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President, Illinois Paddling Council
Program Manager, Water TrailKeepers

Cook County Forest Preserves Paddle Festival

Saturday 10/12 (rain date 10/13) at Skokie Lagoons

Come out to the Cook County Paddle Festival–WIN A COMPLETE KAYAK PACKAGE

Raffle TICKETS $10.00

ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY’S

YOUTH PADDLING PROGRAM

 

10 FT MANATEE KAYAK, PADDLE and SPRAY SKIRT donated by LL BEAN.  PFD/LIFE JACKET CERTIFICATE donated by ROCKTOWN ADVENTURES.  KAYAK INSTRUCTION CLASS CERTIFICATE donated by NORTHWEST PASSAGE

Complete Package Value $575.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All entries receive a free Illinois Paddling Council membership for 2020 (new members only please)

First 30 ticket purchasers also receive a free Whistle from Rutabaga’

Participants must be present at the time  of  the  drawing  to  win.


Prairie State Canoeists Annual Dinner

The Prairie State Canoeists annual dinner is always an entertaining wrap-up of the season. We reminisce with our paddle partners, meet new friends, elect new officers and directors, and get some ideas for next season.

This year’s presentation

Paddle to the Amazon 
with Dana Starkell

On the morning of June 1, 1980, Don Starkell and his two sons climbed aboard Orellana, their orange, custom 21-foot canoe and launched on the Red River from a park near their home in Winnipeg. Dana recounts the adventure. Don’t miss it, make your reservations as soon as possible. Watch the Events section of the web site.

That’s Sunday, November 10
VFW Hall in Addison, IL
5:00 PM–9:00 PM

IPC Annual Dinner Agenda

IPC Annual Dinner Agenda

5:00-5:30: Welcome & Networking

5:30-6:30: IPC Business Meeting

IPC Year in Review 

Election of Officers

President:  Tom Eckels
Vice President: Scott Hewitt
Secretary: Jennifer Satorius
Treasurer: Don Mueggenborg
Director: Scott Hays 
Director: Greg Taylor
Director: Sigrid Pilgrim
Director: Frank Koehler

*Anyone Interested in one of the Elected Positions on the board is welcome to run.  Nominations will be accepted from the floor

Competition Awards

6:30-7:30:  Dinner various pizzas, salad, and soft drinks, no alcoholic beverages available

7:30-8:15:  Presentation 

8:15-8:45 Networking, followed by clean-up

Halloween Fun Night Benefiting Paddle the Kish – Friday, Oct. 25

Have an evening out while your kids play games and relays, eat pizza and meet new friends at Lee’s Martial Arts’ annual Halloween Fun Night! This year’s Fun Night will benefit Paddle the Kish Marengo which is an outstanding local organization dedicated to building launch pads and clearing the Marengo portion of the Kishwaukee River. Thanks to their hard work, we will soon be able to better enjoy this amazing natural resource that we have in our own backyard!

Tickets are now on sale at The Wild Hare Salon and Lee’s Martial Arts. Kids ages 5-15 may attend, cost is $30 per ticket. All proceeds go to Paddle the Kish Marego.

 

IPC Annual Dinner

October 26, 2019 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

AT THE HISTORIC WARRENVILLE TAVERN

3 S 530 Second Street, Warrenville, IL 60555

Our annual meeting, election of officers, awards ceremony, dinner and presentation will take place at the Warrenville’s 1838 Hotel “The Colonel’s Tavern” a historic landmark of DuPage County http://www.warrentavern.net/

Please RSVP if you plan to attend NO LATER THAN October 24, as we need to provide the restaurant an approximate count for the food needed. Dinner will be various pizzas, salad, and soft drinks, and dessert; no alcoholic beverages available

 

Please RSVP if you plan to attend:

$35 Per Person Includes Annual Supporting Membership in the IPC

$20 Per Person for just the dinner

 

 

Help Kishwaukee Volunteer group—Your Vote Counts!!!

 

Paddle the Kish volunteer group has made it to the Final 20 for a $25,000 grant from First National Bank of Omaha Community First Awards for establishing launches and parking lots along the Kishwaukee River in McHenry County.  Currently there is no public access in McHenry County.  The winners are strictly determined by public vote. That means You and everyone in your social media network and email list!!

WE NEED YOUR VOTE EVERY DAY THIS WEEK                                                  

5 TIMES from Monday September 23- Friday September 27

Please use this link to vote once per email address:

 

https://woobox.com/qzrng5

 

Please go to that website every day this week and vote for

Paddle the Kish

  • Please use your social media contacts and email list of everyone you know to help us win this great opportunity. 
  • There are 20 projects in 5 states in the running, but we think we are the best choice, and will serve paddlers, community members and families in Marengo, McHenry County, Boone County and Winnebago County.  River access will benefit kayakers, canoers, tubers, fisherman, stand up paddler boarders. 
  • Help us win with 10,000 votes EVERY DAY FOR 1 WEEK.  That is what it will take. 
  • UP FOR THE CHALLENGE???

Vote every day this week!!      Questions?  Facebook “Paddle the Kish in Marengo” or patlawlor117@gmail.com

WE ARE COUNTING ON YOU!!!                                                   THANK YOU!!

Cook County Paddle Festival–WIN A COMPLETE KAYAK PACKAGE

Come out to the Cook County Paddle Festival–WIN A COMPLETE KAYAK PACKAGE

Raffle TICKETS $10.00

ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY’S

YOUTH PADDLING PROGRAM

 

10 FT MANATEE KAYAK, PADDLE and SPRAY SKIRT donated by LL BEAN.  PFD/LIFE JACKET CERTIFICATE donated by ROCKTOWN ADVENTURES.  KAYAK INSTRUCTION CLASS CERTIFICATE donated by NORTHWEST PASSAGE

Complete Package Value $575.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All entries receive a free Illinois Paddling Council membership for 2020 (new members only please)

First 30 ticket purchasers also receive a free Whistle from Rutabaga’

Participants must be present at the time  of  the  drawing  to  win.


IPC Annual Dinner

IPC Annual Dinner Meeting

October 26, 2019 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

AT THE HISTORIC WARRENVILLE TAVERN

3 S 530 Second Street, Warrenville, IL 60555

Our annual meeting, election of officers, awards ceremony, dinner and presentation will take place at the Warrenville’s 1838 Hotel “The Colonel’s Tavern” a historic landmark of DuPage County http://www.warrentavern.net/

Please RSVP if you plan to attend NO LATER THAN October 24, as we need to provide the restaurant an approximate count for the food needed. Dinner will be various pizzas, salad, and soft drinks, and dessert; no alcoholic beverages available

 

COME, HEAR AND SEE THE PRESENTATION BY CHARLIE ZINE

who paddled the 223 miles of the Fox River from its origins to the confluence.  About half the river is free flowing; the other half is impoundment pools created by dams: Beaver dams, concrete dams, at least 3 former dams, and 26 log jams. 8 days from a narrow rill to a broad river, the paddle on the Fabulous Fox River was a Bucket List item that did not disappoint.

We will also celebrate the www.FabulousFoxWaterTrail.org efforts

Please RSVP if you plan to attend:

$35 Per Person Includes Annual Supporting Membership in the IPC

$20 Per Person for just the dinner

 

Pay Online

Pay at the Door  Or Send a Check to

Illinois Paddling Council

C/O Don Mueggenborg

9 E Peiffer Dr. Lemont, IL. 60439

donmuegg@att.net



Agenda:

 

5:00-5:30: Welcome & Networking

5:30-6:30: IPC Business Meeting

IPC Year in Review 

Election of Officers

Competition Awards

6:30-7:30:  Dinner various pizzas, salad, and soft drinks, no alcoholic beverages available

7:30-8:15:  Presentation 

8:15-8:45 Networking, followed by clean-up


 

 


IPC Board Candidates

 

President:  Tom Eckels
Vice President: Scott Hewitt
Secretary: Jennifer Satorius
Treasurer: Don Mueggenborg
Director: Scott Hays 
Director: Greg Taylor
Director: Sigrid Pilgrim
Director: Frank Koehler

 

*Anyone Interested in one of the Elected Positions on the board is welcome to run.  Nominations will be accepted from the floor

 

 

FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY – FALL PADDLEFEST

FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY – FALL PADDLEFEST – WITH DECORATED (OR NOT) BOATS – AND A RAFFLE TO BENEFIT FPCC FOUNDATION PADDLING PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH

The FPCC will again hold their Fall Paddle Fest on the Skokie Lagoons – Saturday, October 12 (Rain Date Sunday, October 13).

Fox River Water Trail Organizers Seek Public Input

Monday, June 17 – Geneva at Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave.

Monday, June 24 – Yorkville at Hampton Inn, 310 E. Countryside Parkway

Friday, June 28 – McHenry at City of McHenry Rec Center, 333 S. Green St.

Geneva, Illinois   The Core Development Team (CDT) of the Fabulous Fox! River Water Trail will be hosting several workshops in June sharing the results of their efforts with volunteers who have paddled the river collecting data. The CDT will display maps of the trail identifying the access sites and amenities, and information about journeys on segments of the river. The CDT will also be seeking input from paddlers and others familiar with the river to review the information collected and share additional information that would help paddlers enjoy safe and pleasant experiences. The CDT will then do a gap analysis and provide recommendations to public landowners including county and municipal governments.

Three Illinois workshops have been scheduled with plans to hold a fourth one in an additional community along the river. Currently scheduled workshops:

Monday, June 17 – Geneva at Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave.

Monday, June 24 – Yorkville at Hampton Inn, 310 E. Countryside Parkway

Friday, June 28 – McHenry at City of McHenry Rec Center, 333 S. Green St.

The Fabulous Fox! River Water Trail has been in development for several years with organizers from two states working with the National Park Service, SE Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership

Volunteer paddlers assisted to collect data on access sites, journey segments, hazards, dams and portages, amenities at access sites, and more. The Core Development Team is ready to share the results of those efforts and look for input from stakeholders to share their knowledge of the river to help fill in gaps and other information before applying for inclusion in the National Water Trail System.

Please join us at the workshop closest to you to learn and share.

For more information, visit our developing website at https://fabulousfoxwatertrail.org/ or Karen Miller at millerkaren@co.kane.il.us (630)232-3418.