If you want to learn more or join the club, attend the meeting tonight, Tuesday April 3rd, 2012, 8pm at the Brooklyn Rod and Gun Club (59 Kent Ave.)
GP: What is the overall goal for the boat club?
Jens: Have fun and make the world a better place.
Jens: I’m a board member, steering committee member, and facilitator for the communications group. (I’m also restoring a 1930 wood canvas Old Town Canoe.)
GP: How is planning coming along?
Jens: Amazing! Superb! and many other superlatives. We are thrilled and honored with the support that we’re receiving from local residents, business owners, foundations, and other community organizations. They’ve all provided the foundation for us to be able to build quickly on.
Jens: By many standards we already are. Members of our steering committee have already launched boats from our interim site and we are collaborating on exciting projects with the Newtown Creek Alliance, Newtown Creek Armada, Newtown Pippin Project, and LaGuardia Community College.
Jens: Short answer. No. But as you may have heard – Membership has it’s privileges! But there will always be ways to participate as non-members. We are a community boathouse. We’re currently are seeing about 30-40 people at our monthly meetings, and expect that number to grow quickly as our activities intensify at the boatyard. There will be a membership fee for those who would like to support us and/or would like the privilege of being able to take out club boats on their own schedule.
Jens: Members that qualify under our safety guidelines are already taking boats out. We expect a larger number to be at that level by the end of the summer.
Jens: Yes, some are already planned and more are in the works. We have a strong education component.
Jens: Challenges? We just see opportunities.
GP:What is the boat club’s mission and goals?
Jens: We have two missions: Access and Education. Access to the water. Education about the water – it’s environmental condition and what can be done to make it better, as well as how to get on the water safely and enjoy this incredible natural resource, the New York City Archipelago.
Jens: Come to the meeting tomorrow night at the Brooklyn Rod and Gun Club, to hear from all the working groups about how this is all going to happen, and put May 5th on your calendar – for season opening party BBQ!