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November/December 2016

In This Issue


 
2017 Paddling Events - Request for Details  Mr. Canoe - Documentary film/Memories Needed
Great Rivers of Chicago Roundtable Discussion  Pecatonica River Feature
Guinness World Record Attempt 

 
Calling / Requesting / Soliciting All Paddlesport Event Organizers

 

With this year’s paddling season drawing to a close – except for some die-hard paddlers that love breaking ice  – it is time to think about next year.

IPC has an events calendar where we list all paddlesports-related events we become aware of. This also helps in promoting your event(s).

If you are a paddlesport event organizer, or know someone who is - whether a competition/race, a river cleanup, a paddling festival or any other event involving paddlesport – canoe/kayak/SUP/raft-  on a river, lake,  bayou (ok – we may not have some here in Illinois) – please forward such information to news@illinoispaddling.org – or to spconsult@comcast.net

We would like to compile a master list for next year’s events to publish in upcoming newsletters with details (so include background on - and details of - the event). Hopefully, we can also avoid having major events take place on the same weekend.

If you have any questions, please forward these to spconsult@comcast.net

Thank you – Sigrid Pilgrim, Director, PR & Marketing



Mr. Canoe

Ralph Frese 1157The filmmakers for the upcoming documentary, Mr. Canoe, set to release in 2017, are seeking submissions from any paddler with memories of, photos, or correspondence with the late Mr. Ralph Frese - the subject of the film. If you have any previous contact with Ralph Frese and would like to share your memories, you may send an email to Sigrid H. Pilgrim at spconsult@comcast.net.

Materials may be sent to the film makers at the following address. Contents will be scanned, photographed, and returned, provided you include a return address. Deadline for submission is December 1, 2016. Any material used in the final film will receive mention in the credits. You will receive a release letter to verify that you are the sole owner of the material and can grant the usage of it in the film.

 


Octane Rich Media

C/O Mr. Canoe Documentary

500 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 600

Chicago IL 60611

312.396.4077

 

For additional information about the film, click on this link.


 
Great Rivers of Chicago Roundtable Discussion

In early September of this year, advance word was distributed to a myriad of Chicago area organizations of a pending presentation of interest to those concerned with the future of Chicago’s three river systems: the Chicago River, the Calumet River, and the Des Plaines River. This presentation in late September was in effect a report of studies and discussions over recent years coordinated by the Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council and directed towards enhancing multiple uses of these urban waterways. In attendance at this Roundtable Discussion were around one hundred representatives from public and private organizations, including “yours truly” from the Illinois Paddling Council. While I doubt that heretofore many, if any, IPC members were aware of this developing study and planning effort, I am glad to report on what I have learned about the intended future of our “Great Rivers.”

Read more about the discussion here.
 

Pecatonica River Feature

Congratulations to the Friends of the Pecatonica Foundation For Winning the American Canoe Association's green paddle
Green Paddle For Waterway Conservation Award
 
There once was a creek in Freeport
Yellow was its name
And paddlers needed to report
When launching a canoe in the same
A written permit was needed
To put in a river just knee deep
So for help they came asking
And dozens of letters were tasking
The City Officials for permits
When one of them finally said “That’s it -
no more written requests to go paddling.”
And even a launch site was opened.
Which was more than the paddlers had hopened!  (it had to rhyme)

Read more about the Friends here

The Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation: Meeting Thursday, November 17, 2016

RE: You are invited to our Meeting—Please Join Us!

Dear Friends, Members, Supporters, Prospective Members & the Good People that are always there to help:

LENA, ILLINOIS; The Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation will be meeting Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 7:00 pm at The Rafter’s Restaurant & Catering, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena, Illinois 61048.  The meeting will be held in the Cafe’ Dining Room with our fearless leader, President, Joe Ginger presiding.  Great atmosphere and POPCORN! The Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation is a Not-for-Profit organization that is dedicated to improving all 58 miles of your Pecatonica River experience.  This includes access, education, wildlife habitat, log jam extrication and river clean-up for the human communities in Stephenson County.

More details.


 
Illinois’s Friendliest Paddle: Pecatonica River
 
By Don Mueggenborg
 
I just took a trip on the most crooked river in Illinois.   I hardly believed the bends and switchbacks.
 
This is November, I really didn’t paddle the river, I checked out the map on the internet.
 
Over the years, I have paddled and raced the Pec – I think I paddled all of it from the state line, through Freeport to the city of Pecatonica, to the Two Rivers landing.   Not at one time, but in stretches.
 
What do you find on the Pec?  Read on here.
 

Just Around the Pointe – Guinness World Record Attempt

Dear Paddlers,
 
On March 13, 2017, Traci Lynn Martin, an experienced expedition kayaker and successful ultra-endurance competitive kayaker, will begin her attempt to set a new Guinness World Record.

“My goal,” explains Traci, “is to set a new Guinness World Record for the most miles kayaked in one year and in the process, to encourage and inspire individuals with chronic health conditions to reach for their dreams and don’t ever give up.”

In 2010, Traci was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, a debilitating disease. Despite the diagnosis, she continues to race and has placed first in several competitions. She has set three course records in the mixed tandem division, and has set course records in the women's solo division of various races.
 

Read on here.


Happy Paddling!




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