Canoes at the Beach!

Sunday June 5 was pretty hot, but CROCC stayed cool. Old friends and new came together to try outrigger canoeing and to play in the river. Check out the complete photo gallery. Thanks to Sheryl Bruno for taking the pictures, and thanks to everyone who came!

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If you weren’t able to make it, consider coming to our next party on July 3. Whether you’re an experienced paddler or you’re not even sure what an outrigger canoe is, you are welcome to join us on the water.

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Join CROCC for a Paddling Party, Sunday June 5!

KeikiPaddlePlease join us on the beach and try outrigger canoeing–all ages and abilities are welcome. Whether you’ve been paddling for years, are looking for a new sport, or are just want something fun to do on the weekend, we invite you to join the friendly paddlers of CROCC on our beautiful Hawaiian outrigger canoe!

When: Sunday, June 5 11am-1pm
Where: Broughton Beach near M James Gleason Boat Ramp, 4325 NE Marine Drive, Portland
We provide: canoes, paddles, PFDs, shade, refreshments
Please bring: towel, sunscreen, $5 for parking

This is a free event, though donations to CROCC are always welcome. (Metro does charge $5 per vehicle for parking.) We hope to see you there!

To RSVP or get more information, contact Kate Dilworth, kate.e.dilworth@gmail.com or 503-252-6069.

Welcoming in 2016

Aloha CROCC and our supporters!!!

With the close of the 2015 comes the transition of previous Board to 2016 Board. Before I announce the 2016 Board of directors, I would like to first express my sincere thanks to the 2015 Board members. Your contribution and sacrifice is not always recognized, but I would like to thank each of you for your leadership and say that the Club would not have come as far as it has without your hard work.

I am pleased to announce the 2016 board as follows:

President – Kate Dilworth
Vice President – Sheryl Bruno
Past President – Doug Keeney
Secretary – Therese Masellis
Tresurer – Cris Trimble
Sargent at Arms – Liz Nelson
Head Coach (Board Appointed) – James Jackman

Congratulations to the new Board and a huge thanks to those who have joined the board!

Doug Keeney
CROCC Past President & Assistant Coach

CROCC Featured by The Columbian:

211455_08-02_Doug_Keeney_1Back in August CROCC was featured in The Columbian newspaper.  “Outrigger canoe club brings Hawaiian traditions to Northwest” was written by  Erik Gundersen and gave a first persons view of paddling. The article also includes information about the club and it’s family feel. Erik produced a short video that has an interview with Doug Keeney, Club President, and footage from Erik’s first paddle with CROCC.

 

Na Po’e O ke Kai Sprints: 2015

On May 23, 2015 CROCC will competing in the Na Po’e O ke Kai sprints hosted by Hui Wa’a O Waikinikona at Green Lake, Seattle, Washington.  Our paddling crew will join other clubs in the sprint that will consist of several events including the following:

  • 500 Meters (1 Turn)
  • 1000 Meters (3 Turns)
  • 1500 Meters (5 Turns)

If you are in Seattle, come out and cheer on the teams and have a great day by the lake.


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Race Around the Island (RATI) 2015 – Pre-registration is open

Columbia River Outrigger Canoe Club (CROCC) is proud to present the 20th Annual Race Around the Island (RATI) as part of the 2015 PNW-ORCA Summer Race Season. This will be a special celebration and we look forward to having you there! Please join us at Chinook Landing Marine Park in Fairview Oregon on May 30, 2015 for the race and celebration!

Pre-registration opens immediately and closes on May 25, 2015. Since we ran out of Salmon last year, we have added another incentive to Early Entries. You will receive 2 raffle extra tickets per paddler AND we will place a hold on a lunch plate to insure you get one. When you check in and pay for the lunch, we will set aside the Salmon fillets for your team.

Chinook Landing is a 67 acre marine park with a six-lane public boat ramp, picnic areas with a large parking lot, flush restrooms, a seasonal river patrol station and connections to Portland’s 40 mile loop trail. The site also includes interpretive signage, mainly about the nearby wetlands. Lewis and Clark likely stopped near the site.

A continental breakfast, coffee, and water will be provided to our participants. We will also be selling a BBQ lunch.

At the end of the day, there will be a Raffle and Awards presentation.

2015 Ke Kukui Foundation Lu’au

KKF Luau 2015

It was with great pleasure that CROCC sponsored a table at the Annual Ke Kukui Foundation (KKF) Fundraising Luau on February 21st. As a Corporate sponsor, the paddlers were greeted in true Hawaiian fashion with hugs and a freshly sewed plumeria lei, as Hawaiian music filled the gymnasium at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

As part of fundraising, the patrons participated in a door prize raffle basket, and vied for several items in the silent auction. CROCC’s fundraising donation basket sold within 30 minutes of the auction’s opening for $150. Also, our own paddler, Liz Nelson, quilted a large Hawaiian themed piece that sold for $250!!! The sit-down dinner was prepared by Hawaiian Café (Vancouver, WA) and served by the dancers of KKF.

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Then the patrons were treated to an hour long hula show that was choreographed by the matriarch of the school, Aunty Deva Yamashiro. The show commenced with a dance dedicated to Aunty Paulette, who had taught the ancient art of feather making, and whom we lost a couple months ago. The dancers in their white “holoku” gowns gently swayed as they danced with their hand held “kahikis”. The show included “kahiko” (traditional) and “auana” (modern) style dancing, and even featured the youngest of the dance troupe, the “keikis”. It is worthy to note that the age range of dancers for Ke Kukui is 3 to 83!!

The show ended with a trip to Tahiti, where “otea drumming” and vibrantly costumed dancers left the watching audience exhausted just by watching. Back by popular demand, the lively and colorful “Samoan Village” number under the tutelage of Aunty Tula, brought the patrons to their feet. To cap the evening, the audience joined hands in a large circle and sang what has been deemed the Hawaiian anthem, “Hawaii Aloha”. The night was truly the blending of the Polynesian culture and “aloha spirit.” The audience was filled with much love, aloha and peace.

We hope you can join us next year.

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CROCC members enjoying the Lu’au

 

2014 Year end General Meeting Announcement

Aloha CROCC and our supporters!!!

As we head towards the end of 2014 its getting to be the time to reflect on the year we had. The Club had an incredible year in which we grew by almost cub growth (went from 12 members to 42!!), Crews placed in first and second places within their divisions, and celebrated several weddings along the way. Mahalo nui loa to each of you! I hope each of you realize how proud I am of what you each accomplished this year!

With the close of the 2014 year also come the transition of previous Board to 2015 Board. Before I announce the 2015 Board of directors, I would like to first express my sincere thanks to the 2014 Board members. Your contribution and sacrifice is not always recognized, but I would like to thank each of you for your leadership and say that the Club would not have come as far as it has without your hard work.

I am pleased to announce the 2015 board as follows:

President – Doug Keeney
Vice President – Kate Dilworth
Secretary – Sheryl Bruno
Tresurer – Cris Trimble
Sargent at Arms – Liz Nelson
Head Coach (Board Appointed) – James Jackman

Again Thank you all! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to seeing each of you on the water.

Doug Keeney
CROCC President & Assistant Coach