Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club founded in 1971

"Connecting paddlers through safe and fun group events"

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  • 2018-09-30 2:28 PM | Website Admin2 (Administrator)

    From Fran's son, Karl:

    Frances Almquist (Fran), a long time member of Prairie State Canoeists, died Saturday September 29th surrounded by her family.

    Fran was born on November 25, 1929 and raised in Chicago. In early 1950 she traveled to the Grand Canyon in Arizona to work at the Bright Angel Lodge as a Harvey girl. It was at the Grand Canyon that her deep love for nature was fostered. Fran raised her sons to love the outdoors. Their earliest memories are of trips to places like Four Lakes and Wilmot Ski Hills, Waterfall Glen, Starved Rock and Devil Lake state parks. She encouraged people to explore and to be fearless. She loved downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, camping and spending time with her friends on the river. Fran traveled the National Parks and to all continents with the exception of Australia. Her joy was found on the water, be it a lake, river or stream. She logged over 100 plus rivers. Fran spent as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors. She would often say that nature was her religion.

    Over her years of travel, mom met many people who became her friends. She often talked about many of you and appreciated the time she spent with you doing the things she loved to do.

    Fran’s last trip earlier this September to Wisconsin was to one of her favorite rivers, the Flambeau. During her last days, she told us about the wonderful trip she had with good friends.

    Fran will be greatly missed by her family and friends. In her memory, please take a walk, canoe a river, visit a park, and share your passion for whatever you do with the people you love. ​

  • 2016-03-06 8:14 AM | Admin1 (Administrator)

    In case you were wondering....

    Here's what the first week looked like for the new website...

    Prairie State Canoeists 

    Well....the move to the NEW 'WildApricot Membership Management' web presence went EXTREMELY WELL!  

    On Friday, February 19, 2016 at 5:00 PM we had the URL for switched to point to the new location and made the final changes for PayPal. It took a couple of hours for everything to complete the transition and the system started sending automated messages overnight.  

    During the week before, we had imported 290 members and manually added 36 trips that had been on the previous site.  

    Members were already using the new site before the notice went out to all members via the email feature on the website on Sunday evening. Another targeted email was sent to 49 members who were Lapsed (expired) when the membership list was imported.  This contained details on how to go online and pay their dues since the system missed the 60 day window for sending the automated notices.

    Next items...are get the Blogs up and running, update the older content and add more pictures!  We will also be getting the new pages completed and send out a notice to members to GO VOTE on the WildApricot's website for them to deploy the ability for members to create their own events directly!

    We are fine-tuning our formatting and processes but most of the Administrators and Coordinators have been trained and are actively working...WHAT A TEAM!!!!!

    Web Administrators:  Sherri Graham, Milt Levenberg and Gail Anton
    Event Coordinators:  Darrel Grove, Larry Jacklin, John Ziegler, Dave and Regina Watts
    Membership Coordinator:  Regina Watts
    Finance Coordinator:  Margy Levenberg
    Instruction Coordinator:  John Chase
    News Coordinator:  Bill Kessler

    If you have questions, comments, or suggestions... please contact the AdminTeam!

    The activity on the site is AWESOME to watch! 

    • 14 Memberships have paid their dues online already!
    • 6 Lapsed Members who were not part of the initial import, found us and signed up online (after not paying dues for 1-14 years!) 
    • 2 Regular Renewals were completed and paid on the website
    • 3 Regular Renewals were initiated online and completed manually by mailing a check
    • 1 New Member application processed and paid online
    • 10 Pending Renewals (system generated reminders/invoices)
    • People have been using the 'Contact Member' via the directory feature to send test emails
    • Members have used the 'Add An Event!' Forum to create over 20 trips to the site since going live!
    • 12 people Registered for the February Social Event between Tuesday and Friday after the mass e-mail was sent out. 

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