2023 Golden Paddle Chapters!

During 2023 Calendar year, 24 Chapters met the numbers to win the Golden Paddle award.  See list  below:
– 25+ Paddling sessions
– 15 + Veteran paddlers
– Executed a Safety Stand Down Meeting
TRR has around 50 Chapter locations, and in 2023 we paddled with more than 1600 Veterans nationally. These Chapters accounted for well over 1/2 of these Veteran participants!
Note: If your Chapter is not on this list, and you feel you made the criteria, contact us, and we can talk about how to address that….we are indebted to every Chapter, program, and paddling opportunity you each provide, and hope you will have a great 2024 paddling season!!
CA – American River
CA – Palo Alto
CO – Denver
CO – Fort Carson/Colorado Springs
CO – Fort Collins
CO – Grand Junction
GA – Columbus
GA – Perry
HI  Oahu
ID – Boise
MD – Southern MD
MD – Walter Reed—Bethesda
MI – Eaton Rapids
OK – Oklahoma City
OR – Portland
PA – Susquehanna Valley
SC – Columbia
SC – Greenville
TN – Chattanooga
TX – San Antonio
VA – Fort Belvoir
VA – Fredericksburg
WA – Seattle
WA – Spokane


Vanessa Jones

Committe Co-Chair

Vanessa A. Jones is a dynamic force dedicated to fostering
inclusivity, encouraging discussion, and promoting a culture of
belonging in the outdoor sports community. Hailing from
Washington, DC, she brings a wealth of diverse experiences and
perspectives to her endeavors.
As a US Army veteran and ordained Chaplain with a focus on
seniors and caretakers, Vanessa is deeply committed to serving
others. Her work as a patient-caretaker advocate reflects her
passion for supporting vulnerable populations and ensuring their
voices are heard.
Currently, Vanessa is employed by a resettlement agency, where
she confronts challenges head-on with resilience and
compassion. As a single, Black woman veteran, she embraces
the unique hurdles she faces, viewing them as opportunities for
growth and empowerment.
In her downtime, she wears many hats, including that of a
missionary, spreading hope and positivity wherever she goes.
Weekends are spent paddling, immersing herself in West African
dance and finding solace and joy in nature’s embrace.
Vanessa is committed to equitable principles, ensuring that
everyone’s opinions are valued and heard. Through her
unwavering dedication and inclusive leadership, Vanessa is
paving the way for a more equitable and diverse outdoor sports