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Growth and Expansion of the IPC
Do you like to go paddling? Want to see Illinois become a more paddle-friendly state? Improve and add access to paddleable lakes, rivers, and streams? Promote Paddling Safety? End Arbitrary River Closures? Provide Stewardship to Illinois paddleable waterways? Whatever your paddling interests and passions, the IPC could use your help!
There are several ways to give back to paddling.
The IPC sets up an informational display at many paddling related events. Staffing these displays is a great way to get involved. You meet lots of great people while sharing your passion for paddling! Contact Sigrid Pilgrim, IPC Marketing and PR Director for details.
Water TrailKeepers provides stewardship for Illinois Paddleable Waterways. It is very rewarding to see a large pile of trash you pulled out of the river, knowing it is being disposed of properly! We have plenty of opportunities to get involved.
Paddling safety initiatives such as Paddlers Patrol and the Paddling Safety Taskforce give paddlers an opportunity to promote safety.
Stepping up the level of participation, there are a number of Voice positions open. A voice is a board level position that serves as a liaison between a specific paddling community and the IPC board. Each Member Club appoints a Voice to the IPC board. Traditionally there are voices for specific Paddling Disciplines such as White Water, Sea Kayaking, Flat Water Paddling, Parks & Forest Preserve Districts, and Water TrailKeepers. Additionally there are Regional Voice Positions for NorthEast IL, NorthWest IL, Central IL, and Southern IL.
Time to Plan for 2016 Cleanup Season
Another successful cleanup season is winding down. Thanks everyone who organized and participated!
Now it is time to start planning for Next Year! In addition to leading our own cleanups, Water TrailKeepers can partner with and assist other efforts as well. We are happy to publicize any waterway stewardship event. Depending on logistics and available funding we may also be able to provide cleanup tools and supplies.
It’s Gift Giving Season
By Sigrid Pilgrim
LOOKING FOR A HOLIDAY GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING - THAT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT SIZE –
WON’T BE RETURNED - DOESN’T TAKE UP SHELF SPACE AND ABOVE ALL….
BENEFITS YOU, YOUR RELATIVE, FRIEND, NEIGHBOR, COLLEAGUE AND PADDLERS
Give a gift membership to any one of these national, state, and local organizations.
Many come with interesting monthly magazines as well. Read more about each on their websites. Then chose one or more for the gift membership that
best fits you and your recipient’s interests.
Feedback on Mandatory PFD Article
In our last newsletter (Oct/Nov 2015), we included an editorial by Don Mueggenborg regarding the mandatory use of PFDs. The article received the highest “click” rating of all articles in the newsletter, an indication of its interest to many of you. We also received a few comments or rebuttals from readers, and would like to share these with the rest of the TIP audience. Thanks to the authors for sharing their thoughts, which are posted on our website.
Cold Weather Paddling
By Paul Klonowski, ACA Canoe Instructor
One of our new River Stewardship Volunteers for the Lake County Forest Preserves asked this very important question: "I was thinking about going on this clean up, but I was wondering how to dress for canoeing when it is cold out. Is it possible to be warm?" At this time of year, it’s always good to review this fundamental question.
Cold water exposure will rob your body of heat many times faster than air at the same temperature, and can cause a person to go into hypothermia very quickly. This is a critically serious medical condition, and can be fatal in a short time frame. It's that serious.
Paddling teaches everything worth knowing
By Bob McCray
**The following article was reprinted with permission from Silent Sports, September 2011. It’s a wonderful read for those long winter months ahead.**
Bob McCray remembered the courses he took and we remember him as an avid paddler, wonderful writer, great friend
"Let nature be your teacher," wrote the English poet William Wordsworth. I agree. Over the years we've learned a lot from Mother Nature's River Academy - a curriculum with everything from beginning courses to advanced placement. As recreational paddlers, my wife and I have rivers to thank for some great life lessons.
Bob's lesson continues here, along with a Silent Sports tribute to Bob on his recent passing.
Looking to start a Women's Outrigger Canoe crew for 2016. There are two goals in my plan:
Develop an outrigger canoe paddling program at Outrigger Chicago for beginners and advanced paddlers alike.
Field a crew of 6-9 women interested in competing at the Liberty Challenge OC race in NYC June 2016.
If you are interested in hearing more about either, please let me know. Or feel free to forward this message to any lady you know who might be. I'm going to try to hold some informational meetings soon so we can hit the ground running for the 2016 season!
Illinois Paddling Council
c/o Don Mueggenborg
9 E Peiffer
Lemont, IL 60439
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