About the Chippewa Club & it's History
History of the Building
In 1898, the Chapin Mining Company built a residence at 106 North Carpenter Avenue for General Manager James MacNaughton. In 1901, Otto Conrad Davidson replaced MacNaughton as manager and the home served as his family’s residence until 1935. It stood empty until 1945 when Davidson’s widow sold the home to F. Albee Flodin and Martin D. Thomas.
Flodin and Thomas had a vision for the property. It was to turn the home into a clubhouse, primarily to host visiting businessmen. With assistance from Lake Shore Inc., they watch their vision become a reality.
Renovation materials were in short supply due to World War II so many of the renovations were done using original wood from various parts of the residence. In 1945-1946, the bar was built in what is now the ladies restroom using wood from sliding doors and woodwork from within the house. The kitchen was enlarged and improved to function as a commercial kitchen. The main floor was opened up to create a dining room. In 1947, the remodel was complete and the doors were open business.
The Beginning of the Club
In January 1945, F. Albee Flodin and Martin D. Thomas set out to establish a private club in Iron Mountain to host out-of-town businessmen. They purchased the private residence of Chapin Mining Company Manager Otto Conrad Davidson at 106 North Carpenter Avenue.
The inspiration for the Club was two-fold – replicating an experience Flodin and William Lewis had while on a business trip to Pascagoula, Mississippi and fulfilling a need within the community
In February 1945, a meeting of local leaders was held at the 6-7-8 Club on the top floor of the Commercial Bank to discuss the feasibility of establishing a private club.
On December 11, 1946, the Chippewa Club opened as a non-profit, unincorporated association. By law, this type of association cannot own property. Ownership was transferred to three club members for $10,000 and they were designated as trustees. The Club operated in this manner with various members serving as trustees until 1973 when it became a non-profit corporation
Meet The Team
Front of House
Message the Board of Directors
2020 Board of Directors
Nate Goudreau, President
Chief Risk Officer, First Nat. Bank-IMK
Began working at First National Bank & Trust of IMK in 2012. Spent the previous 25 years with Associated Bank. Nate and his wife, Dolly, have two children and three grandchildren
Pete Merckx, Vice President
Zorn Compressor & Equipment Co.
Began working at Zorn Compressor & Equipment Co. in 1979. Moved from Wausau, Wisconsin to Spread Eagle in 2011. Pete and his wife, Shelby, have two children and two grandchildren.
Erick Hackstock, Treasurer
Controller, Champion, Inc.
Born & raised in St. Clair Shores, graduated from NMU with a BS in Accounting and computer information systems. Moved back and started at Champion in 2004.
Melissa Wentarmini, Secretary
Accountant, Dickinson Area Community Foundation
Raised an Air Force "brat", Melissa has lived in Iron Mountain since 1994. She serves on various committees and boards of local non-profits. Resides with husband, Dan, and their seven children.
Randy Erickson, Director
VP Erickson Jewelers, Master Goldsmith
Born and raised in Bark River, Michigan. Married to Sherri Erickson for 26 years. moved to Iron Mountain in 2008 to start Erickson Jewelers. Randy and Sherri have three children, Lexi, Brady, and Zac
Mark Klossner, Director
VP of Marketing, BOSS Snowplow
Native of southeastern Wisconsin; relocated to Iron Mountain in 2009. B.A. graduate of UW-Oshkosh. Serves on IM DDA Board of Directors, City of IM Planning Commission and Our Saviors Lutheran Executive Council. Married to Kellie and has two teenage sons, Harrison and Bennett.
Matthew Lutz, Director
Chief Financial Officer, First Nat. Bank-IMK
Born and raised in Iron Mountain. BA in Economics & Management Albion College, Master's in Accounting Marquette University. CPA in Chicago for six years prior to returning home. He and wife, Stacy, have two kids, Luka and Lakelynn.
David Pasahow, Director
Blue Line Advisors, Founder
David Pasahow and his family have been Members of the Chippewa Club for 25 years, and family participants since the mid 1960’s. His parents were active Members for over 30 years. David and his wife Clair,
celebrated their Wedding at the Club as well as many anniversaries and daughter Meredith’s birthdays. They reside seasonally in the Hill Country of Texas and return to Spread Eagle every Summer. David is founder of Blue Line Advisors, an executive search and leadership firm focused on the aerospace, transportation and other selected sectors. He also has more than 30 years of experience in executive and leadership consulting services. David holds an A.B. degree from Kenyon College (Ohio) and an M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management. He serves on the boards of The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) where he serves on the Executive Committee and Chairs the Governance Committee and privately held Conax Technologies.
Jane Santini, Director
Carol Quandt, Past President
Chief Operating Officer, 41 Lumber
Iron Mountain native and 3rd generation Club Member. Graduated from Michigan State’s Eli Broad College of Business. Worked in public accounting before joining the family business in 2011.