To all club members who (don’t) receive club e-mails through America Online (AOL):
AOL is not delivering most of the club e-mails to AOL subscribers’ in-boxes. There is nothing I can do about this problem, from my end. I have written to AOL tech support to request that they deliver my club e-mails. I don’t really expect it to work, though, because I am not an AOL customer, and because I can’t figure out from AOL’s website for non-customers who I should send such an e-mail to.
I suspect that the problem is that AOL has implemented a new “spam” filter. This automated system probably thinks club e-mails are spam. It probably thinks this because there are so many recipients in the header, but I really cannot tell from this end what the problem is.
If you currently count on AOL for your club e-mails, you have several options:
1. Forget about club e-mails and rely on this website as your exclusive source of club information.
2. Get another e-mail address and e-mail me to request a new club “subscription” at that address. For example, free e-mail is available at www.yahoo.com, www.hotmail.com and numerous other websites. You don’t have to give up your existing AOL account; you can have as many in-boxes as you want. Yahoo is a nice option because Yahoo doesn’t reject bulk e-mail, it delivers it to a separate folder named “bulk e-mail.”
3. Call, chat, or e-mail AOL tech support and tell them (or ask them who you need to tell) that you are not receiving e-mails from firstname.lastname@example.org , and that you want to receive e-mails from email@example.com, regardless of how many “undisclosed recipients” are listed in the headers of e-mails from firstname.lastname@example.org.
FYI, I recently had a problem with a new spam filter on my own internet service provider (ISP), which is AT&T Worldnet Service (which is a really good ISP, IMO). Suddenly, AT&T stopped delivering club e-mails altogether. There were no error messages, no “message rejected” messages; my e-mails simply were not being delivered to you. I chatted on-line with AT&T’s tech support, and, of several possible explanations for the problem (file corruption, gremlins, blah blah blah), the source of the problem turned out to be AT&T’s spam filter. AT&T had decided, without any notice to AT&T users, to put a limit of 20 to 25 recipients on outgoing e-mails. Club e-mails go to about a hundred people, so AT&T was just dumping all club e-mails without even telling me.
Based on the advice of AT&T tech support, I e-mailed AT&T’s spam “abuse” department, told them I was not a spammer (cross my heart), and asked that the limit on my outgoing e-mails be lifted. Suddenly, without explanation, without anybody from AT&T bothering to get back to me, club e-mails started going out just fine.
So maybe AOL has a spam filter that limits the number of recipients on incoming e-mails, like AT&T has a limit on outgoing e-mails. I dunno. It’s up to you to figure it out and/or decide which of the three options above you want to choose. Good luck, and let me know if you learn anything from AOL about the source of this problem, and/or if AOL suddenly starts delivering my club e-mails to you.
In the meantime, I will continue to send club e-mails to AOL users, just as I always have, and hope that they get through. Eventually.
It’s always something, with computers. Does anybody else want this job?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
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 month’s 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, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.
2. If you e-mail a request to email@example.com, Julie will put you on the club’s e-mail list. You will receive a monthly newsletter, which includes a calendar of events, and e-mail notices of “flash paddles” i.e., club paddles that are planned and announced on short notice. (If you used to be on Gene’s e-mail list for the club and are wondering why you suddenly stopped receiving club e-mails, it’s because Gene’s e-mail list suddenly died. You need to “re-subscribe” by e-mailing Julie, if you want to get on the new e-mail list for the club.)
3. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and 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.
4. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision whether 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.)
5. You should always contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. If they don’t know you are coming, trip leaders cannot contact you with changes in plans or cancellations, and you may find yourself waiting alone in a parking lot while the rest of us are off having fun somewhere else.
6. Thanks to the paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect rubbish along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.
Contact list and links:
If you would like to subscribe to the club e-mail list, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, please e-mail Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clickhere to go to the website of the West Florida Canoe Club.
Click here to go to the website for the Bartram Canoe Trail.
Click here to go the website for the U.S. Geological Survey, where you can download free maps.
Click here to go to the MBCAKC’s archive of “trip reports” on past paddles. This website ranges from the informative to the poetic, and sometimes includes links to maps. You are encouraged to submit trip reports of whatever genre, as well as your favorite links.
Reminder: Permit for Boiling Creek
A current permit is required to paddle Boiling Creek in Eglin Air Force Base. The permits are good from 1 October to 30 September. They cost $5.00. You get a map along with the permit that is worth more than the fee.
Request the Recreational Permit, which is the one for paddling. You can get the permit from one of the gates or by mail. Permits may be obtained from the Jackson Guard Office (Natural Resources Branch), located at Highway 85 North, Niceville FL 32578 (850) 882-4164. The mailing address is:
Eglin Natural Resources Branch
107 Highway 85 North
Niceville, FL 32578
For each permit requested, send a photocopy of either a driver’s license or identification card which contains a photograph, your full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired. (As an alternative to a photo-i.d., you can send last year’s permit, if you have one.) Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery (though recent turn-arounds have been only a few days). Payments can be by personal check, money order, or cashiers check made payable to DFAS-LI Eglin AFB. Cash is not accepted.