WCHA Annual Assembly
An annual event bringing together WCHA members from around the world.
2021 WCHA Assembly - July at Paul Smith's College, Paul Smiths, New York
It is my sad duty to report that the 2020 Annual Assembly has been cancelled. After a great deal of consideration and consultation, the Board of Directors ultimately decided to cancel Assembly 2020 out of concern for the heath of our members and guests, the likely continuing disruption of international travel, the current ban on large gatherings in the State of New York, and the likelihood of very low turnout even if such a gathering could be held. This decision also prevents possibly serious financial losses for our organization. Everyone was very dismayed with the obvious decision that had to be made, but it is important to make the earliest possible announcement of what was almost certainly a foregone conclusion.
The good news is that we are already looking forward to Assembly 2021. We are already booked with Paul Smith’s College and hope that much of the programming planned for this year will be provided next year.
Stay safe, and use this time to meet with fellow WCHA members electronically, hone your canoe building and restoration skills, learn more about canoe history, and plan future paddling adventures. And by all means and whenever possible, practice social distancing from a wooden canoe – for us there may be no better way to de-stress and remember the truly wonderful things in life.
Wooden Canoe Heritage Association 41st Annual Assembly, July, 2021
Location: Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks, Paul Smith’s, New York
Located in the St. Regis Canoe Area: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/70572.html
& Adirondack High Peaks: https://www.adirondack.net/hiking/high-peaks/
Theme: Solo Canoes & Remembering Tom MacKenzie
Featured program presentations include:
Solo Canoes and Remembering Tom MacKenzie by Charlie Wilson
Alaskan Mission Hospital by Geoffrey Burke
Fifty Day Youth Canoe Trips by Kate Barrett
My Beautiful Cedar Rib Canoe by Nick Dennis, UK Chapter Head
Five Week Arctic Canoe Trip by Rolf Kraiker
Solo Canoes of Rushton and Contemporaries by Dan Miller
Rushton’s Bucktail in Florida by Michael Grace, WCHA President
As usual, the 2021 Annual Assembly will also include perennial favorites:
Tour of of notable canoes on the Green, construction workshops and demonstrations, children’s program, annual membership meeting, WCHA Store, annual fundraising Raffle & Auction, and the Paddle-by and Salute.
Again this year, our event will be overlapped by the Adirondack Canoe Symposium, so we will be able to enjoy workshops, demonstrations and an exhibition of “Freestyle” canoeing (canoe ballet, often choreographed to music!)
There will be lots of fabulous paddling opportunities and local attractions in the beautiful Adirondack Region of New York State.
Registration opens on April 20, 2021!
Find the program of events and registration forms on the WCHA website, wcha.org/annual-assembly, beginning on April 20th.
The program and registration form will also be included in the Spring 2021 issue of Wooden Canoe, which will be mailed in mid-May.
For more information, contact Rob Stevens, Annual Assembly Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Annie Burke, Executive Director, email@example.com , 603-323-8992
See photos of the 2019 Assembly here:
Annual Paddle-by & Salute:
Photo Credits; Jim & Betsy Wilson and Mike Livdahl