our athletes will be fundraising by selling a tasty dessert at our BBQ – so save room for it!

We’ll also have lifeguards on duty, cash bar, and open wharf for those members wanting to try a boat or kiddie canoe.  
$10 Combo meals – hamburger or hotdog, salad, drink, and dessert!

Bottle Drive 
And speaking of Banook athletes, our high-performance athletes will be having a bottle drive this Saturday, July 14, 8:30 – 12:30. They’ll be using the Banook parking lot to coordinate the bottles/ sort etc. Members can drop off bottles that morning at the club if they have any to contribute.

U15 Dance 
And another event the high-performance athletes are running is a U15 Dance on Thursday, July 19 from 7pm to 9:30pm. Banook athletes, Emily P and Carys M, are organizing it. Cost is $5 for Banook members and $7 for non-Banook members, who MUST be signed in by a Banook member. The doors open at 7pm and entry will be closed at 8pm. They’ll have a canteen and a great playlist, so if you’re U15, plan on being there.

New Lost and Found Policy
 With so many people around, Banook’s Lost and Found pile grows rapidly over the summer. Please label everything your child brings to Banook and please make sure you check the Lost and Found regularly for items your child may have left behind.  Unclaimed clothing items that do not have name labels are washed and will be sold at Banook’s BBQ’s on August 2 and August 23.  Proceeds from this sale go to supporting the athletes who will travel to Nationals in Quebec at the end of the summer.  July 26 will be the last date to claim items prior to the August 2 sale and August 16 is the last date to claim prior to the August 23 sale.   Any leftover items after the sales will be donated to Value Village.

Canoe Polo 
Canoe polo is up and running and it looks like a lot of fun. It involves passing and blocking a ball in an effort to score on the other team’s net. The Banook program will run to August 17th for two evenings per week from 6:30pm until 8:00pm. The registration is open for participants 15 years of age and older.   

Be a Volunteer 
Please go to our website to register for upcoming events. You’ll reduce your membership dues, feel good about volunteering and meet other members, too.

 http://banookcanoeclub.com/volunteer-sign-up/

 The Banook Canoe Club is the place to be this summer – we look forward to seeing you at our ‘cottage in the city’.

Banook Weekly Update – July 6, 2018

Banook Canoe Club is wrapping up its first week of summer activity and it’s been a GREAT week! Our Camps have been full, with each child enjoying lots of opportunity to have fun paddling, swimming, meeting new friends, sampling our treats at the canteen, and making memories that will last a lifetime!

Our camps are full of smiles – the children are so excited and really valuing their experiences at the lake. It’s wonderful to see them learning new things and making new friends after only a few days. The camp counselors, the coaches and the lifeguards are all part of Banook summer team doing their all to make each child create positive memories of summer 2018.

Our canteen opened on Tuesday to rave reviews. We’ve lowered some prices from last year, and many people have established ‘tabs’ to make it easier to use the canteen throughout the week. It’s open 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Check out our daily specials!

Last night, our first Thursday Night Family Barbeque was very well attended. We still have lots of yummy food for more members to join us next Thursday (July 12) from 5pm to 7pm. There will be lifeguards on duty and Open Wharf for children to use the boats under the supervision of our coaches. We encourage all our members and also our camp families to drop by and enjoy an opportunity to mingle.

Weddings, Weddings, and more Weddings!

In July, we’ve bookings every weekend, including a weekend triple-header – a Friday wedding and reception, a Saturday wedding and reception, and wrapping up with a wedding reception on Sunday.

Pan-Am Championships

Lake Banook will be the site for the Pan-Am Sprint Canoe Championships from September 13-16, 2018, and we’re excited that Banook Canoe Club will be the venue for the ATHLETE’S VILLAGE!

In newly-refurbished Hall, we’ll be feeding as many as 350 athletes and their support crews (coaches, administrators, etc.) for five days – Wednesday to Sunday. Our gym will be used for Health Services such as Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy for the athletes. Some boat bays will be used to store the boats from the competing countries. We’ll need volunteers to assist with serving the buffet-style lunches, which will be a great way to experience the moment. All in all, it’s going to be an exciting time on Lake Banook!!

Annual General Meeting + Awards Dinner

Two Banook Canoe Club events you should put on your calendar are the Athlete’s Award Dinner (September 23) and the AGM (September 26). At our AGM, we’ll elect our Board members for 2018/2019, so if you’d like to either nominate a person or stand for a position, please contact Charlene Moore (BCC Board Memeber) charlene.moore@nslegalaid.ca. Board meetings take place the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm in the Banook Hall. All currently registered members are welcome to attend.

Canoe Polo

Canoe polo is a fast and fun activity played in white water kayaks. It involves passing and blocking a ball in an effort to score on the other team’s net. Check out the cool pics on Facebook of Team Canada at the world championships. https://www.facebook.com/canoepolocanada/.

The Banook program will run for 8 weeks from June 25th to August 17th for two evenings per week from 6:30pm until 8:00pm. The registration is open for participants 15 years of age and older.

The Banook Canoe Club is the place to be this summer – I look forward to seeing you at our ‘cottage in the city’.

June 29 – Club News

To the new members of Banook, Welcome! For those returning members, Welcome back for another wonderful season. Just a few important reminders.

  1. To those who still have outstanding payments if you have not fully paid by July 6th or have set up Electronic Funds Transfer (ETF) payments with the office we will unfortunately have to turn your child away on Monday July 9th. Please email or call the office to avoid this from happening.
  2. For members who have children in the coached paddling program, just a reminder that PFDs are now required and the use of life belts has been permitted. It would be preferred if each child had their own PFD becuase the club does not have enough to go around for everybody.
  3. On Monday the 2nd of July we will have swim and tip tests going on from 1pm-3pm, please do make sure those involved in either swimming or paddling programs do attend.
  4. We are looking for Bartenders to hire for our upcoming events, wages are $11/hr plus tips made. Call the office at 9024641740 if you are interested.
  5. Lastly, the Canteen will be open on Tuesday at 10am-3pm. Make sure to start your tab on Tuesday. The use of cash and credit card is available.

Lets all make this a summer to remember!!

Mid-June News!

We’re less than 2 weeks away from our exciting summer season – it’s going to be a great summer filled with a lifetime of memories for so many. Until then, let’s get up to speed with all the goings-on!
 
 
CLUB RENOVATIONS
 
Did you now we’re making ALLOT of facility upgrades this month? The siding, soffit and fascia are being replaced on the Hall, our wooden railing on the deck near the gym are being replaced, three boat storage room doors will be having their trim replaced, our Hall and Senior Room are having a major refurbishing, our two new docks are being installed, and we’re having the window and frame replaced in the lifeguard room. All these and several other smaller projects will be keeping us on our toes and we ask you to be ‘extra-careful’ when you’re at the club. We apologize for any inconvenience any of these upgrades may cause you, an after they’re completed, our facility will be so much better!
 
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
 
Some of you have registered and not paid as of yet, and we really need you to take care of this ‘oversight’ as soon as you can. And for anyone who hasn’t registered yet, please get it done today! Payment is easy with so many methods of payment. Many are choosing e-transfer, while others have paid by EFT’s, cheques and credit cards. To avoid problems for your children on July 3, please ensure you’re fully registered and paid/payment by June 22.
 
NEW EQUIPMENT
 
Our May 27th yard sale was a huge success, raising approx. $4100 which helped to purchase three kayaks! A big thanks to everyone who donated goods and volunteered their time to make this a success.
 
PAN-AMERICAN GAMES
 
Banook Canoe Club will be the venue for the ATHLETE’S VILLAGE during the Pan-Am Games in September (9-16). It’s a real honour and an opportunity to show many countries what a great facility we have. We’ll share more as we get closer to the competition.
 
VOLUNTEER
 
There are SO MANY private events happening at our club this year, including 15 wedding receptions with many of those including actual weddings! Our largest event is the BLUE GOOSE DINNER happening on Friday, June 22. To ensure it’s a big success, we need lots of volunteers so we’re asking you to go to the volunteer site at http://banookcanoeclub.com/volunteer-sign-up/ and sign up to help.
 
AWARDS DINNER & AGM DATES
 
Two Banook Canoe Club events you should put on your calendar are the Athlete’s Award Dinner (September 23) and the Annual General Meeting (September 26). At our AGM, we’ll elect our Board members for 2018/2019, so if you’d like to either nominate a person or stand for a position, please keep that date in mind. Board meetings take place the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm in the Banook Hall.  All currently registered members are welcome to attend.
 
NEW RULES FOR PFD’s
 
Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is phasing in rules changes to personal flotation to become compliant with the Canadian Shipping Act.  Effective immediately, all U15 age class competitors and younger must wear a Certified PFD (non inflatable) at all inter Divisional Regattas for the 2018 season. This means that our U15 and younger athletes that currently wear lifebelts are only allowed to wear them here at Divisional regattas for the 2018 season.  They will NOT be allowed to wear them at National Team Trials 3 or at Nationals in Sherbrooke. At these events they will be required to wear a certified PFD.
 
Starting in 2019, all U15 and younger athletes will be required to wear a Certified PFD at all times while on the water. The rule change also affects coaches. Effective immediately, all coaches must wear a Certified PFD in the manner it was intended while on the water at all times.
 
Banook does not have sufficient PFD’s in the correct size for every athlete.  We are asking parents to provide an appropriate PFD for their child.  Banook will have a supply of PFD’s available if you are unable to provide one for your athlete.  If this is the case, please let us know so we can ensure we have the correct size.
 
CANOE POLO
 
Canoe polo is a fast and fun activity played in white water kayaks.  It involves passing and blocking a ball in an effort to score on the other team’s net.   Check out the cool pics on Facebook of Team Canada at the world championships.   https://www.facebook.com/canoepolocanada/.  
 
The Banook program will run for 8 weeks from June 25th to August 17th for two evenings per week from 6:30pm until 8:00pm.   
 
 The registration is open for participants 15 years of age and older.   
 Cost to members: $80 + tax
Cost to non-members: $100 + tax
 
BOAT STORAGE
 
Unfortunately, there are boats in Banook’s storage that have not been registered or storage fees paid.  Our bylaws clearly outline that payment of storage fees is due May 1 and our bylaws also state If a member does not pay membership dues and fees for the current year, the Club will give notice to the former member to remove the boat. Failure to remove the boat after 30 days will result in the boat becoming property of the Club.” Please ensure you have paid your fees to avoid issues for all concerned.
 

Become a Donor

The Banook Canoe Club is a non-profit organization, managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. At BCC, we stress a family recreational atmosphere and a competitive canoeing and kayaking environment. Banook takes pride in its historic clubhouse and encourages members to take part in the preservation of the facility and the stewardship of the lake. Banook will issue charitable receipts for cash donations through the National Sport Trust Fund. If you wish to make a donation, please complete the Donation Form or contact the Club Manager.

Spring 2018 – We are currently raising funds in support of the general boat fund. 
Click to download the Donation Form.