A reminder regarding our upcoming membership recruitment and renewal period. No matter the date you joined, ALL TSM members must renew their membership annually. THESE MEMBERSHIP/MEDICAL FORMS PROVIDE TSM WITH LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR PROGRAMS. New membership cards will be distributed to all members. Upon receipt of your membership/medical release form and $25* annual fee, you will receive a membership confirmation and begin receiving member information.

*The $25 will help offset a portion of our ongoing operating expenses including membership to our national organization, insurances, storage/maintenance of equipment, website hosting, postal services, etc. and allow us to continue to offer the variety of programming we enjoy.

*NO MEMBER will be turned away due to financial hardship. Let us know if you need special consideration.

DownloadTSM, Inc. Membership Form
Download and complete the application and have it signed by your doctor.

Return form and check to:
TEAMSurvivor Madison, Inc.
P.O. Box 46603
Madison, WI 53744-6603

TSM Program Scholarship Policy

TEAMSurvivor Madison, Inc. (TSM) will award to any current TSM member up to 80% of the cost (not to exceed $200 per calendar year) for any TEAMSurvivor sponsored event or class. This can include, but is not limited to TSM exercise classes, event (dragon boat festival, triathlon, run/walk) registration fees, bus transportation. TSM will not cover the cost of food or lodging. If you are interested, request an application by sending an e-mail to: teamsurvivormadison@yahoo.com

TSM Fitbit Group

Gail Bliss has started a TEAMSurvivor FitbIt group. The idea of the group is to help motivate each other to keep being active. The group is private so you have to be invited to join the group. The group will see only what you set for the group to see. What we see presently is the steps only of the groups 5 members. Steps for the last 7 calendar days are posted along with the number of active minutes. Send a request to Gail (gail3511@gmail.com) or myself (Susan Reed, greed@chorus.net)) and we will send you an invitation. Follow the instructions on the email, log into your dashboard and click on the “community” tab to see TEAMSurvivor Madison (WI). Click on that to see the members and their steps! We can set up challenges as added little incentives to stay active!

Padding Season Underway!

May 2nd - on land practice.
May 9th - on water


Be ready to start at 6pm. We encourage any member, no matter how they judge their skill set, to participate in this program. The goals of this program are to build your strength through a team sport. We do practice with the intent of increasing our skills and for some, prepared for regional festivals. Keep in mind that we are all survivors and are winners, no matter how fast or slow our boat goes. There is a magic moment when we all work together in unison and move that big heavy boat through the water. For a number of us - that's one of the reasons we paddle.

A refresher on the Inclement Weather Protocol for paddling. Check Rutabaga's weather hotline (608-310-3868) after 3pm and if it's cancelled by that time there will be a message. If no message, then come - but it can still be cancelled if a thunderstorm is imminent when we gather and if that happens, then we'll have an early Red Robin.

Dragon Boat Paddling Clinic

Back by popular demand.! A paddling clinic with Curt Chiaverotti. Curt is an International dragon boat paddler and coach with the Racine Dragon Boat Club.

Mark May 20th on your calendars! There will be two sessions for this clinic.

Getting Started! - For beginners!
Weve added a morning session aimed at novice dragon boat paddlers or those who havent paddled in a while.

Back on the Water - For returning paddlers!
This session is aimed toward paddlers having basic dragon boat skills and experience. This 3-hour clinic is a great way to work the rust out and refine your technique as we start our season.


Dragon Boat Festivals

Part of the fun of being a dragon boating to particapte in dragon boat festivals. We have been participating in festivals since 2003. It becomes one of the highlights of the summer. We race, we have great potlucks and enjoy the commradere of fellow paddlers. Family and friends are always welcome to join us!

July 28th - Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival
August 11th - Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival
September 7-9 - Louisville Dragon Boat Festival

Paddling Gear

We are purchasing new PFD (personal floatation devices) for TSM. Several members have shown an interest in purchasing one for themselves at a discounted price. If you have a favorite personal PFD - you are welcome to wear this as well. We plan to order PFDs May 7th. If you are buying a PFD, payment must be made to TSM before we place our order. If you have not paid for your PFD, please do so NOW!

TSM has dragon boat paddles that were purchased through a grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Since that time, a number of members have purchased lighter paddles through Kialoa. We are offering a great deal on paddles for those members that are interested in owning their own paddle. Current members that have their own paddles will share with you the first couple of practices to try out size and feel. https://kialoa.com/products/kialoa-yin-yang-hybrid-dragon-boat-paddle Kialoa also sells dragon boat paddle bags and blade covers https://kialoa.com/collections/accessories/all-paddle-bags-blade-covers

PRICE: Full price is $229, Rutabaga would give TSM 20% off full price. TSM will also give a $50 discount to members for their first purchase of a paddle. We will be ordering paddles ~ May 22 or so in order to give people time on the water before making a decision. So your price would then be $134.

We will place a group order through Rutabaga. Payments should be made to TSM. Include your paddle size as well (we'll discuss this at practice). If using paypal add $4.19 to your transaction.

Horrible Hilly Hundred Bike Ride - Volunteers Needed!

Thanks to TSM members and friends who plan to volunteer at the 2018 bike ride on Sat., June 16th. It's a major fundraiser for TSM Madison and a great way to raise awareness about the organization. There are still several spots available. Please check your calendar and see if you, friends, family, or co-workers can assist.

  • We need 4 people for Saturday, June 16th 5:00-8:30 a.m.
  • We need 3 people for Saturday, June 16th 10:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Rider Check-In/Packet-pick up

    Date: Saturday, June 16
    Time: 5:00-8:30 a.m.
    Location: Blue Mounds State Park - 4350 Mounds Park Rd., Blue Mounds, WI 53517
    Responsibilities include: Rider check-in (Basic computer knowledge required) and distribution of bibs, t-shirts, & goody bags. Information support about the event, including last minute changes and FAQ’s. Direct riders to the Merchandise and Event Map areas.

    Finish Line Support/Finish Line Festivities

    Date: Saturday, June 16
    Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Location: Blue Mounds State Park - 4350 Mounds Park Rd., Blue Mounds, WI 53517
    Responsibilities include: Cheer for riders as they finish! After riders cross the finish line, assist them to move safely through the post-finish area directing them to medical, food, fluid, and photography sites. Alert spectators and finished riders to approaching traffic. Assist in clean-up and break-down as needed. Assist in the distribution and re-stocking of food and beverages. Help with the break-down and clean-up of the post-celebration areas. Some lifting may be necessary. A Finish Line Festivities manager will supervise this area.

    Reply requested by 5/11/18. To volunteer or if you have questions, email Diane at vo2maxgirl@yahoo.com with the following information:
    1) Assignment you want to volunteer (#1, #2, or #3)
    2) T-shirt size

    Bratfest - May 25, 2018
    TEAMSurvivor Madison will be volunteering (and making money for TEAMSurvivor Madison) again this year. Thank you to all that have stepped up and volunteered!

    What’s your favorite fitness? If you have a fitness opportunity or event that you participate in, plan to register for, and is available for fellow members, family, or friends to participate in, please forward it and we'll share it with members.

    Gilda's Club - Madison
    Register at www.gildasclubmadison.org
    Ongoing Fitness
    Tuesdays, 10-11:15 a.m. - Joyful Yoga
    Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. - Relaxation & Guided Imagery
    Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Drop-in Needle People
    Wednesdays, 6-7:15 p.m. - Gentle Yoga

    Why Not Ask!

    As an all volunteer, member-driven, and member-led organization, we look to you to help brainstorm or solve a current need. The best way to find out if you can help, is to ask. Current needs for the organization:

    Business services for the TSM office. Do you know a local business/data/internet provider that may be willing to donate or offer reduced rate services? Does your employer offer something like this to non-profits? This would allow TSM to set-up business operations at our office.

    If you have leads on any of the above, please email TEAMSurvivor with details. THANKS!

    TSM has a Facebook Page!

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    Program Possibilities are Endless!
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