DragonSports USA's Annual Meeting & Dinner was held on Thursday, February 21 at the Old Spaghetti Factory.
A record 34 door prizes were handed out as an enthusiastic crowd of 150 enjoyed the Annual Dinner!
We would be hard pressed to call any ONE part of the DragonSportsUSA Annual Dinner the highlight of the evening. Could the highlight have been the harmonies of the DragonScales Choir? Perhaps, it was the record number of door prizes? Undoubtedly, the highlight was the convivial atmosphere as friends reunited with friends. Or more likely... all three.
Want to know what happened, who are new board members are and what is going to be happening in DragonSports future?
Based on YOUR feedback, on March 6, the DragonSports USA Board voted to amend our tiller boater education requirement: All dragon boat Tillers are required to get EITHER an Oregon Boater Education Card (or other resident state equivalent) or a Paddle Sports Certificate (available by completing a FREE Paddle Sports Safety Course online at Boaterexam.com) by March 31, 2013. The Paddle Sports Safety Course offers basically the same info, but less about motors, in an easy, fun format.
For new tillers, tentative tillers and experienced tillers:
We are also putting together a Tiller Training Class (indoors) and On-Boat Training (outdoors, naturally)... to be offered in April (and as needed). The goal is to have standardized training to achieve a level of proficiency... with SAFETY as our first priority! This will also assure that there's no shortage of tillers.
Check your email, more information is coming soon!
Effective January 1, 2013, please use the new provisional membership waiver form to track new members until they join DragonSports using the new membership application and waiver form. Please scan and submit completed waiver forms to the DSUSA Scheduler with your schedules quarterly. Please do not leave waivers in the lockers.
Construction on Portland's newest bridge, between the Marquam and Ross Island Bridges, began July 2011.
All river traffic, including DragonSports dragon boats and outrigger canoes, are subject to no-wake zones and should stay within the 400-foot-wide channel in the center of the river as shown here.
For more information on this project, please visit the TriMet website.
Looking for information on the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races? You're close...
Many DragonSports Teams participate in Rose Festival, but the races are organized by the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association, not DragonSports.
Please visit the PKSCA website for more information.
If you'd like to get a leg-up on Rose Festival, DragonSports Teams practice year-round in Hong Kong-style dragon boats with DragonSports USA. Email us and we'll try to connect you with a team.