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IPC Regional Voices Program

We are a diverse group of paddlers in Illinois.  White Water, Flat Water, Big Lakes, Small Lakes…Canoes, Kayaks, SUP…  Additional diversity can be found in the diverse backgrounds from which we come. There is geographical diversity to consider. We live in a big state.  There are many miles of lakes, rivers, creeks, streams, and swamps to paddle between Galena, Winthrop Harbor, and the Shawnee National Forests.  They flow through many towns, cities, and counties without caring one whit about the local politics.

A large part of the IPC mission is Advocacy and Access Development.  This means we need to worry about local politics as well as state wide politics.  The very diversity of these communities lends to the idea that solutions that work in one area may not work in another.  If we are going to represent the interest of paddlers throughout the state, the IPC has no choice but to expand our board.

With this in mind I am proud to announce the position of ‘Regional Voice’ on the IPC board.  We are looking for a Voice of North West IL, Voice of North East Il, Voice of Central IL, and Voice of Southern IL. The voice serves as a two-way conduit between their community and the IPC board. The ideal candidates would have strong ties to various paddling and other like-minded organizations in their communities.

If you are interested in serving as a Regional Voice, please email thomasreckels@gmail.com and jtginger@mac.com with the answers to the following three questions:


  1. Why do I want to be on the board?
  2. What do I hope to accomplish in the next year; the next three years?
  3. What special skills and abilities do I bring to the board?


Tom Eckels

President, Illinois Paddling Council

Program Manager, Illinois Water Trail Keepers



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