#42 March 28 - April 17, 2016 Weekly ICO Updater

posted Apr 13, 2016, 11:09 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.


Sorry no Photo this week.  Please send in Photos for future WICOU.


This Week’s Bit of Fluff: Food Safety:

1.      Read the attached article on food safety

2.      Answer these questions:

a.      How cold should you keep the Lunch Cooler?

b.      What is the minimum number of buckets needed for dishwash (per the article)?

c.       Fill in the blank “ The Kitchen is a dedicated ______ area”

d.      At what point in the dinner prep process should the cooking utensils be washed?

e.      Where in the cooler should meats and cheeses be stored?



Last 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.

a.      Acceptable Answers: (tho there are more)

                                                              i.      Panha Sethy

                                                            ii.      Vicky Luu

                                                          iii.      Billy Tu

                                                           iv.      Jackie Lim

                                                             v.      Shad Emam

                                                           vi.      Malcolm Davis

                                                         vii.      Lance Chuck

                                                       viii.      Lam Coong (now Chuck)





The Weekly Update: March 28 – April 17, 2016


Current Updates:


1.      Recent Trips:

a.      BT #1: (4/2-3/16): Went to the SFA, had good flow (appx 2700 cfs ) Upper Stretch Saturday, w/ a lot of modeling and practicing guide strokes, ferry angles etc.  Ran the Gorge Sunday.  A beautiful Sunny Weekend!

b.      BT #2: (4/9-10/16) We went to the SFA again.   Flow's were a bit high,  but trainable.  The trainees are really improving and looking forward to the season.


2.      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! 


3.      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:


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


5.      Upcoming Trips: 

a.      Training Dates:

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

                                                            ii.      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.      RMAC Updates:

a.      RMAC continues to discuss the future of Institutional Permits. There have been many meeting, proposals, ideas over the last few years.  But it looks like they are closing in on making some actual changes.  How this will affect ICO as we know it, I do not know.  If you are interested in learning more you can go to the El Dorado County Website or Contact Bill Weinberg or Margery Lazarus , as they have been diligently keeping themselves in the loop on this long arduous process.


7.      Happy Birthday this week:

a.      Please wish a happy birthday to:

b.      Please wish a belated Birthday to: Harold Sloane and Tracey Hodge

c.       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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