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|Monthly meetings -
First Tuesday of the month at
1:00 p.m. - Park Visitors Center in the workroom.
If you are interested in attending ask to have your name added to our membership list for emails. Call 815-953-4567
WE WELCOME VISITORS TO OUR MEETINGS.
NOTE: Members will not have meetings until March, 2019 and end in November unless you receive a call from the President.
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Special work sessions are called as needed.
We work on weaving projects and other projects
that improve our gift shop sales.
If you would like to lend-a-hand email, or
call to have your name added to the call list.
Volunteer Desk Service on weekends
is on hold while Visitor Center undergoes rehab.
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PRAIRIE PARTNER AWARDS:
Goose Lake Prairie Partners received recognition as IDNR Volunteer of the Year 2022 from Illinois Department ofNatural Resources.
The Goose Lake Prairie Partners were very proud to have been
nominated for Volunteer of the Year at the IDNR Award Program at the
State Fair August 20. Eight of our members attended the ceremony.
a look at the proud group of Goose Lake Prairie Partners that
attended the Fair.
attended the Fair.
It was nice to be invited and recognized for our hard work.
Partners also celebrated at the final meeting of the year with a
Partners also celebrated at the final meeting of the year with a Pizza Party.
Group Photo - IDNR Director Colleen Callahan is on the left of the
group. Those in the front roll are Audrey Kaluzny, President
Charlene McDade, and
Secretary Priscilla Copple. In the back roll is Mary Bonomo, Tom
Kaluzny, Vice-President Beverly Mansfield, Georgiean Benson, Nancy
Mattson and Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Superintendent
In 2019 we were very pleased to add a retired Teacher of Biology to our Membership list. We have found Georgiean to be a truly special addition in the area of arranging displays, and even better, in working with activities for group and class visits to the prairie. She has been so flexible that the age of our groups don't really matter. She has been leader for Girl Scout Groups and school groups too.
Because of her special talents, it did not take President Char McDade long to decide to award Georgiean for her many talents she lends to the park any time she is called upon. Her newest display was at the Prairie Day 2022 when she created a fossil display to set up in the Prairie Grove for us.
Georgiean Benson was our Volunteer of the year for 2021.
Jan Alexander joined the partners in 2010 and volunteered where she could. You might recall that she first joined the Cabin Fest Activity with a display of quilts showing off hand quilting.
After seeing our operation and attending meetings, it was Jan Alexander who ventured out and found us a grill, second hand, and brought it to the park for us to learn to do our own food tent. Not only that she served as our cook in our food tent during the festivals for several years. Eventually, she came only to cook while everyone set up her area for her, until finally she wished us well as she retired from volunteering.
We will always remember fondly how she taught us to be self sufficient in our food tent. In 2020 President Char McDade announced that Jan would be our Volunteer of the year for the year 2019
Jo Fleming is again on the Volunteer of the Year 2019 list for her continuous attention to our history and our programs. She always lends a happy face to our events and is visited with so many friends who is familiar with Jo as an icon of the Goose Lake Prairie Partners.
Tom Kaluzny was nominated Volunteer of the Year for 2018 by President Char and Supt. Cody. Tom has been a member since 2005 and has been a member of the Board for many years. Tom assists with Cabin Festival and Prairie Day every year, attends the monthly meetings, and made arrangements to get the windmill back up and running. Thank you Tom, for all you do for the Goose Lake Prairie Partners and Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area!
President Char and Supt. Duane nominated Becky Sipple as the recipient of the Volunteer Award for 2017. Becky is a great help at the park with group visits, Museum Bulletin Boards, and participation at all of the Festivals and the Photo Contest. She is a very valuable member of the GLPP organization. Congratulations Becky.
Prairie Partner and friend Judi Jackshon
passed away August 22nd after a long illness. Judi joined the
Prairie Partners in February of 2006. She is known for her soap
demonstrations, re-enacting and volunteering to work the center
on weekend dates and holidays. She was also well know for her
wagon rides where she talked about the beauty of the prairie,
prairie plants and grasses. She will be missed.
At the Prairie Partner meeting August 1st, Supt. Snow
recognized Beverly Mansfield for her service to the Goose Lake Prairie
Partners, The Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area for 2017 as
recognized by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at the State
Fair in July. He presented Bev with the plaque signed by the
Director. The list of things she does for the park is very long
and varied. She is so talented.
On Saturday November 12, 2016 it was announced that the Volunteer of the year had been chosen for the 2016 Park Season.
This year two people were recognized. Chuck Johnson for his work on the Auditorium Mural, and Susie Johnson for her years of service and long volunteer hours. We thank them for their service.
PHOTO: President Char is shown presenting Susie with her certificate and Susie is holding Chuck Johnson's certificate.
2016 - IDNR Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 2016 honored at the Springfield Fair August 20th.
Caroline (Susie) Johnson recognized for service to Goose Lake Prairie from 1998 to 2016.
Click here for letter of recommendation.
First photo was the presentation and second is the "Susie Fan Club" that traveled to Springfield.
John McDade took the formal pose. Donna Snow took the group photo.
Site Superintendent Snow nominated Susie for this honor.
2015 Volunteer of the Year - Jackie Martin
Jackie serves as Treasurer and Purchasing Agent for GLPP. She is also Chairperson for our Food Tent and is a weekend desk service host.
2014 Volunteer of the Year - Debbie Mahler
Debbie serves as a weekend desk service host and works in the food tents at the festivals.
2011 Volunteer of the Year from State IDNR: Jo Fleming
Joannet Fleming was honored for 28 years of service to Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area.
Click here for a photo story of the event at Springfield. Click here for letter of recommendation.
Standing with Jo is (LtoR) Supt Joe Giacone, IDNR Director Mark Miller, former Supt Joe Nyhoff, and Chief of the Division of Parks Jim Modglin.
The Goose Lake Prairie Partners are a Not-For-Profit organization and the only volunteer group associated with the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area, Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area and Morris Wetlands State Fish and Wildlife Area. Our mission is to help the park in the following ways.
-- To understand,
maintain and attract the public to the park by producing various festivals and
educational events and display's centered around early life on the prairie and
on the natural environment of the park, and
-- To provide assistance and funds as needed by the park and its staff for equipment, supplies, and other items for improvement and maintenance.