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General Clinton Hall of Fame Dinner

Presented by Upturn Industries

May 25, 2019 at General Clinton Park at 3:00pm

Free Hor d’oeuvres will be served compliments of the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce
Cash bar of Beer and wine also will be available.
Tickets are limited so order early.
Deadline for Tickets is May 12, 2018
Please email John Harmon at jharmon80@outlook.com or call John Harmon at 607-237-6008 to reserve a spot

New Inductees

  • Ken Gerg
    Paddler

    A 29-time finisher whose status as an "80- something" competitor doesn't seem to let up at all. He is a perennial top contender. Ken's career has covered races of all durations, including many 1st and 2nd places in Competition Cruisers, Standard, Master Standard and Stock. He and his partner Laverne Young of Niceville, Florida are the "oldest team" (age 80) to have finished the 70 Miler. Ken has been instrumental in various canoe and kayak associations at the State (New York and Pennsylvania) as well as National levels. He'll be striving for his milestone 30 th race completion this year.

  • Dick McCauley
    Paddler

    One of the first to reach the 25-race mark in Regatta history, Dick has turned his attention in recent years to being the starter for the C-1 races. He was the very first paddler to compete in races for all four days of the Regatta (Generation Gap, Triathlon, Relay and 70-miler) and has raced in various events all over the world.

  • Rick Olson
    Paddler

    Has completed 34 races which puts him in the top 20 all-time. One of the top Central NY paddlers, Rick has been a consistent marathoner who has been described as the "ideal teammate". Based on his years paddling in almost every amateur and pro race as well as the C-1, that description is high praise. Won the 1984 Super Aluminum race with Mike Packard and introduced his sons David and Kevin into the sport as well.

  • Bob Wisse
    Paddler

    Bob has 23, 70-miler finishes, highlighted by victories in the 1981 Aluminum class; the 1983 Amateur class; the 2016 C-4 class; and five, top-10 Pro class finishes. Bob also won the 1986 C-1, 18-mile race and has participated in the Generation Gap race with one, or both, of his daughters, each year for approximately 28 years. Bob also helps organize the spring Upper Susquehanna Paddlers and Peddlers race and helps with river clean-up prior to race weekend.

  • Jean Davies
    Contributer

    Jean joined the Regatta Committee in 1974. Her interests within the committee was the race committee as her husband Dick, was a canoeist and already on the committee. Jean served as race check-in, where finishers were recorded and finisher patches were awarded; race starts, where entrants were checked in and canoe numbers were given out and Judge's stand, where finishers times were recorded and posted for viewing. She also co-chaired race entries with Dick, typing each entry as it came in for each race. All record keeping from start of entry to finish was kept manually and later transferred to computer where it is kept today. Jean assisted with record and memorabilia collection for the "Dick Davies Regatta Museum" and served as Regatta's General Chairman in 1984.

  • Donna King
    Contributer

    Donna's roles during the Regatta were many, including organizing vendors on the grounds and running the wrestling tournament in the 70's. She recorded entries and then mailed receipts to all the contestants. Which a there were a few years when the GCCR had over 3000 entries. She also worked on the grounds, in the food tent, in the judge's stand, handing out numbers at the race starts, started C1-18 and sprint some races as well. She worked at the finisher trophy tent and generally filled in where ever she was needed. Donna was an important asset to the success of the race with all her hard that went on behind the scenes.

  • Craig Stevens
    Contributer

    An integral part of the weekend's complete coverage since 1986, WCDO has been the main authority for all things Regatta. Station Manager, Craig Stevens was responsible for expanding WCDO's Regatta coverage from 1 to 3 days and assembling a 15 person crew in an effort to recognize all the weekend races and participants. Craig and his WCDO staff have earned two N.Y. State Broadcaster awards in the "Best Sporting Event" category for their exceptional coverage in 1998 and 2000. He has also worn many hats on the Clinton Race Committee including 13 years as part of the race entries team. 2019 marks WCDO's 33rd year covering the Regatta with Craig at the helm.

Hall Of Fame Members

  • Blair Buchholz
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2018

    Former collegiate wrestler and 35-time finisher, all in competition cruising division. As a high school shop teacher, Blair got scholastic athletes hooked into paddling through canoe building projects and competitive training sessions. Despite no Regatta victories, Blair has been among the leaders in masters, veterans and seniors classes every year.

  • Steve Collier
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2018

    Completed 38 of 39 starts, mostly in aluminum and competition cruising divisions. Paddled to victory in the 1988 Standard Aluminum with Mark Banner (they finished 2nd another year) and can boast of multiple 70-mile finishes with four of his five children. Strong competitor among career amateur-division paddlers.

  • Nick Lyesiuk
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2018

    37 (as of 2018) endurance races completed, Nick is an integral part of the "Rat Pack", a large group of paddlers known for leading the way in the glory days (1970s-80s) of the Grand Prix Relay. Inspired young paddlers through a "high school challenge" race series; alumni of that program are among annual Regatta paddlers. Nick continues to compete in races of various lengths here as well as in Massachusetts.

  • Al Shaver Sr
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2018

    Patriarch of the "Shaver Revolution" in which six family members have finished the 70-miler a record 75 times. First race was in 1966. Paddled sprint (12-mile) races briefly while training son Al Jr. Mostly entered in pro division with respectable placings. Has completed 26 races, one with wife Sandy (1994).and three current Hall of Fame members (Dave Price, Al Camp and son Al Shaver Jr.).

  • Clarence "Tete" Pearsal
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2018

    Deceased. Long time local entrepreneur of several businesses whose electrical skills were put to good use as the new General Clinton Park was set up in the early 1970s. He supervised and provided the extensive wiring of the entire park. But a little-known fact, even among locals, is that it was Tete's recipe for the chicken barbecue flavoring that established the original "Taste of Regatta" - the legendary post-race staple for visitors and the sought-after treat for paddlers. That recipe is still in use today.

  • Eileen Tallmadge
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2018

    Involved since 1993 with committee activities. Best known for her lead role with the Saturday Girl Scout races, including announcing at trophy presentations. Added Boy Scout race chairman duties in 2005. Her enthusiasm for these events matches the high energy of the youth involved in them. When it comes to organizing the major canoe action held on Saturday, there is peace of mind knowing Eileen is in charge!

  • Ed Curley
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2017

    29 finishes only begins to tell the story. 1991 Regatta chairman did double duty with race committee and paddling more than two decades. Several amateur wins. Organizes and runs the 35-mile Wessels Race - the tune-up for the Regatta - and holds regular training sessions to help all paddlers prepare for the racing season.

  • Dick Foster
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2017

    One of the early paddlers known for his expertise in "reading the river". Two 70-mile victories (1976 standard aluminum and 1989 Pro Masters) highlight 18 finishes. 2004 induct­ee of U.S. Canoe Association's Hall of Fame. Also one of the found­ing members of the NYMCRA and participant in two World Masters Class races.

  • Roberta Shapiro
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2017

    One of the first dynamic female paddlers, coming from the Utica region where she was always involved in the New York Marathon Canoe Racing Association (NYMCRA). One mixed victory with Bob Rapant among her 21 finishes. Encouraged paddlers in her area to participate in the Clinton races.

  • Al Shaver Jr
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2017

    Numerous top ten placings among his 27 finishes, Al has been part of a "Shaver Revolution" in which 30-plus family members have paddled the Susquehanna. Also a long-time race committee member who took particular interest in cleaning debris and trimming dangerous limbs and branches from the river following the rough winter season.

  • Sam DiNito
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2017

    Deceased. Original Regatta committee member in 1962. Is best known for managing the chick­en barbecue for more than 20 years. Sam obtained the sauce recipe, coordinated the food ordering, obtained a refrigerated trailer for food storage and staffed the BBQ booth with servers and Cooks until the last 70 miler was fed.

  • Pam LeFever
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2017

    Deceased. A six-time chairwoman of the Regatta (2003-08), Pam is considered the woman who literally "saved the event" by directing a rejuve­nated committee. Also revived the tradition of hoisting 13 Original Colonies flags at Genberal Clinton Park. A tribute to Pam in the form of a canoe parade, was held Saturday of Regatta Weekend.

  • Bob Allen
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2016

    Has the 4th highest number of Regatta 70-mile finishes with 37. Is a board member of the New England Canoe & Kayak Racing Association (NECKRA) and heads its Competition committee. Tremendous influence on keeping the influx of New England paddlers to the Regatta going strong.

  • Armond Basset
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2016

    This Rochester area native lived for the sport, becoming a vital member of the New York Marathon Canoe Racing Association (NYMCRA). His early efforts helping the Clinton Regatta gain notoriety were rewarded by naming the C-1-70 Amateur race in his honor.

  • Jim Jordan
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2016

    Stands 2nd all-time with 39 finishes (in 41 starts) since he began with Jeff Shultis in 1975. 3-time champion in various amateur divisions and was the first to cross the finish line (with Don LaFever) in 2000. Helps paddlers of all ages to appreciate the sport – especially through his help with the annual Generation Gap races.

  • Al Rudquist
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2016

    A 24-time finisher of the C-2-70 pro division, Al won the 1984 race with partner Mike Fries, one of only a handful of times accomplished during the "Serge Corbin Era". Holds the distinction of finishing 2nd to Corbin more than anyone else (9 times), mostly with partner Tim Triebold.

  • Dale Fox
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2016

    Long-time Regatta committee member and past chairman (1988). Has provided a unique combination of canoe racing – 20 finishes – and volunteering. He has served as Race Director for many years to his present role as Entry Chair.

  • Dean Oliver
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2016

    Joined Regatta committee in 1968 and helped greatly in construction of buildings as General Clinton Park took shape. Took his turn as chairman in 1977. Biggest contribution came as a member of the concessions committee, encouraging local service groups to raise money by selling food or other concessions.

  • Calvin Hassel
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2015

    One of the country’s most acclaimed canoe racers. 20-time 70-mile finisher, as C-1 or C-2 competitor. Won C-1 Pro race in 1998 and 2006. Has won more than 40 National titles in C-1 and C-2 and has amassed more than 500 wins in races of all distances.

  • Mike Packard
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2015

    30 70-mile finishes including 11 in C-1, where he placed third three times in the pro division. Also has a trio of 9th place C-2 pro showings. Was 1984 winner of the former "Super Aluminum" class. Since the late 1990s, Mike has chaired the Generation Gap races and is active on the Regatta Committee.

  • Rodney Robinson
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2015

    As much a force on Regatta organization as the actual paddling in the race, with 30 finishes of 70 miles. 11 of those were in C-1 pro or with various partners – 1982 Aluminum champion with John Winn most notable. Has paddled with daughter Miranda for 19 of those finishes, starting when she was eight.

  • Jan Whitaker
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2015

    The first female to complete in the 70-mile race in 1971. 14 finishes in mixed competition cruising and women’s or mixed pro divisions, plus several years of relay and sprint races. Also won 19 U.S Canoe Marathon races in various categories. Retired from competitive canoeing in 2012.

  • Don Loudon Bainbridge, NY
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2015

    (Deceased) Original Regatta committee member. Member of finance committee for new Regatta Park, then took chairmanship of the park and oversaw much of its construction. Don was very instrumental in many of the features of General Clinton park that we enjoy today.

  • Dick Sloane
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2015

    (Deceased) Original Regatta committee member and past chairman (1975). Owner of "Dick’s Texaco" service station, site of the first organized Regatta meeting to determine how a canoe race could bring visitors to Bainbridge and the surrounding area. Long-time volunteer in many capacities.

  • Gary Aprea
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2014

    Fifth-most finishes (36) in history, with 10 victories. Nine wins were in various C-1 categories. Won 1980 Men's C-2 Aluminum class with Dick LaMonte and Men's Senior C-1-70 in consecutive years (1998-99)

  • Willis Hackett
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2014

    (Deceased) Three 70-mile finishes, and a victory in the 1979 C-1-18 (18-mile) race. He was highly influential in success of both United States Canoe and New York Marathon Canoe Racing Associations. The 1-person 18-mile race was named in his honor in 1989.

  • Jeff Kolka
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2014

    Has 19 finishes in the 70-mile race, including his last six as a C-2 Pro champion with Serge Corbin (2000-2005). The 2000 victory, in 6 hours, 34 minutes and 48 seconds is the second-fastest Regatta finish ever.

  • Blaise St. Pierre
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2014

    His 36 pro finishes in the 70-miler is a Regatta record and ties him with Gary Aprea for fifth in overall finishes. As Canada's all-time Clinton participant, he is credited with recruiting Canadian paddlers to follow suit after his initial race in 1970.

  • Dave Price
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2014

    Regatta committee member and past chairman (1980, 89) who, along with wife Evey initiated the famous "700-Mile Club" for paddlers completing ten or more 70 -mile races - from 13 in 1980 to more than 450 as of 2013. Race starter in Cooperstown for many years as well as a 10-time finisher & 700-Mile Club member.

  • Ed Ray
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2014

    Chairman in 1972 and Committee member from 1968-2000. Chaired food concessions for 26 years and was integral part of land acquisition as well as early construction of General Clinton Park. Had his hand in most Regatta activities 30+ years.

  • Bruce Barton
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2013

    Has 28 Regatta finishes, one of only two paddlers to win both C-2 and C-1 Pro races and have record times in each. In 1990, Bruce and Serge Corbin won C-2 Pro event in 6:36:04; Bruce was the C-1 Pro winner in 2000 with a time of 7:12:16. Both records still stand. Bruce has mentored several young Michigan paddler and has partnered with them in many Clinton races

  • LaFever Brothers
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2013

    Andy and Jim paddled the first canoe across the finish line in Dick's Flat in 1963 and won the 1964 race. Jim has nine finishes; Andy, an original 700 mile club member completed 24 races; Don has 31 finishes and counting. Combined, the brothers have 17 first-place 70-mile trophies with Don's 11 wins in 8 different classes leading the way.

  • Al Camp
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2013

    Won the 1969 Pro race with Jim Root. Al is one of the original 70 Mile Club members and has 18 finishes. Owner and designer of Camp Paddles and Canoes for many years. He was one of the originators of NYCRA/NYMCRA canoe racing associations in the early seventies.

  • Priscilla Reinertsen
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2013

    With her 30 finishes, Priscilla is the first female in the 2100 mile club. Her 8 total wins in 4 different classes include 4 Women's Comp Cruising, 2 mixed CC, 1 mixed CC Masters, and 1 Women's C-1. Priscilla is active in both the United States and New England Canoe Racing Associations

  • Jeff Shultis
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2013

    Jeff has logged 33 race finishes, including one Pro tie (with Bob Zaveral in 1981) and two Men's CC Masters titles (with Max Steinbacher in 2000 & 2001). Jeff has sponsored the very successful Upper Susquehanna Paddlers and Peddlers (USPP) Canoe Race on the Susquehanna each spring for many years. It serves as the Season opener for many local competitors.

  • Dr. Ken Benson
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2013

    Though he served only one year as chairman (1968), Doc was a 40-year volunteer and was always in the thick of the action on the Regatta grounds. Ran the Chicken Barbeque for many years; was a race starter and also worked the finish line booth. he encouraged many locals to volunteer at least once and never took no for an answer.

  • Richard Davies
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2013

    Simply put, Dick is the Regatta's one and only historian, logging recaps of every race of every Regatta. Dick also created the popular Regatta museum. A Race committee member for 44 years, he was overall Chairman twice and Race Entry Chairman from 1976-83. His only foray into the 70-miler was a win with a young untested paddler named Bob Zaveral in the Men's Comp. Cruising in 1970.

  • Lloyd Sipple
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2013

    Lloyd was General Clinton Park's cartaker for many years. He planned and supervised the layout, design, and building of all roads and nearby park structures. He installed the sound system, planted trees, and mowed the grass. Lloyd also conducted legendary Olde Tyme Band, the Regatta's only live musical entertainment for several years. Chaired the 1974 Regatta, but was an annual fixture for decades.

  • Serge Corbin
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2012

    Undefeated 28 time Pro Champion, including 21 consecutive races. Still holds record time (with Bruce Barton of 6:34:34 set in 1990. Youngest Pro winner at 17 (1974) in Regatta history. Winning well over 90% of all races he has entered, Serge is regarded as the greatest paddler in canoe racing history.

  • Claude Corbin
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2012

    8 time General Clinton Pro winner in nine starts, good for 2nd place all time. Only loss was a 2nd place finish when his partner (Luc Robillard) paddled with 2 broken legs. Dominated in the 70's and was a teacher and mentor to younger brother Serge.

  • Peter Heed
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2012

    Completed 31 endurance races with one 70 mile victory. Took 1989 off to make an excellent video showcasing the Pro race. Authored the book, "Canoe Racing", a detailed account of the sport. Great ambassador for the marathon canoe racing throughout North America.

  • Ted LaMonica
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2012

    40 time finisher, original member of the 700 mile club. Finished the inaugural race in 1963 and notched his 40th finish in 2011. Ted had 4 victories in various 70 mile amateur categories during this 49 year span.

  • Jan Pavlock
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2012

    15 finishes recorded and the very first women to make the 700 mile club in 1986. Jan was instrumental in developing the Girl Shout races, a popular attraction for many Northeast troops and their rowdy fans each year during the Saturday's racing schedule.

  • Luc Robillard
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2012

    4 time Pro winner. 12 time finisher and an original member of the 700 mile club. Finished 2nd in 1969 with 2 broken legs. Brought real star power to the Clinton race as part of the "Canadian Influence", a trend that would grow over the next three decades

  • Bob Zaveral
    Paddler
    Inducted in 2012

    35 time finisher, one of only 2 paddlers to win both C-2 and C-1 Pro races. Won 2 Men's Comp Cruising titles, his first in 1970 as a 17 year old high school junior, the first race he ever entered. Revolutionized the carbon-fiber canoe paddle in the 1990s.

  • Charles Hinkley
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2012

    The General Clinton originator, his idea to promote the area through a canoe race with a carnival-like atmosphere at the finish line was scoffed by many, yet he made it work the first year with very little help. His vision, salesmanship, and hard work proved a 70-mile canoe race was indeed possible.

  • Wayne King
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2012

    Regatta Chairman in 1967 as well as entries chairman for 23 years. Wayne handled all financial duties from 1965-72. He was the committee's original publicity man and the voice of the Regatta from the start.

  • Ed Roelle
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2012

    3-time Regatta Chairman. As editor of the Tri-Town News he published an official Regatta tabloid section prior to the weekend and printed all race results for many years. He worked on the land acquisition for General Clinton Park and oversaw the 5-year "repayment plan" to local business and individuals.

  • Cliff "Red"e Wade
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2012

    Cliff was a 2-time Chairman, including the second (1964) Regatta. He headed the grounds and carnival committees. Cliff, along with Ed Roelle and Ken "Doc" Benson, spearheaded the purchase of the 45 acres known as General Clinton Park. Later was responsible for bringing fireworks to the park as an added attraction, now a two-night staple enjoyed each Memorial Weekend.

  • Lew Whitney
    Contributer
    Inducted in 2012

    1970's General Chairman. One of four men who paddled a trial run in 1963 to check the feasibility of completing the course in a single day. Lew served various capacities over the first 18 years, taking charge of special events, gounds, judges' stand, and other committees.

The General Clinton Hall of Fame is a great tribute to paddlers and contributors that have supported the Clinton year after year. The selection panel decided on 2 divisions, paddlers & contributors. 4 areas in no particular order were used to select paddlers: Victories, number of finishes, contributions to marathon canoeing, and contributions to the General Clinton. Selecting volunteers/contributors critera was based on years of service, fore-sight, dedication, and the willingness to take chances. The induction ceremonies and dinner will be held on Saturday evening May 25th 2019 at General Clinton Park, please see the event page for more details. If you know someone that you think should be honored in the Hall of Fame contact us.