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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No 351

Wednesday, June 1, 2016




Will you join us in the big canoe? Now offering two incredible opportunities deep in the heart of America:

1) Wanted: Business Partner for the Quapaw Canoe Company -- Helena Outpost!
Great career opportunity in the best location on the Mississippi River in between Memphis and Vicksburg. See below for full details.

2) Help Wanted! Secretary for Quapaw Canoe Company in Clarksdale. See below for details.



Saturday is National Trails Day: Celebrate the Rivergator: Paddler's Guide to the Middle/Lower Mississippi River! www.rivergator.org

National Trails Day June 4th

Saturday is National Trails Day. See below for two great events, PEDAL, TREK, & PADDLE near Memphis, and Island Paddle Fest in Columbus, MS.




Upcoming River Events:

Sat June 4 — PEDAL, TREK, & PADDLE

The Mississippi River Corridor Tennessee is presenting a tri-sport event (Pedal/Bike, Trek/HIke, and Paddle/Kayak) for river lovers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. For more information go to: http://msrivertn.chambermaster.com/events/details/pedal-trek-paddle-2016-1

Sat June 4 — Island Paddle Fest, Columbus, MS

Registration is available at www.islandpaddlefest.org

Sat June 11 — Helena, Arkansas: Delta Ducky Derby

To benefit the Helena Humane Society! Building on last year’s success. Race in big canoes from Buck to Helena Harbor! Each ten person team is encouraged to decorate their canoe with a headdress. Followed by 1500 rubber duckies racing on the river at 11 am. Prize money will be awarded to the winning team of canoe racers. See below for complete details!

Sat June 18 — 35th Annual Outdoors Inc Canoe & Kayak Race, Memphis, TN

Biggest Canoe & Kayak Race in SE United States! 2.3 mile river race along Mud Island, under the M Bridge, and into downtown Memphis via the Wolf River Harbor. For registration go to https://racesonline.com/events/outdoors-inc-canoe-and-kayak-race

Upcoming in Sept/Oct 2016: Dave Cornthwaite and Emily Penn’s Exploring Mindset! Now filling seats for this life-changing expedition to two of the coolest people in the universe! Unparalleled experience on the Mississippi River full of wonder, mystery, beauty, grace, soulful depth, hope and inspiration! Go to: http://exploremindset.strikingly.com for signup and more information.



Helena commands the Mississippi River in Eastern Arkansas from the base of Crowley's Ridge. 321 miles of Mississippi River in Arkansas, from Osceola to Lake Village.

Quapaw Canoe Company - Helena, Arkansas:

Business Opportunity: Purchase/Partnership

Intro: This is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone who both loves the water and has dreamed of running or owning their own business. Purchase or partnership using well-established and successful system of operations. Great opportunity for first time 'outdoor-preneurs' for coaching, mentoring, logistical support, and camaraderie of the Quapaw Canoe network of river rats on the biggest and baddest river in North America!

Ever since we lost John Fewkes “Mad Dog” the Quapaw Canoe Company Helena Outpost has been wandering like a pelican lost in a hurricane. Help us get back on track. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a career change. This is the perfect location and setting for some special person to realize their full potential!

Description: Quapaw Canoe Company - Helena Outpost is offering a purchase or partnership opportunity for someone who has a strong passion for rivers, outdoor recreation, and is ready to dive into a challenging but rewarding business based in Helena, Arkansas. For more information about QCC, please visit www.island63.com

Geography: The Mississippi River forms 321 miles of paradise for paddlers along the Eastern Border of Arkansas, and Helena sits in the center of it all. With a protected harbor and 2 boat ramps, Helena is the ideal setup. Additional access to spectacular paddling on the White River, the Arkansas River, the St. Francis River, the Cache River (ivory billed woodpecker?) and Big Creek -- all within an hour’s drive of Helena.

Requirements: Must live in Helena or be willing to relocate. Must be friendly and people-oriented. Must be good with kids as well as adults. Must have good communication skills, and be able to speak comfortably with individuals as well as groups. Must be a capable writer and typist. Must be computer savvy (both Microsoft and Apple systems). Knowledge of Quickbooks a plus. Ability with Social Media a plus. Must be willing to tackle challenges and learn new skills. We will train as needed. Must be a good team member, but also must able to work independently. Must be passionate about the outdoors and the American wilderness ethic. Must be physically capable of outdoor tasks (such as canoeing and kayaking) and moving heavy equipment in preparation and/or cleanup of expeditions. Must have own personal vehicle and current driver’s license. Must be honest, earnest and hard-working. We are all worker bees in this company; the river is the queen.

Other Helpful Skills (but not requirements): Experience in nature tourism. Wilderness First Aid, or other medical training. Creative writing. Youth Outdoor Programming and Leadership. Natural Sciences. Adobe software. Grant-writing.

About Us: Quapaw Canoe Company is a mission-driven small business based in Clarksdale, Miss, with river outposts in Helena, Ark and Natchez, Miss. We are dedicated to exploring and sharing the beauty and wildness of the Lower Mississippi River and its muddy tributaries in human powered vessels.

Arrangement: Partnership or Purchase opportunity, subject to negotiation, including long term association with Quapaw Canoe Company: its systems, equipment (giant voyageur canoes), and internal mechanisms (that have passed the test of time for safe operations on the biggest and wildest river in North America).


Can you paddle and answer the phone at the same time? You might be the perfect person for the secretary position at Quapaw Canoe Company! (Melvin Carpenter on Piasa Creek)

June 1, 2016

For Immediate Release:

Help Wanted: Secretary
For Quapaw Canoe Company
Clarksdale, Mississippi

Description: Quapaw Canoe Company (QCC) seeks a secretary for its Clarksdale, Mississippi, location. Tasks include answering phone, keeping office, public presentation, booking river trips, accounting, help with expedition logistics, and other tasks typical to a river-guiding company. This position is a combination of secretary, teacher and travel agent.

Requirements: Must be friendly and people-oriented. Must be good with kids as well as adults. Must have good communication skills, and be able to speak comfortably with individuals as well as groups. Must be a capable writer and typist. Must be computer savvy (both Microsoft and Apple systems). Knowledge of Quickbooks a plus. Ability with Social Media a plus. Must be willing to tackle challenges and learn new skills. We will train as needed. Must be a good team member, but also must able to work independently. Must be passionate about the outdoors and the American wilderness ethic. Must be physically capable of outdoor tasks (such as canoeing and kayaking) and moving heavy equipment in preparation and/or cleanup of expeditions. Must have own personal vehicle and current driver’s license. Must be honest, earnest and hard-working. We are all worker bees in this company; the river is the queen.

Other Helpful Skills (but not requirements): Experience in nature tourism. Wilderness First Aid, or other medical training. Creative writing. Youth Outdoor Programming and Leadership. Natural Sciences. Adobe software. Grant-writing.

About Us: Quapaw Canoe Company is a mission-driven small business based in Clarksdale, Miss, with river outposts in Helena, Ark and Natchez, Miss. We are dedicated to exploring and sharing the beauty and wildness of the Lower Mississippi River and its muddy tributaries in human powered vessels. We are dedicated to passing on the love of the river to the next generation.

Details: Accepting applications through July 1. Start Date: Aug 1, 2016 (flexible). Pay commensurate with experience, skills and work history, but will initiate with 2-week trial. Will help relocate if needed. No benefits at present. Part-time position might grow into full-time with the right person. Will compensate any job-related mileage according to state formula.

To Apply: Please send 1) current resume, 2) an essay describing your interest, 3) three references, and 4) personal letter to: John Ruskey, Quapaw Canoe Company, 291 Sunflower Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614, or by email to john@island63.com. Feel free to write at length. Feel free to send any other supporting materials to help us understand who you are and where your passion for the river comes from.

Tasks: Quapaw Canoe Company is a small, mission-driven, dynamic business with many types of service including guiding & outfitting, outdoor education, and canoe construction. Applicant must be willing to tackle challenges and learn new skills. We will train as needed. All QCC employees share in all aspects of the work to be done.

Tasks for the position include:

Office Tasks:

- Meeting and greeting of visitors and clients.

- Arranging educational workshops and presentations.

- Maintaining calendar and keeping schedule of events up to date.

- Taking notes at meetings. Preparing minutes, memos, reports, and other organizational tasks.

- Internet tasks such as online research and upkeep of social media.

- Accounting details such as maintenance of records, spreadsheets, input of data, billings, payments, taxes and etc.

- Light cleaning around office and canoe/kayak outfitting base

- Taking payments for expeditions

- Managing the signing of waivers for expeditions

- Answering phone calls and emails and booking trips for expeditions.

- Food purchases for expeditions

- Other responsibilities as the need arises

Additional tasks for the position might include:

Program Tasks:

- Possibly some photography, videography and other forms of documentation

- Possibly working with youth in after-school programs and outdoor training

Guiding & Outfitting Tasks:

- Cleaning of canoes & kayaks. Cleaning tents and sleeping bags and other camping equipment in between expeditions.

- Moving canoes, tents, water bottles, and other equipment in preparation for guided expeditions. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

- Shuttling, driving, and other transportation needs

- rentals of canoes and kayaks and stand up paddleboards (for the Sunflower River)

- Some outfitting and rentals of canoes, kayaks, SUPs, and related gear for the Mississippi River

- Possibly some canoe & kayak maintenance as needed, also paddles, pfds and tents

- Possibly some guiding in canoes or kayaks. Must be physically fit. Must be able to engage in continuous aerobic exercise for several hours at a time.

- Possibly some cooking on expeditions

Note: And possibly other responsibilities as the need arises. All duties are undertaken in the overall QCC mission of bringing good attention to the Lower Mississippi River. Employee responsibilities often overlap.

To Apply: Please send 1) current resume, 2) an essay describing your interest, 3) Three references (or letters of reference) and 4) personal letter to: John Ruskey, Quapaw Canoe Company, 291 Sunflower Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614, or by email to john@island63.com. Feel free to write at length. Feel free to send any other supporting materials to help us understand who you are and where your passion for the river comes from.



In eastern Arkansas, Helena sits in the middle of it all! The White, the St. Francis, Bayou DeView, the Cache, Big Creek, the Arkansas, and the Mississippi Rivers are all easily accesible from Helena.

(More info about:)

Quapaw Canoe Company -- Helena, Arkansas

Partnership/Purchase Opportunity




Objective

This Partnership/Purchase will enable Quapaw Canoe Company to better establish itself in Helena and provide higher quality service to its clients.

History

Statistics from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show there are 24 million recreational paddlers in the U.S (compare that to 11 million licensed hunters). Most Americans go hiking, biking and paddling in the Rocky Mountains, Appalachia, the North Woods, or Florida to participate in outdoor recreation. The Mississippi River is America’s largest undiscovered wilderness. Quapaw Canoe Company is seeking to provide better access for paddlers right here in the heart of America’s Deep South.

We provide an essential link to nature in the heart of America on the biggest river in North America, the 3rd largest in the world. 1155 miles of free-flowing river below St. Louis with countless channels, back channels, side channels, runouts, passes and chutes to explore and get close to nature. Paddling brings clients closer to the essence of the wild river than any other means.

Mission

Quapaw Canoe Company was established in 1998 to provide high quality wilderness experiences on the Lower Mississippi River and its floodplain.

An opportunity in Helena

Quapaw Canoe Company Helena Outpost opened in 2008 at 411 Ohio in the historic district of downtown Helena. In 2012 we purchased the most ideal location for a river business in Helena at 107 Perry (5548 square feet). Helena has the best ramp and the safest harbor for hundreds of miles up & down the river (in between Memphis and Vicksburg). If any place is going to become the Canoe & Kayaking center of the Lower Mississippi River it’ll either be Memphis, Vicksburg, Natchez or Helena -- and Helena has better public access and riverbank public camping. In addition, a public use island (Buck Island) is found within one mile of the Helena Harbor. Buck Island has been preserved for public recreation by Arkansas Game & Fish. All of these variables create the ideal combination for making Helena the springboard for Nature Tourism on the Mississippi River. All of the pieces are in place. It is only a matter of time before Helena reaches the tipping point and this takes off. When it happens, Quapaw Canoe Company will be there to serve and benefit!

Future

We want to expand our services in a wholesome manner, to better serve our clientele, and better protect the river, and we want your help in a purchase/partnership to make this possible. Contact John Ruskey john@island63.com.

NOW ANNOUNCING:

Delta Ducky Derby

9am Sat June 11th

Helena, Arkansas

Gloria Higginbothom and Rhonnie Crowley of Helena’s Humane Society of the Delta have partnered with John Ruskey of Clarksdale and Helena’s Quapaw Company to grow their Delta Ducky Derby fundraising event by adding a canoe race on the main channel of the Mississippi River at Helena, Ruskey’s Race for the Rescue, to the fundraiser’s lineup of events for 2016.

Ruskey’s Race to the Rescue will consist of a series of heats in hand hewn, wooden, ten person canoes launching from Buck Island and racing on the Mississippi River at Helena. Each ten person team is encouraged to decorate their canoe with a headdress. Cost per ten person team is $1000 or $100 per person. Race for the Rescue will begin at 9 am on Saturday, June 11, 2016, and will precede the main event of 1500 rubber duckies racing on the river at 11 am. Prize money will be awarded to the winning team of canoe racers.

Delta Ducky Derby was started in 2015 to raise funds to support the Humane Society of the Delta. The HSD is run solely on donations and supports 175 animals and spay and neuter clinics, and provides transport for animals placed in permanent homes outside the area.

For more information about the Delta Ducky Derby Contact:

Gloria Higginbotham

Humane Society of the Delta

deltagypsy@att.net

870.589.3396

Rivergator Celebratory Expedition New Dates: March 14th to May 5th, 2017:

Due to the catastrophic flooding we suffered in March, we are backing up the dates on the Rivergator Celebratory Expedition from Fall 2016 to Spring 2017. If you have been thinking about joining us for this 6-week celebration from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico, please adjust the dates on your calendar: March 14th to May 5th, 2017. Exact itinerary and more details forthcoming.

The Rivergator: Paddler’s Guide to the Lower Mississippi River is one million words describing the Middle and Lower Mississippi River for paddlers! Free online guide www.rivergator.org to the mysteries of the big muddy river from St. Louis to the Gulf. Also includes thousands of photos, maps and videos. 6-year project now being completed with the help of hundreds of naturalists, paddlers, and other river rats. Go check it out at www.rivergator.org!




For more photos of the Lower Miss and more reading, go to www.rivergator.org

The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
is a service of the Lower Mississippi River Foundation
Clarksdale, Mississippi ~ Helena, Arkansas