September update from Norm - Help wanted

12 Sep 2018 1:34 AM | Matthew Burpee

"I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on things that are happening at the club." - Norm on September 12, with minor updates from Matthew on September 25.


The final summer BBQ will be help on Thursday Sept 13th. Mark it in your calendar. I hope you can attend.  

Board Member position open: 

Paddle Rat

Some of the responsibilities include: 

  • Keeping racks organized and maintained
  • Notifying new members as they come up on the waiting list
  • Facilitating the membership process with the Membership Rat
  • Encouraging members to lead paddle nights

Sylvia Winninger has done a fantastic job of the Paddle Rat portfolio and will be greatly missed.   

If you are interested in helping out in this capacity, please contact me directly. 

Boat Captain

We are in desperate need of someone to look after our two boats. At the moment we are double dipping, as two or more board members are looking after the boats... and their own areas. I feel it is time we get a specific person or team to manage our boats.  

The responsibilities are open for discussion.   I would think the following might be part of the responsibilities:

  • Scheduling of the use of the boats
  • Oversee maintenance requirements
  • Be the point of contact with the Water Sports Camp
  • Ensure we have all the correct safety equipment on board and it is in good shape
  • Lead the replacement process of our boats as required
  • etc...

It would probably be of benefit if you were somewhat mechanically inclined for this position. 

This would not be a position on the board (which is probably a good thing... less red tape)

If you are interested in helping us out, please let me know. 


Regatta / Marketing person

At Water Rats, this year, I believe we will be running 5 regattas.  The way we are currently structured the regatta organizer (usually one person) is responsible for all aspects of the regatta, getting Race Committee, Race officer, organizing dinners, making the Notice of Race, marketing the event, crash boat, awards etc...   

To alleviate some of the pressure on the regatta organizer it would be great if we could find someone to deal with the marketing of the regatta.  Once again, the responsibilities would be up for discussion but think that some of the following would be included:

  • Use Facebook/email/posters etc....  to advertize our regattas
  • Liaise with other OHSF clubs and  promote those regattas
  • Work with other organizations (ORCA, CRAM ... )  regarding scheduling of regattas
  • Standardize/Coordinate prizes for all regattas  (maybe WRSC hats and tee shirts?)  

This, as well, would not be a position on the board (which is still probably a good thing... less red tape)

Board of Directors

Are you interested in participating on our Board of Directors? Every year we do have some turn over in the board. 

If you interested in participating please contact me and we can discuss the possibilities. We are always looking for good people.


Sunday races 

Every Sunday at 1pm until the end of October. 

Catamaran Regatta - Ben Hur

Cat regatta September 22/23 at our club. All cat sailors are welcome. 

Clean Up Day

Saturday, October 27. Rain day October 28. Let’s clean up our club for the coming winter and year ahead. Please RSVP at: event-3087700 so we know how much food to buy for the 1pm BBQ. Bring gloves and a rake if you have one and a friendly vibe.
Volunteers are needed for the BBQ and clean up of the club house afterwards. Contact Barbara Anderson <serenewaters.barbara@gmai> and learn more about hours at Facebook event

Private function at Club

Sunday, November 4 - Sarah Pointer is hosting an evening social.


Sunday, November 18, 2pm

Christmas Party

Dec 8 or 15th (finalizing the exact date and will let you know shortly) 

Movie. Our old clubhouse made it to the big screen   

Here's an email below from our former Chief Rat Steve Hoke: "Finally found a posted copy of the movie that was shot at the 'Rats Oct 2010. I got $8,750 for the club which went right in to our building fund towards the new clubhouse. Shows how pathetic our old clubhouse really was, strong in character but…

For segments featuring our old clubhouse and grounds, skip to 39:50 also 1:15:06 and 1:18:43

If you have any questions / comments / concerns let me know.... more information to come!

Norm Lamb 
Chief Rat

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