American Whitewater and TVCC

By John Hubbard,
Your neighborhood AW archives dumpster diver.



Ever wonder why we are an affiliate of American Whitewater∗?  Ever wonder how far back we have been an affiliate of AW?


Since July 2013, we have been an affiliate of AW because we support them with a yearly donation of $500.00. We donated $500 dollars for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.


Nothing was donated in 2011 or 2012 that I have a record of, and I am not digging out my records from being treasurer in 2006 and 2007 to see what we did then (smile).  I will ask for $500 to be in the budget for the next fiscal year to donate on or about August 2017 as the Conservation co-chair.  Well, unless another Board member or club member thinks it should be more (another smile).


I looked at past issues of the American Whitewater magazine at AW’s website whick goes back to the oldest issue of May 1955 with 35 scanned pages of a (gasp) real paper copy–I can tell because the pages are slightly tilted.  Just for fun, I checked to see if Chota Canoe Club in Knoxville was also an AW affiliate.  You know, our sister paddling club up north (Chota).


I found the following:


January 1997 Issue

(We were 25 years old in 1997, so I looked specifically at that year)

TVCC – Yes Chota – No
2001 – 2002 No info available in the two issues I checked
January 2003 Issue TVCC – Yes Chota – Yes
January 2008 Issue TVCC – No (Hmmmmmm) Chota – Yes
January 2010 Issue TVCC – Yes Chota – Yes
January 2012 Issue TCCC – Yes Chota – Yes
January 2017 Issue TVCC – Yes Chota – Yes

There you have it.


Pretty cool sometimes what can be found in those musty library archives.


∗ (Founded in 1954, American Whitewater is a national non-profit organization (Non-profit # 23-7083760) with a mission “to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.” American Whitewater is a membership organization representing a broad diversity of individual whitewater enthusiasts, river conservationists, and more than 100 local paddling club affiliates across America. The organization is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States, and connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to achieve the goals within its mission.)