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Gayne Sears

Years of working cooperativley with the US Army Corps of Engineers has paid off! On Saturday 23 July 2022, PORPA and Corps staff cut a red ribbon to officially open the new sandy beach non-motorized watercraft launch area at the Priest River Recreation Area (aka Mudhole). This launch area recogizes the need for a facility to accomodate the needs of non-motorized boaters and, according to ACOE Recreation Specialist, Andrew Huddleston, the launch has attracted an huge number grateful users. The new launch area is on the down stream side of...

Gayne Sears

After a wet spring with high and fast run-off, PORPA has taken to the water and the backyard deck for plenty of great outings. We've had the eight and four out for great rows on the Pend Orielle and singles are flying off the racks for rowing nearly every day of the week in the "marsh" and up the beautiful Priest River! Our esteemed board member Stan Birnbaum is moving to a new adventure in warmer climes, and Erwin and Okju threw a wonderful BBQ to send him off in...

Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association

On Wednesday June 22nd we had the opportunity to present the history and activities of PORPA and the Priest River Sprints to the Rotary Club in Oldtown. Okju, Guy, Gayne and Erwin were present, participated in their regular meeting and showed what PORPa is all about. With actions like this one, we intend to attract interest from the community.

Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association

We had two excellent maintenance days over the weekend, weather permitting. On Sunday after working hard we had the Membership Annual Assembly followed by a BBQ. All singles are now set up at the Mudhole (washed and waxed) ready to go as soon as the Priest River slows down. The new double Seashell and the 4+ Yam Pah Pa are also ready to go. A little more volunteer time will be required to wash and wax the 8+s and take them to the Mudhole, finish the repair of the LW...

Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association

We are getting ready for the 2022 rowing season and for all of PORPA events. We hope that the season will not see any major weather or air quality issues, but being in the Inland Northwest, one never can be too picky and leave things to chance. With this in mind we have updated PORPA's Weather and Air Quality Policy to give clear levels to stop sessions or events in case it is required. Please download the latest version at www.porpa.org under Safety. Great Puddles!

Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association

The 2022 PORPA Spring Newsletter is now available and ready to be downloaded under porpa.org ---> About ---> PORPA NEWSLETTERS Big Thank You to Sheila and Sean for the editing and production.

Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association

The PORPA board of directors had their Winter biard meeting to decide on the 2022 budget and the membership fees amongst other topics. The minutes of the meeting are available on the PORPA website under the About Tab (you need to be signed in). Looking forward to a Great Season

Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association

The selection of the person to be recognized with the Warren Foersch Award for 2021 was very easy. All members of the committee chose the same person which made the selection process short. The Warren Foersch Award was introduced in 2019 to honor our now departed friend Warren Foersch in recognition of his spirit of prevailing against all odds with never ending optimism and commitment. The selection process takes into consideration what the member has done for the benefit of our organization, the improvement of the personal technique or performance...

Gayne Sears

Nine POPRA members enyoyed a training row on the calm waters of the Pend Oreille this first Saturday of a spectacular Inland NW September. From bow: Gayne, Stan, Doug (1st time sweep), Okju, Erwin, Curt, Peggy, Val and cox Jace, rowed as fours, sixes and 2K all eight. We even rowed thoruhg some pretty rolling wakes. Not bad for the first big boat outing in two years! PORPA thanks the US Army Corps of Engineers for partnering with us to develop the sandy, shallow, and gradual non-motortized boat launch area...

Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association

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