Dear NCSP Membership,
This is a reminder that you are invited to join our Fall Meeting scheduled for Sunday, October 25, 2020. We have certainly missed seeing everyone in person during this complicated pandemic season.
UPDATE: We recently spoke with Woodloch Resorts and learned that due to Covid-19 guidelines, they are unable to host on onsite gathering larger than 25, which includes their own staff. For this reason, we are shifting our fall officers session and member meeting online. Though disappointing, it ensures we avoid any unnecessary risks while continuing to safely serve both our mission and our members.
You are invited to join in on both the officers meeting, scheduled for 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, and the general meeting scheduled for 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The sessions will be run similar to our online Spring Training May member’s videoconference, which went well based on all the feedback received. Conference call-in information will be shared a little closer to the meeting date.
The meeting agenda will follow our normal Fall Banquet format, and include the Officer Reports, the Upper Delaware National Park Service presentation by Ingrid Peterec, a blessing by Mary Kay Rhodes, Officer Elections, and announcement of the Golden Carabiner Award, and more. Please be sure to join us.
At the annual meeting is the elections of officers. Please contact nominating committee members, Mark Szupillo or Rob Post to submit nominations via email 15 days prior to the elections, which will occur on Oct. 25th. The nominee must have been an active member in good standing for at least one year, and must agree to serve.
On behalf of all the officers, and all those whose lives you’ve touched, thank you all for your long-time, ongoing commitment to the mission of NCSP, providing safety and swiftwater rescue service to the public.
Marc Magnus-Sharpe, Commodore, NCSP
WJFF, Radio Catskill contacted NCSP recently, in light of the recent drownings this summer. Tim and Jason wanted to learn more about drowning prevention and NCSP. My goal was to emphasize the importance of lifejacket use, awareness of river hazards, and get the word out about NCSP , Hopefully we accomplished all three. Here’s the radio program link: https://wjffradio.org/staging/listen-river-safety/
NCSP / Convid-19 Update
Recently we shared that we have been following the available reporting on the coronavirus (Covid-19), and considering how that might affect our NCSP Spring Training. This past evening we met again via conference call and determined that we will be cancelling our May 1 – May 3, 2020 Spring Training.
With the virus infection rates projected to peak in April or May, it is important we continue to take all safety precautions. Our mission is safety and our priority is you. In an effort to balance an abundance of caution with a well-informed response, we will continue following the updates provided both nationally and by PA, NY, and the National Park Service. Each of us know someone who is more susceptible. On the call last night several shared personal stories and concerns. Please continue to follow all social isolation guidelines closely. They can really make a difference.
We’re all now in uncharted waters with this virus. For the time being, we have to adapt and develop new ways to effectively serve our mission. The officers will be conferencing again in a week. We’ll be planning for our summer patrol season, for training our new members, and for increasing our communication with all of you at a time when greater communication is absolutely beneficial. One idea we are looking at is holding an online meeting with all of you, to connect us and allow us to share season preparations together. More on this soon.
We would like to invite you to add suggestions to this process. If you have ideas for how to make this season both safer and more successful; or if you’d like to offer to help us in the effort, please reach out to me or any of the officers. We dearly appreciate the extra hands. By working together, I am confident we will come through this better for the challenge.
Thank you for your understanding. We’ll be posting updates to our NCSP website our Facebook pages, and via emails to the membership. If you have questions please reach out to the officers at any time. We appreciate your support.
Remember, there will be a patrol season, and we will soon again be together on the water. Let’s stay positive and look forward to paddling on the Upper Delaware!
• Spring Training Notes
• Spring Training Schedule
• Renewing Memberships
• Spring Dinner
•Mather Swiftwater Training
NCSP Newsletter Winter 2019
• Spring Training
• 2018 Dick Rhodes Golden Biner Award recipient
• Fall Dinner Highlights
• Marine Band Radios
• First Aid / CPR classes
Additional links to the archive of NCSP newsletters coming soon