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  • March 14, 2024 2:15 PM | Dave Ellis (Administrator)

  • March 10, 2024 2:39 PM | Dave Ellis (Administrator)

    The CLUB has a trip scheduled April 8TH to coincide with a solar eclipse. We've done this before.  Way back in March 1970 Cindy and I sponsored our first HCKC trip - about 6 months after we joined the club.  Below are the trip announcement for that trip. The after-trip write-up. And maybe a few photos from that event --- if i can figure out how to include them here..

                           HOOSIER CLUB CLUB  MARCH 1970 TRIPS

    DATE:                              Saturday, March 7, 1970

    ROUTE:   Brownstown Covered Bridge to g. R. 235 Bridge near Medora (approximately 10 miles)

    STARTING: 11:00 A.M. cars will be left on the road            

    approaching the closed covered bridge at Brownstown.

    SPONSORS: Dave and Cindy Ellis

    DIRECTIONS: I 65 south to US 50. US 50 west to S.R.35

    in Brownstown, S.R. 35 through Brownstown, across (West, Left) RR, to Closed Covered Bridge.

    TRIBUTARIES & BRIDGES (in order)

    Unnamed Stream (UNS), US 50 concrete bridge., Hough

    Creek, UNS, UNS, UNS, county road steel bridge, Wayman Ditch, UNS, Baltimore and Ohio RR Bridge, McMillan Ditch, UNS, S.R. 235 steel bridge.

    SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Canoe & paddles, Change of clothes, thermos of coffee & a light snack.

    NOTIFICATION: Please notify the trip sponsors, Tel. 253-5709, or the Yeoman 786-5394, the week of March 2nd you plan to attend.

    CAMPING FACILITIES: Jackson County State Forest and Starve Hollow State Recreation Area.


    I could imagine a foot of snow, a frozen river, and two sets of thermal underwear when Dave told mwe wore going to sponsor a float trip the first weekend of March. But on the 7th, with the sun bright in a hazy sky and the anticipation of watching a solar eclipse from the river, 11 canoes and 3 kayaks embarked in two groups on the East Fork of the White River from the old, unused covered bridge outside Brownstown, Indiana. In about three hours we put out at the covered bridge outside Medora.

    The river was up considerably due to the heavy rains earlier in the week and had overflowed its banks. Each group decided there was only one possible place to pull over for lunch, but since we ate in two different places, there were probably more. Tho low woodlands along the shore were swampy and a myriad of northerly-migrating ducks flapped out of inundated corn fields at our approach, obviously unhappy at being disturbed at their feeding. The water also neatly covered many protruding. Limbs and branches, much to the DeBoys consternation as they started their swimming season a bit early. Afire at lunch time and dry clothes must have bolstered their spirits, for they were smiling when I saw them at the end.

     of their trip. So was Chuck Conklin, who had his ' shiny new kayak out for the first time and did an admirable job of staying upright the whole trip.

    We enjoyed planning this trip, hope everyone had fun, and thank the Raineys, Tilestons and Flexmans for leading and sweeping for us

    P.S. those on the trip were the Andersons, Annises, Citrons, Chuck Conklin, Ellises, Flexmans Fredericks, Lankfords Mackisons, Jim Parnell, Raineys Tilestons DeBoys , 3 guest.

  • February 09, 2024 4:16 PM | Dave Ellis (Administrator)

    Some of the newer Board members had no concept of our Pirate Paddle/Party that we've done a few times in past years.  We're considering the possibility of doing something like that this fall or in some future year.  for the newbies benefit I said that I would post to my Pirate Albums so they could see what they are like.  while collecting links, i just got all HCKC albums for you amusement. (You REALLY don't want to binge watch these.)

    Pirate Cruise 2009
    Pirate Party 2009
    Pirate Cruise 2012
    Pirate Party 2012
    Pirate Cruise 2014
    Pirate Party 2014
    Pirate Cruise 2016
    Pirate Party 2016
    Pirate Cruise 2018
    Apostles 2010
    Apostles 2011
    Apostles 2012
    Apostles 2014
    Apostles 2015
    Apostles 2017
    Apostles 2018
    Beaufort NC 2014
    Beaufort NC 2014 by Earl King
    Beaufort NC 2014 by Louganski
    Beaufort NC 2015
    Swansboro 2023
    Charleston 2017
    Charlston SC 2016
    Chesapeak 2017
    Chesapeak 2022
    Door County 2021
    Greyson 2012
    Greyson 2016
    Manitou 2010
    Manitou 2011
    Sleeping Bear 2017
    Pictured Rocks 2011
    Pictured Rocks 2019
    Beaver Island 2019
    Buffalo 2016
    Eagle Ck Introduction to Paddling 6/21, FWD stroke videos
    Florida Kays 2013
    Fontana Lake 2016
    Isle Royale 2018
    Lake Erie Islands 2015
    Lake Jocassee 2021
    Massasauga 2013
    Nova Scotia 2016
    OLD HCKC Slides
    Panache 2013
    Rogue 2014 by Earl King
    Tybee 2011
    Reggie Baker Collection
    Sprandel by Louganski

  • November 15, 2023 3:34 PM | Dave Ellis (Administrator)

    So, if you missed our 11/11/23 Annual Meeting,  it was really a good one.  Thanks to John Gates, Linda Decker, Mariann Davis and all others that made it happen.

    Here are the Officers and Board for the coming year:

    Skipper -------- Dave Ellis

    Exec Officer --- Tim Owens

    Yeoman -------- Lauralee Hites

    Purser ---------- Kaleena  Wright

    Board Members --- Andrew Bredemeyer

                                   John Carlson

                                   Mariann Davis

                                    Linda Decker

                                    Jeremey Giddens

                                    Toni Harris

                                     Anthony Pascuzzi

                                     Jan Rugaber

                                    Roger Starring

                                    Jeff Stejskal

                                    Judy Thompson

                                    Kyle Wills

    We now need to decide on our "To Do" list.  I know we need to Complete the transition to a real not-for-profit.  To set up the traditional board transition meeting for early December. To schedule the Trips Planning Meeting.  To firm up the Wilderness First Aid / CPR certification class.  To assure  continuing weekly pool sessions.  To develop new trip leaders, ACA certified instructors, and Club leaders to carry on into 2025 and beyond. Please let any of us know any other things we should be working on.

    2024 will be the Club's 61st year or activity.   GO HCKC!

  • July 21, 2022 2:39 PM | Jeff Stejskal (Administrator)

    Welcome to Summer Paddling! I just got back from co-hosting with Toni a Beginner/ Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking Workshop in Southeastern Tennessee, and it was amazing weekend for both the weather and seeing newer paddlers enjoying the sport we all love! I was showing the lines on the Hiwassee and after I would run the rapid, I would turn around and see the faces of the paddlers with huge smiles and cheers of enjoyment. It was an amazing feeling for them to conquer something that just a few moments before had been an OMG moment that they thought they couldn’t do before. It was also amazing watching some experience paddlers who I lead down the Ocoee breakdown a rapid and figure out exactly what angle to hit a certain wave and what speed and power was needed to help them get to where they want to go. But the bottom line to all this we were out paddling in a beautiful place and had amazing weather over our heads! I hope everyone get out on one of our club’s trips and recharges your soul with a paddle in your hands. 

    Your Skipper,  John Gates

  • May 31, 2022 8:42 AM | Jeff Stejskal (Administrator)

    Greetings from a fellow paddler. I hope you are out paddling your local stream or a distant paddling trip to your favorite paddling spot. I have been out paddling and of course helping new paddlers get started in the pool and I can honestly say; I’m so happy to be paddling. We all are truly doing something that makes the soul happy! Something I love seeing is my fellow paddler gets excited about something they have been training hard for and succeed in that task. Examples I see are new paddlers get comfortable being underwater and able to do a controlled wet exit out of a boat. Another is running a rapid and not just surviving it but be able to control their speed and able to hit an eddy that seems impossible just a few minutes before. What inspires you? 

    Your Skipper,  John Gates

  • April 06, 2022 8:56 AM | Jeff Stejskal (Administrator)

    Skippers Note The other day I was driving down to Cincinnati for the Annual Cincy Paddle Swap, and asked my Mom to ride along with me. As I was driving I said to her, “How many times over the years have we driven down I-74 to go paddle somewhere?” She responded with a laugh and said to me “Too many times to count!” I just smiled and the memories of those trips started flooding in like when the Ocoee Dam opened. The memories I have of paddling in different places with my mom are ones I cherish. My point in telling you this is that paddling is a lifelong experience that you and your loved ones can share all your life. I was blessed to have parents that got me involved when I was 7 years old and I plan on paddling until I can no longer do it. The HCKC was formed by a few families that wanted to get out and paddle as a group. Over the years our club has expanded from that and continues to grow, spanning several disciplines and several different places. We continue the tradition of creating memories of paddling adventures. I hope you have and continue to create memories of your own and I hope they include paddling! I would confidently say that my adventures paddling are some of my most cherished ones - Are they for you? See you on the water John Gates

  • February 17, 2022 1:15 PM | Toni Harris (Administrator)

    Paddling Season is here and I can’t wait to get back out on the water.  I hope everyone is ready for the season to start like I am but have you checked out your boat (S) and gear?  I was thinking the other day when I was rolling my Antix and how loose in the hips I was and I need to put a couple of paddes in there to make it so I “wear” my boat.  I also have on my list of gear checks is my camping gear to make sure my stove for example is working and I’m not eating cold chow after a day of paddling.

    Something I hope everyone thinks about is brushing up on their skills by taking one of the many classes we offer in the club.  If you have a certain skill that you would love to learn or brush up on ask the Safety and Training Committee to look into it and see if we can put it on the schedule.  When I was going through my Kayak Instructor Course, my Instructor Trainer kept telling my class that the first stroke you learn is the forward stroke but it is the last one you master!  I hope everyone has a great month and I also hope to see everyone on the water. 

    Your Skipper, John Gates

  • February 16, 2022 4:51 PM | Toni Harris (Administrator)

    Skippers Note As we finish up the Trips’ Planning Meeting and start our 2022 season with training, I sit and wonder what type of year we will have. Will it be dry or wet? Will we have enough training events or trips to keep our membership interested? As I think about all those things, it all boils down to involved membership. If you as a member of this club do not get involved we can’t sustain what we have built over the last 50 years. I encourage you to lead a trip or volunteer at one of the many events the club sponsors. I promise you this, the time you spend being involved in the club; the enjoyment you will reap! Looking out to the future, Linda Decker has once again organized a Wilderness First Aid Class. The last time this was offered it was an outstanding event and I look forward to attending it the first weekend of February. Thank you Linda for organizing this event. Another coming event I’m currently helping organize is one of our biggest outreach programs of the year and that is the Ford 67th Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show February 18th – 27th, 2022. This one program showcases the whole club so please be sure to stop by and say, “Hi!” to our volunteers who will be working the booth. I leave this as my final thought for this month…. I would like to send out a huge “Thank You” to the 2022 HCKC Board Members! I’m so happy and excited to be a part of this board and look forward to the amazing things we as a group can execute! As always, if you have concerns or comments about the club, please call or email me and I would love to hear what you have to say, John.

  • December 23, 2021 8:53 PM | Dwayne S James (Administrator)

    Please see the current newsletter for December 2021 for important information on club elections, the candidate slate for board and officers, a by laws revision, wilderness first aid training, the annual trips planning meeting and watch for emails concerning an annual meeting and the Boat, Sport, and Travel show volunteer schedule.  And join in the fun for the New Years Day paddle!!!   Merry Christmas to all!  

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