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Friday, November 08, 2002

!!!!!!!HELP WANTED!!!!!!!

The ancient, tottering, and unwieldy e-mail list that Gene Boothe has maintained for this club for years has, basically, kicked the bucket. His computer has been chewing away at it for quite a while now, and appears to have finally eaten it altogether. We may be able to resuscitate it temporarily, but it's time for us all to face reality, accept our loss, and move on. Anybody who has ever owned a computer knows how it feels to watch their work disappear into cyberspace, and can sympathize. (Quiz for all you literary types: Exactly how many metaphors did I mix in this paragraph?)

Please rest assured that the cause of this ongoing problem was NOT a "virus." Nobody in this club has ever been exposed to any computer virus by any club e-mail. Gene has always used state-of-the-art antivirus software, and the MBCAKC always will.

Gene's deteriorating computer resources coincide with a diminution in the amount of time he is able to devote to the club. He needs a break. He can't keep doing the e-mail list right now. IT IS TIME FOR SOMEBODY TO STEP IN AND FILL THE BREACH.

It is also time for ALL OF US to inundate Gene with e-mails of thanks for his YEARS of untiring and witty efforts to keep club members updated on club news via e-mail. Click on to express your gratitude to Gene by private e-mail, straight to his in-box.

Do you have a computer with Internet access and anti-virus protection? Can you type with two or more fingers? Would you be willing to donate an hour or two per month to help the club in the comfort and privacy of your own home?

Then this deal is for you: Just e-mail Julie at to volunteer. In return, Julie will give you FREE e-mail lessons, and you will win the gratitude of all your fellow/sister MBCAKC members by continuing the beloved tradition of the MBCAKC newsletter and e-mail list.

Gene hopes, and we all hope, that he will resume responsibility for club e-mails when his personal and professional responsibilities make it practical for him to do so. In the meantime, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please e-mail me, Julie, with any questions, comments, proposals, or nominations, or to offer your help. IT'S EASIER THAN YOU THINK!



General Information:

1. Our monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend. There is no charge. The typical meeting lasts two hours. We start with a review of the previous months paddles, continue with plans for and announcements of paddles for the next month, and end with a presentation. Presentations may include slide shows of past paddling trips by club members, paddling tips, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.

2. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and also enjoy sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists. All you have to do to "join" our "club" is show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

3. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether or not the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision as to whether or not to participate in each event. The coordinator of the paddle should be able to assist with information on the expected paddle conditions. However, always remember that the weather and other conditions can, and quite often do, change both quickly and dramatically. (In other words, paddle at your own risk.)

4. It is always a good idea to contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. They can contact you with important information, such as trip cancellation, etc. Also, thanks to the paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect rubbish along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

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