#41 - March 21 -27, 2016 Weekly ICO Update

posted Apr 13, 2016, 11:08 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.


Trouble Maker (origin of photo unknown)


This Week’s Bit of Fluff:  Know Thy Volunteer/Partner Agency (ESA and Kevin Jordan)

1.      An interesting article about ESA (one of our partner groups) students and quotes Kevin Jordan. http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_29471598/oakand-high-students-bring-portal-solar-power-kenya

2.      Name Three ICO Volunteers that came thru ESA.


Last Week’s Bit of Fluff: ICO Training Challenge 2016

1.      Who is this year’s training coordinator? Chris Thorsen

2.      When is BT #1 this year? April 2-3

3.      Who is the Selection Coordinator? Natalie McIntyre

4.      What training weekend is scheduled to be an Expedition Trip? BT #3

5.      Name 2 trainers in ICO. Per the ICO Website:

a.      Ansel M, Anja H, Bill W, Chicken N, Chris T, Damien F, Delton J, Harold S, Jen J, Jen L, Jared K, Jim V,  Jon W, Juan B, Kelly K, Kim K, Lam C, Lance C, Margery L, Mel M, Natasha A, Pablo S, Ryan C, Shad E, Shane D, Steve A, Teresa B, Vinny A, Willa C


The Weekly Update: March 21 – March 27, 2016


Current Updates:


1.      Training:  The training class has been interviewed and selected.  It is going to be a small class with lots of room for Apprentices and Guides to come out and practice their skill!  I’m excited to see the SFA at higher flows than 1300cfs and to practice my skills, work on my read/run approach, and dial in all my safety knowledge.  JOIN US FOR THIS YEARS TRAINING! 


2.      OPEN LEADER ROLES Requiring Immediate Volunteers:

a.      Outreach – Contact all previous agencies w/ application for 2016 boating season.  Receive Applications, Calendar trips.  This job is currently being handled as a group.  Please cc Kate Starr, if you know of groups who whom you would like to forward the group application .

b.      Co-Chair: We are looking for a co-chair to learn the ropes and set up for a seamless transition when Kate steps down at the end of 2016.

c.       Volunteer Coordinator:

3.     CPR/First Aid Training


ETC sponsored first aid

Dave Yacubian, from Ready SF, will be teaching (He and Sascha work together).  The course is three hours long, is a two year certification, and meets the minimum first aid certification required.  This class normally costs $75, and Dave has offered to discount the cost to $30 for ETC/ICO Guides.  Room for 5 ICO peeps.

Wednesday APRIL 6 6-9 PM

Sierra Club Office Yosemite Room

85 Second Street 3rd floor sf 94105

Cost: $30

To RSVP: Email Oren at kayak@etctrips.org.  he''ll add you to the list and provide payment instructions (you must pay in advance to register).


4.      April River Mtg: Wednesday April 6th @ 7pm. LOCATION NEEDED!  Agenda forthcoming.


5.      Upcoming Trips: 

a.      Training Dates:

                                                              i.      BT #1 -  April 2/3 2016 (SFA)

                                                            ii.      BT #2 – April 9/10 2016 (SFA)

                                                          iii.      BT #3 – April 16/17 2016 (SFA – anticipated expedition)

                                                           iv.      BT #4 - April 23/24 2016 (TBA - )

b.      Please sign up to:

                                                              i.      Trip Lead

                                                            ii.      Train

                                                          iii.      Happy Paddlers invite friends – We are working on a Google Doc where non-ICO happy paddlers can sign up.


6.      Happy Birthday this week:

a.      Please wish a happy birthday to:

b.      Please let me know your birthday if you would like it announced in the WICOU. 


Older Updates:


1.      Annual Grassroots Letter Campaign:  The letter has been sent out. Please forward this letter with a personalized note to your friends, family, co-worker, other networks.  If we all find a couple of people to donate, we can raise a substantial amount of money.


Until Next Week,



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