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WCHA Presentation?

Discussion in 'General WCHA Business' started by pklonowski, Oct 2, 2020.

  1. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    I received an email today from the president of the Illinois Paddling Council (an umbrella organization of paddlers, paddling clubs, retailers, liveries, etc), asking if we might be interested in giving a presentation on WCHA for one of their meetings. No details have been sent RE: what kind of material they're interested in. I think their annual membership meeting happens in November, which doesn't leave a lot of time to prepare. Does a presentation of any kind exist, that could either be used as is, or as a template for creating a new one? Any thoughts/ideas/suggestions? Or wait 'til next year?
  2. Andy Hutyera

    Andy Hutyera The Red Canoe Guy

    What about using the Contemporary Builders video?
  3. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    There are a number of videos available like the one that Andy suggested. It would probably not be too difficult to put something together once you have more of an idea of what they want and how much time has been allocated. The ten minute introductory video at is ready now. Good luck and let me know if there is anything else that I can do to help.

  4. OP

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Thank you! I believe their annual meeting presentations are usually under an hour, though some have run longer. I haven't heard back yet, whether they want an intro to the org, or other. Michael Grace also has some materials; I'll see what I can do...

    Thanks again!
  5. OP

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Follow-up on the presentation: They wanted an "Intro to WCHA" topic. This evening was show time, and it went well. The presentation itself was just under 30 minutes, and Q&A was another 10-15 minutes. It was well-received! Much credit, and many thanks, to Michael Grace for ideas, guidance, and inspiration. If anyone would like a copy, let me know... I consider it WCHA property. Heck, the majority of the pictures came from the WCHA calendars...

    Getting ahead of myself here... What if we submit this for speaker slots at Quiet Adventures Symposium (East Lansing, MI), Canoecopia (Madison, WI), or other events? It would probably have to be a bit longer to fit their time slots... I don't need to be the presenter -- if someone in Michigan wants to present it for QAS, for example (you'll get in free!), all the better. We might be past deadlines for submissions for this winter, but maybe 2022?
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  6. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    Paul deserves the credit here for a job done very well and enthisistically. He worked very hard putting together and delivering a great presentation to a receptive audience. Thank you, Paul!

    WCHA members like Paul have engaged in productive public outreach over many years and in many places, all of which support our mission to preserve the legacy of the wooden canoe, and these efforts also support the WCHA by attracting new enthusiasts. For anyone who wishes to share the WCHA and our activities, feel free to reach out for support if needed.

    Again, thank you Paul, and thanks to everyone else who brings the WCHA and the excitement of wooden canoes to new audiences.

  7. OP

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

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