06 April 27 - May 3, 2015 The Weekly ICO UPDATE

posted May 4, 2015, 11:29 AM by Kate Starr





Hello Neighbors!  I have decided to start by sharing some awesome Mr. Rogers’ quotes…cos he is kinda my hero.  Plus he wore great sweaters!


"When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me."

From The World According to Mister Rogers (Kindle Locations 501-503).


"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say, 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes."

Spoken in 1994, quoted in his obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.



The Weekly Update: April 27 – May 3, 2015.


New Updates:


1.      Happy Birthday to the illustrious Chris Thorsen, who just so happens to have a birthday occurring today!  Please wish him a fantastic birthday! (Thank you Facebook!)


2.      May River Mtg: There will be a May River Mtg on Wednesday May 6th 2015 @ 7pm held at Mel’s house (840 Delaware St. Berkeley).  We are holding a retro meeting, meaning there will be food (please go to the google doc to let us know you are joining us and if you can bring something to eat).  A quick update from all the teams will be provided, and then Trip Leaders shall plug their trips and there will be an opportunity to sign up for trips.  So please bring your calendar, you appetite, your socializing skills and be ready to sign up for summer trips!


3.      ADVANCED TRAINING TRIP: Due to inclement weather, the advance training trip was cancelled. 


4.      Wilderness First AID: There will be a wilderness First Aid Class with Bobby Foster in June.  Please contact Natasha for further information.


5.      FOR's California Rivers Day on Monday May 11.  There are tables available for organizations.  Each organization will be acknowledged at a rally.  If you are available to spend May 11th at an ICO table please let me (Kate Starr) know and I will get you in touch with FOR to reserve a table.


6.      Trip Reschedule: TRIP LEADERS the Bill Wilson Center Trip originally scheduled for May 18/19th (Thursday/Friday), has requested the weekend of May 16th/17th.  Please let Anthony Scott know if you are available to lead this trip on that weekend.


7.      BAKE SALE May 16 & 17th: Natalie MacIntyre, having rocked lasted year’s bake sale, has volunteered yet again to lead the bake sale.  It will be held at the Berkeley REI on May 16th and 17th.  Please contact her @ natjmac@gmail.com to volunteer to either bake goods, run the table, assist w/ organizing or all three.


8.      Peak Adventure: There is still time to Sign up! Please contact Kate@Icorafting.com if you want to attend.  Sunday May 3rd ICO is invited to Sacramento State to Participate on the challenge (ropes) course.  The program being offered will focus on helping ICO cultivate the following:


a.      Improved organizational communication

b.      Improved safety recognition

c.       Improved cohesion between ICO Personnel



Older Updates:


1.      April River Mtg Minutes: These are coming soon to the ICO internal website.  Lots to read and learn about, including the rough draft of the new structure.  Please read and provide questions and feedback! (KATE is still working on the minutes/Org Chart)


2.      The SOPs REVISIONS are moving forward.  Ryan and his team are working diligently to meet the May deadline of a rough draft.  If you have any questions about the goal/intent of the revisions, please contact Kate Starr.  A rough draft should be ready for the May or June River Mtg.


3.      The ORGANIZATIONAL RESTRUCTURE, a task intended to better organize how off-river volunteerism is structured, is underway.  A rough draft will be presented at the April River Mtg.  Roles for each group will be outlined.  Input is encouraged and welcome!


4.      SWIFTWATER RESCUE is being offered w/ Julie Munger combined with the Healing waters group.  It is being held on May 2-3, 2015.  Please contact Brian O’Neil  for further information on how to sign up for that training.  THANK YOU BRIAN.


5.      The TRIP CALENDAR has been set!  Please sign up for trips.  The participant season starts in early May and continues thru Mid September.  Time to bust out the Sun Block, funny hats and get ready to go a-boatin!


Until Next Week.