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Raffle

Drawn at the Bowlo on 28th June raised $683!...big thanks to Susan P. for organising and to all the ticket sellers.

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Tip Top Tappers

This was another great success for the club with door sales of $825 and additional raffle sales of >$250. Thank you to all those who attended and helped out and a HUGER than HUGE thanks to the Tip Top Tappers for an almighty show!

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Major Raffle

Was drawn on 28th June at the TTT show. Congratulations to the following winners:
Aileen Rosten (red F9), Anna (green C58), Shirley Emerton (red B71), Margaret Turnbull ( orange F4), Jean Atkinson (orange E74) and Linda Smith (red E87). The final raffle takings has yet to be counted...well done to Susan P. for organising this raffle and to the many ticket sellers.

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Tip Top Tappers

Come and enjoy a another great afternoon at the Bowlo and see some of our club members perform live on stage. Afternoon tea will be provided, lots of fun, bring your friends and their friends. The big Body Shop raffle (6 prizes) will be drawn. All proceeds will go to KMDBC. Also, all Club facilities will be available - so buy a beer, wine or something- remember that we must support the Bowlo!

WHERE: Kempsey Bowlo, Austral St.
WHEN: 14:00 (2pm) Sunday 28th June

COST: $8

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Jazz Afternoon

This was a big hoot, despite the weather..well done Maria EB for organising and thank you to the Band "Yeah Man" and Bush & Beach Retreat for their donation...and to all the Club members who donated food and time to make this afternoon a success...the amount raised was a tad under $700!

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Jazz Afternoon

This will be a great afternoon of music, friends and relaxation...all money raised will be going to the club... members are asked to come along and bring your friends and their friends and their friends families!....and bring a rug and a chair , BYO drinks, with nibbles available....also, a few helpers will be required on the day for food preparation, door entry and raffle ticket selling.

Maria EB is the contact on 0403235341

WHERE:Bush & Beach Retreat, Loftus Rd. Crescent Head
WHEN: 1-5pm Saturday 20th June

COST: $8 or $20/family

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Port Regatta

Is on the long weekend in June...specifically Sunday June 7th...Please note that the event will be held at McInerney Park, not in front of the West Port Club . The Park is on the river past Settlement City shops....Muster time is 7:30....It would be good to know if you are intending to go to this regatta by Tuesday May 19th, as this will be the last day that this website will be updated before the regatta, as I will be on holidays.

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Urunga Regatta

Congratulations to all who entered this regatta for bringing home our first 2 winning trophies. The first was in winning the Mixed Division. The second saw the women combine with Titivators to form a composite team - "Rat-Tit", to take out the Womens Division.

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Norco Cash Caps

This is a terrific fundraiser that can help us raise a lot of money for very little effort.

Norco will contribute 10c to our fundraising for ever specially marked milk cap that we collect.

Just collect the milk caps and we'll collect the money form Norco. Products involved in this promo are 2 & 3 litre Norco Milk, Hi-Lo, lite, Calcium Start and Skim, all available from IGA.

Pam Madden is the contact for this promotion.

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East Kempsey Island 

Macleay Landcare have advised of a working bee this Saturday May 9th at East Kempsey Island, feel free to spread the word for the regeneration project..... Start time is 9:00...If anyone is keen to participate just turn up or please contact Sue Heathcote .

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Paddling Sessions

Sad as....it would be good if all members would get their finger out and support the club and those who wish to paddle!...sessions will be regularly on Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 9:00. If these sessions are supported, more will be offered...so don't just sit there and think about it, get off the seat and in the boat...and paddle.

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Urunga Regatta

This Sunday May 10th. Registration is at 7:30. BYO chairs, food and mother. The regatta is at the rowing club - just around from the Anchorage Wharf Restaurant.

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Paddlers Wanted!  

I have received the following email from DA Port Macquarie:

" Would you have any breast cancer survivor members be interested in joining our team to paddle next June in the 2010 Peterborough Canada Regatta? We currently have 14 of our members wanting to register and could do so individually and be placed in a composite crew but we were hoping to go as a full team of 18 minimum to a max of 26, including drummer and sweep."

If you are interested, send me an email and I will send you the registration package info and regatta schedule provided by IDBF & IBCPC.

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General Meeting

Sunday 3rd at the Bowlo 11:00...all members are welcome.

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Balls, BBQ & Bathers Night 

CANCELLED

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East Kempsey Island 

Macleay Landcare have an area named after us already!!! helpers are needed for their next Saturday morning - the 18th April. for the regeneration project..... Start time is 9:00...If anyone is keen to participate please contact Sue Heathcote .

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Footy Tipping Competition 

Due to popular demand, I have started an FTC with Coastline Credit Union. So get your names in by registration - you don't have to be a paddler to enter, so partners (all types) are welcome!...Cost will be about $5...prizes galore!....maybe the club will put in a few $$...the more the merrier, you can even put in your tips well in advance.

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Major Raffle

This raffle raised $1190 and was drawn on 4/4/09..1st prize ticket C59 - Barb Wittig, 2nd prize ticket F57 - Mrs Myles, 3rd prize ticket B14 - Jenny Clarke.

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Massages 

Some time ago, Bev and Allan Grady offered members 5 free massages. Well Bev has done the draw by cutting up all the names, and getting Alan to draw them out from a bowl.

The lucky winners are:. ANNA, PAM S., CATHY C., STEWART, and CHRISTINA.

These lucky people who were drawn out receive a free l hr massage (remedial or relaxation)...so please ring Bev on 65624886 to make an appointment to have it sometime within the next 4 weeks. Bev will be doing the relaxation massages, and Alan will do the remedial.... Note: Massages are transferrable!

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Raffle Tickets  

This major raffle will be drawn 4th April at the Body Shop Party, so all raffle tickets need to be in before this date...there are still some left-over tickets to be sold, so step up to the plate and see Susan P.

We have curently sold over $1000 worth of tickets. If you are having or attending a function/event, maybe you can help sell the remaining tickets...and a big thank you to everyone who has sold raffle tickets.

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General Meeting  

The next GM will be held on Sunday 5th April at the Bowlo at 14:00 with a paddling session to follow...all members are welcome.

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Body Shop Party 

This is a female event as its has nothing to do with panel beating!.... Invite you friends family and work mates (I can't spell colleagues) along...The major raffle will also be drawn at the party!

Products will be delivered before Mother's Day...bring your gold coins for lots of games and a small raffle on the day....If you cannot attend and would like to place an order please see Pam Scanlon.

WHERE: Lyn's abode : 93 Sherwood Rd. Aldavilla
WHEN: Saturday 4th April at 13:00.

COST: $5 - Finger Food with Pam Scanlon...Plates of food welcome....BYO

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Play by the Rules 

A reminder to all members that it is a requirement from DBNSW that all members must complete the "Play by the Rules" form available on their website.

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Pabbles  

A new lot of paDDles have arrived...cost is $85...if you want one please send an email and tell me where and when you want it (paddle).

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Farewell

One of our "youngsters" will be leaving us...tears of.....and taking up residence on the south coast, so a "Heidi Ho Down" has been planned at the Smithtown pub on Friday March 20th from 18:00.

Come for a drink or dinner and say tahtah to a fellow paddler...we will miss her smiling face!

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Business House Relay 

This is a fun night at Kempsey pool, so get a team of 4 together and fly the River Rats flag...its on Tuesday 17th March at 18:00....$5 per team + gold coin entry with all money donated to charity...everyone welcome, swimmers and non-swimmers...contact Heather on 6562-4742.

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Taree Regatta  

OK...got $10?...thats good....because it will buy you a Rats breakfast AND lunch at Taree on Sunday....courtesy of Deirdre:

Breakfast: cereal, fresh fruit, yoghurt, juice, t, coffee...and world famous "Rat Surprise".
Mid-Morning: healthy slice energy food...and more "Rat Surprise" - if you can fit it.
Lunch: home cooked meat and/or salad on a wrap...and you guessed it - "Rat Surprise" - if you can still fit it in and there is any left.

Team Registration is at 8:00, first race is at 9:00, so breakfast starts 7:00-7:30...hopefully "Rat Surprise" will be properly digested by 9:00!

This a mini money spinner for the club and Deirdre is assuming that everyone will partake, so it is being catered-for accordingly....and yes I know... your mouths are drooling at the thought of "Rat Surprise"...and... you just can't wait!

Port is taking a bus to Taree on the Sunday and has spare seats available. If you want to get on board see Marion.

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Money Spinners  

More fundraising activity has been happening in the club recently with "High Tea" at Marions raising $435 and Vivian and Betty's "Lighthouse Breakfast" raising $270. Its a great effort from you gals (special thank you from B. Balance!)...and keep the fundraising going!

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Garage Sale  

At Lyn's place, was another big success with over $500 being raised. Thanks to Lyn and all those members who helped out.

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High Tea on the River

Come and enjoy a great morning on the river bank of "good as" home cooking!
WHERE: Marion's abode : 12 Vincent Street Smithtown
WHEN: 10:00 Saturday 28th February

COST: $15

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Paddling this week (23rd+)

The river still has a bit of flotsam and jetsam about, so for safety sake, paddling will recommence on Thursday with the an "onboard" sausage sizzle on the 1st.

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Paddling Sessions  

All members and intending members, please be advised that ALL paddling sessions are open to anyone wanting to paddle...just come along and paddle at the rate that suits your comfort!

Due to the prevailing weather conditions for this week (Feb 16th+), please check this website before you leave home, as sessions may be cancelled.

The session on Sunday 22nd includes an "onboard" sausage sizzle - nothing flash, and also a 2 hour very easy paddle...cost is $5

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Garage Sale  

Following the success of our market stall at Crescent Head, a lot of left-over items will be sold in a garage sale at Lyn's place. So if you have anything lying around your house that is in saleable condition bring it along and support the club and...helpers are needed to man the stall.
WHERE: 93 Sherwood Rd. Aldavilla
WHEN: 8:00 Saturday 21st February

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Newspaper Article  

A few people have asked Betty for a copy of our Grafton regatta story in the Argus, unfortunately there are no copies left, (we must be popular)...so if you click here ....voila!

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Paddling Sessions  

For security reasons, all money and paddling fees will be collected at the Bowlo before the boat leaves - so get there a lil bit earlier, pay your fees and pick up your paddle and lifejacket...it is also advised that your car should be left at the Bowlo.

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General Meeting

will be held on Sunday February 15th at 15:00 in the Bowling Club. This meeting is open to all members, so If you want to have a say...come along...a paddling session will follow.

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Balls, BBQ & Bathers Night 

Come and have a swim in Christina's pool and compete in various ball games...prizes to won...Who will take out the title of King Ball handler?

WHEN:POSTPONED - Date to be advised

FOOD: provided - nibbles, BBQ, dessert, tea & coffee
BYO chairs, swimmers, alcohol or other drinks...and balls!...COST: $20 pp

WHERE:Christina's green house - 18 River St, Kempsey

RSVP, Christina - 6562 7766, with payment before the 7th
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Regattas

CNY - The North Coast team has only 17 paddlers so far and is in need of more.
Penrith - Is still not looking good at this stage - 15 only, accommodation will be the problem if its not sorted very soon.

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International Regatta  

Sydney Tsunami DBC is looking for paddlers to join there team in Hong Kong in May-28th. More info is on their website.

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Port Macquarie  

Is having a mini regatta at Westport on February 1st starting at 9:15 with the presentation at 12:00. There will be 6 heats with $500 prize money. Teams entering are Port(x2), Camden Haven, Taree and Urunga. Westport will have a jazz band playing at times when there are no races. Sausage sizzle is included. Show your interest via "Sessions" by Friday Jan 16th. This fun regatta is open to all.

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Pool Party & BBQ 

WHEN:FRIDAY 30th JANUARY 5.30pm
FOOD: provided - sausages, hamburgers, chicken, salads and ice-cream dessert, etc.
BYO chairs, swimmers, alcohol or other drinks

WHERE:13 LAWRENCE CRES KEMPSEY (off Kemp Street north)

COST: $20 pp...Let's eat, drink and frolic together

Prizes for best dressed (or perhaps, undressed)...All money to new boat and boat storage.


RSVP, SHIRLEY THRING at paddling sessions or 6562 6004

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Australia Day  

It is a big day at the Showground with displays and stalls from all the groups in the Valley, a great opportunity to rally interest and to recruit new members.

WHEN:Monday JANUARY 26th

TIME: 10:00 to 14:00

REQUIRED: 4 people needed for the marquee to answer questions and to enthuse.
               6 people needed to carry light bamboo and crepe paper 'dragon boats' in a                   mock race, a 'Henley on Macleay' to stir up interest in those attending.

We can set up on our designated site any time prior to 9.30. Lyn will be there with marquee etc. at 9a.m .and would appreciate some help. There will be no admission charge for DB helpers - just wear your shirt and advise the gatekeeper of same. Entry for helpers is through the Kemp St. access and parking for helpers will be inside the showground.

Lyn will take a couple of chairs for use in the marquee - have flyers to hand out, plus banner, dragon head and photos for display, please bring anything else you think might be helpful. Looking forward to as many as possible sharing the tasks, we plan on having the stall open from 10.am until mid afternoon, so just an hours help would be welcome.

For further info contact Lyn.

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General Meeting

will be held on Sunday January 18th at 15:00 Riverside Park. This meeting is open to all members, so If you want to have a say...come along.

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Photo ID's  

George, a professional photographer, will be taking ID photos at the Bowling Club on Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th from 17:00 to 19:00. If your photo was not taken at Tacoma, all members must attend one of these sessions.

It is a requirement from DBNSW that all paddlers have a photo ID. These photos have to adhere to the "ID Digital Photo guidelines" - very similar to a passport photo. They have to be of a particular dimension, capacity size then burnt onto a disk - its overkill to the extreme!...and it is time consuming.

All this has to be done by January 15th, so that the ID's are ready for CNY and all subsequent regattas. What DBNSW will do if we don't have our ID's is anyone's guess.

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Market Stall 

At Crescent Head on December 28th and January 4th was a great success with a total of $1,164.00 being raised. Special thanks to all who helped out...The benefit of this money will go to the club and its members.

As we still have "stuff" left over, a garage sale will be held at Lyn's place in February at a date TBA. So if you still have any unwanted/excess items (clothing included) that is laying around the house and is in good saleable condition bring it along.

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The Boat & The Club

I have been told by the Bar Manager that the roller door of the club was left open last Sunday December 14th after the boat left the club. If you want an excuse for the club to stop us housing the boat, then you have found it!. If you are the last person leaving the club, the roller door must be closed at all times. If you have trouble closing it, see the Bar Manager or Cleaner - either way, do not leave until it is closed.

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New Paddles

If you have ordered a Grey Owl paddle it has arrived and available from Deirdre for $85. Please hurry up and pay so I can get rid of them out of my life. If they are a xmas pressy then you have up till next Thursday - 18th to pay, as I will be away after this date.

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General Meeting

Please note that the General Meeting for all members will be held at Riverside Park on Sunday 14th December at 16:30. The change in time is to accommodate paddling sessions. All members are welcome to attend, and to table any issues or concerns that they have within the club.

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Paddling Fees

"Bitch of the Month": Please give me a break and pay your paddling fees with a gold coin. If you don't want the silver either palm it off onto someone else or give it to charity...but if you must pay with silver make sure it is bagged or wrapped and showing the correct amount....and have a nice day!

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Xmas/Presentation Night

This night will be held at Cheers Restaurant, Belgrave St., on Friday Dec. 12th. Cost will be $15 p/p. All members, partners and friends are welcome. Tickets now available from Deirdre.

We have booked the whole restaurant and..it's BYO with finger food provided, starting at 7pm. If you want to have a hoot of a night, a bit of a mingle and some fun, be sure to be there. And don't forget the theme for the night is "Formal - with a twist".

Tickets must be sold by 5th December for this event to go ahead as we need to pay a deposit on this date.

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Paddling with Port Macquarie - updated

This is happening on Saturday 29th November.

There will be 2 sessions - 8:40 (on the water by 9:10) and 9:50 (on the water by 10:20).

These sessions will provide the chance for all to paddle with a different crew, coach and boat and is a great opportunity to see how other clubs prepare and train on the water. Each session will be hard (our preferred way) and limited to 10 KMDBC paddlers. So get in quick and don't miss this chance!

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Power Sessions

Are being re-introduced, starting Tuesday 25th November. These sessions are for everyone who wants to get fit, feel stronger, leaner and loves regattas. The sessions will be demanding and not for the faint-hearted, and will be indentified by a pink colour.

RAIN does not stop any sessions ! (only heavy wind and lightning)

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General Meeting

The next GM is at Riverside Park on Sunday 14th December at 10:00am following an 8:30am paddling session, brunch will be provided.

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Information and General Meeting Day

This day is on Sunday 16th November at Riverside Park from 9-12. Flyers have been distributed around town offering free paddling to anyone who wants to try dragon boating.

It is hoped that we will also recruit new members, and grow the club. We will need help on the day from all current paddlers who can attend at some stage as we are hoping to mix new paddlers with seasoned paddlers in the boat....and the boat can't be taken out with a crew of less than 12.

Also, after the Info Day, a General Meeting will be held at 12:00 for all members to discuss Tacoma regatta, fundraising, boat housing, xmas party, social/training days and sweeps. This is your club so come and have your say...REMEMBER: Wear your club shirt and bring a chair.

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Girls Avo at CURVES

Spend the afternoon in with the girls to raise money for women's cancers, Saturday 18th October 1pm till 4pm. Come along for a fun arvo of games and entertainment as well as displays by various local businesses (dragonboating will be on display).

 

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Paddling Sessions

This weekend is the October long weekend and the introduction of daylight saving - some might say woopy doo, others may not. But it does mean more afternoon daylight. So to celebrate this suspicious occasion, paddling sessions will commence at 17:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays....also the bistro at the bowlo is open from 6:00pm on Thurdays with quite reasonably priced food.

Please note also that the boat will leave the boat ramp at the time listed for all paddling sessions - so get there early as.....and dont waste time ie.fart around!

 

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Power Paddling Sessions

Following the sweep's training with Kris, it has been decided that all paddlers need to be fitter and stronger to compete in any regatta. So, for the time being, we have decided to turn the power sessions into Grafton Regatta training sessions. Again, you will be worked hard and expected to do additional personal training.

If you are going to the Grafton regatta to paddle, you are part of a team and as with any team sport, training is essential. Every effort should be made to attend these sessions.

 

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Major Raffle Results

1ST PRIZE: Macleay River Houseboat Weekend (valued $450), Tkt No. orange A10, MAURIE FULLER.
2ND PRIZE:
Kempsey House & Garden Voucher (valued $200), Tkt No. black A26, KATHY PATTON.
3RD PRIZE:
Emanence Day Spa (valued $200), Tkt No. orange 16E, BARBARA BEUZEVILLE.

Congratulations to all winners, and thank you to to all those people who sold tickets and to the local businesses who donated the prizes!

 

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Sweeps Neeeded!

Currently we have 40 club members - this is a great result given the infancy of the club. However, the boat cannot go out on the river without a sweep....and sometimes even sweeps would like to paddle!.

In the month of October, presently only 1 sweep will be available for ALL sessions - if something unexpectantly happens in his life during that month, the boat will not be on the river during October. Also with daylight saving just around the corner, it is hoped that afternoon sessions can be offered - but, you need an available sweep.

Its your club and it is in need of more people (and that does include women) wanting to be trained as sweeps. If you are interested please send an email and I will forward some info...to be a sweep, you dont need to be strong but you do need to know just the basic set of commands (which you all should know by now).

 

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Quilt Exhibition

Macleay Quilters are holding a Biennial Quilt Exhibition at the Showground on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th August 9-5pm. There will be quilt raffles for charity, demonstrations, a trading table, merchant hall and refreshments available. The quilters have kindly offered to make a quilt for our club to raffle - it will be ready next year.

 

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Gala Day Launch

The launch of our boat at Riverside Park was a huge success.

A reported crowd of over 200 people enjoyed a glorious day of fun, food and paddling.


Entertainment was provided by "The Nobodies" (contact 0437 274 157)- who generously donated their takings to the Dragon Boat Club and the Cancer Foundation...more pics in "Photos".

Thanks also to the Temagog Bush Fire Brigade for supplying the bbq.

 

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Information Day

A big thank you to all who turned up and showed interest in dragon boating. The roll-up was quite unexpected, so we are now gearing up for an even bigger Gala Day on the 29th June.

We have decided to put all membership and paddling information on the website (a link is coming soon), so that you can download the forms, print them out and bring them along on the 29th - mainly to avoid a rush on the day.

 

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Big news for your diaries...

As the boat has arrived it is now time for everyone who is interested in becoming a financial member/paddler, to come forward.

Firstly, an information day will be held at the Kempsey RSL Bowling Club in Austral St on Saturday June 14th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The purpose of this day is to meet the committee and fellow paddlers and to ask as many questions as you like. The dragon boat will be downstairs- if you wish to check it out. Membership forms will also be available.

Secondly, a HUGE Gala Day has been organised to celebrate and launch our Dragon Boat on the Macleay. So if you can't make it to the information day, get along to Riverside Park, Sunday June 29th 10:00 am.

There will be guest speakers, food and hopefully some entertainment. But most importantly, you will be given the chance to try out dragon boat paddling on the river.

Everyone is welcome to both these days.

 

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To celebrate the arrival of our boat (and do a bit of fundraising), a few of the girls got dressed up in their best attire and hit the pub scene.

Special thanks to the publicans and patrons of the West Kempsey, Great Northern and Railway Hotels for their support and donations.

 

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It is now confirmed that our DRAGON BOAT will arrive in Kempsey on Friday 23rd May and will be housed at Kempsey Bowling Club.

The Committee is organising an information and launching day in June (date to be finalised)...so stay tuned!

 

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Thank you to all those who entered the competition to name our team. With so many great entries to choose from, it became difficult to choose just one. But when all is said and done, there can be only one winner.

Well done Gordon & Jo Ellis from South West Rocks. And the name is …. "RIVER RATS".

Gordon and Jo received a hamper and were very humble yet surprised to learn of their win. Congratulations Gordon & Jo. We look forward to wearing the name proudly.

 

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The trolley is now complete and a big thanks goes to the North Coast Steel for donating the steel and to Max Gleeson for building the trolley. Well done!

Our dream to have a Dragon Boat on the beautiful Macleay River is almost a reality and keen paddlers are chomping at the bit to get it on the water.

Actually, if you look at the photo, you'll see that some of them are so keen they thought they'd try paddling the trolley before the boat arrives. A little imagination can take you a long way!

Also, as the weeks draw closer to us taking delivery of our boat, an information and membership day will be held at the Austral Street Bowling Club...a date and time is yet to be confirmed.

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The search is on for a name for our Dragon Boat Club.

The committee is opening up the search to potential club members to come up with a name. For example, Port Macquarie is known as the "Flamin Dragons" and Urunga as"Titavators".

So thinking caps on, email your idea with your name and phone number....and the name we decide on will win a hamper!...entries close 16th May.

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If you have an item of interest please send an email.

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We are always in need of people to donate their time to help us raise money to achieve our mutual goal.