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PAC Advisory Council - Overview
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As the nation's oldest and largest paddlesports non-profit, the ACA has built a strong foundation on making the world a better place to paddle through numerous Education, Stewardship, Exploration, and Competition initiatives. 

In an effort to improve all aspects of paddlesports for paddling clubs and individuals, we have invited a small group of club Presidents from across the country to participate on the Paddle America Club Advisory Council

Mission of the PAC Advisory Council:

The Paddle America Club Advisory Council provides advice and recommendations to the ACA on matters related to enhancing the paddlesports experience for club members and the general public.


Time Commitment:

  • Two Go-To-Meetings or conference calls per year
  • Meet in person once a year
  • Individuals will serve for a two-year term


Conference Call:

  • Thursday, September 8, 2016
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

    Join our Go-To-Meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
    Go-To- Meeting ID: 607-423-861

    Join the conference call: 
    For audio, please use the ACA Conference Call Line: 
    Participant code: 88455447#

    If you have never used Go-To-Meeting before, please visit prior to the start of our meeting.  This is a free service, but you might have to download software or an app.

2016 PAC Advisory Council Meeting: 

  • Date:       September 24-25, 2016
  • Location:  ACA National Office in Fredericksburg, VA
  • Schedule as of 9/9/16: (PDF)
  • Register by Friday, August 19th (online)


Travel Expenses:

Travel expenses to the annual PAC Advisory Council meeting will be reimbursed by the ACA.


  • Kayak Fishing:
    • Brian Sanford, Georgia Kayak Fishing - GA
  • Dragon Boat:
    • Brian Tarle, Charlotte Dragon Boat Association - NC
  • Outrigger:
    • James Hernandez, Venture Outrigger Canoe Club - CA
  • Hawaii:
    • vacant
  • Collegiate:
    • Joe Ready, University of Central OK Outdoors - OK
  • Sprint:
    • Jennifer Hein, San Diego Canoe & Kayak Club - CA
  • Slalom:
    • vacant
  • Larger Clubs:
    • Ken McDowell, Lowcountry Paddlers - SC
    • Chris Handley, Arkansas Canoe Club - AR
    • Joanie Lambert, Carolina Canoe Club - NC
  • Smaller Clubs:
    • John Entry, Toledo River Gang - OH
    • Jon Dzielak, Coastal Canoeists - VA
  • Non-ACA Club:
    • Russ Pascoe, Oregon Kayak & Canoe Club - OR


  • Overview (PDF)
  • Responsibilities (PDF)
  • Letter from the ACA Chief Operating Officer (PDF
  • Governance (forthcoming)

Meeting Minutes:

  • September 24-25, 2016 (PDF) 
  • September 8, 2016 (PDF)

For additional information about the PAC Advisory Council, please contact:

Chris Stec (email or 540-907-4460 x110)  at the ACA National Office

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