Paddling Council honors Thomas Lindblade

Tom Lindblade
Tom Lindblade

Rockford resident and Rock River Trail Initiative Council member Thomas Lindblade, past president of the Illinois Paddling Council, was honored by that organization with the following proclamation at the group’s Nov. 16 banquet:

Whereas on March 2, 1963, here was incorporated in the state of Illinois, an organization named the Illinois Paddling Council, and

whereas having now completed 50 years of service to the paddlers of this fine state by advancing access to the waterways of the state, advocating for their conservation and restoration of those waterways, promulgating paddlesport information to the citizens of the state, promoting safety and education to the paddling community, and promoting the organization and conduct of competition within the state, and

Whereas Thomas Lindblade has for many, many years sought to advance these objectives, including his service for 30 years as an instructor and instructor trainer, his service to the ACA in setting minimum training standards for canoe, and his service for over four years to IPC as president, and

Whereas in that capacity he has worked to establish interaction with IDNR leadership and staff, founded the Paddler’s Patrol program, sought restoration of Vermilion River access, founded and published the Illinois Paddler, facilitated

Boat built by Thomas Lindblade’s son, Cam, and presented to him Nov. 16. (Photo provided)
Boat built by Thomas Lindblade’s son, Cam, and presented to him Nov. 16. (Photo provided)

establishment of Watson Island campsite near Oswego, organized the Canoecopia Rendezvous, and led successful opposition to ineffective dam safety legislation,

The Illinois Paddling Council does hereby express the considerable appreciation of the paddling community to Thomas Lindblade for a lifetime of achievement with the foresight, leadership and skill essential to rendering Illinois a Paddler-Friendly State.

Proclaimed this 16th day of November in the year 2013

Jack Snarr, president

From the Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2013, issue

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