Photos of sunset cruise on Friends Good Will

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Special thanks to everyone who joined the Purdue Club of Southwest Michigan on our recent sunset cruise from South Haven out into Lake Michigan.  A thanks to those who shared photos of the trip. Friends Good Will tall ship at … Continue reading

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Sunset Cruise on Friends Good Will

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Join the Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan on an exciting sunset sail out of the port of South Haven, Michigan on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Tour the maritime Museum before the 7:30 pm cruise begins. The cost per person for the sail and museum visit is $42. The ship will hold 28 passengers, children four years and older are welcome. Some passengers will be needed to volunteer to help raise and lower the sails during the cruise.

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The current Friends Good Will was built in the shipyard of Scarano Boatbuilding, Inc. in Albany, New York and sailed for South Haven, Michigan on August 29, 2004. The original Friends Good Will was built in Michigan at River Rouge in 1810 as a merchant vessel. She was chartered by the federal government in the summer of 1812 to take military supplies to Fort Dearborn, a small military and trading post at what is now Chicago.

She was later captured by the British on a visit to Mackinac Island and was used against the United States in the War of 1812. Friends Good Will then served in the United States Navy, transporting General William Henry Harrison’s troops across Lake Erie in the successful invasion of Southern Ontario. She was driven ashore in a storm south of Buffalo in December 1813. In early January 1814, during efforts to re-launch the ship, the British unceremoniously burned the once-proud vessel during a raid on Buffalo.

To reserve a seat for the sunset cruise CLICK HERE to pay via a credit card or send a check to Howard Poole, 31594 Maple Island Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047. Make the check out to Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan

Notes: No food is allowed on board. Only non-alcoholic beverages in plastic containers–no glass–are allowed. Anti-motion sickness devices will be available in the Museum Gift Shop. We recommend bringing soft drinks or water in unbreakable containers, especially on warm days. Passengers should bring/wear casual attire, rubber-soled shoes, no high heels, light sweater or jacket, as often it is 15-20 degrees cooler out on the lake.

For more information on the cruise contact Howard Poole, 1-269-424-3221 or via email at poole@wmich.edu

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Club Spring Meeting Photos 2017

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Nearly 50 Purdue alums, friends and guests enjoyed the annual Spring Meeting at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club on a lovely sunny spring evening.  Scholarships were awarded to four local students, future club events were discussed including a new working relationship with the Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor.

Liji Hanny, Director of Operations at the Boys and Girls Club, presented the group with a brief history and goals of the club and plans for future activities.  Jon Simpson, Central District Purdue Alumni Board representative, updated the group on recent activities of the Alumni Board and coming activities of the Purdue Alumni Association.  John Sautter from PAA presented a campus update sharing enrollment activities, construction work around campus, the recent purchase of Kaplan Online University by Purdue, sports developments, and  and other interesting stories.

Featured speaker for the evening was WSBT Channel 22 Chief Meteorologist Matt Rudkin, a recent Purdue grad.  Matt provided the group with his experiences as a student at Purdue, his career path, and with several explanations of southwest Michigan weather, especially lake effect events.  A great time was had by all who attended.  See everyone at our next Club event. Enjoy the photos taken by Charlotte Poole.

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Club banner with many recent gold “P” awards.

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An example of the evening meal.

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A group photo that was later displayed on Matt Rudkin’s 10:00 pm weather report on WSBT-TV.

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Alumni interacting during the meeting.

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John Ripley, Club Treasurer, introduced the evening speakers.

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2017 Scholarship Awardees (left to right) – Nathan Glotzbach, Lake Michigan Catholic High School, Physics-Computer Science Major; Grace Brackman, Lakeshore High School, Computer Science Major; Noah Fratzke, Saint Joseph High School, Mechanical Engineering Major; and Shreeja Shrestha, Saint Joseph High School, Computer Engineering Major

 

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Howard Poole, Club President, John Sautter, PAA representative, and Jon Simpson, Purdue Alumni Board member, made presentations at the meeting.

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Matt Rudkin, featured speaker, with Club Vice President Charlotte Poole.

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Matt Rudkin making a point about lake effect rain and snow.

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Matt Rudkin with Purdue alumni friend and viewer of his weather broadcasts.

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View of attendees at meeting.

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John Sautter providing a campus update on West Lafayette and Purdue University developments.

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View of City of St Joseph, Michigan from the Yacht Club across the river.

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St. Joseph Lighthouse at the end of the day with a bright spring sunset.

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Spring Meeting – Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Don’t miss our Spring Meeting Special Guest Speaker!

Matt Rudkin, 2011 and WSBT

Join the Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan for our annual spring meeting and social gathering. Our guest speaker will be Matt Rudkin, Chief Meteorologist at WSBT TV22 News First from South Bend, Indiana.  In addition to his on-air presentations, Matt forecasts in the South Bend Tribune and you can hear him on the WSBT radio stations, Sunny 101.5 News Radio 960 and WSBT New Country 99.9 and Z94.3. Matt is a certified Meteorologist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from Purdue University. His career began at the National Weather Service. From there, he worked at WLFI-TV in West Lafayette, IN as well as WSIL-TV in Carterville, IL.

Also joining us from the Purdue Alumni Association in West Lafayette is John Sautter, Senior Advisor and former Purdue Vice President for Resident Halls and Food Service.  John will give us an update on events and other happenings on campus in West Lafayette.  Scholarship awardees for 2017-2018 will also be announced.  

Date:  Thursday, May 11, 2017
Where:
St. Joseph River Yacht Club
128 North Pier Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
Time:
6:00 p.m. — Social with cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres
7:00 p.m. — Program and brief meeting
Cost:
$20 — Per person
RSVP by
Thursday, May 5, 2017
Questions:
Contact Howard Poole at poole@wmich.edu or 269-424-3221

Make your reservation via PayPal by clicking HERE.

Make checks payable to: Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan

Mail check and/or  RSVP to:
Howard Poole
31594 Maple Island Road
Dowagiac, MI 49047

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Scholarship Application for 2017-2018

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Purdue Club Accepts Scholarship Applications

The Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan is currently accepting applications for its 2017-2018 scholarship program.  Over the last 16 years the club has granted over $50,000 in scholarships to Purdue students and incoming freshman from Berrien, Van Buren and Cass counties.

Interested students should return applications and essays by no later than March 1, 2017.

Students with questions may call Glenn Youngstedt, Scholarship Chair, at 269-861-2886 or email him at glennyoungstedt@AOL.com

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Purdue Basketball Game Watch

On a cold snowy, rainy, ice covered Saturday, eight brave Purdue alums and friends gathered at the Food District eatery in St. Joseph, MI to enjoy a close fought game between Purdue and Notre Dame.  The Boilers came back from being down 14 points at half time to win by five at the end of the game.  Food was excellent and the crowd was into the game.  Go Purdue!!!!

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Wine Tour of St. Julian Winery

 

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After the wine tasting event, a tour of the St. Julian winery was conducted by Nancie Oxley-Corum, St. Julian winemaker and Purdue grad.  Here are some photos.

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Purdue Club Members gathering to start the tour

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Wine fermentation units used at St. Julian Winery

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St. Julian Distillery area where various spirits are developed.

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Oak aging barrels for the wine and spirits.

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The tour ended with a sampling of St. Julian Port wine directly from an aging oak barrel.

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Club member Howard Poole getting his sample of port.

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Others enjoying some of the St. Julian Port Wine.

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Wine Tasting 2016 Photos

More than thirty Purdue University alumni and friends gathered at the St. Julian Winery in Paw Paw, MI for a wine tasting event.  Special thanks to Nancie Oxley-Corum, St. Julian Winemaker and Purdue grad, for helping organize and then hosting the event.  A thanks also to Dean DeVoe, Purdue Alumni Board Member, who provided an update on activities of the Purdue Alumni Association and who assisted with an auction of KitchenAid items contributed by the Whirlpool Corporation.   A special thanks to Whirlpool for their contribution toward the auction and to Aaron and Angie Youngstedt and Glenn Youngsteadt to making the KitchenAid arrangements.  Here are some photos of the events.

img_4737Entrance to St. Julian Winery in Paw Paw, MI

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img_4761Nancie Oxley-Corum, Prude grad and St Julian winemaker.

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img_4783Angie and Aaron Youngstedt talking about KitchenAid products that were part of the auction.  The auction generated nearly $1000 toward the Scholarship Fund for Southwest Michigan.

A special thanks for all who came to the wine tasting and helped make it a success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Final Notice – Wine Tasting 2016

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Quick Reminder:  A Special Evening with

Purdue’s St. Julian Winemaker, Raffle of $1500 in

Whirlpool kitchen appliances, Winery Tour,

and Gourmet Food Pairings at her Winery in

Just a Few Days for $24!
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Join us in Paw Paw on Oct. 27 for a Classy Evening
of Wine-Pairings Featuring Four Wines from St. Julian, Michigan’s Oldest and Largest Winery
and Delicious Food Prepared by St. Julian’s Catering Staff,
plus the chance to take home items worth $1500 in Marvelous KitchenAid appliances donated by our good friends at Whirlpool to help our scholarship fund.
The wines will be brought to us by St. J’s Chief Winemaker and Boilermaker Nancie Corum-Oxley.

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We also will have John Gipson from campus to tell us about the brand new College of Health and Human Sciences, developed to meet the skyrocketing interest in Sports Management, Kinesiology, Nursing, etc.

ALL FOR $24 PER PERSON, INCLUDING
A CHANCE TO TAKE HOME SOME OF THE WORLD’S BEST KITCHEN APPLIANCES, A TOUR OF THE ST. JULIAN WINERY,
FOUR WINES TO SAMPLE, GOURMET FOOD,
AND A SPECIAL ST. JULIAN WINEGLASS SOUVENIR.

Wines this Year:  A 2015 Chardonnay, a 2015 Sweet Rose,
a 2014 Chancellor, and a 2015 St. Julian Reserve Late Harvest Riesling!
Non-alcoholic drinks are also available.

BUT DON’T DELAY!
THIS SPECIAL EVENING IS COMING:
Thursday, October 27, 2016.
Deadline is Sunday, Oct. 23!

To make your reservations and pay by Paypal, Click here for a $24 per person wine-tasting/food-pairing/tour party reservation.  And, please tell us the names of those coming with you.

U. S. Mail Option: Make your wine-tasting ($24 per person) check payable to “Purdue Alumni Club of S. W. Michigan” and mail to John Ripley, Treasurer, 1487 Drew Drive, Niles, MI  49120.  Please include the name(s) of guests you are bringing.

For questions, email Boilermaker Pride Award Winner Howard Poole, Club President, at howard.poole@wmich.edu or call Howard at 269-424-3221.

>>>For the evening’s wine-tasting,
we will meet at 5:30 PM in the The Apollo Banquet Hall, attached to St. Julian Winery’s Paw Paw hospitality room
716 S. Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone: 800.732.6002

Please visit our website (www.purduealumni.org/swmichigan)
and our Facebook page.  PLEASE “Like” us.

Hail Purdue!  Boiler Up!  Hammer Down!

Your Purdue Club friends in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties

Hail Purdue!

Your Purdue Club friends in
Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties

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Wine Tasting at St. Julian’s Winery, Paw Paw, MI

Announcing Our 5th Annual

Wine-Tasting Party

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On Thursday, October 27th, your club will once again feature its traditional wine-tasting event at St. Julian Winery in Paw Paw, MI.  The wine-tasting and light dinner plates will start at 5:30 pm to be followed with a tour of the St. Julian Winery and a post tour dessert treat.

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We will be treated to tastings of four distinctly different St. Julian products — a 2015 Chardonnay, a 2015 Sweet Rose, a 2014 Chancellor, and a 2015 St. Julian Reserve Late Harvest Riesling.  Each will be served with gourmet mini-plates paired and prepared by the St. Julian catering staff. Cost is only $24 per person.  Non-alcoholic drinks are available.

The evening’s Wine/Food servings will be spaced to allow time for visiting; a brief, informative talk by a visiting Purdue speaker; and our traditional oyster crackers for “palate cleansing”. The evening will continue with a walking tour of the St. Julian Winery production facility in Paw Paw.  After the tour we will be treated with a Port Barrel tasting paired with Chocolate

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For only $24 per person at the wine-tasting/tour, you get four delicious wines to sample; four mini-servings of gourmet food to match the wines; a special St. Julian wineglass souvenir; participation in the winery tour; and even some raffle prizes.

BUT DON’T DELAY IN MAKING YOUR RESERVATION
FOR OUR CLUB’S MOST POPULAR EVENT!
This Special Event is Coming
Thursday, October 27, 2016.

Wine-Tasting/Tour Party Reservations deadline: Sunday, October 23, 2016

To make your reservations and pay by Paypal…
Click here for a $24 wine-tasting/food-pairing/tour party reservation.

U. S. Mail Option: Make your wine-tasting ($24) check payable to “Purdue Alumni Club of S. W. Michigan” and mail to John Ripley, Treasurer, 1487 Drew Drive, Niles, MI  49120.  Please include the name(s) of guests you are bringing.
For questions, email Howard Poole, Club President, at howard.poole@wmich.edu
or call Howard at 269-424-3221.

For the evening’s wine-tasting, we will meet at 5:30 PM in the The Apollo Banquet Hall, attached to St. Julian Winery’s Paw Paw hospitality room
at 716 S. Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone: 800.732.6002

Please visit our website (www.purduealumni.org/swmichigan) and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Purdue-Alumni-Club-of-Southwest-Michigan/159879414105515).

Hail Purdue!

Your Purdue Club friends in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties
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