FIBArk meet and greet Thursday

People interested serving on the FIBArk board of directors are invited to a meet and greet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the FIBArk Boathouse in Salida.

The informal meeting is a chance to meet current directors, tour the boat house and learn more about the responsibilities of planning the nation’s oldest whitewater festival. Dates for the 68th annual event next year are June 16-19.

There are six current board members directors are with kayaking and boating experience are especially needed. Board members are asked to commit to a multi-year term. The board meets monthly throughout the winter months then more frequently as the event approaches in the spring. During the festival, board members are responsible for specific events and assist with overall production.

Volunteer board members are responsible for providing leadership and guidance for the festival and youth paddling program. In partnership with RMOC, the youth paddling program has increased in popularity and offers several levels of instruction. It’s the desire or the current board to sustain and increase support of the program.

Additionally, there are exciting opportunities and discussions regarding the boathouse. The building was constructed in 1982 and is used as headquarters during the festival. At other times of the year it’s used for instruction, storage of festival and paddling equipment and board meetings. Current board members feel there is potential to make substantial improvements to benefit the community and are in the beginning phases of developing a plan and vision.

“There are several important planning items that need to be put in motion over the next several weeks for the 2016 festival and we’d like to build momentum upon the discussion of boathouse improvements, whatever they might be,” said Christopher Kolomitz, current FIBArk board president. “The board is hoping to have a few new people in place to help with those decisions.” People with questions may contact Kolomitz at 207-3956 or plan to attend the Thursday meeting.

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