This is like paddling along and all of a sudden you’re at a dead stop on top of a submerged rock.
Dave McTeague and I arrived in Madison, Wisconsin March 14th all set for Canoecopia (with our booth, map sales and Annual Meeting), only to have it all cancelled at the very last moment. Not to waste an opportunity, we had a grand breakfast at a local dive and talked about where we go from here. At some point in the future, canoers will again paddle into the Wabakimi Area. We want every one to stay safe during this crisis. In the meantime we're going virtual to stay in touch and share our Wabakimi hopes and dreams.
Your FOW Board is making progress. Here's what we've done:
Started work on a comprehensive Wabakimi Canoe Routes Guidebook
Gained a seat on MNRF's Armstrong Forest Advisory Committee
Opened a positive dialogue with our Park Superintendent
Updated and reprinted our Canoe Route Map Volumes
Expanded our Board of Directors
Launched this new Website with tons of information
Implemented an Online Membership program & Map Store (see blog post below)
Published newsletters with trip reports
Look for our next newsletter soon. We'll cover all these topics in greater depth.
Virtual Annual Meeting We'll soon send a notice to our members for our special June 14th Online Annual Meeting. This will be a one-hour presentation and discussion.
We're an all volunteer group...so we need your involvement. Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your thoughts; or post a comment.
As of today, the Friends of Wabakimi now has a Wild Apricot online membership system. This automates our new member and renewal system. It has other interactive features which will support volunteers, involvement, donations and communication going forward. All of the interactive features can be viewed here.
Interested persons can easily JOIN US and support our efforts. Existing and past members can renew online. We hope more people will renew for up to three to five years. We now have a Family membership option, with a “bundle administrator” able to add immediate family members.
Members can log in and access their profile. You'll need to request a password. You can upload Wabakimi trip reports and photos too.
FOW members have access to a membership directory. You can see the other members, whereabouts they are and you can message them directly. Members can edit their profiles to add or exclude items that others can see.
There’s a sign-up page for our newsletters and updates. You don’t have to be a member for this…but we hope you will join eventually. You’ll become one of our Contacts…and we’ll stay in touch.
Our Wabakimi Forum is coming. We'd like to have sections for Trip Partners, Canoe Route discussions, Conservation issues, and Member/Contact information. We're still working to integrate the Wild Apricot site into Wabakimi.org. Let us know if you run into any problems with this. Email us at email@example.com