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NEWP 2018 Annual Meeting - January 27

Legends Brewhouse and Eatery - De Pere, WI

2018 Annual Meeting

Our featured presentations:

  • Martha Greene Phillips: Border Country, the Northwoods Canoe Journals of Howard Greene, 1906-1916

Read about her presentation

Martha Greene Phillip's told her incredible tale of her father's early 1900s canoe trips to the north woods of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Canada as memorialized in his remarkable, handmade journals and amazing photographs and published in her new book. (More here... and here)  

Martha Greene Phillips, of Madison, Wisconsin, began writing after retirement from a career in the mental health field. Her first book, "The Floating Boathouses on the Upper Mississippi River," was self-published in 2009. With the success of that book, Martha was ready to take on the more personally significant task of working on her father’s journals. She worked for over five years on the project, researching the background of the journals, traveling to many of the locales in the Northwoods, interviewing family and friends, and going thorough family papers that shed light on the cast of characters that made up “The Gang” in the narrative.

  • Tom Schrader: The American Canoe Association - History, Vision and Value Today

Paddle sports are at an all-time high in popularity, according to Tom Schrader of Green Bay, the volunteer ACA Director for Wisconsin, and a whitewater paddler with the misfortune of being employed.

Big box stores are putting lots of customers in small recreational kayaks. The dark side of that growth has been a spike in paddling deaths.

A 2016 U.S. Coast Guard study reported 89 deaths of kayakers. Deaths in paddle sports accounted for 24% of the fatalities in recreational craft, up from 10% a decade earlier. Schrader said in 80% of the deaths, paddlers WERE NOT WEARING A PFD (personal flotation device).  See more Coast Guard statistics.

The ACA is a service organization based on the principals of Education, Stewardship, Competition, Exploration, and Recreation.He said the aim of the ACA is to "put butts in boats." Hear a brief history of the ACA, the vision for the strategic principals, and what the ACA is doing today. 

 When not getting wet, he masquerades as a competent IT Professional. Paddling since 2006, Tom has progressed from a recreational paddler to become an avid paddler and involved volunteer. He works extensively with Wausau Whitewater and teaches Whitewater kayaking on his own as an ACA certified instructor and with the Boy Scouts of America.


Annual Meeting At-A-Glancelegends


Legends of De Pere
875 Heritage Rd.
De Pere, WI 54115


Annual Meeting/ Election Meeting: 3-4:30 PM
Presentations: 4:30-5:45 PM
Family Style Dinner: 6-7 PM

Dinner Cost:


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