#26 Oct 19-Oct 25, 2015 Weekly ICO Updater

posted Nov 2, 2015, 8:26 AM by Kate Starr



Below are organizational updates and weekly bits of fluff for your entertainment.  I will try to add a weekly photo as well.  Please let me know of any updates you would like added to the WICOU.

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Ryan, Caroline, Kristie and Matt on the Smith River


A winner for the WICOU trivia point challenge will be announce on Monday December 14!  Along with bragging rights, there will be Certificate of Awesomeness and possibly a trophy…  So it’s time to buckle down and dig deep for the weekly answers.



Last Week’s Bit of Fluff: Know thy Fellow Volunteers! (I’m starting with me, because I forgot to ask questions of others)

1.      From where does Kate Starr hale?

a.      The Great State of New Hampshire!

2.      What year did Kate train with ICO Rafting?

a.      2012

3.      What is Kate’s favorite sport to play?

a.      Rugby  (best sport ever!)

4.      If Kate owned an animal, would it be a cat or a dog?

a.      Cat (cos cats are assholes, per Ryan)

5.      How did Kate get involved in ICO Rafting?

a.      Summer Camp Friend Emilia Deimezis 

6.      Extra Points Awarded:

a.      Juan got ½ a point for stating that Unicorn would be my pet of choice

b.      Ryan got ½ a point for spelling my full first name correctly (Katharine)


This  Week’s Bit of Fluff: Know Thy Fellow Volunteer Part Two! (Mr. Chris Thorsen!!!)

1.      What year did Chris Train with ICORafting?

2.      Which DC Comic Super Hero is Chris?

3.      What awesome movie set in NYC is Chris's favorite?

4.      What does Chris do for work?

5.      How/Thru whom did Chris get involved with ICO?


The Weekly Update: October 19 – October 25, 2015.


Current Updates:


1.      November River Mtg:

a.      There will be a Nov. River Mtg on the first Wednesday of Nov, please mark your calendars.  Time and Location is to be determined.  An agenda will be forthcoming.  Let me know if you have any items you would like on the agenda.


2.      Recruitment:

a.      Per the September River Mtg, we will be searching for a volunteer coordinator outside of ICO Rafting.  If you are interested in assisting w/ the advertisement wording and recruitment, Please contact Kate.


3.      Training 2016:

a.      We are currently planning to have 2016 spring training.  Look for an e-mail from Kate requesting volunteers to organize training.  If you want to be on the training committee please let Kate Starr know. 


4.      Happy Birthday this week:

a.      Please wish a happy birthday to: Jamin Price

b.      Please let me know your birthday so I may add it to the WICOU. 


Older Updates:


1.      ICO End of year Party: Was a great time!  Lots of old timers in attendance (great for me to finally put faces to names).  A big thanks to Teresa for organizing and Steve and Chris for hosting.  The food was delicious, the thirst quenching beverages copious and the company delightful!


2.      Upcoming Trips: 

a.      As of September 19, 2015, TRIPS ARE DONE FOR THE SEASON, Thank you everyone who helped organize, run or support a trip!


3.      Diversity Equity and Inclusion Discussion: Mtg to be held Monday Sept. 21st waspostponed.   Check out the reading: The Evolving Language of Diversity by Kathy Castania.  Jackie sent out a great  e-mail (on Sept. 2nd) to the ICORafting list requesting people provide feedback on what dates in September would work for Activities and discussions to help understand meaning of words like: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Intersectionality, Micro-aggressions, Trigger, Culture, Allyship, Race, Racism, Cisgender, LGBTQQIA and more.


4.      Outreach Coordinator Needed:

a.      Anthony Scott, who has fearlessly done our outreach and calendaring of late has decided to step down from this role.  Thank you Anthony for all you have done and do for ICO Rafting.  In his absence a new Outreach Coordinator is needed.  The Outreach Coordinator’s job currently: Send applications to partner agencies, both existing and new agencies suggested by ICO volunteers, receive/review the applications, set up a calendar meeting with the trip leaders, send out response letters to all partner agencies who applied.  The position can also be expanded to work with the agencies more.  Additional support can be solicited from other volunteers.

b.      Please contact Kate Starr and/or Anthony Scott if you have any questions or are interested in taking on this job.


Until Next Week.





Previous Totals

New Points


Mel Mac Innis




Ryan Clark




Juan Byron




Erica Petrofsky




Caroline Sequeira




Natasha A




Derrick Wydick




Harold Sloane




Jesse Wycko




Tracey Hodge




Chris Thorsen




Fred Medrano