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President, Illinois Paddling Council
Program Manager, Water TrailKeepers

IPC Annual Meeting

IPC Annual Meeting

11/3/2021

7:00pm 

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Agenda:

  1.  Election of Officers
  2. Presentations:

Presenter:  Mike Wiant

Title: History of Illinois Rivers

Abstract:  Illinois Rivers and their usage throughout history.

 

Presenter:  Greg Taylor

Title:   350th anniversary of Marquette and Joliet’s expedition to find the source of the Mississippi River.

Abstract: 

In 2023 it will have been 350 years since this monumental expedition took place.Cementing forever the value of the lower half of the North American continent we today call The United States of America to France. The original expedition opened up the lower half of North America to colonization for France and ultimately the doubling in land mass area for a fledgling country to grow and prosper, fulfilling and spurring on the current economic growth that this country has enjoyed for the last 218 years. I am organizing, leading and funding through donations,merchandise sales and grant writings the re-enactment of Jolliet and Marquette’s landmark expedition of discovery from May 17th,1673 of the Mississippi River.
There are 4 spots in two vehicles for a liason team that will shadow us on dry land in vehicles that will go ahead of us geographically to verify the town conditions for our landings for the day or evening, depending on weather and other factors.I am currently accepting applications for participants to join the crew that will be in the canoes doing the water facet of the expedition and the liaison team itself. Which is just as critical to this expedition as the voyagers are.

2021 IPC Annual Meeting

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IPC Annual Meeting

11/3/2021 

7:00pm 

Join Zoom Meeting

 

 

Agenda:

  1.  Election of Officers
  2. Presentations:

Presenter:  Mike Wiant

Title: History of Illinois Rivers

Abstract:  Illinois Rivers and their usage throughout history.

Dr. Michael Wiant, one of Illinois’s most renowned archaeologists, has a long and distinguished career culminating with his tenure as the director of the Dickson Mounds Museum. In 2016 he was appointed as Interim Director for the Illinois State Museum, serving until December 31, 2017 when he retired. Among Michael’s interests, experiences and specialties are the recovery technique of flotation, contract archaeology, as well as interpretations of the prehistoric residents of the Illinois River valley, and dissemination of archaeological knowledge to the public.

 

Presenter:  Greg Taylor

Title:   350th anniversary of Marquette and Joliet’s expedition to find the source of the Mississippi River.

Abstract: 

In 2023 it will have been 350 years since this monumental expedition took place.Cementing forever the value of the lower half of the North American continent we today call The United States of America to France. The original expedition opened up the lower half of North America to colonization for France and ultimately the doubling in land mass area for a fledgling country to grow and prosper, fulfilling and spurring on the current economic growth that this country has enjoyed for the last 218 years. I am organizing, leading and funding through donations,merchandise sales and grant writings the re-enactment of Jolliet and Marquette’s landmark expedition of discovery from May 17th,1673 of the Mississippi River.
There are 4 spots in two vehicles for a liason team that will shadow us on dry land in vehicles that will go ahead of us geographically to verify the town conditions for our landings for the day or evening, depending on weather and other factors.I am currently accepting applications for participants to join the crew that will be in the canoes doing the water facet of the expedition and the liaison team itself. Which is just as critical to this expedition as the voyagers are.

From the President’s Desk: RE-Due for 2021

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I sincerely hope everyone reading this has had a safe and healthy year.    2020 has been a difficult year for everyone.    In recognition of this, the IPC Board has decided we will carry over 2020 IPC dues to 2021.  If you chose to renew your dues for 2021 you may.  If you are unable to, and were a member of the IPC in 2020, your membership will carry over into 2021.

I hope 2021 is a better year for everyone!

Tom Eckels

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

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).