#32 Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2015 Weekly ICO Update

posted Dec 14, 2015, 7:53 AM by Kate Starr



Below are organizational updates and weekly bits of fluff for your entertainment.  I will try to add a weekly photo as well.  Please let me know of any updates you would like added to the WICOU.

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This sweet thing could be yours!


This is your FINAL WEEK OF WICOU TRIVIA!  A winner for the WICOU trivia point challenge will be announced on Monday December 14!  Along with bragging rights, there will be Certificate of Awesomeness and a TROPHY!   So it’s time to buckle down and dig deep for the weekly answers.  As a bonus, each year’s winner gets to “improve” the trophy as they see fit before handing it off to the new Trivia Winner!


This Week’s Bit of Fluff: Name The Volunteers.  Based on the description, name the volunteer 5 points each!

1.      Plays rugby at UC Davis; Is an art major; from San Leandro; Was an ICO Participant; Trained as a teenager.

2.      Was an ESA Grad; Is from Oakland; Currently attends Laney College; Works for UPS; Their picture was seen in Sierra Magazine.

3.      Lives in the Bay Area, but attends Grad School is SoCal; Has been known to run races;  Worked as an Engineer; Has a motorcycle license.

4.      Lives in Sacramento; Works at Sacramento City College; Originally from Pennsylvania, but when to High School in Florida; Is picking the guitar back up.

5.      Also a Grad of ESA; teaches Math in Oakland; Got married this year; has been known to some as “Three Hundee”; graduated from CSU East Bay


Last Week’s Bit of Fluff: Know Thy Fellow Volunteer (Stacey Wolfson)

1.      What Year did Stacey train?

a.      2013

2.      What Committee, lead by Natalie MacIntyre, was Stacey on in 2014?

a.      Selection Committee

3.      How did Stacey get involved with ICO Rafting?

a.      Jen Lies (at a funeral)

4.      Is Stacey a Cat or Dog Person?

a.      Dog Person

5.      In what language, besides English, is Stacey fluent? (hint it’s a useful language in CA and Texas)

a.      Spanish

A bit more about Stacey!

To say that Stacey likes food is like saying the Sahara can be a bit dry. The chip aisle is Stacey’s happy place, and Asian restaurants are her nirvana. Spicy green mango salad, pho and passion fruit are just a few of her favorite things.

Solo international travel is Stacey’s favorite activity, and she is constantly dreaming of her next destination. Favorite spots so far include Vietnam, Thailand, Peru and kayaking in Baja.

Well-versed in all things pop culture and R&B, Stacey’s secret dream is to be a backup singer for the likes of Whitney Houston (R.I.P.), Jennifer Hudson or Prince. On nice days, Stacey can most likely be found on a hiking trail, at the beach, or sleeping in the grass. 



The Weekly Update: November 30 – December 6, 2015.


Current Updates:


1.      Bake Sale Lead Needed: December 19th and 20th:  If we don’t have someone step up to help run this event, Fred will be forced to cancel.  Our bi-annual bake sale @ REI (San Francisco Location) is fast approaching.  Please contact Fred Medrano if you can A) lead the bake sale or B) help staff/bake for the bake sale.  


2.      Annual Grassroots Letter Campaign:  The letter has been sent out, see also attached.  Please forward this letter to your friends, family, work, other networks.  If we all find a couple of people to donate, we can raise a substantial amount of money.


3.      Partner Agency Outreach and Trainee/Volunteer Recruitment Needed:

a.      Both of these jobs have been vacated, but not re-filled.  However, we are in the season of both outreach to partner agencies for the 2016 season and recruitment for new trainees for the 2016 training season.  Please let Kate know if you would like to help in either of these areas!


4.      Volunteer Coordinator Recruitment:

a.      An advertisement for a new Volunteer Coordinator has been posted.  Huge Thank you to Stacey for editing and posting the advertisement.


5.      Training 2016:

a.      We are currently planning to have 2016 spring training.  If you want to be on the training committee please let Chris Thorsen know. 

b.      If you are a TL and or a Trainer: Please fill out the availability doodle that was sent out by Kate on Nov. 12th. (http://doodle.com/poll/mhf3nxqh9xhxum4e)

c.       Update: If you know someone who would like to train this year, please contact Kate Starr for an application.


6.      Happy Birthday this week:

a.      Please wish a happy birthday to:

b.      Please wish a happy BELATED birthday to: Bartly Carlson Jr.

c.       Please let me know your birthday if you would like it announced in the WICOU. 


Older Updates:


1.      November River Mtg:

a.      The Nov. River Mtg was held at 840 Delaware St. Berkeley on Wed. Nov. 4.  Delicious Foods, including spaghetti, garlic bread, spaghetti squash, spinach, and pumpkin seeds were had.  We Discussed:

                                                              i.      Training 2016: Trying to finalize dates for training and start the recruitment process.  Want to be part of directing what our new guides learn?  Join the Training Team!  Chris Thorsen is our fearless leader!

                                                            ii.      Upcoming Fundraising Events: See above regarding the Bake Sale and Grassroots Letter Writing Campaign

2.      Upcoming Trips: 

a.      As of September 19, 2015, TRIPS ARE DONE FOR THE SEASON, Thank you everyone who helped organize, run or support a trip!


Until Next Week,





Previous Totals

New Points


Ryan Clark




Mel Mac Innis




Juan Byron




Erica Petrofsky




Harold Sloane




Natasha A




Caroline Sequeira




Derrick Wydick




Fred Medrano




Jesse Wycko




Tracey Hodge




Chris Thorsen




Natalie McIntyre




Josh C. Burke