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Meet the New 2022 Board of the Illinois Paddling Council

The IPC Annual Meeting last November saw several changes to the IPC Board.

Four-year IPC Board Member and Advocacy Chair Scott Hays was elected to serve as the new IPC President for 2022. Scott has served as President and founding member of the Upper Sangamon River Conservancy, is a founding member of the Sangamon River Alliance, and serves a Commissioner and Vice-President on the Champaign County Forest Preserve District Board.

Stepping down was previous President Tom Eckels, who has served the organization for seven years and chairs the Water Trail Keepers program and has served as IT Webmaster and overall guru. We thank Tom for his service! Tom will continue as an IPC Board Member and has agreed to serve as secretary, taking the place of previous secretary Jennifer Satorius. And while Tom will continue to help the IPC with IT issues (while seeking a qualified volunteer replacement!), he looks forward to spending more time engaged with his first love: picking up other people’s trash from Illinois rivers and making them more beautiful for all!

Stepping down after many, many years of service on the IPC Board is Sigrid Pilgrim who, while stepping back from this role, will continue to remain very active promoting and supporting paddlesports in Illinois. Much thanks goes out to Sigrid for providing valuable connections throughout the country, for planning our Annual Meetings (back in the day when we met in person), and for coordinating our mailed newsletters.

Coming on to the IPC Board for 2022 is new board member Mike Taylor, or “Kayak Mike.” Be sure to find out more about Mike, who is our featured IPC member in this edition of our newsletter.

In an informal survey, IPC Board members identified several priorities for the coming year: 1) website improvements, 2) regular newsletter publications, 3) hosting a meeting of Illinois paddle clubs to share concerns, needs and ideas, 4) water access law in Illinois, and 5) improved river and access point mapping statewide.

We thank those who have served and welcome our new members and others into their new roles!


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