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Hello Derk's family and friends,
I decided to start a new thread for organizing a memorial to honor Derk's life forever. I'm not sure exactly what we'll do; sculpture, bench with plaque, or any other ideas you may have. You can donate to this cause at Golden River Sports or at any Wells Fargo bank under the "Derk Slottow Memorial Fund." In addition, we should create some fund raising events like bake sales, paddle-a-thons, flyers, etc. I know we should approach the CSM treasury dept to see if they can help make this happen. So, let us know what you think would be the most honorable memorial in or near Golden's WW park for Derk.
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T-ROY GRS
ps-could you please make this thread sticky so it doesn't get lost in the sea of posts on the buzz? That would be awesome!
 

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Last week someone mentioned the idea of "fixing" the damn below screaming 1/4 mile on Clear Creek in his honor. While I know this wouldn't be cheap, it seems like a perfect way to honor his memory.

Not only would he like it as a boater, but he was studying for that field professionally. I know we have contacts that can help make this happen affordably.

I'm sure it could be more than just fixed, but turned into something cool.
 

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fix that dam so it has a sick 10 foot boof on each side with a channel down the middle, he wouldn't have any disagreements.
 

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Last week someone mentioned the idea of "fixing" the damn below screaming 1/4 mile on Clear Creek in his honor. ...
This is my favorite idea. It would be a huge gift to the paddling community which is probably what Derk would want.

Not only would it fix a man-made hazard that chops off the bottom of Derk's local run, it would allow people to easily add the last class 1/4 mile of III+/IV to a lower CC run. They could take out on the east side of tunnel #1 (easy, fat, safe pull-off) instead of the west side (smaller, dangerous pulloff on a blind curve). It would also give peace of mind to people who are swimming the bottom of the screaming 1/4 mile at high water.
 

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I 4th fixing the diversion dam below 1/4 mile!! That would be amazing!!!! What do we have to do to get this rolling?? Would we have to contact the county and start a petition???? I would definitely be up for getting some fundraisers going to support the cost!! How do we get the approval and permits??? This is all new to me, as far as changing government man-made structures???

Whew..... got me all excited there for a minute!!!!

Hopefully some knowledgable people in the community will chime in here shortly and advise!! Thanks for bringing the idea to the table!!!

Cheers!

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Hi Everyone,
This is Shane from Recreation Engineering and Planning (REP). We designed and built the Golden park. I can't offer our services for free but I personally would be willing to do some of the work on this project pro-bono. I didn't know Derk, but I do know the dam and I have read about Derk's lifestyle and paddling accomplishments. I want to help.

There is a lot of leg-work that needs to be done and I would be happy to "project manage" to help keep things moving and organize tasks. The first three tasks that come to mind are:
1) This project may not be possible because the dam is used for a diversion and the owners of the diversion may not want anyone to touch it. Can someone find out who owns the diversion and call them to discuss the situation?
2) Can anyone build a website that will act as the homebase for fundraising, pictures, and current events on the project? Any webmasters out there?
3) No matter how we shake it, we'll need at least $50K to get anything done. Does anyone know how to search for grants and funding assistance? Bake sales, races, gear swaps, etc. are great, but there is a lot of federal stimulus money out there right now and some may be available for this dam.
3) Can anyone get a property ownership map of this area? Part of the dam is probably owned by CDOT and if so, we need to start talking with them too.

We are a huge community, and by pooling our resources, tragedies like this can develop into something positive. If you guys want to make this happen, REP will help.


Please contact me via email: [email protected].
see you on the water,
-Shane Sigle
 

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Hi Everyone,
This is Shane from Recreation Engineering and Planning (REP). We designed and built the Golden park. I can't offer our services for free but I personally would be willing to do some of the work on this project pro-bono. I didn't know Derk, but I do know the dam and I have read about Derk's lifestyle and paddling accomplishments. I want to help.

There is a lot of leg-work that needs to be done and I would be happy to "project manage" to help keep things moving and organize tasks. The first three tasks that come to mind are:
1) This project may not be possible because the dam is used for a diversion and the owners of the diversion may not want anyone to touch it. Can someone find out who owns the diversion and call them to discuss the situation?
2) Can anyone build a website that will act as the homebase for fundraising, pictures, and current events on the project? Any webmasters out there?
3) No matter how we shake it, we'll need at least $50K to get anything done. Does anyone know how to search for grants and funding assistance? Bake sales, races, gear swaps, etc. are great, but there is a lot of federal stimulus money out there right now and some may be available for this dam.
3) Can anyone get a property ownership map of this area? Part of the dam is probably owned by CDOT and if so, we need to start talking with them too.

We are a huge community, and by pooling our resources, tragedies like this can develop into something positive. If you guys want to make this happen, REP will help.


Please contact me via email: [email protected].
see you on the water,
-Shane Sigle

I'm a webmaster and would volunteer to open a site for this cause!!

-Nick
 

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Hey T-Roy
We started a thread last week about the memorial plans. There are a lot more ideas on there too.

Joe Hemelt is working on getting the pavilion for Sat. for the float. I am sure you are in contact with him as he knows as much as I do right now.

I have a call into Mike Harvey about the dam...It is probably going to take years and thousands of dollars to make that happen. I agree Derk would think the idea is awesome but I feel like we need something at the park to remember him by too since the dam is a time consuming, costly project that may not be done for years, if we ever raise enough money for it. The dam is something a group of people could pursue overtime in Derks name as well as in the name of sponsors that would donate money to the cause but I doubt we could raise money and deal with the permits and politics quickly.

Maybe we can do a memorial statue or bench and place it in the play park and when the dam is cleaned move it up there or something.
 

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time consuming or not, why rush anything. nothing is changingin the present future and if it helps safety n the overall picture and helps create a more fuild run which derk liked why not. im sure derk would like to fix that structure more than he would like a bench or a statue or a plack!

derk was awsome its only fitting to do something awsome in his name. a bench or statue in my mind doesn't fit derk at all! biggest little man i ever had the pleasure of knowing and he tried damn near hearder than anyone. so why rush and push for instant gratification. thats not exactly what kayaking is about it takes years to get to the place where derk was in his paddling career. go big or go home is one phrase derk said to me as we were scouting the putin drop at bluegrass. a bench is not derk!
 

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Hey T-Roy
We started a thread last week about the memorial plans. There are a lot more ideas on there too.

Joe Hemelt is working on getting the pavilion for Sat. for the float. I am sure you are in contact with him as he knows as much as I do right now.

I have a call into Mike Harvey about the dam...It is probably going to take years and thousands of dollars to make that happen. I agree Derk would think the idea is awesome but I feel like we need something at the park to remember him by too since the dam is a time consuming, costly project that may not be done for years, if we ever raise enough money for it. The dam is something a group of people could pursue overtime in Derks name as well as in the name of sponsors that would donate money to the cause but I doubt we could raise money and deal with the permits and politics quickly.

Maybe we can do a memorial statue or bench and place it in the play park and when the dam is cleaned move it up there or something.

I 2nd the statue idea or something at the PP!! This is more realistic for instant gradification, but let's keep the momentum going on the dam idea and see what we can pull together as a community!!
 

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This is more realistic for instant gradification, but let's keep the momentum going on the dam idea and see what we can pull together as a community!!
I agree.

I would hate to see us just go after the dam and then in a few years, nothing come of it. I would assume the idea of cleaning the dam has been brought up before and there is probably some reason nothing has happened to it...I.E.owner of the division not wanting things to change, politics, cost... who knows. It has enough gradient to make it into something cool though.
 

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Maybe think of it like this: something in the park that will help the playboating community and non-paddlers remember Derk and then something in the long term for the diversion dam that will help the creeking community remember Derk and will be something that Derk would have wanted done if he was still here.

I had no idea that Derk was such an awesome playboater until I saw some of the video clips that folks posted after he died. I about fell over when I saw him throw that crazy stuff in that Avon park video. I'm hardly ever at the parks so I never saw him going nuts in a playboat. I saw him at places like the SSV creeking clinic that Jackson put on and I saw him at the putin/takeout of just about every class IV/V creek I ever ran around here. He was one heck of a well-rounded paddler.
 

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I would like to Volunteer my band (Big Richard...6 piece rock band) for any fundraising type events you guys come up with...I never knew Derk..but I live in his neighborhood and after reading all these posts...feel like I really missed out. If I can help in any way...please let me know...we could put a concert together to raise money...or whatever you guys would like...I just feel like as a member of this community...I should do something...and music is one of the greatest ways to heal souls and bring people together in celebration.

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GREAT IDEAS, KEEP EM COMING!

Great ideas everyone! I think we should do it all in the long run. However I do feel it's is important to get some sort of memorial going and finished by next Spring. Someone posted the idea of a "bronzed version of The New Testament" with duct tape and all next to a bench or tree just waiting for Derk to put his notes in after running CC at 682.6 cfs-lol. The bench I put in for James McFarland was relatively inexpensive and was a big tribute to his life and important for his family. Fixing that DAMN DIVERSION would be great too. However we need to get something going while we still have good weather on our side and while it's still fresh in everyone's mind. Food for thought.
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derk will always be fresh in our thoughts. i don't think anybody should put any kind of time line on something so meaningful better do it right than shannty and quick!
 

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I agree that it should be done right and that just putting something half ass up next week wouldn't do justice to Derk or his family and friends. However, since I've done this before, I know that the more time it takes the harder it is to get people involved. People are less likely to donate to a cause that happened a year ago. Fund raising is the toughest part of getting a permanent memorial. In conclusion, Derk meant a lot to all of us. It is crucial that we remember him and at least get the ball rolling so we can get-r-done and get it right. I'm sure this Buzz thread will generate all the necessary components to doing it right the 1st time and ideas on how to raise all the funds for the appropriate memorial to honor COUNT DERKULA!
 

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ON the topic of raising money I've got a few pointers. My mother was a professional fundraiser for years and told me the following tips.

1. Take donations - If it costs you to do something you might as well not do it. For example if you do a bake sale you pay $5 for a cake mix, you might sell the cake for $7. Your donation is only $3, you might as well just have donated the 5.

2. Make it REALLY easy to donate. Online is best because anyone anywhere can do it. If I lived in the middle of nowhere and decided I wanted to donate but didn't have the chance for a few weeks I would probably forget. She suggested a button on the website. One on mountain buzz would have been best but even on the website make for him would be good.

3. If you can charge admittance to something free, do. For instance, if a keg was donated to a benefit, charge for cups. My brothers fraternity can't charge for alcohol and is required to serve sodas. Therefore to pay for their beer they charge for cups instead of "selling alcohol". This is an idea if a concert or some such thing were done, charge to attend or to get food/drink that would preferably be donated.

The biggest rule is that if you have to pay for it you won't make enough to make it worth it.

My own personal opinion on the memorial is that we should aim for the dam. If it's not possible and we have extra money, donate it to First Descents or something. I think he wouldn't particularly want a bench or some such thing but I think if we can't aim as high as the dam the bronzed New Testament would be the way to go. Just my personal opinion.
 

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Christine, sorry I have not gotten back to you yet, I am on vacation this week with my family in Vermont.

As my colleague Shane already indicated I did not know Derk, but I am personally willing to help out however I can. I would say depending on the solution that folks wanted to see we could probably develop a less costly "fix" for the dam, although I am not familiar with it. I am back in on the 3rd.

Thoughts and prayers to Derk's friends and family...
 

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While I don't know much about fixing dams, this has to be the very easiest of scenarios. It is already runnable; it just has some sticky holes and rebar to mitigate. Sure seems like two mixers trucks strategically dumped would take care of it.
 
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