The Paddler Tattler

February 17 2022

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Paddle School Auction:

Jack Wright in Memoriam

Jack Wright’s whitewater adventure started in the 1930s on trips with his uncle down the Hiawassee and Tennessee from Reliance to Chattanooga. How different that trip must have been then!
From participating in the 1969 Nantahala Canoe Race to his later years spent teaching Boy Scouts, much of Jack Wright’s life was lived on the river. The lessons that he learned there clearly had a deep impact on him. This following article in particular is timeless.
Check out an Original Articles by Jack Wright

He was a TVCC charter member, present at the early meetings and through forty more years of club happenings, archiving stories, memories and recording some of TVCC’s earliest video footage on Super 8. He was on club trips down sections II and III of the Chattooga years before the movie “Deliverance” made it famous, as well as starting the first Boy Scout Raft Race, a tradition that still carries on today, maintaining a life-long focus on teaching others whitewater safety.
Check out more history in the TVCC Archive

Auctions will feature bundles donated in memory of Jack Wright, by his son John Wright.

These bundles will include the following:
Dagger Torrent Sit-on-top Boats with thigh straps, PFDs, WRSI Helmets, Aqua Bound Paddles, Throw Ropes, Yakima Roof Rack Hardware, Tie Down Straps and More!
Many of my fondest memories from growing up were on the Hiwassee river, my dad’s favorite river, and although I haven’t been much of a paddler in my adult years, I would love to play some small part in maintaining the legacy he started. As John notes in the reprint of one of those articles, my dad was involved in Boy Scouts during the time I was a scout in the late 1990s, and he founded a whitewater program in the local council. My dad was always the resident safety expert (it was his profession too), and he worked hard to pass along his decades of whitewater safety training knowledge to local scouts.
John Wright, In Memory of Jack Wright


2022 Roll Practice – Wednesday Nights


Roll practice for 2022 is scheduled weekly, every Wednesday, from 7:45 PM to 9:45 PM at the Ooltewah Swim Center, 6849 Mountain View Rd, Ooltewah, TN 37363. Boats will need to be clean before taking them into the pool. You must wear a PFD and a helmet.
TVCC members MUST register below.  TVCC members may bring a guest and that guest must also register online, sign the waiver and pay the fee. Ooltewah Swim Center provides a six lane 25 meter heated pool. It is a protected and warm environment on winter days.

TRIP LEADER CONTACT INFORMATION: Contact Buck Meyer at if you have questions


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TVCC Board of Directors
President: Vacant (Taking Nominations)
Vice President: Dian Lawhon
Assistant VP: Steve Lamb
Secretary: Kathy Cusick
Treasurer: Buck Meyer
Safety Chair: Rob Theurer
Communications Chair:
Graham Stein
Conservation Chair: Dixie Riall
Webmaster: David Riall
Training Chair: Karla Gann
Quartermaster: Scott Painter
(Board Continued)
Whitewater Il/IIl Cruisemaster: Greg Foster
Whitewater III/IV+ Cruisemaster: Robert Haile
Overnighter Cruisemaster: Ben Johnson/Dave Leigh
Paddleboard Cruisemaster: Liz Young
Flatwater Cruisemaster:
Susan Carroll
Non-Paddling Events Cruisemaster: Beth Johnson
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