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09New Issue of The MASIK (published July, 2013).
Tom Milani, Helen Wilson and the MASIK newsletter team has created another great issue! The MASIK is Qajaq USA's online newsletter.
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Membership and Board Transitions

Terry O'Malley is the new President of Qajaq USA, having succeded Ed Zachowski. Many thanks to Ed for his service, and please welcome Terry as our new President!
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New Issue of The MASIK
(published September, 2011). Tom Milani, Alison Sigethy and the MASIK newsletter team has created another great issue! The MASIK is Qajaq USA's online newsletter.
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Membership and Board Transitions.
October 2008. Jen Torres has resigned her office of Treasurer. At one time Jen was responsible for Membership, Merchandise and Treasurer! We are grateful she is continuing as Director while enjoying a well deserved break .

Ben Fuller has assumed the office of Treasurer. Ben has been a dedicated member of the Board as Advisor and Director. We appreciate his willingness to serve in this expanded role.

Richard Nonas, founding member of the Qajaq USA Board, is retiring as Director but remains as Board Advisor. We value his vision and are grateful for his continued involvement

Qajaq USA Sanctioned Events.
The Qajaq USA Events Committee has worked to define guidelines for Qajaq USA Sanctioned events. Qualifying events have access to the Qajaq USA demo inventory, as well as financial grants in support of featured speakers. To learn more, please the contact the events committee.

New Issue of The MASIK
(published Oct 6, 2008). Tom Milani, Thomas Duncan and the MASIK newsletter team has created another great issue! The MASIK is Qajaq USA's online newsletter.
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"TC" Photo Album
September 21, 2007. The Michigan Training Camp, organized by Nancy Thornton and Diane Carr, was a great success once again. Please view the photo album.

Membership and Board Transitions.
December 12 , 2007.
Nancy Thornton is the new Qajaq USA Membership coordinator, assuming this responsibility from Jen Torres. Jen remains active as board member and Treasurer. Please welcome Nancy in her new role as board member, membership coordinator and Board Secretary.

Please also welcome John Doornink (PNW representative) and Thomas Milani (MASIK editor) as new Board members. Pavia Lumholt, Mike Hanks and Vernon Doucette have retired from the board as voting members. Many thanks for the time and effort they have donated to Qajaq USA! Vernon remains active as a board advisor.

Qajaq USA Equipment Purchase
May 2007.
The Qajaq USA events committee recently purchased eight bright-blue Brooks tuiliks, four aquilisaqs (short skirts), three avataqs, two harpoons, three SOF (skin-on-frame) kayaks and six paddles. The new gear is for use at Qajaq USA events by participants and traveling instructors. It will be transported from event to event. The gear was used for the first time at the Michigan Training Camp in August 2007. Participant reaction was very positive. One comment expressed was that this was a very tangible membership benefit. This gear was made possible by your membership contributions. If you are an equipment manufacturer and wish to include a bid for future purchases, please contact the events committee.

19th Annual Delmarva Paddler's Retreat
Oct 5-7, 2007. If you missed Delmarva you missed a truly special event! The event was especially meaningful this year with the addition of our Greenland guests Kamp Absalonsen and Adam Hansen who added a strong cultural element. Adam discussed kayaking in the Disco bay area (including showing a very interesting video clip of a massive iceberg calving). Kamp was eager to lecture about and critique kayaks, and offer tips on rolling and harpoon throwing.


Kamp Absalonsen(Oct 5 -7, 2007) Kamp Absalonsen to appear at Delmarva. Qajaq USA has arranged and sponsored for Kamp (pronounced "Kampy") Absalonsen, the vice-president of Qaannat Kattuffiat and chief Greenland competition judge, to participate at the upcoming Delmarva Paddler's Retreat. Kamp is known for his deep knowledge of Greenlandic kayaking, strict judging and blunt comments (he makes Simon Cowell look tame by comparison!). Don't make the mistake of calling your qajaq a boat in Kamp's presence. As Kamp will tell you, "A Qajaq is not a boat! A Qajaq is a Qajaq!"

Note - a fund was collected at Delmarva, charging $1.00 for each time that someone called their kayak a boat. Suffice to say, this fund was large enough by the end of the event to help Kamp with his trip expenses.

"TC" Photo Album
September 21, 2007. The Michigan Training Camp, organized by Nancy Thornton and Diane Carr, was a great success once again. Please view the photo album.

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Website Upgrade
September 08, 2007 . The Qajaq USA website is undergoing a complete renovation to serve you better. If you encounter any problems, please
contact us.

New Issue of The MASIK
(published July 12, 2007). Tom Milani and the MASIK newsletter team published a Special Greenland Competition Issue. The MASIK is Qajaq USA's online newsletter.
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