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ACA Announces new Mike and Marge ‘River Mom’ Cline Memorial Grant

In honor of her son, Mike, the ACA is pleased to assist in continuing Marge ‘River Mom’ Cline’s legacy to encourage youth in the Midwest (IL, IN, MI, WI) to participate in paddlesports.

About River Mom:

A master of canoe and kayak, Marge was one of the top paddling instructors in the country. A stickler for safety and proper technique in her classes, she thrived on the exhilaration of taking on a wild river. Her signature move was a headstand in the bow as her canoe shot through white water. A family rafting trip to West Virginia in the late 1970s hooked Marge on river sports. She was teaching within a few years and became certified by the American Canoe Association as an Instructor Trainer Educator.  Marge edited the Chicago Whitewater Association newsletter for more than 25 years. She also subscribed to similar newsletters around the country and gathered pertinent news for a publication called Confluence, which connected canoeists and kayakers. In the early 1990s, Marge organized a Paddling in the Park event in Chicago, which later drew hundreds. In 1996, she was inducted into the ACA Hall of Fame as a Legend of Paddling award recipient.  In 2000, Marge was named one of 100 Paddlers of the 20th Century by Paddler Magazine, one of many honors she received over the years for her dedication to the sport.

For more details go to: https://www.americancanoe.org/page/MargeCline


Is a canoe just another boat?

Doesn’t it do more than just float?

As a canoe glides across the lake

a path of growth left in its wake.

A soul is awakened to all that is true –

The trees, the animals, and the sky so blue.

Much can be gained on canoe trips.

As your canoe glides and your paddle dips.

A teacher of this has a great task:

Many answers to ponder and questions to ask.

Written by Michael Cline – May 1995





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