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The Sarah Hartman Fund for Paddle Sports Education

This fund assists the development of instructor trainers and advanced level Instructors (ACA Level III or above) and certified instructors residing in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.

A one-time $500 honorarium will be awarded upon completion of necessary training and presentation of evidence of certification in any paddling discipline as:

  • An American Canoe Association Instructor Trainer, or Instructor Trainer Educator
  • A United States Canoe Association Trainer
  • A British Canoe Union Level 5 Assessor

A one-time $150 honorarium will be paid to those individuals who present evidence of certification in any paddling discipline as:

  • An American Canoe Association Instructor Level III or above
  • A British Canoe Union Coach 3

These honoraria are designed to reimburse successful trainees for part of the costs incurred during the certification process. No one may receive more than one honorarium. Awards will be made until the fund is depleted.

To ensure the fund will not be depleted – watch for a special raffle announcement to benefit the fund. We gratefully acknowledge the following contributions made already:

  • LL BEAN – $200 Gift Certificate
  • NORTHWEST PASSAGE – Two SUP class certificates valued at $50 each

If you are a business – please consider contributing to the raffle with a product donation or gift certificate.

If you are a paddler, you can make a donation at http://www.illinoispaddling.info/heartland-fund/

Dam Simulator Plans

Want to Build your own Dam Simulator?  We have the plans for that.

When presenting the Dam Simulator, Please make sure you recognize:

 Illinois Paddling council

Sigrid Pilgrim, president of the IPC at the time the Dam was Built

Dam Simulator Design and Engineering: Susan Sherrod

Dam Builder: Joel Neuman, B&N Products, Palatine, Illinois, USA,

And the Baxter foundation for their funding of the project…

Additional info in ACA web site:  http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.americancanoe.org/resource/resmgr/sei-educational_resources/article_dam_simulator.pdf

dam simulator plans

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.


SUPPORT THE FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY’S PADDLE FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 (RAIN DATE OCTOBER 13) 1 – 4 p.m.

Come out, invite your non-paddling friends, enjoy, and perhaps volunteer at the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s PADDLE FESTIVAL, Tower Road Boat Launch, Skokie Lagoons in Northfield.

Paddle a canoe or kayak from Chicago River Canoe & Kayak, experience paddling in a Voyageur Canoe with Wilderness Inquiry, and support the Forest Preserves Youth Paddling Program by purchasing a raffle ticket at $10.00 to Kayak Package Raffle Poster – kayak, paddle, skirt from LL Bean, certificates for a PFD from Rocktown Adventures and an instruction class from Northwest Passage. Free whistle donated by Rutabaga for the first 30 ticket purchasers, all non-IPC members buying a ticket will receive a free IPC membership for 2020.

Event is free – more details here:  https://fpdcc.com/event/fall-paddle-festival/

WORLD PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL SEPT 26 – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

The Paddling Film Festival selection of films was stellar again this year. Many terrific films were considered as shortlist contenders. The Paddling Film Festival committee has narrowed down these submissions to a shortlist of 26 films that will be toured around the world as the 2019 Paddling Film Festival World Tour.

The 10 award-winning and 16 shortlisted films are now eligible for the Aqua-Bound People’s Choice Award. Click here for the current World Tour schedule to attend a screening and cast your vote for the best film of the year. No tour stops scheduled near you? Click here to learn more about bringing the Wrld Tour to your town, theatre, club, shop or event.

https://www.paddlingfilmfestival.com/world-tour/386-hosted-by-university-of-wisconsin-milwaukee-outdoor-pursuits.html?date=2019-09-26-19-00

Menard County Trails & Greenways’ Sangamon River Fall Float

Enjoy a fall paddle and educational opportunity on the Sangamon River in Central Illinois!  Join Menard County Trails and Greenways on Saturday, October 12, as we paddle five miles of the river from Gudgel Bridge to New Salem State Park.  Experts in the natural history and historical events of the Sangamon River will float along with the group.  After the float, we’ll gather at the New Salem picnic area for an early evening weenie roast and socializing.  Registration is limited and closes October 5! 

 

Learn more – and sign up for the paddle – here.