All activities of the Club are organized by volunteers: leading canoe trips in summer and planning hikes, bowling, or special trips during the off-season. Volunteers make up all of our Standing Committees, looking after training, safety, equipment, programs, membership, and social events. Many of these volunteers already possess the needed skills, while others learn as they work. Without these people, most club activities would not happen.
members also take an interest in special projects which benefit
Two days each year we clean
up trails and riverbanks near the Boathouse.
We plan and implement
improved river access along the local rivers.
There is ongoing work being
done on our Legacy Project, the Pollinator Preserve, behind
the Boathouse.[see “Initiatives”]
In the spring of 2010, one of our members
researched the invasive weed, Garlic Mustard, which is
currently taking over many areas along the Grand River and
cleared this weed from the former dog park, now converted to
the Pollinator Garden. Members have also battled this weed in
many other places.
A group of members volunteer to maintain
and improve the gardens at Lisaard House, a cancer hospice in
the city. We
plant annuals, keep the
weeds in check, and mulch all the
flower and shrub gardens. We are currently ripping out old
overgrown shrubs and replacing them with more select varieties.
Most years we add to the numbers of bulbs and perennials.
The Mariners give their time and talents as well to organizations outside the Canoe Club, often helping out with programs at the Cambridge 50+ Centres.
Volunteering brings many rewards; much is accomplished, and we enjoy the friendships we make while working together. We all benefit from this love of being useful.