June 21, 2016
While we believe the Queen is sea worthy, her engines haven't been started in over three years there is also maintenance related issues that need to be addressed.
So, whatís next? We need to replace the top deck flooring, get the engines running, give her a good cleaning, train Captainís and Crew Mates. We have many people and groups interested in having events on the Queen, which is exciting in itself. The next chapter for the Elkhart River Queen is yet to unfold, Iím glad Iím along for the ride and Iím glad you are too. Be safe.
July 2016 will be the 40th anniversary of the Upper St. Joe River Flotilla. We would be thrilled to have the River Queen as the flag ship once again for this event. We count on having your support to achieve this goal. If she is ready to go on the 3rd the tickets will be sold at dockside.
If you have been thinking about sending in a tax deductible donation now is the time this would be most helpful, we are about $30,000 short of our fund raising goal.
Checks should be made out to:
Historic Elkhart River Queen, Inc
Foundation of Elkhart County
Please include your email address so we can send you a receipt for your taxes. Below is a link for the donation form that you can mail back with your check.
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To make all of this a reality, the Community Foundation - Historic Elkhart River Queen project is seeking a goal of $100,000. The Foundation has applied for a historical listing on the National Register. In addition, the Historic River Queen Committee is a 501c3 organization. This will allow contributions to be tax deductible. Any funds remaining after the acquisition and repair will be placed into a permanent endowment to help maintain the River Queen.
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June 21, 2016 WSBT - Ahoy! The Elkhart River Queen is back in the water
June 21, 2016 WNDU - River royalty returns to the waters of the St. Joe
June 21, 2016 Fox 28 - Elkhart River Queen takes her first dip in the St. Joe after about 3 years
May 19, 2016 - Click here to watch an update on the Queen's Progress!
December 2015 - Queen Lifted from St. Joseph River to be repaired
Thanks again for your support and good wishes!
I have a few people and firms I would to thank who without their help we would not have been able to complete this project.
The first Person is the chairman of the Historic River Queen Committee Mr. Marly Rydson. Every time I would call and say ďMarly Iím out of money againĒ Marly would pick up his magic rolodex and yes he still does use a rolodex and make a few phone calls and my construction account would be full again.
By the way the Historic River Queen, Inc is a 501c3 organization so every dollar donated is tax deductible.
Iíd like to thank rest of Marlyís
Committee Bob Deputy, Jeff Wells, Diana Lawson, Bill Marohn, Dottie Arnold and
John Letherman. These folks serve on the Board as well as contributed to the
Iíd like to thank a few very special donors:
The Welter Foundation
The Bill Deputy Foundation
Mrs. Peggy Weed
The Corson Family Foundation
This has truly been a Community
involved event, every time I would approach a company with a request for an
in-kind donation it took them all of two seconds to say yes. Not one company
Iíd like to acknowledge these companies; if you are in need of one of their services, please consider them.
Yoder Oil Corporation
Clear Vision Windows
Shreiner & Sons Plumbing, Heating and Cooling
Morris Auto Service
A-1 Signs and Graphics
T & A Rigging
Sportís Time Family Pub and Grill
Fawn Atkinson State Farm
Iíd like to acknowledge individuals that have given their time to help make this project a success.
Mr. Ed Smoker
Former Mayor Dick Moore
To the hundreds of contributors, without your support we would not be here today.
Iíd like to thank the Elkhart Police Department for assisting us in getting the large crane down Bowers Court and the traveling public that were delayed on their way to work. Thanks also to Eric and Amber Mahaffey Harris who allowed the media and the spectators to gather on their lawn.
I interviewed several people to be the general contractor for this project, the last fellow I spoke with showed me the passion and love he has had for the River Queen for many years and that is why I selected Dave Dickman. Dave took the project by the horns and completed it on time and on budget. I knew we would run into things we hadnít planned on but Dave didnít even blink. The first month Dave and I spoke weekly, month two it was daily and the last two weeks itís been several times a day. Now when he sees it me calling he just answers and says ďwhatĒ. I have truly enjoyed working with Dave.
Historic Elkhart River Queen Committee
Marly Rydson, Chairman - Dottie Arnold - Bob Deputy - Diana Lawson - Bill Marohn - Tom Shoff
|Greg Stone, owner of Hart City Scuba, assists the rigging company to prepare the Queen for removal from the river so repairs can begin.|